Wild Rover

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From: Irish Drinking Songs: A Cat Lover's Companion and A Faire To Remember

words and music traditional

I've been a wild rover for many a year,
And I spent all my money on whiskey and beer,
But now I've returned with gold in great store,
And I never will play the wild rover no more.

And it's no, nay, never
No, nay, never, no more,
Will I play the rover
No never, no more.

I went down to an ale house I used to frequent,
And I told the landlady my money was spent.
I asked her for credit, but she answered me "Nay.
Such custom like yours I could have any day."

I took from my pocket ten sovereigns bright,
And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight,
She said, "I have whiskeys and wines of the best,
And I'll take you upstairs, and I'll show you the rest.

I'll go home to my parents, confess what I've done,
And I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son.
And if they caress me as oft times before,
I never will play the wild rover no more!

Chords: KEY G

verse:
G C
G D7 G
G C
G D7 G

chorus:
D7 D
D C
C G C
G D7 G

Background: Another great sing-along at Renaissance festivals or Celidhs. Every popular with artists like The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers and us.

 

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