#01779
I'm A Rover (Great Big Sea) video
See also: I'm A Rover (Ryan's Fancy)
#307: YouTube video by hangashore13
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

Though the night be dark as dungeon,
Not a star to be seen above,
I will be guided without a stumble,
Into the arms of me only love;
I went up to her bedroom window,
Kneeling gently upon a stone,
I rapped on her bedroom window:
"My darling dear, do you lie alone?"

For I'm a rover, seldom sober,
I'm a rover of high degree;
And when I'm drinking, I'm always thinking,
How to gain my love's company.

She raised her head from her feather pillow,
Raised her arms up around her breast,
Saying, "Who's at me bedroom window,
Disturbing me at me long night's rest?"
"It's only me, your own true lover,
Open the door and please let me in,
For I have come on a long night's journey,
I am near drenched to the skin."

For I'm a rover, seldom sober,
I'm a rover of high degree;
And when I'm drinking, I'm always thinking,
How to gain my love's company.

She opened the door with the greatest pleasure,
Opened the door and she let me in;
We both shook hands and embraced each other,
Till the morning we lay as one;
"Well now me love, I must go and leave you,
Though the mountains be high above,
Well, I will climb them with greater pleasure,
That I have been with me only love."

For I'm a rover, seldom sober,
I'm a rover of high degree;
And when I'm drinking, I'm always thinking,
How to gain my love's company.

For I'm a rover, seldom sober,
I'm a rover of high degree;
And when I'm drinking, I'm always thinking,
How to gain my love's company.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an original Scottish song, I'm A Rover And Seldom Sober ....####
This variant was recorded by Great Big Sea (Turn, trk#11, 1999 CD, Sire Records, New York, New York, produced by Steve Berlin and Great Big Sea, and recorded at First City Productions, St John's, NL); and (Road Rage, trk#13, 2000 CD, recorded live on the Great Big Sea Turn tour except Captain Wedderburn and Everything Shines, manufactured and distributed by Rounder Records, Cambridge, Massachusetts).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

A variant was also recorded by The Landsmen (Woods & Water, trk#6, 2006, produced by Lloyd Bartlett, and recorded at Village Music, Corner Brook, NL).

See more songs by The Landsmen.

A variant was also recorded as I'm A Rover by Ryan's Fancy (Newfoundland Drinking Songs, trk#6, 1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.


line

Index Page
GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador



line

~ Copyright Info ~

~ Privacy Policy ~

Confirm Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Here