King Billy Sessions
  Whisky in the jar  

As I was a-walking by Kilgary Mountain
I met Captain Pepper and his money he was counting
I rattled out my pistol and I drew forth my sabre
Crying, "Stand and deliver, for I am the bold deceiver."


With my shiringum dirum da
Whack fol the daddy o
Whack fol the daddy o
There's whisky in the jar.

Those gold and silver coins they looked so bright and shiny
I took them home straight way and I gave them to my Jenny
She vowed and she promised that she never would deceive me
But the devil's in the women and you never can believe them

Next morning I awoke between six and seven
The guards were all around me in numbers odd and even
I grabbed for my pistols, but alas I was mistaken
My pistol had been fired and a prisoner I was taken.

They put me into jail without judge or writing
For robbing Colonel Pepper all on Kilgary Mountain
But they didn't take my fists so I knocked the sentry down
Shiringumed out of jail and headed out of town.

Some people take delight in a-fishing or a-bowling
Some take delight in their carriages a-rolling
But I take delight in the juice of the barley
And courting pretty fair maids till morning so early

From Jeannie Laughlin


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