Friday, 13 July 2012

Whiskey in the Jar




I found myself idly wondering how an old Irish folk song managed to acquire one of the rock guitar riffs of all time via Thin Lizzy. the answer to this particular question still remains obscure, but I do like the lyrics - not the chorus, which is aload of nonsense words, but the verses. Who was Captain Farrell? Wikipedia suggests a military or government official which sounds a likely answer. I also like the phrase 'took me easy' that appear in a lot of the online lyrics but unfiortunately that would appear to be amis-hearing of 'tricked me easy'.

Just to give a bit of background, here is Irish traveller and traditional musician Pecker Dunne (calm down American persons - he's called Pecker for an entirely innocent reason - see linked text) with his version of Whiskey in the Jar. He's 79 now, was born in a horse drawn caravan and is still around. And, no - I dont know why he seems to have a hole in his forehead either. Otherwise happy weekend to all  - the rabbit is off to see Springsteen in concert in Hyde Park tomorrow - it's still on despite endless rain thanks to 8,000 cubic metres of woodchip deposited over Hyde Prk. the rabbit is taking the plastic anorak thingy he got for Maid of the Mist - the boat that takes you up to Niagara Falls through a barrage of water droplets.

7 comments:

JoJo said...

Have fun at the concert! :)

white rabbit said...

Thank you JoJo - I will report!

sybil law said...

Sweet Thin Lizzy clip!
Have fun at Springsteen! I saw him back in the 80's - free ticket. It was actually a pretty great show.
I didn't listen to the Pecker dude, but I'm sure he's great. We definitely have similar tastes in music!

Mahal said...

Was it you who pulled the plug?

phil5 said...

The words I learnt go 'But the devil take the women for they never can be easy', which is more of a philosophical take on things I suppose :-)

white rabbit said...

Mahal - Certainly not!

Phil 5 - Welcome to my humble blog and how are the other 4 Phils? Being ye olde folk song there seem to be alls orts of variants to the lyrics. Pecker Dunne's version has anumber of differences to the Thin Lizzy version.

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