I've been a wild rover for many's the year,
and I've spent all me 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 to an alehouse I used to frequent
and I told the landlady my money was spent.
I asked her for credit she answered me: "Nay,
such customs as yours could I have every day."
I brought up from my pockets 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 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 when they've caressed me as oft times before,
I never will play the wild rover no more.