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Sheet Music: The Wild Rover

TitleThe Wild Rover
Alternate titlesNo, Nay, Never
ComposerTraditional
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
RangeA4–A5
Time signature3/4
Tempo58 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty leveleasy
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (45 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (1 kB) MP3 (460 kB)
Date added2011-03-04
Last updated2011-03-04
CategoriesCeltic Music, Drinking songs, Sports music, Traditional/Folk

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Friday 4 March 2011

Tune of the Day: The Wild Rover

Traditional folk song

“The Wild Rover” is one of the the most widely performed Irish song ever, and yet its exact origins are unknown. In fact, it may not even be Irish. According to some scholars, the song has its origins in Scotland or England, and was originally written as a temperance song. Today, however, “The Wild Rover” is usually considered to be a drinking song, and a staple for artists performing live music in Irish pubs.

The song has been popular since at least the early 19th century, and made a storming comeback in the folk revival in the 1960s. Today, the chorus is sung by football fans throughout England, usually with the words adapted to suit the team in question, and is generally well known throughout the English-speaking world, even among people who have no knowledge of the rest of the song.