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Thousands or More

[ Roud 1220 ; Ballad Index K284 ; trad.]

Thousands or More is a song from the repertoire of the Copper Family and can be found in the Copper Family Song Book. Jim Copper sang it on April 24, 1952 in a BBC recording made by Séamus Ennis, which was included in 2001 on the Topic CD Come Write Me Down. Bob, Ron and John Copper sang it in 1971 on their Leader 4 LP box A Song for Every Season, and the whole Copper Family did it in 1988 on their EFDSS album Coppersongs: A Living Tradition.

Bob Copper and Bob Lewis sang Thousands or More at a concert at Nellie’s Folk Club, The Rose and Crown Hotel, Tonbridge, Kent, on October 17, 1999. This concert was released in 2017 on their Musical Traditions CD The Two Bobs' Worth.

This YouTube video is from Barry Callaghan's 1986 film on the Copper Family, which was made for the EFDSS and was issued on VHS:

Oak sang Thousands or More in 1971 too on their Topic LP Welcome to Our Fair.

Louis and Sally Killen sang Thousands or More in 1973 at the Fox Hollow Festival. This recording was included in 1975 on A Place to Be: Fox Hollow Festival 10th Anniversary Album.

Barry Dransfield sang Thousands or More in 1996 on his CD Wings of the Sphinx.

The Poozies sang Sorrows Away in 1998 on their CD Infinite Blue. They commented in their liner notes:

A song with wonderful sentiment, given to Kate [Rusby] by Barnsley buddy Ray Padgett (thanks Ray!)

Martyn Wyndham-Read sang Thousands or More on his 2010 CD Back to You.

Bellowhead recorded Thousand or More in March 2012 for their forthcoming album Broadside.

Lyrics

The Copper Family sings Thousands or More

The time passes over more cheerful and gay,
Since we've learnt a new act to drive sorrows away.
Sorrows away, sorrows away, sorrows away,
Since we've learnt a new act to drive sorrows away.

Bright Phoebe awakes so high up in the sky
With her red, rosy cheeks and her sparkaling eye,
Sparkaling eye, sparkaling eye, sparkaling eye,
With her red, rosy cheeks and her sparkaling eye.

If you ask for my credit you'll find I have none,
With my bottle and friend you will find me at home.
Find me at home, find me at home, find me at home,
With my bottle and friend you will find me at home.

Although I'm not rich and although I'm not poor
I'm as happy as those that's got thousands or more,
Thousands or more, thousands or more, thousands or more,
I'm as happy as those that's got thousands or more.