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Thread #62702   Message #4004522
Posted By: Stevebury
14-Aug-19 - 12:51 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederik)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederik)
ďBrother NoahĒ appears in Frank Shayís ĒAmerican Sea Songs and Chanteys: from the days of Iron Men and Wooden ShipsĒ, 1948, pp 200-201.
Unicorns seem to be a later addition.

Brother Noah, Brother Noah,
May I come into the Ark of the Lord
For itís growing very dark and itís raining very hard?
    Halleloo, halleloo, halleloo-oo-oo-oo-ia.

No, you canít sir, no, you canít, sir,
You canít come into the Ark of the Lord,
Though itís growing very dark and itís raining very hard,
    Halleloo, halleloo, halleloo-oo-oo-oo-ia.

Very well, sir, very well, sir,
You can go to the dickens with your darned old scow,
íCause it ainít goiní to rain very hard anyhow,
    Halleloo, halleloo, halleloo-oo-oo-oo-ia.

Thatís a lie, sir, thatís a lie sir,
You can darn soon tell that it ainít no sell,
íCause itís sprinkling now and itís goiní to rain like hell.
    Halleloo, halleloo, halleloo-oo-oo-oo-ia.

According to The Ballad Index, it also appears in Shay's "Barroom Ballads" (1927-1928)