144 The Wild Rover

(Sung to the tune of "Wild Rover")

CHORUS: And it's no nay never, no nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover, no never no more.

I've been a wild rover for many a year
And I spent all my money on whisky and beer
But now I'm returning with gold in great store
And I swear I will play the wild rover 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 no
It's custom like yours I can get any day.

I took from my pocket sovereigns so bright
That the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight
She said she had whisky and beer of the best
And the words that she spoke were only in jest.

I'll go to my parents, confess what I've done
And ask them to pardon their prodigal son
And when they forgive me as ofttimes as before
Then I swear I will play the wild rover no more.