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Whiskey in the Jar + The Silver Spear

from Neat Little Still: The Authorized Bootlegs, Vol. 1 by Patrick Clifford



Recorded live, at Mannion's Irish Pub in Somerville NJ, on January 21, 2011.


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 I then produced my rapier
Saying, "Stand and deliver, for I'm your bold deceiver"

Musha 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 my pocket and I took it out to Jenny
She sighed and she swore that she never would deceive me
But the devil take that woman, for they never can be easy

I went into my chamber, all for to take a slumber
I dreamed of gold and jewels and sure it 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

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

If anyone can aid me, it's my brother in the army
But a new station will be in Cork or in Killarney
And if he'll come to join me, we'll go roving near Kilkenny
And I swear he'd treat me fairer than my army sporting Jenny

Now some take delight when the carriages are rolling
Others take delight in the hurling and the bowling
Me, I take delight in the juice of the barley
And courting pretty Jenny in the morning bright and early


from Neat Little Still: The Authorized Bootlegs, Vol. 1, track released January 21, 2011
Patrick Clifford: Vocals and guitar
Peter Kane: Fiddle
Randy Decker: Percussion, vocals


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Patrick Clifford New York, New York

Patrick Clifford is an Irish-American musician, songwriter, and producer.

He performs and records Irish traditional standards; skillfully crafted original songs and compositions; and discerning covers of contemporary Irish and American songwriters such as Pete St. John, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.

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