I’ve Been A Wild Rover

Positively the last song about roving on this blog! But it wouldn’t be fair to leave the topic without possibly the best known song on the subject. This version is sung by The High Kings.

I’ve been a wild rover for many’s a year
I’ve spent all me money on whiskey and beer
But now I’m returning 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 wild rover,
No never no more

I went in to an alehouse I used to frequent
And I told the landlady my money was spent
I asked her for credit, she answered me nay
Such a custom as yours I can have any day

And it’s No, Nay, never,
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover,
No never no more

Then out of my pocket I took sovereigns bright
And the landlady’s eyes opened wide with delight
She said “I have whiskeys and wines of the best
And the words that I spoke were only in jest”

And it’s No, Nay, never,
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover,
No never no more

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

And it’s No, Nay, never,
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover,
No never no more.

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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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