Wild Rover

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The Dubliners are an Irish folk band founded in Dublin in 1962. The band started off as The Ronnie Drew Ballad Group, named in honour of its founding member, they subsequently renamed themselves as The Dubliners. The group line-up has seen many changes over their fifty year career. However, the group's success was centred around lead singers Luke Kelly and Ronnie Drew, both of whom are now deceased. The band garnered international success with their lively Irish folk songs, traditional street ballads and instrumentals. The band were regulars on the folk scenes in both Dublin and London in the early 1960s, until they were signed to the Minor Major label in 1965 after backing from Dominic Behan. They went on to receive extensive airplay on Radio Caroline, and e… more »


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I've been a wild rover for many's the year
And 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 into 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 custom as yours I can have every day"

And it's no, nay, never
No, nay, never no more 
Will I play the wild rover 
No, never no more

I then took from me 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 tolt 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 home to my parents, confess what I'd done
And I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son
And when they've caressed me as ofttimes 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

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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Written by: CIARAN PADRAIG MAIRE BOURKE, RONALD JOSEPH DREW, ROBERT ANTHONY LYNCH, BARNEY MCKENNA, JOHN EDMUND SHEAHAN, LUKE KELLY

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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