Play the Irish Tune "Whiskey in the Jar"
â€śWhiskey in the Jarâ€ť tells a tale of highway robbery and romantic betrayal that has been popular for over 200 years. A song with real attitude, itâ€™s been performed by everybody from the Dubliners (Irish Drinking Songs) to Metallica (Garage, Inc.) and shows no sign of fading from the pub scene. The first eight bars are shown below.
Itâ€™s somewhat unclear where this little drama took place. For years Iâ€™ve sung the first line to include â€śthe far Gilgarry mountains,â€ť blissfully unaware that Iâ€™d garbled the name back in my checkered youth. But I refuse to take too much blame, as there seem to be abundant variants besides mine. â€śFar famed Kerry Mountainsâ€ť and â€śCork and Kerry Mountainsâ€ť are pretty fair candidates for accuracy. And Shane McGowan of the Pogues sang â€śKilmagenny Mountainsâ€ť even though the closest thing to Kilmagenny in Ireland is a Kilmaganny Parish in County Kilkenny. So take this excerpt in the loose and forgiving form in which itâ€™s offered and pick whatever mountains seem best.
Excerpted from Irish Songs for Guitar