WILD ROVER, THE

Latest update on 23/04/2014

Artist: Paul Clayton
Author: traditional
Label: Folkways
Year: 1956

On lp Folksongs And Ballads From Virginia, while it's basically an Irish nursery rhyme about a prodigal son. What was written as a temperance song, turned out one of the loudest sing-alongs imaginable. Popularity among Irish (and even far beyond) can be measured in parodies circulating galore.

Covers:

1961:

Sam Larner [seaman from Norfolk (°1878) who became a folk icon; from his album Now Is The Time For Fishing, recorded by Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger]

1963:

Dubliners

1963:

Seekers

1965:

Jimmy McBeath

1966:

William Clauson [parody as Wild Rover No More; ever so popular version: "And it's no nay never, (lift up your skirt), No nay never no more, will I play the Wild Rover no more"]

1967:

Dominic Behan

1981:

Gebroeders Grimm [as Ammenooitneenooitniet]

1984:

Klaus Und Klaus [hit GER as An der Nordseeküste]

1985:

Pogues

1986:

John Faulkner

1991:

W.J. Bothacount III [also as Wild Rover No More (different lyrics, same attitude)]

1998:

Patrick Street [idem]

2001:

Dropkick Murphys

2004:

André Rieu

British folklorist Seamus Ennis collected many versions in the early fifties, ending up in archives.

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