I've been a wild rover for many's the year
And I spent all my money on whiskey and beer,
And now I'm returning with gold in great store
And I promise to 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 ale-house I used to frequent
And I told the landlady my money’s all spent.
I asked her for credit, she answered me "nay
Such a custom as yours I could get any day."

And from my pocket I took sovereigns bright
And the landlady's eyes, they lit up with delight.
She said "I have whiskey and wines of the best
And the words that I spoke sure 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 if they forgive me as ofttimes before
Then I’ll promise to play the wild rover no more.