I've been a wild rover for many a year
And I spent all my money on whiskey and beer,
And now I'm returning with gold in great store
And I swear I will play the wild rover once more.
And it's no, nay, never,
No nay never no more,
Will I play the wild rover
No never no more.
I went to an ale-house I used to frequent
And I told the landlady my money was spent.
I asked her for credit, she answered me nay
Saying custom like yours I can get any day.
I took from my pocket a handful of gold,
And the landlady's arms opened wide at the sight.
She said I have whiskey and wines of the best
All the words that I spoke they were only in jest.
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 forgive me like all times before
Then I know I will play the wild rover once more.