Musical Interlude: “Whiskey in the Jar”, by Thin Lizzy

17 Mar

This is the version of the old Irish folk song that Metallica later covered in a hard-rock version, but I like this psychedelic-rock version a bit more.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Posted by on March 17, 2015 in music


11 responses to “Musical Interlude: “Whiskey in the Jar”, by Thin Lizzy

  1. Will S.

    March 17, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Sunny Side Blog.

  2. electricangel

    March 17, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Am listening to David Russell’s Message of the Sea at the moment. Old Scootish and Oirish songs played on acoustic guitar. THat, and a foin beer have made for a foin St. Patty’s Day.

  3. electricangel

    March 17, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Hah! Those damn Celts were pedestalizers. The snappy tune I just listened to? “cherish the ladies.”

  4. Will S.

    March 17, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Sounds good!

    I went to a plastic paddywhackery ‘Oirish’ place with an awful band, just because I felt like going out, and it’s eight minutes’ from where I live. And had several wee drops of the creature, as well as a pint. But in all honesty, I’ve had more fun listening to Irish music on satellite radio, in my car today, before and after work.

  5. ray

    March 18, 2015 at 12:18 am

    The Boys in fine form.


  6. Will S.

    March 18, 2015 at 4:33 am

    Oh yeah! 🙂

  7. feeriker

    March 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I hadn’t heard this version before, but add it the list of Thin Lizzy’s best (i.e., pretty much everything they ever did).

    Given that this is a traditional Irish mainstay, I’m surprised that the Ulster Rovers (mysteriously misnamed the “Irish” Rovers) never covered it (unless I’ve missed something; it s not on any of their Greatest Hits collections).

  8. Will S.

    March 18, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Yeah, I love everything else I know of by Thin Lizzy (which admittedly isn’t a whole lot; mostly ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’, ‘Jailbreak’, and ‘Cowboy Song’). 🙂

  9. Will S.

    March 21, 2015 at 10:38 am

    It is indeed surprising the Rovers never covered it.

    The reason why ‘Irish Rovers’ is because that sells better, alas… In another time, ‘Ulster Rovers’ would have worked better in Toronto, where they’re based, when Toronto was still highly Orange and Ulsterish. But not so much any more, not for years now… Plus they were going after the American market too, not just the local Canadian one, and ‘Irish’ always sells well there, whereas ‘Ulster’ is pretty much unknown except to Scotch Irish folks…


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