The Moonshiner

Tommy Makem

I've been a moonshiner for many a year

And I've spent all me money on whiskey and beer

I'll go to some hollow and I'll set up my 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 way from home

And if you don't like me

You can 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 till I die

I'll go to some hollow in this country

Ten gallons of wash and I'll go on a spree

No woman to follow and the world is all mine

I love none so well as I love the moonshine


Instrumental Verse and Chorus

Moonshine dear moonshine oh how I love thee

You killed my poor father but dare you kill me

Bless all moonshiners and bless all moonshine

For their breath smells as sweet as the dew on the vine

Chorus x 2