Wild rover – words that everyone knows
The lyrics to the Wild Rover are among the most widely known of all Irish songs.
In fact, even people who have little knowledge or awareness of Irish music will probably recognize the song immediately they hear it and start singing along, such is its widespread popularity.
Indeed, many people don’t realize it’s an Irish song at all. They’ve been so familiar with it since they were young that they think it must have originated in their own local area.
Wild rover lyrics and chords
I’veGbeen a wild rover for many aCyearAnd IGspent all myD7money on whiskey andGbeer,And now I’m returning with gold in greatCstoreAnd IGnever willD7play the wild rover noGmore.
ChorusAnd it’sDno, nay, never,GNo nay never noCmore,Will IGplay the wildCroverNoGneverD7noGmore.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~IGwent to an ale-house I used toCfrequentAnd IGtold the landD7lady my money wasGspent.I asked her for credit, she answered meC“NaySuch aGcustom asD7yours I could have anyGday.”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ThenGout of my pocket I took sovereignsCbrightAnd theGlandlady’sD7eyes opened wide withGdelight.She said “I have whiskey and wines of theCbestAnd theGwords that ID7spoke sure were only inGjest.”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I’llGgo home to my parents, confess what I’veCdoneAnd I’llGask them toD7pardon their prodigalGson.And if they caress (forgive) me as ofttimes beCforeThen IGnever willD7play the wild rover noGmore.
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