The Grey Goose And Gander

Artist
James Bell
Released
2018
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“Rise early tomorrow morning, all in the same tune…”

History

This traditional tune (Roud number 1094) was apparently a favourite song in the Leeds area in the 1800s, according to collector Frank Kidson. I’ve basically used the version recorded in 1991 by Oxford band Folly Bridge as the chief inspiration, because I love it. I just loved the strange kind of fairy tale / nursery rhyme magic the song seemed to have, so that was very much the sound that I went for. It’s also… basically the same tune as ‘Pleasant and Delightful’ (which I did a version of on Joy & Jealousy called ‘The Dawning Of The Day’). In fact, to me, everything about it is pleasant, and delightful.

Lyrics

The grey goose and the gander went over yonder hill
And the grey goose went barefoot for fear of being seen
For fear of being seen, me boys, by the light of the moon
Rise early tomorrow morning, all in the same tune

The gentlemen took the ladies, their hounds for to view;
Said the gentlemen to the ladies ‘Well how do you do?’
Well how do you do, me boys, by the light of the moon
Rise early tomorrow morning, all in the same tune

Well the landlord got drunk and his reckoning forgot
So we pulled down his signpost and smashed all his pots
We smashed all his pots, me boys, by the light of the moon
Rise early tomorrow morning, all in the same tune

Well the grey goose and the gander went over yonder hill
And the grey goose went barefoot for fear of being seen
For fear of being seen, me boys, by the light of the moon
Rise early tomorrow morning, all in the same tune

Credits & Copyright

Traditional, adapted and recorded by James Bell in October 2018. Released in October 2018. (P) House of Lyra.

Sources: Roud number 1094