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Thread #3648   Message #18733
Posted By: Jon W.
05-Jan-98 - 12:31 PM
Thread Name: Moonshine Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: THE MOONSHINER^^
For Murray, here's the Clancy Bros. & Tommy Makem version of "The Moonshiner". I belive Tommy Makem does the vocals on this one. It's from a recording of Irish drinking songs.

Clancy Bros. and Tommy Makem

I've been a moonshiner for many a year,
I've spent all me money on whiskey and beer,
I'll go to some hollow and set up me still,
And I'll make you a gallon for a ten shilling bill.

I'm a rambler, I'm a gambler, I'm a long ways from home,
And if you don't like me well leave me alone,
I'll eat when I'm hungry and I'll drink when I'm dry,
And if moonshine don't kill me I'll live 'til I die.

I'll go to some hollow in this coun-ter-ee,
Ten gallons of wash I can go on a spree,
No women to follow, the world is all mine,
And I love none so well as I love the moonshine.

Oh moonshine dear moonshine, oh how I love thee,
You killed me old father but dare ye try me?
Oh bless all moonshiners and bless all moonshine,
Oh it's breath smells as sweet as the dew on the vine.

Also, Joan Baez did the "copper kettle/coil" song you mentioned - but as you said, it probably has a longer history.