The Sgt. Pepper movie is released; as either a cult classic or the worst movie of all time depending on your perspective.
There isn’t much to point to that helps with the Sgt. Pepper mystery in the movie, but one rather interesting point is the Sgt. Pepper bands’ signing of their contract; it is never apparent in the film why the contract carries any sort of significance but nonetheless the band members seem quite unaware as to exactly what it is they are signing and seemingly need to be plied with distractions in order to do so.
The evil Steve Martin Maxwell character from Maxwell’s Silver Hammer also duels with Billy Shears in the film.
Meanwhile, Paul McCartney, by this time having redeemed himself somewhat of Lennon’s charge that he couldn’t do much musically without John, writes a song entitled Morse Moose and the Grey Goose.
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’s 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.
Grey Goose today is known more as a Vodka and wasn’t a very well known phrase in 1978, but the phrase Grey Goose actually goes back to the 1800’s; but Lead Belly’s use of the phrase in one song in the 30’s is probably the most well known and in his version, a preacher shoots the grey goose and tries to kill it, only to discover that no matter how hard he tries he simply cannot get rid of the grey goose. (another interesting aside, in some of the older European versions, two boys have a similar encounter with a grey goose, one decides to try to hide from the goose and does so while barefoot)
The grey goose is regarded as metaphor for a demon that the preacher cannot get rid of because he failed to properly observe the sabbath, the grey goose is regarded as a payback of sorts for failing to heed known scripture.
The song is so outright bizarre, both in it’s structure and lyrics that I don’t think anyone really takes the song very seriously at all, which is sort of incredible for a McCartney tune because he could sing about a Happy Meal and have thousands of people dissect whether the song somehow contributes to Paul is Dead.
However this one largely gets left alone, and yet the theme of the song with Paul, a Mate and an admiral, is somewhat reminiscent of a section of Hotel California and a beast that can’t be killed.
It’s mixed metaphors are confusing yes, but the calling out from the bottom of the sea to someone sounds like he’s trying to warn someone of something.
Something that they’ve apparently already experienced before the grey goose flew away.
But what in the world does Morse Moose mean?
Umm, that’s a good question. The line Strawberry Fields Forever, when played in reverse, says A Pair of Sleepy Red Moose. The song was also known for the mellotron bit at 16 sec. being taken as possible Morse Code, although some thought it was JL it seems to have translated out to KAKTTEA.
So maybe whatever “it” was, the grey goose, it has something to do with the late 1966 early 1967 period in which the songs for Sgt. Pepper were being recorded that both Lennon and Terry Knight have pointed to as having affected Paul somehow.
The period in which for 44 years has served as an urban legend about Paul having died.
But the grey goose flew away…
Is it back?