Grey Goose, The

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
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1933 (recording, Washington "Lightnin'")
KEYWORDS: talltale bird cook hunting
REFERENCES (10 citations):
Lomax-FSUSA 5, "The Grey Goose" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 242-243, "De Grey Goose" (1 text, 1 tune)
Jackson-DeadMan, pp. 95-97, "Grey Goose" (1 text, 1 tune)
Botkin-AmFolklr, pp. 907-908, "The Grey Goose" (1 text, 1 tune)
AbrahamsRiddle, pp. 118-120, "Go Tell Aunt Nancy" (1 text, 1 tune, with an "Aunt Rhody" opening but an ending that might be from The Grey Goose")
Warner-Eastern, pp. 16-17, "The Gray Goose" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greenway-AFP, pp. 109-110, "Grey Goose" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 403, "The Gray Goose" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Moses Asch and Alan Lomax, Editors, _The Leadbelly Songbook_, Oak, 1962, p. 88, "Grey Goose" (1 text, 1 tune)

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James "Iron Head" Baker, "The Grey Goose" (AFS 207B, 1933) (AFS 205 A3, 1934; on LC03)
Augustus "Track Horse" Haggerty & group, "The Grey Goose" (AFS 223 A2, 1933)
Lead Belly, "The Grey Goose" (on GrowOn2)
Pete Seeger, "Gray Goose" (on PeteSeeger05); "Grey Goose" (on PeteSeeger08, PeteSeegerCD02)
Washington "Lightnin'," "The Gray Goose" (AFS 182 A, 1933)

cf. "The Derby Ram" (theme)
cf. "The Sucking Pig" (theme)
cf. "The Worderful Crocodile" (theme)
cf. "T'Owd Yowe wi' One Horn" (theme)
cf. "Home, Happy Home"
NOTES [71 words]: 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
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