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Thread #8009   Message #4032673
Posted By: GUEST,Wm
06-Feb-20 - 10:37 PM
Thread Name: 'Wild Goose Shanty (Ranzo)' background
Subject: RE: 'Wild Goose Shanty (Ranzo)' background
From Ballads and Sea Songs from Nova Scotia (W. Roy Mackenzie). First edition 1928; transcribed from the edition of 1963.


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!


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