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Thread #62702   Message #1015354
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
09-Sep-03 - 08:04 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederik)
Subject: Lyr Add: OLD NOAH (from Niles, Moore, & Walgren)
From John J. Niles, Douglas S. Moore, & A. A. Walgren "The Songs My Mother Never Taught Me" (N.Y.: Macauley, 1929), pp. 137-40 [eccentric punctuation as in original] :

OLD NOAH
As sung by the crew of the U.S.S. Newton, cargo ship between New York and le Havre, 1918 and 1919

(Explaining the sex complexes of the animal kingdom)

Old Noah built himself an ark the good old Christian soul
He put his family in the deck and the animals in the hold
And as he sailed away from shore with all his kith and kin,
The neighbors gathered on the bank and merrily mocked at him :

[Chorus :] Go to Hell now, go to Hell now
Go to Hell with your damned old leaky scow,
For it ain't goin' to rain any how, any how,
For it ain't goin' to rain any how.

For forty days and forty nights the rain came down like Hell,
It covered everything about including hill and dale.
Old Noah walked upon the deck and looked through the window pane;
And said, "Where are those poor damned fools who said it wouldn't rain."

Chorus

Now Noah had his troubles with the animals forsooth,
For the females they did roll their eyes and the males they felt their youth.
The lions and tigers all took holts, 'twas as natural as can be,
But in due time old Noah knew each couple would be three.

Chorus

The ark was small and crowded too, old Noah tore his hair,
He tried to find some place to land, for sail he didn't dare.
And when, alas, the pigeon came with news of land ahoy,
Old Noah signaled hard by port and shouted "Attaboy."

Chorus

When all the animals came off old Noah swelled with pride,
For they had multiplied by ten while taking the boat ride.
Now gather round me, sailor men, and listen to my tale,
If you should ship two animals, be sure that they are male.

Chorus