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The Wild Rover

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"The Wild Rover" is one of the most widely performed Irish songs, although its exact origins are unknown.

Lyrics

I've played a wild rover for many's a year
And I've spent all my 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, (right up yer kilt)
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 me money was spent
I asked her for credit, she answered me nay
Such a custom as yours I could have any day

And it's No, Nay, never, (right up yer kilt)
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover,
No never no more

Then I took from my pocket, ten sovereigns so bright
And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight
She says "I have fine whiskeys and ales of the best"
"And the words that I told ya, sure it was only in jest"

And it's No, Nay, never, (right up yer kilt)
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover,
No never no more

I'll go back 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
Then I never will play the wild rover no more

And it's No, Nay, never, ( right up yer kilt)
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover,
No never no more

Ah well and it's
No, Nay, never, ( right up yer kilt)
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover,
No never no more

Will I play the wild rover
No never no more