I'm a Rover
A song in the key of G
The penultimate verse only sung by Luke Kelly in a live version. The lyrics are originally in Scots, like the first verse here.
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Abc sheet music for I'm a Rover
X:2308 T:I'm a Rover R:song H:The penultimate verse only sung by Luke Kelly in a live version. H:The lyrics are originally in Scots, like the first verse here. D:Dubliners Z:id:hn-song-136 M:3/4 L:1/8 Q:1/4=90 K:G D | G>G G2 D2 | EE E2 DG | GG G2 B2 | A>G A3 d | dc B2 (dB) | A>G G2 DD | GA B2 (B/A/)G | AA G3 || z | G>G G2 D2 | EE E2 D2 | G>G G2 B>B | (A/G)A/ A3 d | dc B2 dB | AG G2 D2 | GA B2 (B/A/)G | A>G G3 || W:There's ne'er a nicht I'm gane tae ramble, there's ne'er a nicht I'm gane tae roam, W:There's ne'er a nicht I'm gane tae ramble, intae the airms of me ain true love. W: W:Chorus: W:I'm a rover, seldom sober, I'm a rover of high degree, W:It's when I'm drinkin', I'm always thinkin' how to gain my love's company. W: W:Though the night be as dark as dungeon, not a star can be seen above, W:I will be guided without a stumble, into the arms of my own true love. W: W:Chorus W: W:He stepped up to her bedroom window, kneeling gently upon a stone, W:He whispers through her bedroom window: "My darling dear do you lie alone?" W: W:Chorus W: W:She raised her head from her down soft pillow, wi' her arms around her breasts, W:Says: "Who is that at my bedroom window disturbing me at my long night's rest?" W: W:Chorus W: W:Says I: "My love, it's your true lover, open the door and let me in, W:For I have come on a long night's journey, and I'm near drenched to the skin." W: W:Chorus W: W:She opened the door with the greatest pleasure, she opened the door and she let him in, W:They both shook hands and embraced each other, until the morning they lay as one. W: W:Chorus W: W:The cocks were crowin', the birds were whistlin', the burns they ran free abune the brae, W:Says I: "My lass, I'm a ploughman laddie, and the farmer I must obey." W: W:Chorus W: W:Says I: "My love I must go and leave you, to climb the hills they are far above, W:But I will climb with the greatest pleasure, since I've been in the arms of my love." W: W:Chorus