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Thin Lizzy, Whiskey In The Jar.
 Tabbed by Stefano, barleycorn@infinito.it.
  
Whiskey In The Jar - Thin Lizzy

I found this song in Lars Von Trier's "Breaking The Waves" soundtrack (great
movie, indeed). I don't think it can be heard on any Thin Lizzy album, as it was
released as a single.

It took me two days to work it out and a whole morning to write the tabs, til I
got definitely bored of this song... I hope you'll enjoy. I wonder how many
people will look for this song, as it is a pretty obscure one. Anyway I really
like it, and it features great soloing by Gary Moore, so I think it's worth
learning.

Btw, the verses of this song are an old Irish Tune... I once heard it played on
a violin (and I was playing the guitar in the background). The tune is actually
in D, with a slightly different ending; the chord pattern is:
||: D | D | Bm | Bm | G | G | D | A :||, then
| A | A | D | D | G | G | A | D (end)|

Any comments, additions or improvements are welcome. Though I did my best (and I
think it's fairly accurate), I know something here and there in the
transctiption is not correct. Let me know what you think.

Just one more thing: does anybody want to transcribe Gary Moore's version of
"Don't Believe A Word" for me?

26/07/00, Stefano Serafin (barleycorn@infinito.it)

Now, the song:


                       WHISKEY IN THE JAR - THIN LIZZY


intro: Am G Em (scrape strings with a pick or strum very fast)
main riff: | G F  Em   G   |  (2 times)
           | ^ ^  strum... |

   G                    Em
As I was goin' over the Cork and Kerry mountains
   C                           G
I saw Captain Farrell and his money he was countin'
   G                            Em
I first produced my pistol and then produced my rapier
        C                          G
I said stand-o and deliver or the devil he may take ya

               D
chorus: Musha ring dum a doo dum a da
       C
        Whack for my daddy-o

        Whack for my daddy-o
                 G
        There's whiskey in the jar-o

main riff:

I took all of his money, and it was a pretty penny
I took all of his money and I brought it home to Molly
She swore that she'd love me, never would she leave me
But the devil take that woman for you know she tricked me easy

chorus:

solo: | G F   Em |
        ^ ^  strum...
      verse
      chorus
      main riff 

Being drunk and weary I went to Molly's chamber
Takin' my money with me and I never knew the danger
For about six or maybe seven in walked Captain Farrell
I jumped up, fired off my pistols and I shot him with both barrels

chorus:

main riff:

Now some men like the fishin' and some men like the fowlin'
And some men like ta hear a cannon ball a-roarin'
Me I like sleepin' specially in my Molly's chamber
But here I am in prison, here I am with a ball and chain, yeah

chorus:

Then | Em | G | ad libitum, fading out

################################################################################

notes: a ^ under a note or a chord name means a staccato.
       a |--3--| under the tab means a triplet.
       14b(16)r14 means bend up one tone, then release.
       some of the slide ups yoe see are actually bends... but it's a matter of
       personal taste.

################################################################################

intro (it's actually 2 electric guitars playing slightly different notes):

  Am                                                                 G
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-13---13-13p12p10-----(10)/12-12-12p10--------------(not sure.....)-----------|
|---------------------------------------12-12b(14)---12p10---------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------12-11p10-------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------12-10--------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                                     |--3--| |--3--|
                 Em
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------(not sure here... + marks the stressed notes)|
|----------------9h12p9---------------------+----------------------------------|
|-----------9-12--------10/12-----/12-11-10-9-------+--------------------------|
|--12p10-12-----------------------------------12-11-10---------+-------+-------|
|-----------------------------------------------------12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-------|
                                            |--3--| |--3--|

################################################################################

main riff:

this lick is not enough... I think there's probably another guitar doubling
five semitones lower, or maybe Gary Moore uses an octave divider, or something
like that... I really can't understand where the trick is. While playing the
hammer-ons on the G string (7h9h11 and 0h2h4), be as quick as you can.

|-------------------------------|----|---------------------------|-------------|
|-------------8-------------8---|----|-----------3---------------|-------------|
|:-7-7-7h9h11---9--11--7--9----:|-x3-|-0-0-0h2h4---0-2-0-(2)/4-0-|------0----0-|
|:-^---------------------------:|----|-^-------------------------|-(4)/5--4/5--|
|-------------------------------|----|---------------------------|-(end of solo)
|-------------------------------|----|----------------------(else w/tremolo bar)

(variation)
|---------------7-----7-----------|--------------------------------------------|
|------------10----10----10--8----|--------------------------------------------|
|--7--9--11-----------------------|--------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|

################################################################################

solo:
             Em                   G
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------8----------8---12-13-15-13-12h13p12----12---------------12-13-15--|
|-7-7-7h9h11---9-11-7-9-------------------------14----14-12-11-12-14-------^---|
|-^----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

         Em                                         C
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-12-15-/17-17-15-17-/20-17-15-(15)h17p15h17-----15----------------------------|
|------------------------^--^----------------/16----17-16-14----------17p16p14-|
|---------------------------------------------------^--^--^--17-15-14----------|
|------------------------------------------------------------^--^--^-----------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                                    |---3---|---3---|
                 G                                        G
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------12-13-15-13-12h13p12----12-|
|--------------------------------------------------12---------------------14---|
|-17-15-14----------------------------------------12---------------------------|
|-^--^--^--17-15-14b(15)r(14)b(15)r(14)b(15)r14---rake-------------------------|
|----------^--^----------------------------------------------------------------|
        |--3--|
                                 Em
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------12-13-15--12-15-/17-17-15-17-/20-17-15-(15)h17p15h17------15--|
|-14-12-11-12-14-------^-----------------------------------------------/16-----|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

   C                                                G
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------12-h13-12------------12----|
|--17-16-14------------------14----16----17----19---12--12-12-14-9-12/14-^--12-|
|--^--^--^--17-15-14---14h17----17----17----17------12-h14-12-14-9-12/14----12-|
|-----------^--^--^------------------------------(that's the way I play it, but)
|------------------------------------------------(it may be something different)
   |---3---|---3---|
         D                                                               C
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----12-14b(16)-14(16)r14-12---------12h14p12---------12h14-------------------|
|-/14-------------------------14-12h14---------14-12h14------14-12-12-11-10----|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

                                                  G
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------15b(17)b(17)--|
|-------------------------------------/21----/17--h14-12------14---------------|
|--12-10--/14-12-/15-14-/17-15-/19-17-----17-/17--h14-12--/17------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


|---------------------------15h17--15------------------------------------------|
|----------17h20b(22)--15h17---------------------------------------------------|
|--19b(21)------------------------------then main riff-------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

################################################################################

old irish tune (this can be heard somewhere during the verses):
    G          Em          C             G
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---7-9-7----7-9-11-9----7-9-11-12-11-9--7-12-11-9-----------------------------|
|-9-------9-----------9----------------------------9---------------------------|
|-(.................fast picking...................)---------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

################################################################################

some of Gary Moore's playing while fading out goes like this:

|-------------3-------------|----------------3---------------3-----------------|
|-------------3-------------|--------3---------------3-------------------------|
|:-0-0-2-0h2h4---0h2-2-0h2-:|--0h2h4---0h2h4---0h2h4---0h2h4-----etc...--------|
|:-------------------------:|--------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------|--------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------|--------------------------------------------------|

that's it!
cheers
Stefano 
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CuteBassBabe4 wrote on December 26 2001, 12:00 am

Eric Bell was the guitarist on this Thin Lizzy song

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kingeskimo wrote on February 3 2002, 12:00 am

Its on the album "wild one:the very best of thin lizzy"

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jh jr. wrote on May 12 2002, 12:00 am

definitely the best version of this song, almost perfect. congrats!

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