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Morse Moose And The Grey Goose

Album This song officially appears on the London Town Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1978
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From popmatters, June 14, 2012 – Seven of Paul McCartney’s Most Underrated Songs:

There are two different types of people in the world. Those who think “Morse Moose & The Grey Goose”, is a completely silly mess, and those who love it. I happen to belong to the latter group, and I saw we’re a lot more fun! I mean, how can anyone hate this? Equivalent to an ambitious sequel of “Yellow Submarine” with echoes of “Uncle Albert/ Admiral Halsey”, the song details a really rocking radio conversation between a warplane (Grey Goose) and a sub (Morse Moose).

 

Last updated on October 16, 2016

Lyrics

Right on down at the bottom of the sea
Tell me are you receiving me?
My name is Morse Moose and I'm calling you

The Grey Goose was a steady boat
People said she'd never float
One night when the moon was high
The grey goose flew away

As we were sailing ‘round the rocks
The mate took out his compass box
And said the wind is like a fox
But the grey goose flew away

When out upon the open sea
The Admiral, the Mate and me
Prepared to face eternity
But the grey goose flew away

She flew into the stormy sea
Davy Jones was calling me
But heading for tranquility
The grey goose flew away

Officially appears on


London Town

Official album • Released in 1978

6:34 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric piano, Mellotron, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Piano
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Joe English:
Drums
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Assistant engineer
Steve Churchyard:
Assistant engineer
Gavin Wright:
Violin

Session Recording:
May 1 to May 31, 1977
Studio:
Record Plant Mobile Studio, Fair Carol Yacht, US Virgin Islands

Session Overdubs:
November 1977
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
December 3 to 14, 1977
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


London Town (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

6:34 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Electric piano, Mellotron, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Keyboards
Denny Laine:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Piano
Jimmy McCulloch:
Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Joe English:
Drums
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Assistant engineer
Steve Churchyard:
Assistant engineer
Gavin Wright:
Violin

Session Recording:
May 1 to May 31, 1977
Studio:
Record Plant Mobile Studio, Fair Carol Yacht, US Virgin Islands

Session Overdubs:
November 1977
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
December 3 to 14, 1977
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.10

Unofficial album

6:33 • Studio version


London Town Roughs And Demos

Unofficial album • Released in 1991

6:33 • Studio version


Water Wings

Unofficial album • Released in 1999

6:37 • Rough mix • From Stereo 1978 Test Pressing Acetate - With Rough Different Mix


Water Wings

Unofficial album • Released in 1999

6:34 • Studio version


London Town Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2003

6:34 • Outtake


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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