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Whiskey Rover Down - Lyrics

As I was goin' over
The Kilgary Mountains
I met with Captain Farrell
And his money, he was countin'
I first produced me pistol
And then produced me rapier
Sayin', "Stand and deliver boy for you are a bold deceiver."
With a ring a dum a lum dum
Whack-o for my daddy-o
Whack-o for my daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar.

Well I counted all his money
And it made a pretty penny
And I put it in my pocket
And gave it to my Jenny
Oh, she vowed and she swore
That never would she deceive me
But the devil take the women
For they never can be easy

With a ring a dum a lum dum
Whack-o for my daddy-o
Whack-o for my daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar.

Well I went into my chamber
All to take a slumber
I dreamt of gold and jewels
And I'm sure it was a wonder
Jenny took me charges
And filled them up with fodder
And sent for Captain Farrell
To be ready for the slaughter
And I ring a dum a lum dum
Whack-o for my daddy-o
Whack-o for my daddy-o
There's whiskey in the jar.

Well I've been a wild rover
for many's the year
And I've spent all me money
on whiskey and beer
But now I'm returning
with gold in great store
And I never will play the wild rover no more

And it's no, nay, never
No, nay, never no more
Will I play the wild rover
No, never no more

I went into an alehouse
I used to frequent
And I told the landlady
me money was spent
I asked her for credit,
she answered me "nay"
"Such a custom as yours I can have every day"

And it's no, nay, never
No, nay, never no more
Will I play the wild rover
No, never no more

I took out of my pocket
ten sovereigns bright
And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight
She says "Oooo I have whiskeys and wines of the best"
And the words that you spoke sure were only in jest
For it's no, nay, never
No, nay, never no more
Will I play the wild rover
No, never no more

Near Banbridge town, in the County Down
One morning last July
Down a bóithrín green came a sweet cailie
And she smiled as she passed me by.
She looked so sweet in her two bare feet
To the sheen of her nut-brown hair
Such a coaxing elf, So I shook myself
To see if she was really there.

From Bantry Bay down to Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin town
No maid I've seen like the fair cailie
That I met in the County Down.

She onward sped and I scratched my head
And I looked with a feeling red
And I said, says I, to a passerby
"Who's the maiden with the nut-brown hair?"
He smiled at me, and he says says he,
"She's the gem of old Ireland's crown.
Young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann
And the star of the County Down."

From Bantry Bay down to Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin town
No maid I've seen like the fair cailie
That I met in the County Down.

She looks so sly with a rovin' eye
And a smile like a rose in June
And heartache's note from a lily white coat
As she lilted an Irish tune
At the barnin' dance I was in the trance
As she tripped to a real low jig
When her eyes would roll she'd coax my soul
Just like from a hungry pig.

From Bantry Bay down to Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin town
No maid I've seen like the fair cailie
That I met in the County Down.
From Bantry Bay down to Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin town
No maid I've seen like the fair cailie
That I met in the County Down.
From Bantry Bay down to Derry Quay
From Galway to Dublin town
No maid I've seen like the fair cailie
That I met at the County Down.
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