I've been a wild rover for many a year,
And I've spent all me money on whiskey and beer
And 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 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 custom like yours I can have any day"
I took from me pocket ten sovereigns bright,
And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight
She said, "I have whiskeys and wines of the best,
And the words that I told you were only in jest"
I'll go home to my parents, confess what I've done,
And I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son
And if they caress me as oft-times before,
I never will play the wild rover no more