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
I then produced my rapier
I said, "Stand and deliver oh, or the devil he may take ya"

Yeah

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, yeah, yeah, oh, go
Oh, oh, yeah

Now some men like a fishin'
And some men like the fowlin'
And 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, yeah

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 Lyrics as written by Eric Bell Philip Parris Lynott

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  • +8
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    I 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 12, 2009   Link
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    Just 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
  • +1
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    One of my all-time fave partyin' songs...Metallica improved SO much on the original with this cover...

    babytexon January 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    alright, 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 Comment

    I always lean toward the Brothers Four version of this one entitled Darlin Sporting Jenny recorded back in the early 60s.

    Chi-Chiefon January 21, 2024   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    About a theif who stole things from others to make his girl happy, but then was betrayed by her.

    King Nothingon April 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The 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
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    i just like the song it rocks

    mushroom_man187on May 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    great song, metallica rocks!!

    evilchildon May 19, 2002   Link
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    Actually, betrayal is also in this version. "For the devil take that women, for you know she tricked me easy."

    King Nothingon May 28, 2002   Link

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