Mudcat Café message #1663277 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #88593   Message #1663277
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
06-Feb-06 - 07:49 PM
Thread Name: Open up the window, Noah
Subject: RE: Open up the window, Noah
Also remember that spirituals were transmitted by voice rather than the printed word, and regional dialects affected the pronunciations. There are bound to be variations.

A song about "Norah" (Noah), a different spiritual, about Noah building the ark, was used as a work song.

Solo:
Norah was a hundred twenty years buildin' de ark of God,
And ev'ry time his hammer ring, Norah cried "Amen."
etc.
Chorus (Lead and response):
Well, who build de ark?
Norah build it.
etc.

I will post this song if it hasn't already appeared in a thread.