“The Grey Goose”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1933 (recording, Washington "Lightnin'")
Keywords: talltale bird cook hunting
Found in: US(So)

Description

"Last Monday morning, Lord, Lord, Lord... My daddy went a-hunting... for de grey goose." The goose is found and killed; it takes six weeks to fall, and six weeks to pluck, and six weeks to cook... It cannot be cut, and comes back to life and flies away

Notes

Paul Stamler writes, "[This song and 'Home, Happy Home'] are so close that it might be better to call [the latter] an Alternate Title." I have no knowledge of "Home, Happy Home." Anyone know more? - RBW

"Home, Happy Home" was collected, almost certainly from white informants, by Garry Harrison in southern Illinois, probably in the 1970s. - PJS

John Greenway sees this as similar to "Cutty Wren." Once again, I don't see it. - RBW

Cross references

Recordings

References

  1. Lomax-FSUSA 5, "The Grey Goose" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 242-243, "De Grey Goose" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Botkin-AmFolklr, pp. 907-908, "The Grey Goose" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Greenway-AFP, pp. 109-110, "Grey Goose" (1 text)
  5. Silber-FSWB, p. 403, "The Gray Goose" (1 text)
  6. DT, GRAYGOOS
  7. Roud #11684
  8. BI, LxU005