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"Whiskey in the Jar" is a famous Irish traditional song, set in the southern mountains of Ireland, with specific mention of counties Cork and Kerry, as well as Fenit, a village in county Kerry. It is about a Rapparee (Highwayman), who is betrayed by his wife or lover, and is one of the most widely performed traditional Irish songs. It has been recorded by numerous professional artists since the 1950s. The song first gained wide exposure when the Irish folk band The Dubliners performed it internationally as a signature song, and recorded it on three albums in the 1960s. Building on their success, the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy hit the Irish and British pop charts with the song in the early 1970s. The American metal band Metallica brought it to a wider rock audience in 1998 by playing a version very similar to that of Thin Lizzy's with a heavier sound, and won a Grammy for the song in 2000 for Best Hard Rock Performance. Wikipedia

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Song Lyrics

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 dum-a do dum-a da
Whack for my daddy-o.
Whack for my 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

Mush-a ring dum-a do dum-a da
Whack for my daddy-o.
Whack for my daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar

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 drew me charges and she filled them up with water
Then sent for captain Farrell to be ready for the slaughter

Mush-a ring dum-a do dum-a da
Whack for my daddy-o.
Whack for my daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar

'Twas 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

Mush-a ring dum-a do dum-a da
Whack for my daddy-o.
Whack for my daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar

Now there's some take delight in the 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

Mush-a ring dum-a do dum-a da
Whack for my daddy-o.
Whack for my daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar

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 Killkenny
And I'm sure he'll treat me better than my own a-sporting Jenny

Mush-a ring dum-a do dum-a da
Whack for my daddy-o.
Whack for my daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar

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Release History

Disc Track Album Year
1 4 More Of The Hard Stuff Studio Album 1967
1 13 The Story Of The Dubliners Album
1 2 The Dubliners Album 2001
1 13 Live At The Albert Hall London Album 1969
1 1 Ballads On Tap... Studio Album 1975
1 9 30 Years A-Greying Studio Album 1996
1 3 The Dubliners Live Album 1974
1 8 Live In Carré, Amsterdam Album 1985
1 16 Seven Drunken Nights Studio Album 1905
1 3 The Best Of The Dubliners Compilation 2010
1 3 20 Original Greatest Hits Compilation
1 2 Best Of Compilation 1998
1 20 Original Dubliners 1966-1969 1996
1 11 Golden Folk Songs Compilation 1973
1 4 2 Originals Of The Dubliners Volume One Compilation 1978
1 6 Millenium Collection Compilation 1999
1 1 The Dubliners Compilation 1968
1 3 The Best Of The Original Dubliners Compilation 2003
1 11 Too Late To Stop Now! The Very Best Of The Dubliners Compilation 2006
1 4 The Very Best Of The Original Dubliners Compilation 2010
1 3 20 Original Greatest Hits Compilation 1978
1 12 Collection Compilation 1979
1 1 The Best Of The Dubliners Compilation 1976
1 12 Spirit Of The Irish - The Ultimate Collection Unclassified 2003
1 6 Wild Rover Compilation 1998
1 20 Whiskey In The Jar Compilation 1996
1 1 Irish Pub Songs Compilation 1997
1 7 Luke's Legacy Studio Album
1 1 The Best of Irish Pub Songs Studio Album
1 1 Live From the Gaiety Studio Album 2004
1 25 A Parcel of Rogues Studio Album 1995
1 9 Alive - Alive - O Studio Album 1997
1 13 A Time to Remember Live 2009
1 11 2006 - Live At Vicar Street Live 2006
1 13 Live at the Albert Hall Live 1969
1 2 A Night Out With the Dubliners Live 1999
1 1 Seven Drunken Nights Compilation 2003
1 3 20 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Compilation
1 11 Too Late to Stop Now: The Very Best of the Dubliners Compilation 2006
1 5 The Best, Volume 1 Compilation
1 5 Double Gold Compilation 2002
1 3 The Best Of Compilation 1905
1 15 Complete Collection Compilation
1 25 Foggy Dew Compilation 2005
1 5 The Definitive Dubliners: 33 of Their Greatest Hits Compilation 2001
1 2 The Very Best Of Compilation 2010
1 4 The Best Of... Compilation 1999
1 1 40 Greatest Hits Compilation
1 20 The Dubliners Greatest Hits Compilation
1 1 Whiskey in the Jar Compilation
1 1 Milestones Studio Album 2013
1 12 Spirit of the Irish: The Ultimate Collection Compilation 2003
1 1 Ballads on Tap ... Compilation 1989
1 2 The Best Of Compilation 1999
1 18 The Dubliners 20 Greatest Hits
1 3 Irish Pub Songs
1 6 Millenium Collection
1 9 Seven Drunken Nights
1 2 A Night Out With 1999
1 5 The Dubliners
1 8 Live in Carré (Amsterdam) 1987
1 6 The Dubliners #1
1 7 Celtic Collections
1 2 IRISH DRINKING SONGS
1 8 Live in Carre Studio Album 1985
1 20 Whiskey in the Jar [Music Digital] Studio Album 2003
1 11 Live at Vicar Street Studio Album 2006
1 13 Time To Remember Studio Album

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