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    Wild Rover, The

    by trad
    I’ve [G] been a wild rover for many a [C] year
    and I’ve [G] spent all me [D] money on whiskey and [G] beer
    but now I’m returning with gold in great store
    and I never will play the wild rover no more

    And its [D] no, nay, never (lift up your kilt!)
    [G] no nay never no [C] more
    will I [G] pla-ay the wild [C] rover
    no [G] never, [D] no [G] more )

    I went up 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 custom as yours I could have every day”


    I took out from my pocket ten sovereigns bright
    and the landlady’s eyes opened wide with delight
    “I’ll give you fine whiskeys and wines of the best
    sure the words that I told you were only in jest!”


    I’ll go home to my parents, confess what I’ve done
    and I’ll ask them to pardon their prodigal son
    and when they’ve caressed me as oft times before
    I never will play the wild rover no more