We’re staying in a farming mood with another song from the considerable Copper family repertoire, of which Jon says, “This feels like one of the most genuine of agricultural songs. Many sound like they are consciously sentimentalising the halcyon days of manorial feudalism – which makes you doubt that such an idyll ever really existed. This is more workmanlike and matter of fact about the cycle of the agricultural year, which makes it all the more poignant.” You’ll find Bob and Ron Copper’s recording this on the Topic Records Come Write Me Down CD and can link to the lyrics here, while Mainly Norfolk again provides great reference for the various Copper recordings. Along with Bellamy’s Both Sides Then, Come Write… is another highly recommended acquisition for those that want to explore further and especially those that favour the unadorned vocal. This particular CD comes with two expansive booklets, one offers Reg Hall’s take on the family’s story, the other giving lyrics and notes on the 27 tracks included. Of The Two Young Brethren it notes that many of the early collectors note this song, mostly all in Sussex or Southern England and says, “In the absence of broadside versions, however, the earliest known printing is in [George Heywood] Sumner’s The Besom Maker.” Now here’s another fascinating character and well worth a few minutes Wiki-ing here if you don’t already know his story. Google images as well if you have a few minutes, it’s equally well worth while.
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