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Grey Goose and Gander

from At Home by Patrick Rose

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I learned this from Fay Hield's first solo album Looking Glass, and have been smitten with it ever since because it's complete and utter nonsense.

Fay picked this up from Mary and Nigel Hudleston's book Songs of the Ridings: The Yorkshire Musical Museum.

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

The blacksmith is black but his money is white,
And he drinks in the alehouse from morning till night.
From morning till night, my boys, by the light of the moon,
Rise early tomorrow morning all in the same tune.

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

The shepherd is happy abroad on his down,
He would not change his life for a sceptre and crown.
A sceptre and crown, my boys, by the light of the moon,
Rise early tomorrow morning all in the same tune.

The gentlemen took the ladies the hounds for to view,
The gentlemen to the ladies said, how do you do?
Said, how do you do?, my boys, by the light of the moon,
Rise early tomorrow morning all in the same tune.

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

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from At Home, released March 4, 2022

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Patrick Rose Sheffield, UK

Patrick Rose does folk style acoustic music in between learning about Computer Science and Maths, and occasionally running How To Play

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