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GUEST,Wm 'Wild Goose Shanty (Ranzo)' background (17) RE: 'Wild Goose Shanty (Ranzo)' background 06 Feb 20


From Ballads and Sea Songs from Nova Scotia (W. Roy Mackenzie). First edition 1928; transcribed from the edition of 1963.

THE WILD GOOSE

The brief version which follows I secured from Ephraim Tattrie of Tatamgouche, Colchester County. The air is a particularly fine one, of the type which in the eighteenth century was characterized as "wild and melancholy."

Did you ever see a wild goose floating on the ocean?
Ranzo, ranzo, away, away!
It's just like the young girls when they take the notion.
Ranzo, ranzo, away, away!

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The melody given in the back of the book seems more or less to be a rhythmically stricter form of what Lloyd sang.


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