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Wild Rover Chords And Strumming, The Dubliners

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Did You Know? Wild Rover the song is at least as old as the 16th century. It's a staple song for bands in the pubs of Ireland and it's considered to be a drinking song. It's the most widely performed Irish song but the origins of it are unknown. The Dubliners recorded their version of it on their 33rd album called Wild Rover

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Difficulty Level Of Original Recorded Song: Orange Pick

Most Advanced Rhythm:  White Pick 

Most Advanced Chord Change: Orange Pick (White Pick when played with Django chords only)

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White Pick Level

Wild Rover Chords And Strumming, The Dubliners

Django Chords:

Django C chord

Django G chord

Django D chord

Strumming:

"Waltz Steps":      |D    D U D U |


Tempo: 155 bpm Key: G



Intro -

||G - - ||x4


Verse 1 -

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D - - |G - - |G - - |

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D - - |G - - |


I've (Gx3)been a wild rover for many's the (Cx2)year
And I've
(G)spent all me (C)money on (D)whiskey and (Gx2)beer
But
(Gx3)now I'm returning with gold in great (Cx2)store
And I
(G)never will (C)play the wild (D)rover no (G)more


Chorus -

 |D - - |D - - |D - - |D - - |

||G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - || x 2

 |D - - |D - - |G - - |G - - |


And it's (Dx4)no, nay, never
(Gx2No, nay never no (Cx2)more
Will I
(Gx2)play the wild (Cx2)rover
No
(Dx2)never no (Gx2)more


Verse 2 -

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D - - |G - - |G - - |

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D - - |G - - |


I went (Gx3)in to an alehouse I used to fre(Cx2)quent
(G)told the land(C)lady my (D)money was (Gx2)spent
I (Gx3)ask her for credit, she answered me
(Cx2)nay
Such a
(G)custom as (C)yours I can (D)have every (G)day


Chorus -

 |D - - |D - - |D - - |D - - |

||G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - || x 2

 |D - - |D - - |G - - |G - - |


And it's (Dx4)no, nay, never
(Gx2No, nay never no (Cx2)more
Will I
 (Gx2)play the wild (Cx2)rover
No
 (Dx2)never no (Gx2)more


Verse 3 -

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D - - |G - - |G - - |

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D - - |G - - |


I then (Gx3)took from me pocket ten sovereigns (Cx2)bright
And the
(G)landlady's (C)eyes opened (D)wide with de(Gx2)light
She (Gx3)says 'I have whiskeys and wines of the
(Cx2)best
And the
(G)words that you (C)told me were (D)only in (G)jest'


Chorus -

 |D - - |D - - |D - - |D - - |

||G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - || x 2

 |D - - |D - - |G - - |G - - |


And it's (Dx4)no, nay, never
(Gx2No, nay never no (Cx2)more
Will I
 (Gx2)play the wild (Cx2)rover
No
 (Dx2)never no (Gx2)more


Verse 4 -

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D - - |G - - |G - - |

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D - - |G - - |


I'll go (Gx3)home to my parents, confess what I've (Cx2)done
And
(G)I'll ask them to (C)pardon their (D)prodigal (Gx2)son
And
(Gx3)when they've caressed me, as oft times (Cx2)before
I
(G)never will (C)play the wild (D)rover no (G)more


Chorus -

||D - - |D - - |D - - |D - - |

 |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - 

 |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - 

 |D - - |D - - |G - - |G - - || x 2


And it's (Dx4)no, nay, never
(Gx2No, nay never no (Cx2)more
Will I
 (Gx2)play the wild (Cx2)rover
No
 (Dx2)never no (Gx2)more x 2


Final Chord Strum: G


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Orange Pick Level

Wild Rover Chords And Strumming, The Dubliners

Open Chords:

Open C chord

Open G chord

Open D7 chord

Strumming:

"Waltz Steps":       |D    D U D U |

"3 To The Floor":   |D    D    D    |


Tempo: 155 bpm Key: G



Intro -

||G - - ||x4


Verse 1 -

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D7 - - |G - - |G - - |

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D7 - - |G - - |


I've (Gx3)been a wild rover for many's the (Cx2)year
And I've
(G)spent all me (C)money on (D7)whiskey and (Gx2)beer
But
(Gx3)now I'm returning with gold in great (Cx2)store
And I
(G)never will (C)play the wild (D7)rover no (G)more


Chorus -

 |D7 - - |D7 - - |D7 - - |D7 - - |

||G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - || x 2

 |D7 - - |D7 - - |G - - |G - - |


And it's (D7x4)no, nay, never
(Gx2No, nay never no (Cx2)more
Will I
(Gx2)play the wild (Cx2)rover
No
(D7x2)never no (Gx2)more


Verse 2 -

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D7 - - |G - - |G - - |

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D7 - - |G - - |


I went (Gx3)in to an alehouse I used to fre(Cx2)quent
(G)told the land(C)lady my (D7)money was (Gx2)spent
I (Gx3)ask her for credit, she answered me
(Cx2)nay
Such a
(G)custom as (C)yours I can (D7)have every (G)day


Chorus -

 |D7 - - |D7 - - |D7 - - |D7 - - |

||G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - || x 2

 |D7 - - |D7 - - |G - - |G - - |


And it's (D7x4)no, nay, never
(Gx2No, nay never no (Cx2)more
Will I
 (Gx2)play the wild (Cx2)rover
No
 (D7x2)never no (Gx2)more


Verse 3 -

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D7 - - |G - - |G - - |

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D7 - - |G - - |


I then (Gx3)took from me pocket ten sovereigns (Cx2)bright
And the
(G)landlady's (C)eyes opened (D7)wide with de(Gx2)light
She (Gx3)says 'I have whiskeys and wines of the
(Cx2)best
And the
(G)words that you (C)told me were (D7)only in (G)jest'


Chorus -

 |D7 - - |D7 - - |D7 - - |D7 - - |

||G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - || x 2

 |D7 - - |D7 - - |G - - |G - - |


And it's (D7x4)no, nay, never
(Gx2No, nay never no (Cx2)more
Will I
 (Gx2)play the wild (Cx2)rover
No
 (D7x2)never no (Gx2)more


Verse 4 -

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D7 - - |G - - |G - - |

|G - - |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

|G - - |C - - |D7 - - |G - - |


I'll go (Gx3)home to my parents, confess what I've (Cx2)done
And
(G)I'll ask them to (C)pardon their (D7)prodigal (Gx2)son
And
(Gx3)when they've caressed me, as oft times (Cx2)before
I
(G)never will (C)play the wild (D7)rover no (G)more


Chorus -

||D7 - - |D7 - - |D7 - - |D7 - - |

 |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - |

 |G - - |G - - |C - - |C - - 

 |D7 - - |D7 - - |G - - |G - - || x 2


And it's (D7x4)no, nay, never
(Gx2No, nay never no (Cx2)more
Will I
 (Gx2)play the wild (Cx2)rover
No
 (D7x2)never no (Gx2)more x 2


Final Chord Strum: G


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Wild Rover Lyrics


I've been a wild rover for many's the year
And I've spent all me money on whiskey and beer
But now I'm returning with gold in great store
And I never will 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 alehouse I used to frequent
I told the landlady my money was spent
I ask her for credit, she answered me nay
Such a custom as yours I can have any day

And it's no, nay, never
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover
No never no more

I brought from me pocket ten sovereigns bright
And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight
She said:'I have whiskeys and wines of the best
And the words that you told me were only in jest'

And it's no, nay, never
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover
No never no more

I'll go home to my parents, confess what I've done
And I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son
And when they've caressed me, as oft times before
I never will 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

And it's no, nay, never
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover
No never no more


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