I'm a rover and seldom sober
I'm a rover o' high degree
For when I'm drinking I'm always thinking
How to gain me loves company.

Though the night be as dark as dungeon
Not a star to be seen above
I'll be guided without a stumble
Into the arms of me own true love.

He stepped up to her bedroom window
Kneeling gently upon a stone
He rapped at her bedroom window:
'Darling dear, do ye lie alone.

It's only me your own true lover
Open the door and let me in
For I have come on a long journey
And I'm near drenched to the skin.'

She opened the door with the greatest pleasure
She opened the door and she let him in
They both shook hands and embraced each other
Until the morning they lay as one.

The cock were crawing, the birds were whistling
The streams they ran free about the brae
Remember lass I'm a ploughman laddie
And the farmer I must obey.

'Now me love I must go and leave thee
And though the hills they are high above
I will climb them with greater pleasure
Since I've been in the arms of me love.'