Cry of the Wild Goose

Tennessee Ernie Ford, Western Band of the Royal Air Force

About Cry of the Wild Goose

"The Cry of the Wild Goose" is a 1950 song written by Terry Gilkyson. Originally performed by Frankie Laine, the song was the third of three consecutive number-one hits for him, following the previous year's hits "That Lucky Old Sun" and "Mule Train". The song was released as a 78 rpm vinyl record in early 1950 by Mercury Records with a catalog number of 5363. The Laine version spent two weeks at number-one on the Billboard Most Played by Jockeys music chart in March 1950. The song was later covered by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Brian Setzer covered the song on 2003's Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddy, changing the title and lyrics to "wild wind" rather than "wild goose." 


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Tonight I heard the wild goose cry
Wingin' north in the lonely sky
Tried to sleep, but it ain't no use
'Cause I am the brother to the old wild goose

My heart knows what the wild goose knows
And I must go where the wild goose goes
Wild goose, brother goose, which is best
A wanderin' foot or a heart at rest

The cabin is warm and the snow is deep
And I've got a woman, she lies asleep
When she wakes at tomorrow's dawn
She'll find, poor critter, that her man is gone

My heart knows what the wild goose knows
And I must go where the wild goose goes
Wild goose, brother goose, which is best
A wanderin' foot or a heart at rest

My woman was kind and true to me
Thinks she loves me, the mournful she
She's gotta learn that it ain't no use
To love the brother to the old wild goose

My heart knows what the wild goose knows
And I must go where the wild goose goes
Wild goose, brother goose, which is best
A wanderin' foot or a heart at rest

Spring is comin' and the ice will break
And I can't linger for a woman's sake
She'll see a shadow pass overhead
She'll find a feather beside my bed

My heart knows what the wild goose knows
And I must go where the wild goose goes
Wild goose, brother goose, which is best
A wanderin' foot or a heart at rest
Wild goose

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Tennessee Ernie Ford

Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), better known as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Western, pop, and gospel musical genres. Today, he is best remembered for his hit recording of "Sixteen Tons". more »

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Written by: TERRY GILKYSON

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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12 facts about this song

Release Information
"Cry of the Wild Goose" is a popular song that was released by singer Frankie Laine in 1950.
Chart Performance
The song was incredibly successful and reached the number one spot on Billboard magazine's top folk records chart.
Composer
It was written by American songwriter Terry Gilkyson, who was also a folk singer.
Film Connection
The song was included in the soundtrack of the 1950 film "Our Very Own."
Other Versions
Besides Frankie Laine, the song was also performed by another famous country singer, Tennessee Ernie Ford, known for his baritone voice.
Album Appearance
"Cry of the Wild Goose" is included in Frankie Laine's album "Frankie Laine's Greatest Hits" released in 1958.
Song Theme
The song tells the story of a man who cannot settle down and feels the pull of the wilderness and freedom, much like the wild goose of the title.
Billboard Record
Frankie Laine's recording of "Cry of the Wild Goose" spent two weeks at number one on the Billboard charts in March 1950.
Unique Style
The song is notable for its dramatic vocal performance and orchestration, which makes it stand out from the popular music trends of the time.
Historic Significance
"Cry of the Wild Goose" is considered one of Frankie Laine's signature songs, and it helped to establish his lasting popularity as a singer.
Last Chart-Topper
This song was Frankie Laine's last chart-topper until the 1960s, demonstrating the impact it had on his career.
Genre
"Cry of the Wild Goose" could be classified as a Folk and Country music genre song.

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