Last modified on 30 March 2011, at 09:43

Songbook/Wild Rover

folk song – Text: anonymous (about 1829), Melody : traditional, arranged by Paniolo and Mjchael 

Although the song was written as a temperance song, it is now often considered to be a drinking song. It is often sung in Irish pubs.

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The Wild RoverEdit

1st Verse
I've G been a wild rover, for many a C year
And I've G spent all me Am money on D7 whiskey and G beer
But G now I'm returning with gold in great C store
And I G never will Am play the wild D7 rover no G more
Chorus
And it's D no, nay, never D7 [1]
G [2]No, nay, never, no C more
Will I G play the wild Am rover
No, nay, D7 never, no G more
2nd Verse
I G went to an alehouse I used to fre C quent
And I G told the land- Am lady me D7 money was G spent
I G asked her for credit, she answered my C "nay
Such a G custom as Am yours I can D7 get any G day"   (Chorus)
3rd Verse
I G took from my pocket ten souvereigns C bright
And the G landlady's Am eyes opened D7 wide with de G light
She G said "I have whiskeys and wines of the C best
And the G words that I Am told you were D7 only in G jest"   (Chorus)
4th Verse
I'll go G home to my parents, confess what I've C done
And I'll G ask them to Am pardon their D7 prodigal G son
And G if they caress me, as oftimes be C fore
Sure I G never will Am play the wild D7 rover no G more   (Chorus)

MelodyEdit

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Chord schemeEdit

Verse Chrous
| G | - | - | C |[3] - || G | Am | D7 | G | - ||
| G | - | - | C |[4] - || G | Am | D7 | G ||
| D | - | - | D7 || G | - | C | - ||
| G | - | Am | - || D7 | - | G | - ||

If you exchange Am for C, and omit the D7, you can also accompany the song with only 3 chords. Try both versions, and decide which is simpler and which sounds better in your ears.

Verse Chrous
| G | - | - | C || G | C | D | G | - ||
| G | - | - | C || G | C | D | G ||
| D | - | - | - || G | - | C | - ||
| G | - | C | - || D | - | G | - ||

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FootnotesEdit

  1. Clap on 1 2 3
  2. Clap 1
  3. This bar can be played or omitted
  4. This bar can be played or omitted.