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Whiskey In The Jar Irish song lyrics and guitar chords, The Dubliners. A traditional song.This song is probibly the most famous folk / Irish song of all time. Some say It dates way back to the 1730s. It was brought back to life by The Dubliners in the early 60s with Luke Kelly on vocals. There are many versions around the world but the one here is by The Dubliners. The video lesson is by Brian Flynn who also plays it in the key of C Major. Lear this one because it's a standard at most sessions and at some stage you will be asked to play it.                                              

[C]As I was going over the[Am,] far fam'd Kerry Mountains,
I[F] met with Captain Farrel, and his[C] money he was[G] countin',
I[C] first produced my pistol, and I[Am] than produced my rapier,
Sayin': [F]"Stand and deliver for you[C] are my bold deceiver". 

CHO: Musha[G] ring dum a doo dum a da,
[C]Whack fol de daddy o,
[F]Whack fol de daddy o
There's[C] whiskey[G] in the[C] 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 sighed, and she swore that she never would deceive me,
But the devil takes 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 drew my charges and she filled them out with water,
Then sent for Captain Farrel, to be ready for the slaughter.

'Twas early in the morning just before I rose to travel,
Up comes a band of footmen 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 'tis 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 roving in Kilkenny,
And I'm sure he'll treat me better than my darling sporting Jenny.



The above photos of the sheet music named it as Whiskey In The Jug. This is the earliest printed version of the song I could find. The date it was published was 1858 in Boston Mass. Although it says Whiskey In The Jug it's clearly the same song as whiskey in the jar, although the melody differs slightly, the words are basically the same.

This version by Brian Flynn is the same as The Dubliner's version with Luke Kelly doing the singing, same chords that is.


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