I played the wild Rover for many a year.
I spent all me money on whiskey and beer.
And now I'm returning with gold in great store.
And I promise to play the wild rover no more.
And it's no, nay, never No, nay, never no more.
Well I'll play the wild rover no never no more.
Went into an ale house I used to frequent.
I told the land lady me money was spent.
I asked her for credit, she answered me nay.
"Customers like you I can get any day!"
Reached into me pocket, pull out sovereign's pride,
and the land lady's eyes opened wide with delight.
She said "I have whiskey and wines. All the best."
And the words I have spoken were only in jest.
Went home to me parents, confessed what I´d done,
And asked them to pardon their prodigal son.
And if they caress me, as oft times before,
I'll promise to play the wild rover no more.