The Wild Rover

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Like Edith Piaf, John Lennon, Luke Kelly, and other such vital, visceral, music-makers, Allison Crowe rocks.

Singing and playing everything, here's Allison's take on one of the liveliest of tunes from Ireland or Scotland, "The Wild Rover". (The original author is unknown.) This be the newest recording of a song that's sailed forward from the 12th century lapping along the foggy shores of time.

The song is found on "Newfoundland Vinyl II", Allison Crowe's latest album, (and her third album globally released in 2014).

music.allisoncrowe.com/album/newfoundland-vinyl-ii

As the album title suggests, is another song collection inspired by, and arising from, Allison's involvement with the hit stage show, "Newfoundland Vinyl" - presented at Canada's Gros Morne Theatre Festival, and produced by Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador.

TNL's Artistic Director Jeff Pitcher conceived the musical production and Allison Crowe has served as the show's Musical Director for three Summers now at GMTF.

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The Wild Rover

Traditional - Author Unknown
Performed by Allison Crowe

And it's no, nay, never
no, nay, never, no more
will I play the wild rover
no, never, no more.

Well, I played the wild rover for many's the year
and I spent all me money on whiskey and beer
But now I'm returning with gold in great store
and I promise to 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 me money's all spent.
I asked her for credit and she answered me, "Nay,
so a custom like yours I could have any day."

And it's no, nay, never
no, nay, never, no more
will I play the wild rover
no, never, no more.

And out of my pocket I took handfuls of gold
and upon the round table they glittered and rolled.
She said, "I have whiskey and meals of the best
and the words that I told you they 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.

And out of my pocket I took sovereigns bright
and the landlady's legs opened wide with delight.
She said, "I have whiskey and beers of the best
and I'll take you upstairs and I'll show you the rest."

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

I'll go back to my parents, confess what I've done,
and I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son.
And if they forgive me as ofttimes before
But I'll promise to 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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from Newfoundland Vinyl II, released December 2, 2014
Allison Crowe - voice, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, arranger, engineer, and producer

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