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Whiskey In The Jar (Sullivan's Gypsies) tabs, midis, video
See also: Whiskey In The Jar (Shanneyganock)
And also: Whiskey In The Jar (Collected by Creighton)
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As I was going over the far Kilgarra mountain,
I met with Captain Farrell and his money he was counting;
I first produced my pistol, I then produced my rapier,
"Stand and deliver for I am a bold deceiver."

With me ring-um du-ram da. Whack fol the daddy-o,
Whack fol the daddy-o, there's whiskey in the jar.

Well he counted out his money and it made a pretty penny,
I put it in my pocket and I brought it home to Jenny;
She sighed and she swore that she would ne'er deceive me,
But the devil take the women for they never can be easy.

With me ring-um du-ram da. Whack fol the daddy-o,
Whack fol the daddy-o, there's whiskey in the jar.

Well I went into my chamber for to take my slumber,
I dreamt of gold and jewels and for sure it was no wonder;
As Jenny took my pistols and filled them up with water,
Then called the Captain to be ready for the slaughter.

With me ring-um du-ram da. Whack fol the daddy-o,
Whack fol the daddy-o, there's whiskey in the jar.

Oh early next morning, as I arose to travel,
Up came a band of footmen and likewise Captain Farrell;
Well I first produced my pistol, she'd stolen my rapier,
I couldn't shoot for the water so a prisoner I was taken.

With me ring-um du-ram da. Whack fol the daddy-o,
Whack fol the daddy-o, there's whiskey in the jar.

Now some men take delight in the carriages a-rolling,
Others take delight in the fighting and the bowling;
But me I take delight in the juice of the barley,
And sleeping with the women in the morning bright and early.

With me ring-um du-ram da. Whack fol the daddy-o,
Whack fol the daddy-o, there's whiskey in the jar.

With me ring-um du-ram da. Whack fol the daddy-o,
Whack fol the daddy-o, there's whiskey in the jar.

####.... Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad [Laws L13] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, Whiskey In The Jar, published by E M A Hodges (London) sometime between 1846 and 1854, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 15(372a) ....####
This variant was recorded by Sullivan's Gypsies (The Leprechaun, trk#2, 1969, Hi-Lite, Toronto, Ontario) which included Tom Sullivan of Tyrone, Ireland, and Garret Kavanagh, Fergus O'Byrne and Dermot O'Reilly of Dublin, before O'Byrne and O'Reilly formed Ryan's Fancy with Denis Ryan.

A variant was arranged and recorded as Whiskey In The Jar by Shanneyganock on compilation albums of various artists (Newfoundland Drinking Songs, trk#1, 2005 CD, Avondale Music, St John's, NL); and (Atlantic Standards, trk#12, 2006 CD, Warner Music Canada, Toronto, Ontario).


See more songs by Shanneyganock.

A variant was also recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Currahs, Minstrels, Rocks & Whiskey, trk#1, 1971, Gunn Records).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was collected by MacEdward Leach and published as #117, There's Whiskey In The Jar in Folk Ballads And Songs Of The Lower Labrador Coast by the National Museum of Canada (Ottawa, 1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was also collected by Helen Creighton [1899-1989] and published as #88 Whiskey In The Jar in Songs And Ballads From Nova Scotia (Dent, 1932; Dover, 1966).


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As [C] I was going over [Am] the far Kilgarra mountain,
I [F] met with Captain Farrell and his [C] money he was counting.
[C] I first withdrew my pistol and [Am] then withdrew my rapier,
"[F] Stand and deliver for I am [C] a bold deceiver."

With me [G7] ring-um du-ram da. [C] Whack fol the daddy-o,
[Am] Whack fol the [F] daddy-o, there's [C] whiskey in [G7] the [C] jar.


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