Come Write Me Down


“Or, The Wedding Song. I’ve sung it at a few weddings and it’s actually fairly inappropriate when you think about it.” It certainly doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven that’s for sure. Jon learned this from the Coppers and it was originally sung by John Copper and Jon Dudley on the first Coppersongs LP, then by the Young Coppers on their Passing Out CD. It’s printed in The Copper Family Song Book and in Bob Copper’s book A Song for Every Season. Bob and John Copper also sing it on The Folksound of Britain. You’ll find it on the Topic CD of the same name subtitled Early Recordings Of The Copper Family Of Rottingdean with that version featuring Bob, John, Jim and Ron. Phew! I think that’s enough Coppers for one post, but this song does seem to be forever associated with the Sussex family. Anyway there seems to be another verse to this, which I’m sure Jon misses out at weddings, as the lass in question remains stubbornly unyielding in wedlock too. You’ll find the extras on Mudcat including an amusing and now curiously dated gender swap involving telephones.

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23 Responses to “Come Write Me Down”

  1. Edith Lewis says:

    Been offline for two weeks so just listened to the last 14 songs. Wonderful stuff. Every one a gem, including Mercedes Benz.

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  3. Nick Hsllam says:

    More about * from the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

    There are 17 records of Come Write Me Down in the Library.

    When searched on Round No. this rises to 52 and perhaps not surprisingly the name Copper appears throughout the list

    If you wish to see more detail on each record, change the ‘output’ to ‘record’ and press ‘submit query’.

    There are 7 records of the song in the Take 6 Archive

    To find these go to enter the name of the song into the first empty field, select ‘Title’ from the drop down menu ‘all fields’ and press ‘submit search.

    We use the Roud index and the Take 6 online collections in the search for information on Jon’s selections.

    For more information, or to carry out your own search for songs, please visit
    If you need any help accessing the library online or have any questions, please contact the VWML on 020 7485 2206 or

  4. Phil says:

    the lass in question remains stubbornly unyielding in wedlock too

    Does she? The Coppers (and all the versions listed on Mudcat) end with “and that same girl who said him Nay/She’ll comfort him both night and day” or words to that effect, which sounds like a happy ending to me. Piers Cawley has an additional verse, but it’s definitely a happy ending (and unCopperishly smutty).

  5. Jane Ramsden says:

    I’m with Phil on this one. It’s a bit Keys of Canterbury-ish. The lass in question wants more than a handful of gold in exchange for favours, but sthg more constant, so it sounds like a happy ending to me too.

  6. Mzz.Beee says:

    “Piers Cawley has an additional verse,”

    I wondered if this folk song blog thing might take off. Lots of folks out there doing it on YouTube and Myspace – but I’ve not seen the same thing in Blog format. And I think it really works, indeed better than either YouTube or MySpace IMO. It won’t be long before we’re all at it.

  7. Reinhard says:

    Yes, this blog works really well, and I admire Jon for his performance and determination. I’m looking forward to get my daily dose of folk for months to come.

    But it’s no wonder that this blog works better than YouTube, it’s just a quality thing. Here I know that I’ll get something interesting every day; on YouTube I’d have to search long and hard to find a pearl every day amongst tons of mediocrity.

  8. Mzz.Beee says:

    *smile* I think we’re communicating at cross purposes. Of course THIS blog works well because Jon Boden is Jon Boden rather than your regular amateur enthusiast, so as you say, the performance is likely to be of a high quality (at least for those who don’t dislike his style). Personally I quite like to follow other amateur’s/semi-professional’s output online. The quality issue doesn’t bother me too much, as I enjoy both amateur ‘social singing’ in 3D and it’s virtual correlate on community sites like YouTube etc. What I was getting at is the blog format works really well, and wondered if it would inspire amateur/semi-professional singers to try doing the same, as many already do on other sites. For my own part, if JB inspires folk enthusiasts to follow his lead in folk song blogging, that could only be a good thing for these old songs and encouraging more people to sing them. Evidently JB’s example has indeed inspired others to try something along the same lines themselves – at least so far it appears to have inspired Piers who Phil flagged up there. And I’ll be following both of them now.

  9. admin says:

    Sorry folks and thanks Phil. I misread it and thought she was still saying nay, but I can see I’m wrong there. Happy they seem to be

  10. Peter Dawson says:

    This song was posted on the day of our Silver Wedding party. It’s definitely a happy ending…

  11. Piers Cawley says:

    @Phil – a better link to my version of The Wedding song is probably the one on my blog –, which is where I’m writing up provenance and whatever else springs to mind about the songs in my repertoire.

    So far it’s been great fun to do and I’d heartily recommend the process to everyone.

  12. muzza(s.e.England) says:

    This is a lovely Copper’s Song…………..another old amateur having a go on this link!

  13. Diana says:

    A pleasant enough song.

    @ Muzza: I have been watching you again on Mainly Norfolk – well done. Very serious looking though.

  14. Jane Ramsden says:

    Messaged you on FB, Diana.

    Muzza, where art thou? Missing thee! Will soon know where ‘she/McDooley got it/the brick’ from Ameriky’s Leo Feist Collection!

  15. Diana says:

    Thanks Jane – got it and replied.

  16. Old Muzza(NW Surrey-UK) says:

    @Jane………….old muzza always lurking in the background……..trying to recover from a ‘man cold’ and a soaking outside Jane Austen’s house when attending Alton Folk festival last weekend. Spirits revived a little when I watched ‘Darling Buds of May re-run (itv3) Tuesday, and saw them relaxing in a sunlit garden and skipping in a sundrenched meadow…then reality kicked in and I lurched out into the rain for another soaking morris night!……back to bed now.

  17. Diana says:

    @Muzza: Get well quick. You have been deluged with the rotten rain ever since Teignmouth and then you were under canvas – it really isn’t surprising you have a cold.

  18. Old Muzza(NW Surrey-UK) says:

    @Diana…..OOOer Matron…I have a cough to die for…..
    one of those that hacks away until you sink to your knees and you wish you had a couple of Northern Lasses around to give you a hefty thump on your back to help get your breath back…
    and I thought it was getting better(until a bad day yesterday)…but hey…..much better today and the sun is shining……..I feel like finding me penknife and strolling down the garden to murder somebody……and writing a song about it……oh drat…tomorrow’s song man has beaten me to it!

  19. Linda says:

    will try again should link to radio 4 programne;

  20. Linda says:

    ok that didn’t work so look for ; Radio 3 In Tune on BBC iPlayer and find Jon giving us a sneak pre view of new CD

  21. Old Muzza(N.W.Surrey UK) says:

    Is this the link Lindy Lou

  22. Linda says:

    Thank you Muzza that’s the link I was looking for… looking forward to hearing the rest of the new CD when its released

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