The Wild Rover waltz

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The Wild Rover has been added to 19 tune sets.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Wild Rover
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D| D>E D D A, F| F E>F G3-| G2 A A F A| G E>C A, F>E|
D3- D2 D| D E>D D A, F| F E F G3-| G2 A A F>A|
G/ E>C C/ A, F E |D C D E3 |C A,<A,- A,3|A, F F F E>F|
G3- G F G| A3- A>F D| C B,2- B,2 B,|A, F>F- F2 E| D3- D2 z|
X: 2
T: The Wild Rover
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G|G>A G E<D B|BAB c5|B/c/ dBd c<A FDB|A G6 G|
G>A G E<D B|BAB c5|B/c/ dBd c<A F|DBAGFG|
A3 A3|F<D D4|BB B<A B |c5 B/c/|
d4 BG|FE5|E>D B5 |A G5||
X: 3
T: The Wild Rover
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2| "G"G2>A2 G2| E2 D2 B2| B2 A2 B2| "C"(c6|c4) Bc| "G"d2 B2 d2| "D"c2<A2 F2|
"D"D2 TB3 A| "G"G6 |z2 z2 D2| G2 A3 G| E2 D2 B2| B2 A2<B2 |"C"(c6|c4) Bc|
"G"d2 B2 d2| "D"c2 A2F2 |D2 B3 A| "G"G2 z F G2| "D"A6| TA6 | F2 (D4 |D3) |"G"z2 B2 B2|
B2 A2 B2 |"C"(c6|c3)B c2 | "G"(d6|d3) B G2 |"C"F2 (E4|E2) E2 E2|"G"D2 (B4|"D"B4) A2|"G"G6|z2 z2 :||
X: 4
T: The Wild Rover
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2| "G"G2>A2 G2| F2 D2 B2| B2<A2 B2| "C"(c6|c4) Bc| "D"d2 B2 d2| c2<A2 F2|
w: 1.~I've been a wild ro-ver for ma-ny's the year, ~ and I've spent all my mo-ney on
"D"D2 B2 A2| "G"G6 |z2 z2 D2| G2 A3 G| F2 D2 B2| B2 A2 B2 |"C"(c6|c2) z2 Bc|
w: whis-key and beer. But now I'm re-turn-ing with gold in great store ~ and I
"D"d2<B2 d2| c2>A2 F2 |D2 B2 A2| "G"G2 F2 G2| "D"A6| A6 | F2 (D4 |D6) |"G"z2 B2 B2|
w: ne-ver will play the wild ro-ver no more and it's No, Nay, Ne-ver! ~ No nay
B2 A2 B2 |"C"(c6|c2) B2 c2 | "G"(d6|d2) B2 G2 |"C"F2 (E4|E2) z2 E2|"D"D2 (B4|B4) A2|"G"G6|z2 z2 :||
w: ne-ver no more ~ will I play ~ the wild ro-ver. ~ No, ne-ver, ~ no more
W: Verse 2:
W: I went into an ale-house I used to frequent
W: and I told the landlady my money was spent.
W: I asked her for credit, she answered me nay,
W: Such a custom like yours I can have any day
W: Verse 3:
W: I took from my pocket ten sovereigns bright
W: and the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight.
W: She said "you'll have whiskey and wines of the best
W: and the words that I told ye were only in jest."
W: Verse 4:
W: I'll go home to my parents, confess what I've done,
W: and I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son.
W: And when they've caressed me as oft' times before
W: then I never will play the wild rover no more

Twelve comments

How did I ever manage

without the dots (sic) for this "gem"?

the wild rover

The above dots are not quite right

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Re: The Wild Rover

If version one is ‘not quite right’, version two is just NO NO NO! If this is an exercise in how NOT to transcribe a tune, its perfect.

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Re: The Wild Rover

OK, so that’s zero for three. Actually setting number three is very good if you change the key to G Major.

Re: The Wild Rover

Key to Gmaj done. One out of three right now? 🙂

Re: The Wild Rover

Well done Alberto Zucchi.

Re: The Wild Rover

Thanks, 5stringfool! 🙂

The Wild Rover, X:4

Just added a version with lyrics since it’s easier for me to learn that way, and figured I might as well share it. Thanks to Alberto Zucchi for most of the dot-work.

Re: The Wild Rover

This is sung by Stephen Quigg on his cd "Stephen Quigg Live" - mostly Scottish songs. He has a good voice and plays guitar well.

Re: The Wild Rover

This is also sung by many people without good voices and who cannot play guitar very well……