Did you ever see the wild goose sailing on the ocean
Ranzo my boys oh Ranzo Ray
They're just like them pretty girls when they get the notion
Ranzo my boys oh Ranzo Ray

Chorus
Ranzo you'll rue the day
As the wild goose sails away

As I was walking one evening by the river
Ranzo my boys oh Ranzo Ray
I met with a pretty girl my heart it was a quiver
Ranzo my boys oh Ranzo Ray

(Chorus x 2)

I said how are you doing this morning
Ranzo my boys oh Ranzo Ray
She said none the better for the seeing of you
Ranzo my boys oh Ranzo Ray

(Chorus x 2)

You broke my heart oh you broke it full sore o'
Ranzo my boys oh Ranzo Ray
If I sail like the wild goose
you'll break it no more o'
Ranzo my boys oh Ranzo Ray

(Chorus x 2)


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    General CommentThis is by far my favorite Kate Rusby song, and I'm quite a fan in general, so that's saying a lot. I just think it's the perfect performance--I simply adore it.

    What does it mean? I think it's a cute interpretation by Rusby of the old sea shanty, of course...she compares the beauty of a sailing ocean ship with that of the fairer sex, and proceeds to weave in a wistful lad's unrequited affection for a just such a lass whom he happens upon one day; he then rallies and announces that he, too, is capable of sailing away(like the wild goose) on the same ocean--and then she'll have no chance to further hurt him (and maybe she'll be the sorry then as he gracefully sails away). Historically, sea imagery has always been romantic and moving, and no one recalls it so beautifully as Kate Rusby.

    I should also mention that musically it's very pleasing. I think her husband, or ex as it is, performed on the recording and it seems he is something of a virtuoso...anyway, very well done.
    Larranceon March 17, 2009   Link

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