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Wild Rover / Amme nooit nee nooit meer
Published by Ineke on 2005/4/18 (527 reads)
Look here for the Dutch and English version of the "Wild rover":

Dutch version of "The wild rover"


Ik wilde gaan zwemmen, dat doe ik wel meer
Maar het doet van m'n hoofd tot m'n tenen nog zeer
Want ik klom op de duikplank en sprong in het gat
Maar ik had niet gekeken of er water in zat

An me nooit, nee, nooit niet,
an me nooit niet nooit meer
Van zijn lang zal ze leven doe ik het ooit weer

Ik had gister thuis weer een lekkende kraan
Dus zei ik: nou daar doe ik zelf wat aan
En ik aan het werk, lekker op m'n gemak
Maar nu staat het water zowat tot het dak


M'n gloednieuwe wagen die was nogal duur
Maar 't ging effe mis, 'k lette niet op het stuur
Ik mag alles weer eten dus heb ik weer hoop
Maar ik lig in het gips en m'n kar op de sloop


The English version:


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 into an ale-house I used to frequent
and I told the landlady my money was spent.
I asked her for credit, she answered me nay,
"Such a custom like yours I can have any day"


I then took from my pocket ten sovereigns bright
and the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight.
She says I'd have whiskey and wines of the best
and the words that she told me 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 when they've caressed me as oft' times before
then I never will play the wild rover no more

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