"Whiskey in the Jar" as written by and Arr Lynott Traditional....
As I was goin' over
The Cork and Kerry Mountains
I saw Captain Farrell
And his money, he was countin'
I first produced my pistol
And then produced my rapier
I said, "Stand and deliver or the devil he may take ya"

I took all of his money
And it was a pretty penny
I took all of his money,
Yeah, and I brought it home to Molly
She swore that she loved me,
No, never would she leave me
But the devil take that woman,
Yeah, for you know she tricked me easy

Musha rain dum a doo, dum a da
Whack for my daddy, oh
Whack for my daddy, oh
There's whiskey in the jar, oh

Being drunk and weary
I went to Molly's chamber
Takin' Molly with me
But I never knew the danger
For about six or maybe seven,
Yeah, in walked Captain Farrell
I jumped up, fired my pistols
And I shot him with both barrels

Yeah, musha rain dum a doo, dum a da, ha, yeah
Whack for my daddy, oh
Whack for my daddy, oh
There's whiskey in the jar, oh

Yeah, whiskey, yo, whiskey
Oh, oh, yeah
Oh, oh, yeah

Now some men like a fishin'
But some men like the fowlin'
Some men like to hear,
To hear the cannonball roarin'
Me, I like sleepin',
'Specially in my Molly's chamber
But here I am in prison,
Here I am with a ball and chain, yeah

Musha rain dum a doo, dum a da, heh, heh
Whack for my daddy, oh
Whack for my daddy, oh
There's whiskey in the jar, oh, yeah
Whiskey in the jar, oh

Musha rain dum a doo, dum a da
Musha rain dum a doo, dum a da, hey
Musha rain dum a doo, dum a da
Musha rain dum a doo, dum a da, yeah


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"Whiskey In The Jar" as written by Arr Lynott

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Whiskey in the Jar (Thin Lizzy cover) song meanings
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  • +8
    General CommentI know this may sound a little dumb, but I always liked to think of this song being sung in the perspective of the man in prison telling the others he shares a cell with why he's in there in the first place, with the Whiskey being an actual bottle of Whiskey that is being passed around by the prisoners.
    JDF2376on July 11, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentOne of my all-time fave partyin' songs...Metallica improved SO much on the original with this cover...
    babytexon January 28, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJust as a point of interest, these are the original lyrics as my grandmother used to sing them....

    As I was going over the far famed Kerry mountains
    I met with captain Farrell and his money he was counting.
    I first produced my pistol, and then produced my rapier.
    Said stand and deliver, for I am a bold deceiver,

    musha ring dumma do damma da
    whack for the daddy 'ol
    whack for the daddy 'ol
    there's whiskey in the jar

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

    I went into my chamber, all for to take a slumber,
    I dreamt of gold and jewels and for sure it was no wonder.
    But Jenny took my charges and she filled them up with water,
    Then sent for captain Farrel to be ready for the slaughter.

    musha ring dumma do damma da
    whack for the daddy 'ol
    whack for the daddy 'ol
    there's whiskey in the jar


    It was early in the morning, as I rose up for travel,
    The guards were all around me and likewise captain Farrel.
    I first produced my pistol, for she stole away my rapier,
    But I couldn't shoot the water so a prisoner I was taken.

    If anyone can aid me, it's my brother in the army,
    If I can find his station down in Cork or in Killarney.
    And if he'll come and save me, we'll go roving near Kilkenny,
    And I swear he'll treat me better than me darling sportling Jenny

    Now some men take delight in the drinking and the roving,
    But others take delight in the gambling and the smoking.
    But I take delight in the juice of the barley,
    And courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early

    musha ring dumma do damma da
    whack for the daddy 'ol
    whack for the daddy 'ol
    there's whiskey in the jar
    Bazalon November 04, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentalright, this song was written A LONG TIME AGO. Thin Lizzy first recorded it though. It's a folktale about a highwayman that robs a man and brings it back to his wife and ends up in prison
    metallicaobsessor88on June 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThin Lizzy took and old Irish drinking song and disgraced Irish people everywhere with their version. For many years, the Irish suffered with the knowledge of this burden. Then, one day, a band of gods took the song and transformed it into one of the best drinking songs and hard rocking songs heard on the radio. The Irish where now happy, as they where blessed with the one force that change a shitty song into a headbanging classic: Metallica. And the Irish continue to drink happily to the old tradtional version, but never forget once a party really gets going that it' time to take it up a noch. The end.
    P.S. If the Irish didn't drink, they would rule the world!
    (In case you didn't take the hint, I am Irish hehe)
    EvilLawyeron March 22, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthands down, this's the best metallica song ever. this is the only metallica song I enjoy, except for Tuesday's gone
    guitarist_10on March 31, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout a theif who stole things from others to make his girl happy, but then was betrayed by her.
    King Nothingon April 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe problem is that the betrayal isn't in the Metallica lyrics. Perhaps in the Metallica version, he gets away from Captain Ferrel, and marries Molly (the ball n' chain).

    In the Dubliner's version, the hero is betrayed, and must escape prison.
    Jigokusabreon April 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just like the song it rocks
    mushroom_man187on May 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, metallica rocks!!
    evilchildon May 19, 2002   Link

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