Spencer the Rover

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This example of "Spencer the Rover" is performed by Aidan Brennan (vocals & guitar) and Johnny B. Connolly (button accordion).  Recorded live, used with permission.
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These words were composed by Spencer the Rover 
Who traveled Great Britain and most parts of Wales 
He had been so reduced, which caused great confusion 
And that was the reason he went on the roam 

In Yorkshire, near Rotherham, he had been on his rambles 
Being weary of traveling, he sat down to rest 
At the foot of yonder mountain there runs a clear fountain 
With bread and cold water he himself did refresh 

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

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 wandering forsake 

On the fifth of November, I've a reason to remember 
When first he arrived home to his family and friends 
They did stand quite astounded, surprised and dumbfounded
To see such a stranger once more in their sight 

His children came around him with their prittle prattling stories 
With their prittle prattling stories to drive care away 
He's as happy as those who have thousands of riches 
Contented he'll remain and not ramble away

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