Spencer the Rover

Submitted by Stephen Snyder on

April 07, 2014

Spencer the Rover, a song by the Copper Family from Rottingdean, Sussex, England was a popular song of the folk circuit in the 1960s and 70's, popularized in the US by the duo John Roberts and Tony Barrand.  In a previous life as a folksinger I sang it on stage, full voice.  When my kids were screaming infants, I would sing the song slowly and softly to calm them at bedtime.  At a slow gentle pace, it takes 5 minutes to sing all 7 verses.  It helped to have this memorized, and I could just count the number of repetitions to know how long I'd been waiting for the babe to start snoring.  Usually 4 or 5 times through did the trick.  My children have no memory of this.


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