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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
06-Feb-06 - 08:07 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Norah / Noah / Let Your Hammer Ring
Subject: Lyr Add: NORAH (hammer song)
Lyr. Add: NORAH

Norah was a hundred and twenty years buildin' de ark of God,
And ev'ry time his hammer ring, Norah cried,"Amen!"

Chorus:
Well, who build de ark?
Norah build it.
Who build de ark?
Norah build it.
Who build de ark?
Norah build it,
Cut his timber down.

First thing dat Norah done,
Cut his timber down.
Second thing dat Norah done,
Hewed it all around.

Chorus (second time, added line)
Well, who build de ark?
Norah build it.
Hammer keep a-ringin',said, "Norah build it!"
Well, who build de ark?
Norah build it.
Who build de ark?
Norah build it.
Who build de ark?
Norah build it.
Cut his timber down.
(and continued)

Dorothy Scarborough, 1925, "On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs, pp. 222-223, with music. Reprinted 1963, Folklore Associates, Inc.