Christmas 2012 and the Dubliners made their final appearance in their native town. After 50 years as a ballad group and with none of the original members remaining it was time to put the instruments back in their cases and take a well earned rest. Have you ever wondered, of all their ballads, which one song gave the Dubliners their start?
THE WILD ROVER I've been a wild rover for many's the year 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 in to 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 customer as you I can have any day" I took up from my pocket ten souvereigns bright And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight She says "I have whiskeys and wines of the best And the words that you told me were only in jest" I'll go home to my parents, confess what I've done and I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son And when they've caressed me as oft times before I never will play the wild rover no more Listen to The Wild Rover from: Mick West, Maeve Mackinnon Watch The Wild Rover from: The Dubliners (2012) Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly
The Wild Rover
WHISKEY IN THE JAR As I was going over far fam'd Kerry Mountains I met with Captain Farrell and his money he was countin' I first produced my pistol, and I then produced my rapier Sayin': "Stand and deliver for you are my bold deceiver" Musha ring dum a doo dum a da Whack fol de daddy Oh Whack fol de daddy Oh 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 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 up with water Then sent for Captain Farrell to be ready for the slaughter 'Twas early in the morning just before I rose to travel Up comes a band of fottmen and liekwise Captain Farrell 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 fidn 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 Listen to Whiskey in the Jar from: Brian Roebuck, ThingumaJig Watch Whiskey in the Jar from: The Dubliners (2012) Seán Cannon, Luke Kelly
Whiskey in the Jar
Photo Credits: (1)-(2), (4)-(5), (7)-(9) The Dubliners (Walkin' Tom, unknown); (3) "The Wild Rover", (6) "Whiskey in the Jar" (unknown).