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Wild Rover (MacEdward Leach)
See also: The Wild Rover (The Dubliners)

(No, Nay, Never)
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I've been a wild rover these seven long years,
I've spent all my money on ale, wine, and beer;
At length I became a mailman, I laid down a store,
And I never will be called a wild rover no more.

To a rover, wild rover, and wild roving I'll give o'er,
And I never will be called a wild rover no more.

I went into an alehouse where I used to resort,
From a pound to a shilling I ofttimes did sport;
I asked her if she'd credit me and her answer was this,
"Such customers as you, we can get every day."

To a rover, wild rover, and wild roving I'll give o'er,
And I never will be called a wild rover no more.

If I had all the money I left in your care,
It would buy me a father my family to rear;
It would buy me a castle and slated all o'er,
It would buy me a coach for to ride by my door.

To a rover, wild rover, and wild roving I'll give o'er,
And I never will be called a wild rover no more.

So, now I intend for to settle in life,
And take to my home a nice little wife;
And then I will try to drive the wolf from the door,
And I never will be called a wild rover no more.

To a rover, wild rover, and wild roving I'll give o'er,
And I never will be called a wild rover no more.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, The Wild Rover, published by T Batchelar (London) sometime between 1817 and 1828, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding b 25(2055) ....####

Collected in 1951 from Mrs Catherine Mary (Kate) McCarthy [1890-1963] of Renews, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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