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Grey Goose

Cover Song

Song Author

Recording Session(s)
08/20/89 and 08/28/89 - "The Jury" / "Lithium" Project - Reciprocal Studios - Seattle, WA

This song was an old Leadbelly tune and was recorded in the summer of '89 during the brief existence of a side project comprised of Cobain, Novoselic, and Screaming Trees members Mark Lanegan and Mark Pickerel.  The project was going to be called Jury or Lithium (Cobain's preference).  Nothing came of this collaboration, though, and "Grey Goose" was never released, as was another Leadbelly cover, "Ain't It A Shame," which was also recorded at that time.  "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" was the only song released from this project and it, too, was a Leadbelly cover.


Alternate/Working Titles
None Documented

Common Mislabels
None Documented

Mislabels in the Bootography
None Documented

The original as it was performed by Leadbelly

One sunny mornin', Lawd, Lawd, Lawd.
Preacher went a-huntin', Lawd, Lawd, Lawd.
He carried 'long his shotgun, Lawd, Lawd, Lawd.
'Long come a grey goose, Lawd, Lawd, Lawd.
Gun went "a-boo-loo!", Lawd, Lawd, Lawd.
Down come the grey goose, Lawd, Lawd, Lawd.
He was six weeks a-fallin', Lawd, Lawd, Lawd.
He was six weeks a-haullin', Lawd, Lawd, Lawd.
Then my wife an yo' wife', Lawd, Lawd, Lawd.
Give a feather-pickin', Lawd, Lawd, Lawd.
They was six weeks a-pickin'
Put 'em in a parboil.
He was six weeks a-fallin',
And they put him on a table,
And the fork couldn't stick him,
And a knife wouldn't cut 'em,
Then they throwed him in the hog bin,
And the hog couldn't eat him,
And he broke the hog's teeth out.
And they put him in the sawmill,
And the saw couldn't cut him,
And he broke the saw's teeth out.
Last time I see him, Lawd, Lawd, Lawd
Flyin' cross the ocean, Lawd, Lawd, Lawd
With a long thing of goslings, Lawd, Lawd, Lawd
And the hog went quack-quack, Lawd, Lawd, Lawd

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