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

Master release


Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"London Town" sessions #2

May 1 to May 31, 1977


"London Town" sessions #4

October 25 to December 1, 1977


"London Town" sessions #5

December 3 to 14, 1977

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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 :
Recording 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: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 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 :
Recording 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: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989 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.

Going further


Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989

With 25 albums of pop music, 5 of classical – a total of around 500 songs – released over the course of more than half a century, Paul McCartney's career, on his own and with Wings, boasts an incredible catalogue that's always striving to free itself from the shadow of The Beatles. The stories behind the songs, demos and studio recordings, unreleased tracks, recording dates, musicians, live performances and tours, covers, events: Music Is Ideas Volume 1 traces McCartney's post-Beatles output from 1970 to 1989 in the form of 346 song sheets, filled with details of the recordings and stories behind the sessions. Accompanied by photos, and drawing on interviews and contemporary reviews, this reference book draws the portrait of a musical craftsman who has elevated popular song to an art-form.

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Mauricio 3 years ago

I love this song, to me it is a superb rocker, and Paul plays a really mean bass plus agressive unmatched vocals.


Robert 3 years ago

This is (yet another) unregarded gem of Paul's. Had he not written so many other brilliant songs this one would, perhaps, garner more attention. The story is nonsense of course, but the music and its arrangement are urgent and sublime.
There is also this extended (14:45) fan mix of it on YouTube that is especially well done:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8Cl8G6DwRg


John Howes 3 years ago

I'm fascinated by this track. Does the Grey Goose start as a boat and then become a plane?


The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Another one of those cryptic lyrics that everyone can interpret in different ways, I presume :) The London Town pages are pretty weak for now - hope for "London Town" reissue in 2022 to force me to revisit and enrich those !


Terry Hurley 1 year ago

Brilliant, brillant song


phil 6 days ago

good


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