BS 40 Johnny Jump Up 

Come and listen, I'll tell you what happened to me 
One day as I went down to Cork by the sea 
The day it was hot and the sun it was warm, 
So says I a quiet pint wouldn't do me no harm 

I went in and I called for a bottle of stout 
Says the barman, “I'm sorry all the beer is sold out 
Try whiskey or paddy, ten years in the wood” 
Says I, “I'll try cider, I've heard it was good.” 

Oh never, Oh never, Oh never again 
If I live to be a hundred or a hundred and ten 
I fell to the ground and I couldn't get up 
After drinking a quart of the Johnny Jump Up 

After downing the third I went out to the yard 
Where I bumped into Brody, the big civic guard 
Come here to me boy, don't you know I'm the law? 
Well, I up with me fist and I shattered his jaw 

He fell to the ground with his knees doubled up 
But it wasn't I hit him, 'twas Johnny Jump Up 
The next thing I remember down in Cork by the sea 
Was a cripple on crutches and says he to me 

I'm afraid of me life I'll be hit by a car 
Won't you help me across to the Celtic Knot Bar? 
After drinking a quart of that cider so sweet 
He threw down his crutches and danced on his feet 


I went down the lee road, a friend for to see 
They call it the madhouse in Cork by the Sea 
Well when I got there, sure the truth I will tell, 
They had this poor bugger locked up in a cell 

Said the guard, testing him, say these words if you can 
Around the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran 
Tell him I'm not crazy, tell him I'm not mad 
It was only a sip of the bottle I had 


A man died in the mines by the name of McNabb 
They washed him and laid him outside on the slab 
Well after the parlors measurements did take 
His wife brought him home to a bloody fine wake 

‘Twas about 12 o'clock and the beer was high 
The corpse sits up and says with a sigh 
I can't get to heaven, they won't let me up 
‘Til I bring them a quart of the Johnny Jump Up 


So if ever you go down to Cork by the sea 
Stay out of the alehouse and take it from me 
If you want to stay sane don't you dare take a sup 
Of that devil drink cider called Johnny Jump Up 

Chorus Twice