Today's tune in the lead up to St. Patrick's is actually an English traditional about Jack Hall who was hanged at Tyburn in 1707. Hall a bitterly unrepentant criminal condemned to death for stealing. He was sold by his parents as a climbing boy, or chimney sweep.
My favorite version is this one by the Irish Descendants.They recorded it on three albums: Misty Morning Shore
in 1991; So Far So Good: The Best Of The Irish Descendants in 1999; and
We Are The Irish Descendants in 2004.
However, the most nostalgic version is sung by the Sons of Erin. A group of my university friends used to spend a great deal of time at Erin's Pub, on Water Street. This song became a bit of an anthem for us on talent night.