Wild Rover lyrics and chords

The lyrics to the Wild Rover are among the most widely known of all Irish songs.

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In fact, even people who have little knowledge or awareness of Irish music will probably recognize the song immediately they hear it and start singing along, such is its widespread popularity.

Indeed, many people don’t realize it’s an Irish song at all. They’ve been so familiar with it since they were young that they think it must have originated in their own local area.

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Wild rover lyrics and chords

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I’ve  
G 
been a wild rover for many a  
C 
year
 
And I  
G 
spent all my  
D7 
money on whiskey and  
G 
beer,
 
And now I’m returning with gold in great  
C 
store
 
And I  
G 
never will  
D7 
play the wild rover no  
G 
more.


Chorus

 
And it’s  
D 
no, nay, never,
G 
no nay never no  
C 
more,
 
Will I  
G 
play the wild  
C 
rover, no  
G 
never 
 
 
D7 
no 
 
 
G 
more.

I went to an ale-house I used to frequent
And I told the land lady my money was spent.
I asked her for credit, she answered me “Nay
Such a custom as yours I could have any day.”

Then out of my pocket I took sovereigns bright
And the landlady’s eyes opened wide with delight.
She said “I have whiskey and wines of the best
And the words that I spoke sure 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 (forgive) me as ofttimes before
Then I never will play the wild rover no more.

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Wild Rover lyrics and chords print version

I’ve [G]been a wild rover for many a [C]year
And I [G]spent all my [D7]money on whiskey and [G]beer,
And now I’m returning with gold in great [C]store
And I [G]never will [D7]play the wild rover no [G]more.

Chorus

And it’s [D]no, nay, never,[G]no nay never no [C]more,
Will I [G]play the wild [C]rover, no [G]never [D7]no [G]more.

I went to an ale-house I used to frequent
And I told the land lady my money was spent.
I asked her for credit, she answered me “Nay
Such a custom as yours I could have any day.”

Then out of my pocket I took sovereigns bright
And the landlady’s eyes opened wide with delight.
She said “I have whiskey and wines of the best
And the words that I spoke sure 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 (forgive) me as ofttimes before
Then I never will play the wild rover no more.

The Wild Rover
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