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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 (x2)
  ^ ^  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


[Chorus]

       D
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 Chords]

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 

[Instrumental]
(fading out)


[Intro]
(it's actually 2 electric guitars playing slightly different notes):

  Am                                                                 G

e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-13---13-13p12p10-----(10)/12-12-12p10--------------(not sure.....)-----------|
G|---------------------------------------12-12b(14)---12p10---------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------12-11p10-------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------12-10--------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                                      |--3--| |--3--|
                  Em
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------(not sure here... + marks the stressed notes)|
G|----------------9h12p9---------------------+----------------------------------|
D|-----------9-12--------10/12-----/12-11-10-9-------+--------------------------|
A|--12p10-12-----------------------------------12-11-10---------+-------+-------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------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.

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


[Variation]

e|---------------7-----7-----------|--------------------------------------------|
B|------------10----10----10--8----|--------------------------------------------|
G|--7--9--11-----------------------|--------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|


[Solo]
              Em                   G
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------8----------8---12-13-15-13-12h13p12----12---------------12-13-15--|
G|-7-7-7h9h11---9-11-7-9-------------------------14----14-12-11-12-14-------^---|
D|-^----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

         Em                                         C
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-12-15-/17-17-15-17-/20-17-15-(15)h17p15h17-----15----------------------------|
G|------------------------^--^----------------/16----17-16-14----------17p16p14-|
D|---------------------------------------------------^--^--^--17-15-14----------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------^--^--^-----------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                                     |---3---|---3---|

                 G                                        G
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------12-13-15-13-12h13p12----12-|
G|--------------------------------------------------12---------------------14---|
D|-17-15-14----------------------------------------12---------------------------|
A|-^--^--^--17-15-14b(15)r(14)b(15)r(14)b(15)r14---rake-------------------------|
E|----------^--^----------------------------------------------------------------|
         |--3--|

                                 Em
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------12-13-15--12-15-/17-17-15-17-/20-17-15-(15)h17p15h17------15--|
G|-14-12-11-12-14-------^-----------------------------------------------/16-----|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

   C                                                G
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------12-h13-12------------12----|
G|--17-16-14------------------14----16----17----19---12--12-12-14-9-12/14-^--12-|
D|--^--^--^--17-15-14---14h17----17----17----17------12-h14-12-14-9-12/14----12-|
A|-----------^--^--^------------------------------(that's the way I play it, but)
E|------------------------------------------------(it may be something different)
    |---3---|---3---|

         D                                                               C
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----12-14b(16)-14(16)r14-12---------12h14p12---------12h14-------------------|
D|-/14-------------------------14-12h14---------14-12h14------14-12-12-11-10----|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

                                                   G
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------15b(17)b(17)--|
G|-------------------------------------/21----/17--h14-12------14---------------|
D|--12-10--/14-12-/15-14-/17-15-/19-17-----17-/17--h14-12--/17------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


e|---------------------------15h17--15------------------------------------------|
B|----------17h20b(22)--15h17---------------------------------------------------|
G|--19b(21)------------------------------then main riff-------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


old irish tune (this can be heard somewhere during the verses):

     G          Em          C             G
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---7-9-7----7-9-11-9----7-9-11-12-11-9--7-12-11-9-----------------------------|
D|-9-------9-----------9----------------------------9---------------------------|
A|-(.................fast picking...................)---------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


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

e|-------------3-------------|----------------3---------------3-----------------|
B|-------------3-------------|--------3---------------3-------------------------|
G|:-0-0-2-0h2h4---0h2-2-0h2-:|--0h2h4---0h2h4---0h2h4---0h2h4-----etc...--------|
D|:-------------------------:|--------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------|--------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------|--------------------------------------------------|



************************************

| p          Pull-off
| h          Hammer-on
| /          Slide up
| x          Dead note
| ^          stacatto
| |--3--|    triplet.
| 14b(16)r14 bend up one tone, then release.
       
************************************

            
            
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CuteBassBabe4 10 Dec 25, 2001 07:00 PM

Eric Bell was the guitarist on this Thin Lizzy song

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kingeskimo 50 Feb 02, 2002 07:00 PM

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

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jh jr. 50 May 11, 2002 08:00 PM

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

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