Spencer the Rover​/​The Last Pint

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Spencer the Rover Trad. Arr. Poitín/Last Pint (P. Bensusan)

Jeremy first heard John Martyn’s version ages ago and loved it. Then he heard the Copper Family from Rottingdean singing it and realised why it resonated so much. Jeremy’s a Sussex lad, and the Rottingdean blacksmith when the Coppers lived there was his great uncle, Ernie Stenning. The song tells how Spencer gets into difficulties at home, so heads off to try to straighten things out. He gets as far as Rotherham and, sleeping rough in a wood, he starts to miss his wife and kids and heads back down south where he receives a warm and somewhat surprised welcome from his little family. And of course it is there, at home, that he finds contentment at last.

Populární píseň v tradičním repertoáru slavné Copper Family z Rottingdeanu v hrabství Sussex v Anglii. Nedaleko odsud se Jeremy narodil a jeho prastrýc Ernie zde pracoval jako kovář. Píseň vypráví hřejivý příběh o tom, jak lze při hledání štěstí procestovat lán světa, abyste jej nakonec našli u prahu svého domova.

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Spencer the Rover

This song was composed by Spencer the rover,
Who travelled old England and most parts of Wales
He’d been so reduced which caused great confusion
And that was the reason he went on the roam

In Yorkshire near Rotherham he’d been on his rambles,
Being weary of travelling he laid down to rest
At the foot of yon mountain there runs a clear fountain,
With bread and cold water himself did refresh

It tasted more sweeter than the gold he had wasted,
More sweeter than honey and gave more content
But the thought of his babies lamenting their father
Brought tears in his eyes and made him repent

The night fast approaching to the woods he resorted,
With woodbine and ivy his bed for to make
There he dreamt about sighing, lamenting and crying,
Go home to your family and rambling forsake

On the fifth of November I’ve reason to remember,
When first he came home to his family and wife
They stood so surprised when first he arrived,
For to see such a stranger once more in their life

Well his children gathered round him with their prittle-prattling stories,
With their prittle-prattling stories to drive cares away
Now they are united like birds of one feather,
Like bees in one hive contented they’ll stay

And now he’s a-living in his cottage contented,
With woodbine and roses growing all round the door
He’s as happy as those that’s got thousands of riches,
Contented he’ll stay and go roving no more

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from Simple Pleasures, released September 1, 2016

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Poitín Czech Republic

Poitín are an award-winning traditional Celtic band from Pilsen in the Czech Republic. They explore all forms of Celtic music but are firmly grounded in the pub session tradition and like nothing better than sitting round a table in the corner of a cosy pub playing old favourites about tarry sailors, merry maids and drunken nights. Poitín have performed at festivals across Europe. ... more

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