Wild Rover

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day (and for lack of time to write something meaningful) I’ve decided to post the lyrics to my absolute, all-time, mouth watering favorite Irish pub song – The Wild Rover.

The Wild Rover was written in the early 1800’s and has become the staple go-to song when a traditional band needs to get people pounding their empty pint glasses on the table in chorus.  It instantly boosts the craic and the positive chi in a room by 200% and floods memories of Ireland through my brain.

[If you’re in Cork, raise your Murphy’s, otherwise raise your Guinness]

Here’s to a happy St. Patrick’s Day, getting back on the road, and playing the Wild Rover once more!

I’ve been a wild rover for many’s the 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 me money was spent
I asked her for credit, she answered me nay
Such a customer as you 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

I took up from my pocket, ten sovereigns bright
And the landlady’s eyes opened wide with delight
She says “I have whiskeys and wines of the best
And the words that you told me 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, when they’ve caressed 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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