Rambling Rover

Words and Music: Andy Stewart

I've roamed through all the nations
ta'en delight in all creation
and I've tried a wee sensation
where the company did prove kind.
When parting was no pleasure
I've drunk another measure
to the good friends that we treasure
for they always are on our mind.

                Oh there's sober men in plenty
                and drunkards barely twenty
                There are men of over ninety
                who have never yet kissed a girl.
                But give me a rambling rover
                from Orkney down to Dover
                We will roam the country over
                and together we'll face the world.

There's many that feign enjoyment
from merciless employment
their ambition was this deployment
from the minute they left the school
and they save and scrape and ponder
while the rest go out and squander
see the world in roving wonder
and they're happier as a rule.


If you're bent with arth-i-rites
and your bowels have got cal-i-tis
you've got galloping ball-i-chi-tus
and you're thinking it's time you died
If you've been a man of action
but you're lying there in traction
you may gain some satisfaction
thinking Jesus at least I tried.


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