The Wild Rover

No, nay, never!
No, nay, never, no more
will I play the wild rover!
No, never, no more!

I've been the wild rover for many a year,
and I've spent all my 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 a ale house I used to frequent,
and I told the landlady my money was spent.
I asked her for credit, she answered me "Nay,
such a custom as yours I can have any day!"

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

I took from me pocket ten souvereigns 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 spoke sure 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 go home to me parents, confess what I've done,
and I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son.
And if they caress me as of times before,
then 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!