"Whiskey In The Jar" as written by Jeremy Max Finer, Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan, Philip Chevron, James Thirkhill Fearnley, Darryl Gatwick Hunt, Andrew David Ranken, Peter Spider Stacey and Terry Woods....
As I was a goin' over the far famed Kerry mountains
I met with captain Farrell and his money he was counting
I first produced my pistol and I then produced my rapier
Saying "Stand and deliver" for he were a bold deceiver

Mush-a ring dumb-a do dumb-a da
Wack fall the daddy-o, wack fall the daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar

I counted out his money and it made a pretty penny
I put it in me pocket and I took it home to Jenny
She sighed and she swore that she never would deceive me
But the devil take the women for they never can be easy


I went up to my chamber, all for to take a slumber
I dreamt of gold and jewels and for sure 't was no wonder
But Jenny blew me charges and she filled them up with water
Then sent for captain Farrell to be ready for the slaughter


And 't was early in the morning, just before I rose to travel
Up comes a band of footmen and likewise captain Farrell
I first produced me pistol for she stole away me rapier
I couldn't shoot the water, so a prisoner I was taken


There's some take delight in the carriages a rolling
and others take delight in the hurling and the bowling
but I take delight in the juice of the barley
and courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early


And if anyone can aid me 't is my brother in the army
If I can find his station in Cork or in Killarney
And if he'll go with me, we'll go rovin' through Killkenney
And I'm sure he'll treat me better than my own a-sporting Jenny


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"Whiskey in the Jar" as written by Shane Patrick Lysaght Macgowan Jeremy Max Finer

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    General Commenti`ve heard The Pogues do at least two different versions of this song, when they do it with the Dubliners the last stanza goes:

    "There's some that take delight in their carriages a-rollin'
    and others take delight in the hurling and the bowling
    but I take delight in the juice of the barley
    and courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early"
    AirCav1stOfThe9thon June 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThose are the traditional lyrics in the version with the Dubliners. "Kilmagenny Mountain" should be "Far-famed Kelly mountains."
    MadWorldon June 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentActually it's the Cork and Kerry mountains. As for the differences in the lyrics, the posted version means the same as the traditional version, it's just updated words that make more sense to us.
    Reaveon August 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentReminds me of Germany and the Pogues and Dubliners playing. Promoter asked each of them what and how much drink they wanted. "one guiness", "two stout" etc. Then he came back whith the drink only to have the boys explain that one or two ment one or two crates not one or two drinks.
    still stupidon September 28, 2005   Link

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