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Song Index

These are the songs in the Copper family tradition, some of which are known to have been sung by seven generations of the same family.

Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy
Admiral Benbow
The Angels Sang
As I Walked Out
Babes in the Wood
Banks of the Sweet Primroses
The Battle of Alma
Bold General Wolfe
Bold Princess Royal
The Bold Dragoon
Bold Fisherman
Brisk and Bonny Lad
Brisk and Lively Lad
Brisk Young Ploughboy
By the Green Grove
Charming Molly
Christians Awake
The Christmas Song
Claudy Banks
Come All Ye Bold Britons
Come Write Me Down
Corduroy
Cupid's Garden
Dame Durden
Dick Turpin
Dogs and Ferrets
The Dying Soldier
The Echoing Horn
The Farmer in Cheshire
The Forsaken Mermaid
The Fox
Gentlemen of High Renown
Hard Times of Old England
Hark the Goddess Diana
Heigh Ho Sing Ivy
Honest Labourer
Irish Girl
The Lark in the Morning
A Lawyer Bold
Lord Thomas and Fair Eleanor
Month of May
My Father Had an Acre of Land
My Love Has Gone
No John No
Now All You Lads
Oh Good Ale
Old Adam
Old Threshing Song
Rose of Allendale
Pleasant Month of May
Ring Out, O Bells
Rolling Downward
Seamen Bold
The Seasons/Ploughshare
Sheepshearing Song
Shepherd of the Downs
The Shepherd's Song
Shepherds Arise
Softly the Night
Spencer the Rover
Sportsmen Arouse
Spotted Cow
Sweep Chimney Sweep
Sweet Lemeney
Thousands or More
Twanky Dillo
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Two Old Crows
Two Young Brethren
The Veteran
Wake the Sweet Anthem
Warlike Seamen/Irish Captain
A Week before Easter
What's the Life of a Man
When Jones's Ale was New
When Spring Comes In
While Shepherds Watched
The White Cockade
Wind Across the Moor
Wop she 'ad it-io

Garry Gillard initially wrote: "These seventy-three songs are all that I know of that have been recorded or otherwise published by any member of the Copper family. Forty-seven of the songs, words and music, are in Bob Copper's book A Song for Every Season. Sixty-five are in The Copper Family Song Book: A Living Tradition."

"What's the Life of a Man" added February 2007 from Bob Copper's book Early to Rise. "The Angels Sang", "Christians Awake", "Ring Out, O Bells", "Rolling Downwards", "Wake the Sweet Anthem" and "While Shepherds Watched" (all as sung on the Coppers at Christmas CD) added January 2008 from words provided by Jon Dudley.

See also the songs collected by Bob Copper in the 1950s and published in Songs and Southern Breezes: Country Folk and Country Ways, Heinemann, London, 1973.


This page last updated on 4 January, 2008