As I was a goin' over the far famed Kerry mountains I met with captain Farrell and his money he was counting I first produced my pistol And then produced my rapier "Stand and deliver For I am a bold deceiver"
Mush-a ring dum-a do dum-a da Whack for the daddy-o Whack for the daddy-o 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 Johnny He said and he swore That he never would deceive me The devil take the men For they never can be easy
I went up to my chamber, All for to take a slumber I dreamt of gold and jewels And for sure 't was no wonder Johnny took my charges and He filled them up with water Then sent for captain Farrell To be ready for the slaughter
It was early in the morning, As I rose up for travel The guards were all around me And likewise captain Farrell I first produced me pistol For he stole away my rapier I couldn't shoot the water, So a prisoner I was taken
If anyone can aid me It's my brother in the army If I can find his station Down in Cork or in Killarney And if he'll come and save me, We'll go roving near Killkenny I swear he'll treat me better Than me darling sportling Johnny
Now some men take delight In the drinking and the roving The others take delight In the gambling and the smoking But I take delight In the juice of the barley And courting handsome lovers In the morning bright and early