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The song is a relative of the Irish pub favorite “Whiskey in the Jar.” Similar versions, in which the robber/hero is usually named “McCollister,” were collected in Vermont and Maine but Phillips’ quirky melody is unique.

Thanks to St. Paul singer and bouzouki player Buddy Ferrari whose own arrangement of this song inspired ours.


Lovel went a-walking, a-walking one morning,
He met with two peddlers, two peddlers a-coming,
He boldly stepped up to them and called them his honey,
Saying “Stand and deliver boys, all I want’s your money.”

Lol te de dum de dum, Lol te de a dum.

“Well we are two peddlers, two peddlers are we, sir,
You are Mr. Lovel we take you to be, sir,
We are two peddlers that lately came from Dublin,
All that we’ve got in our box is bedding and our clothing.”

Then Lovel went a-walking up Kinsberry mountain,
There he met rich misers their money they were counting,
And then he drew his blunderbuss, then he drew his rapier,
Saying “Stand and deliver boys, I’m a money taker!”

“Lovel, O Lovel, my poor heart’s a-breaking,
Little did I think my love you ever would be taken,
And if I had known that the enemy was coming,
I’d have fought like a hero, for I’m a loyal woman.”

“Polly, O Polly my poor heart’s a-breaking,
If it weren’t for you my love I would not have been taken,
But while I was sleeping, not thinking of the matter,
You discharged my pistols and loaded them with water.”

And Lovel went a-walking up to the gallows ladder,
He called to the sheriff for his Irish cap and feather,
Saying “I have robbed many, I never harmed any,
I think it hard that I should die just for taking money.”


from The Lonesome Hours of Winter, released November 23, 2018
Brian: vocals, bouzouki, guitar
Randy: mandola


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The Lost Forty Saint Paul, Minnesota

Brian Miller and Randy Gosa (aka The Lost Forty) craft intricate arrangements of rare old songs entwined with the history of the Great Lakes region. Their sources and their approach celebrate two centuries of Irish musical influence on the under-explored folk song traditions of the north woods. ... more

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