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Thread #57507   Message #904666
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
06-Mar-03 - 07:41 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The Grey Goose and the Gander
Subject: RE: Origins: Grey Goose and the Gander
Hi, Alan:

I've never heard this song or seen it in print, but Leadbelly's Gret Goose is supposedly a slavery song about escape. I can't substantiate that because the person who told me is wee bit suspect.
But if thst is true, and this song is American, it could easily be seen as a song about runaway slaves, nicely masked..