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Alternative words for the Wild Rover??

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HELL'S ANGEL (WILD BIKER)
WILD ROVER (NO NAY NEVER)


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In Mudcat MIDIs:
Wild Roving No More (Wild Rover) (alternate tune for the traditional lyrics, performed by Sylvia Barnes with Kentigern)


Brack& 28 Nov 98 - 08:42 PM
Barbara 29 Nov 98 - 12:13 AM
Barry Finn 29 Nov 98 - 12:42 AM
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Ian Kirk 29 Nov 98 - 12:17 PM
Martin Ryan. 29 Nov 98 - 05:13 PM
Barry Finn 29 Nov 98 - 06:17 PM
May 29 Nov 98 - 06:27 PM
Martin Ryan. 30 Nov 98 - 05:53 AM
Håvard 30 Nov 98 - 07:06 AM
Antaine 30 Nov 98 - 10:31 AM
Martin Ryan. 30 Nov 98 - 01:16 PM
BAZ 30 Nov 98 - 04:54 PM
alison 30 Nov 98 - 07:05 PM
skw@ 01 Dec 98 - 03:19 AM
Martin Ryan. 01 Dec 98 - 04:24 AM
PHILIPPA 01 Dec 98 - 06:22 AM
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Subject: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Brack&
Date: 28 Nov 98 - 08:42 PM

Does anyone know alternative versions of this song?
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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Barbara
Date: 29 Nov 98 - 12:13 AM

Heard an English version, very melancholy, and in minor, done I believe by Robin and Barry Dransfield. The record is no longer in my possession. It might possibly be on Folksongs of Merry old England, Tim Hart and Maddy Prior. Trust the English to take all the fun out of the situation and make it a lugubrious moral lament.
Shall I duck and run now?
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Barry Finn
Date: 29 Nov 98 - 12:42 AM

Do duck Barbara, I've never thought of that song as being much fun, only over done. I heard a version like your discribing & since, I've never heard it done better. All I can recall about it was the repeating in the chorus was "I'll give over, I'll give over" no "no nay never" in it. I won't go on about the comment on the Brits, being a Yank but I'm sure their coming & your gonna need the cover, you'll have no where to run, no where to hide, you'll be asking the rock to hide you, OK I'll stop with the cover songs. Barry who's getting carried away.


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: gargoyle
Date: 29 Nov 98 - 12:47 AM

Perchance is it Rover?

Or by the Limelighters

I am a rover, down from Dover
I am a rover, bold and free
I am a friend to all the women
Still, there's only one for me


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Barbara
Date: 29 Nov 98 - 01:35 AM

This is reaching, but I think the version I am remembering was called something like "The Prodigal Returns" or the Prodigal Drinker. And I don't recall that chorus, Barry. Obviously the " NO NAY NEVER rap rap rap rap", part wouldn't work, but I think the chorus to the one I heard began with "No Nay Never No more..."
A lot of catchy songs die at least temporarily from overuse. I can actually remember a time when I enjoyed singing 'The Black Velvet Band' about 35 years ago...
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Ian Kirk
Date: 29 Nov 98 - 12:17 PM

I have heard that a group called the Kipper family did a pastiche of this song linked with Spencer the Rover. Soemthing like

These words were composed by Spencer the Rover Who travelled Great Britain and most parts of Wales He had been so reduced which caused such confusion And he never will play the Wild Rover no more

And it's no nay never etc.

Ian


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Martin Ryan.
Date: 29 Nov 98 - 05:13 PM

"Wild roving, I'll give it over, wild roving give o'er
And I ne'er shall be called a rover no more"

As Barry says, a minor-ish, slightly lugubrious melody, and one or two more verses thtn the now standard, rollicking one. My guess is that the sadder, English one is the older. I find I'm often at about verse 3 before an Irish audience recognises it!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Barry Finn
Date: 29 Nov 98 - 06:17 PM

That's the one Martin, I can still remember the tune for the chorus but don't recall if the verse is the same as the "No Nay Never" version. It's a far more likable version than the widely wildly more common version. I first heard this & a beautiful version of "Lambs On the Green Hills" by a great guitar player, Brian Kelly about 15 yrs ago at a small house party, he claimed he couldn't sing but he was great, guess he still feels that way, never hear him singing with his group. Barry


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: May
Date: 29 Nov 98 - 06:27 PM

I don't have very different words but if you can trace a Kentigern version on an album released in 1979 (their only album) you will find a very different tune - with slightly different words.

It is sung as more of a ballad and is beautiful!

Good luck

May


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Martin Ryan.
Date: 30 Nov 98 - 05:53 AM

Barry,

Basically one exra verse and some minor alterations. Can't remember where I first heard it - John Faulkner certainly recorded one like it, as did the PRess Gnag (Irish) many years ago.
The song is on English and Irish ballad sheets from late 18th C. on, at least.

Regards


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WILD ROVER (additional verse)
From: Håvard
Date: 30 Nov 98 - 07:06 AM

A friend of mine does this extra verse (usually when the song is requested):

I've been a folk singer for many a year
"Can you sching the wild roverrr?" (drunken voice)
is all that I hear
But now I'm retireing to live on the dole
And I NEVER will sing "the Wild Rover" no more!

Håvard


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Subject: Add Version: THE WILD ROVER
From: Antaine
Date: 30 Nov 98 - 10:31 AM

THE WILD ROVER

1
I have been a wild rover, this many's the year,
And I've spent all my money, drinking ale and strong beer,
But now for the future, I will take better care,
In case that misfortune shall fall to my share.

Refrain:
Wild roving I'll give it over,
Wild roving give o'er,
And I ne'er will be called the,
Wild rover no more.

2
I went into an alehouse, I used to resort,
And I told the landlady, my money was short,
When she heard of my story, to me she did say,
I can have many customers like you any day.

3
I put my hand in my pocket, some money to find,
And I pulled out the full of, my two fists,…five times,
When she saw that I had the money, and money go leor, (1)
When she saw that I had the money, she called me her stór. (2)
She says, "I have the whiskey, and that of the best,
And the words that I have spoken, were only in jest."

4
If I had all the money, I have placed in your care,
It would till all my lands and, my family rear,
It would thatch all my houses. It would build me a barn.
It would buy me a coat for to keep my back warm.

Nótaí/Notes:
1. go leor = lots of
2. stór = treasure

This song I got from my good friend and great singer Gerry Cullen. He told me at the time that it was a Mary-Ann Carolan song. I like it a lot, particularly the last verse, where the singer addresses the landlady behind the bar. Over the years however, I've got into the habit of singing the song with my fingers crossed during the refrain!

Leagan an-deas é den amhrán coitianta atá ann.

The above version is sung to a different and slower tune than the one usually used. I do not know of any recordings of it.


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Martin Ryan.
Date: 30 Nov 98 - 01:16 PM

Antaine,

On the old Press Gang (sic) LP, they sang very much that version under the title "Drogheda Wild Rover" - no doubt the same source as Gerrys.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: BAZ
Date: 30 Nov 98 - 04:54 PM

Barbara
Duck -> -> -> -> ->
Trust the English indeed (:~)
If you want a bit of fun with the audience and the Wild Rover try singing it to the tune of Ghost Riders in The Sky complete with Yipee Yi Oh's confuses em no end.
Regards Baz


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: alison
Date: 30 Nov 98 - 07:05 PM

Hi,

I was sure the "Hell's angel" one was in the database.... couldn't see it though

I've been a Hell's angel for many's a year
and I've spent all my money on black leather gear......

There is a new group over here who do that version of the Wild Rover mentioned above....... I think they're putting it on their CD. It's a good tune. Pity I can only remember the chorus.

slainte

alison


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Subject: Lyr Add: WILD ROVER parody (Imlach & MacKintosh)
From: skw@
Date: 01 Dec 98 - 03:19 AM

Hamish Imlach and Iain MacKintosh came up with this rewrite:

We've both been folksingers for twenty-five years
We will sing half the night for the fun and free beers
But now that we're older we both know the score
No we never will play the Wild Rover no more

I know it's a song one that pleases the folk
But I have to admit that it just makes me choke
A night with a sore tooth is more fun to me
Than to sing even one verse, never mind two or three

It's a song that's requested again and again
If I hear it once more it'll drive me insane
The words all sound stupid it just makes me wild
And the tune could be learnt by a two-year old child

I'll go to a folk club, take a shotgun along
And I'll shoot the first bastard who asks for that song
And the hangman will say as I fall through the floor
Now you never will play the Wild Rover no more


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Martin Ryan.
Date: 01 Dec 98 - 04:24 AM

Alison

"Hell's Angel" is in there alright!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: PHILIPPA
Date: 01 Dec 98 - 06:22 AM

just to reiterate May's recommendation of the Kentigern album, basically same words, but beautiful haunting melody (completely alters character of the song)

Níl sé 'na Lá , many versions recorded by many singers, including Clannad and Jimmy Crowley, is basically the same story, usually rendered in the jolly mode


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HARD DRINKER
From: mikeIreland
Date: 01 Dec 98 - 06:17 PM

Some more words hope they help

THE HARD DRINKER
Sung to the tune of Wild Rover

I've been a hard drinker for many a year,
And I always fall over on ten pints of beer,
So now when I drink, I sit on the floor,
And I never will risk falling over no more.

CHORUS: And it's no, nay, never,
No, nay, never, no more,
Will I drink and fall over,
No never, no more.

I went to a bar that I used to frequent,
Despite having sworn that I'd give up for Lent,
I asked for two pints, but the barman said "Nay!
You'll only fall over like you did yesterday."

I'll pulled from my pocket two shiny gold pounds,
And I managed to do it without falling down,
The barman said "Sir, please choose from this list,
And I'm sorry if just now I thought you were pissed.”

I think that I'll stick now to stiff drinks and shorts,
Like whiskey and ponche and Pernods and ports,
Cut down on the volume of all that I drink,
Then at least when I throw up I won't block the sink.

I'll go back to my girlfriend, confess what I've done,
And if she should hit me I won't turn and run,
I'll promise to give up... but if I should fail...
I'll see you next Thursday for ten pints of ale.


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Richard McD. Bridge
Date: 09 Dec 98 - 04:05 PM

Over in the Southern UK a certain Doug Hudson claims and performs a version in mock-German. The trick of the chorus is that he alleges he only had a little German dictionary and he knew that Rover was a dog's name and the only German dog he could find was a dachshund: Thus

Nein, nicht, niemals: Nein nicht niemals kein mehr; Will Ich spiele Das wild Dachshund: Nicht niemals kein mehr.

Also there is the version to the Banana boat song tune

Ive been a wild Rover for many a year/ Daylight come and me wanna go home/ I spent all me money on whisky and beer/ Daylight come etc

There's another niggling at the edge of my memory. Original words and a wholly inappropriate tune - a bit reminiscent of one of the tunes to "The trees they do grow high" (but not that one). I'll keep mulling it over.


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 09 Dec 98 - 04:54 PM

I've heard a much better Australian version (about a grogshop) and, Baz, the best set for the Ghost Riders tune is surely "the Wild Colonial Boy" IMHO. Jon the offsider


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Subject: Tune/Chords Add: WILD ROVING NO MORE
From: alison
Date: 28 Dec 98 - 09:23 AM

hi,

got the tune off "Holding up the sky - voices of Celtic women".

It's performed by Sylvia Barnes with Kentigern. (As usual... basic tune... left out the twiddly bits.... )Beautiful tune... much nicer than the original.


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To play or display ABC tunes, try concertina.net

ABC format:

X:1
T:Wild roving no more
M:3/4
Q:1/4=100
K:F
D5E|F3A,A,2|C2D2E2|F2A3G|A4FG|A2d2c2|AG3A2|
F2D2EF|D4E2|F3A,A,2|C2D2E2|F2A3G|A4FG|A2d2c2|
A3GA2|F2D2EF|D4E2|F3A,A,A,|C2D3E|F2A2GA|A4FG|
A2d2c2|AG3AG|F2D2EF|D6||

Chords are dead easy. Same the whole way through. and apart from the chorus the verses are basically the same as usual.

I've (Dm) been a wild (C)rover for (Bb)many's (Am)a (Dm) year etc........

Wild (Dm)roving I'll give(C)over,
Wild (Bb)roving (Am)I'll give (Dm)o'er,
And I ne'er shall be (C)called
Wild (Bb)rover (Am)no (Dm)more.

Slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Zel
Date: 28 Dec 98 - 08:44 PM

Nice one Barbara


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Ernie
Date: 04 Jan 99 - 06:03 AM

Some times ago in a pub I heard a different musical version of the original song, played by a group called The Permanent Cure. It starts a little bit like Jazz, hard to recognize, but the chorus again is played like usual. I liked it very much, but unfortunately never could get a copy of the record. Anybody who knows it?


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Subject: Lyr Add: WILD MAJOR (Les Barker)
From: Wolfgang
Date: 20 Jan 99 - 03:27 PM

Here's a parody by Les Barker:

WILD MAJOR

I've been John Major for many a year;
Don't know where I'm going and talk through my rear;
I have my advisors; there's Kenneth and Chris;
I know my own mind, but not where it is.

CHO: No yes maybe
No yes maybe no what?
I think I'm John Major
Or maybe I'm not.

Not at this moment; not in this form;
Maybe in the future; you'd better ask Norm.
In the fullness of time; when I judge it right;
I might if I have to; but no, not tonight. CHO.

The leaders of Europe sit in conference;
The others have armchairs; I have the fence.
Delors is dismayed at the way I demur;
They all understand me; I always say "Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr." CHO.

I get quite upset when they say that I'm grey;
I've got half a mind... but then that's what they say
I will not be pushed you won't shake my resolve;
I know the way forward-, I'm going to revolve. CHO.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: H. King
Date: 21 Jan 99 - 02:19 PM

It works quite well with the tune of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Good". I recall this was done on an album by Fred Wedlock? many years ago.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Need a Song
From: Caseless
Date: 25 Dec 99 - 04:37 AM

May I suggest Wild Rover change the second line in the third verse to

'and the landlady's thighs opened wide with delight'

it should fit the time period too.


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Jul 00 - 04:28 AM

I found one more verse:
You can keep all your money and your beer likewise too
For not another penny am I spending with you
For the money I've got, I'm taking good care
And I never will play the Wild Rover no more.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Bugsy
Date: 05 Jul 00 - 05:16 AM

Thanks for refreshing this Joe, I've found the verse I was looking for a bit further up. I'll nick yours too, if you don't mind, it fits in really well.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Bagpuss
Date: 05 Jul 00 - 06:47 AM

I remember a rude version of this song - unfortunately I only now remember one line:

"I told the landlady my arse was for rent"

;-)

Bagpuss


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Subject: Lyr Add: WOOLY JUMPERS NO MORE (John McCreadie)
From: GUEST,JMCC
Date: 05 Jul 00 - 07:59 AM

Sylvia Barnes also rerecorded it with her next group "Scotch Measure", again only on album om Topic.
Based on Sylvia's version I wrote this for a BBC TV show called "Wooly Jumpers No More"

WOOLY JUMPERS NO MORE
(John McCreadie)

I've been a folk singer, for manys the year,
I sang unacompanied, with my finger in my ear,
But now I get bookings, and I want to get more,
So I never shall wear wooly jumpers no more.

(Ch)Wooly jumpers I'll give over,
wooly jumpers I'll give o'r
And I never will wear, wooly jumpers no more.

I went into a folk club, I used to resort,
With my beard and my jumper, I thought I looked the part.
I asked for a floor spot, they answered me nay,
Saying singers like you, we can get anyday.

(CH)

I ripped off my jumper, plugged in my guitar,
With a shave and haircut, I looked like a star,
The club organiser, gave a squeal of delight,
And gave me a booking, for the next folk club night.

(Ch)

Now I play in the folk clubs, most nights of the week,
with hair gel, an earing, and clothes that are chic,
The audience applaud me, as they ner did before, So I never will weare wooly jumpers no more.

(Ch)

John McCreadie.


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: GUEST,Charlie
Date: 05 Jul 00 - 03:53 PM

here's as much as I can remember ... I've been a Hell's Angel for many a year And I spent all my money on hashish and beer .... I went to a garage I used to frequent And I told the mechanic my crankshaft was bent I asked for another - he answered me Nay - He said "Yours is a Triumph - we sell BSA

maybe someone else can fill in the gaps !!


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: The Shambles
Date: 05 Jul 00 - 05:26 PM

While Drover. From The Mudcat Songbook.


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Mrrzy
Date: 05 Jul 00 - 08:02 PM

Heard it sung in Ireland in some pub somewhere with the final verse of the usual 4-claps one as "And I never will play when I'm sober no more!" (I think it was Dublin).


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Jim I
Date: 05 Jul 00 - 09:20 PM

Somewhere I've got a version about the Wild Student. Can't find it at the moment but i'll keep my eyes open


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Subject: Lyr Add: WILD ROVER PARODY
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 09:22 AM

This is an alternative version I put it together about 20 years ago, for use whenever I got asked to deliver the original in sessions. However, someone else would usually insist on singing the original afterwards anyway, so now I've more or less dropped it. But anyone else is welcome to sing it, add their own verses, or whatever.

I've been a folksinger for many a year,
And all round this country I've played for my beer.
But now I'm retiring, though I've no gold in store,
And I never will sing 'The Wild Rover' no more...
And it's NO, NAY, NEVER.... (etc.)... will I SING ... etc.

I went into a folk club I used to frequent,
And said to the doorman "My money's all spent."
He said, "I'll stand you a pint, as I have done before,
If only you'll sing 'The Wild Rover' once more."
But it's no, nay never...

I took my guitar out, and tuned up each string,
Then took a deep breath and got ready to sing,
When a voice from the back shouted out this request:
"Won't you give us the chorus we all love the best?"
But it's...

I'll go back to the labour, confess that I'm beat,
And ask for a job sweeping muck off the street.
And if I can get one, as I have done before,
I'll be b******d if I'll sing 'The Wild Rover' once more!
And it's NO, NAY, NEVER ... (etc.)

HTML line breaks added, in place of double spacing. --JoeClone, 26-Jan-02.


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: roopoo
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 01:32 PM

The verses are the same, but with the addition of "daylight come and me wanna go home" at the end of each line, and the use of the chorus and version of the tune of the Banana Boat Song.

I'd be surprised if Bill Sables hasn't done it at some time during the "Great Adventure" 'cos he's the person I first heard it from, along with his good mate and Mudcatter, Eric.

mouldy


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: john c
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 06:04 PM

I can (only just) remember a wonderful version which used to be knocking around the folk clubs of Edinburgh, beautifully entitled The Wee Raver. The line that really has stuck in my mind had something to do with the landlady´s thighs opening wide with delight. Aye, it was high-class stuff! Now, if anyone knows how the rest went......????
See ya
J.


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Subject: ADD: the Wild RAVER ^^
From: Lox
Date: 27 Aug 00 - 10:07 PM

I don't know any dodgy versions of "the Irish Rover", but here's one of "the wild rover".

The Wild RAVER.

I've been the wild raver
for many's the year
I've spent all my money
on well dodgy gear

But now I'm returning
with dope in great store
and I never will play
the wild raver no more

And it's no, nay, never
no nay never no more
will I plaaay
the wild raver
no never, no more

I went into a warehouse
I used to frequent
and I told my main dealer
my money was spent

I asked him for credit
he answered me nay
such custom as yours
I have every day

And its...etc....

I pulled from my trainers
ten pills of white
and my main dealers pupils
glazed over with fright

He said I have ganga
and this gears all the best
and those words that I told you
were only in jest

And its ...etc...

I'll confess to my parents
just how much I've done
and I'll ask them to detox
their prodigal son

And when they've subdued me
as oft times before
I never will play
the wild raver no more

And it's no ... etc...

(Is this the kind of thing you're looking for?)

lox ^^


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Subject: R: The Wild Raver
From: GUEST,Hoot & Fidget
Date: 28 Aug 00 - 05:11 AM

lox: Right on the mark!!

I sing at -- and host -- a monthly sea chantey sing. Sometimes we get songs that have been done to death that aren't chanteys. The Irish Rover and for that matter the The Wild ROver are two I wish I could very occasionally "respond" to.


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Dec 03 - 05:52 AM

I've been a floor singer for many a year
Till my index finger stuck fast to me ear
I've had free admissions, been bought beer instead
but one song put me in this hospital bed

It goes "No nay never,
no nay never no more"
I won't sing "wild rover"
No never no more.

Whatever I sang it was always in G
Cos the three chords I knew were just that C and D
I knew there were others, I'd heard them you see
But anything more's a big puzzle to me
I sang etc.

On Mudcat & Olga I searched for new songs
But the tabs that I found there always sounded wrong
So I did "Waxies Dargle" and "dirty old town"
"Streets of London" and "Blow the man down"

I went to the (name of pub being sung at) and opened the door
They told me "you are the bloke we've waited for'
The act has just phoned up - his car's broken down
You do a floor spot, while I fetch him from town"
I sang…

I sang all me numbers, then I sang them all twice
The noise from the audience just wasn't nice
When I started a third time they went mad with rage
Jumped out of their seats and all rushed the stage
They sang…

The ambulance came to collect me and my axe
which they'd used to give me numerous whacks
When I recover, my singing will stop
and my dreadnought will go to the charity shop.


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: GUEST,pavane
Date: 18 Dec 03 - 07:21 AM

Re Antaine's post in 1998 (!)
I believe the Dransfields may have recorded this version, c1971
I think I remember them singing it (Herga, 1971)
Would have been their 2nd LP probably (but has it been Bulmerised?)


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 04:11 AM

You can't knock a song that has generated so much life. Am I correct in thinking:
1. It is English rather than Irish
2. It is a temperance song rather than a drinking song?

I confess that I joined the thread to see if anybody quoted my version. Needless to say they did't. But lots of people have obviously stolen my far sighted and original chorus of ..........

.......... I never will sing the Wild Rover no more!


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: GUEST,Julianpct
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 06:34 AM

Of much more fun is finding different tunes to fit the usual words.

Enda Kenny has been creating a list of possibilities including the Banana Boat song and various Christmas carol tunes. The last time I saw him three years ago the list was well over 200.

Merry Christmas everyone

Julian Weaver


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 07:16 AM

One somg to the tune of another?

As a comic idea it will never catch on........ and even if it did it would be far too complicated to explain on radio.


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 11:37 AM

This is a version i have heard over here (rep of IRL)Charlie referred to it above.

THE HELLS ANGEL.

I've been a hells angel for many the year,
Squandered me money on black leather gear,
But after a row in my local bike store,
I never will play the hells angel no more

CHOURUS
And it's No Nay Never (Rev up your bikes)
No nay never no more
will i play the hells angel
no never no more.

While inside this bike shop I often frequent,
I said to the boss man, me crankshaft is bent
I asked for a new one, he answered haha
Go To F**k with your Triumph, we stock Yamaha

Chourus

I took from my pocket, a swiss army knife,
His eyes opened wide, then he fled for his life
He shouted I'M SORRY, TAKE WHAT YOU LIKE
Ta very much,sure I'll have a new bike

Chourus

Well this bike needed a service, A polish and clean
So i took it outside, to the suns merry gleam,
Custom painted angels on the fuel tank, 2 beauts
What appeared then before me but two big black boots

Chourus

Now as I do lie here in the intensive care ward.
Every bone has been broken, I'm battered and sore,
When i think of the bike shop, How I cursed and I swore
Ah go F**k the hells angels, I'll be one no more


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: GUEST,Any improvements on the following?
Date: 18 Mar 07 - 03:46 AM

I went to a toilet that I used to frequent,
And I told the attendant my penny was bent,
I asked him for credit, he shook his bis nig mitt!
"If you ain't got a penny you can't have a shit."


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 18 Mar 07 - 04:24 AM

I went to a Folk Club on a fine sunny day
A chummy litle place down ........... way
I sang out a chorus and felt sort of chuffed
When the audience stood up and said go and get stuffed

So it's no nay never ..........................
.....................

Will I sing the Wild Rover, no never, no more


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: GUEST,Parodeee
Date: 19 May 07 - 12:06 PM

Someone complained about a miserable English version of the Wild Rover. Perhaps they would prefer this parody version, entitled Young Rover.

My dog's name is Rover and he drinks real beer, he sings songs in folk clubs with a paw in one ear, you can't stop him drinking he's drunk every night, and he chases every young female creature in sight. And it's no, nay, never, no, nay never no more, will I play with yiung Rover, no never no more.

I went to a pig farm and old sow to see, and I took my dog Rover along there with me, he jumped in the pig-pen just for a lark, now the old sow's got piglets with fangs and a bark. And it's no, nay, never ...etc.etc

It goes on in increasingly non politically-correct fashion, and finishes with the verse -

Now Rover's in heaven or maybe in hell, he was so young to die it pains me to tell, it wasn't pneumonia or hard-pad or fleas, no Rover he died of a social disease. And it's no, nay, never ...etc.etc

I could post the missing verses, if anyone was really interested!


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Subject: RE: Alternative words for the Wild Rover??
From: Bernard
Date: 19 May 07 - 03:13 PM

Go for it! I'm all agog!!


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