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Whiskey In The Jar (Helen Creighton) score, MIDIs
See also: Whiskey In The Jar (Shanneyganock)
And also: Whiskey In The Jar (Sullivan's Gypsies)

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As I rode over Kilkenny mountain,
I met Captain Irwin and his money he was counting;
First I drew my dagger, then I drew my weapon,
Saying, "Stand and deliver, for I am a bold deceiver."

My cheering de ding de dey, right fall de daddy oh,
Right fall de daddy oh, there's whiskey in the jar.

I counted my money, I had a pretty penny,
I put it in my pocket and I carried it home to Molly O;
She swore in her heart that she never would deceive me,
But the devil's in the women for they never can be easy.

My cheering de ding de dey, right fall de daddy oh,
Right fall de daddy oh, there's whiskey in the jar.

I went to Molly's chamber to get a little slumber,
I laid my head upon the bed and it began to wonder;
I had not been lying there before I was awakened,
And press gang overtook me and among them was Captain Irwin.

My cheering de ding de dey, right fall de daddy oh,
Right fall de daddy oh, there's whiskey in the jar.

I reached for my pistol, but I was much mistaken,
I snapped them off and a prisoner I was taken;
She discharged my pistol, then she filled them with water,
A prisoner I was taken like a lamb upon a slaughter.

My cheering de ding de dey, right fall de daddy oh,
Right fall de daddy oh, there's whiskey in the jar.

I had two brothers, they both live in the army,
One is in Cork and the other in Killarney;
And if I had them here tonight I would be brisk and jolly,
I'd rather have them here tonight than you, my sporting Molly.

My cheering de ding de dey, right fall de daddy oh,
Right fall de daddy oh, there's whiskey in the jar.

My brother Pat he is a brisk young soldier,
He carries his firelock all over his left shoulder;
And on the field of battle, by me soul, he's ne'er undaunted,
For he'll fight like the devil or some fairy that is haunted.

My cheering de ding de dey, right fall de daddy oh,
Right fall de daddy oh, there's whiskey in the jar.

Some take delight in fishing and farming,
Others take delight in carriage rolling;
But I take delight in being brisk and jolly,
A-pouring out good whiskey stout for you, my sporting Molly.

My cheering de ding de dey, right fall de daddy oh,
Right fall de daddy oh, there's whiskey in the jar.

####.... Author unknown. 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 collected by Helen Creighton [1899-1989] and published as #88 in Songs And Ballads From Nova Scotia (Dent, 1932; Dover, 1966).

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


See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.


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