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Posted By: Charley Noble
16-Apr-03 - 10:41 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Jonah and the Whale-2
Subject: Lyr Add: Jonah and the Whale-2
I haven't found a "Jonah and the Whale" song quite like this one in the DT which doesn't mean it isn't there. This was another revival song that my mother's nursemaid Ella Madison used to sing her back in the 1920's. The lryics below are a combination of what my mother remembers and what a family friend Winifred (Wendy) Holt wrote down:

JONAH AND THE WHALE-II

(As sung by Ella Madison to Dahlov Ipcar in the 1920's)

The Lord commanded Jonah one day,
"Jonah, gwine into an inner land!"
But he went contrary to his God's command;
He went on down to the Tarshish (Spain?) sho';
He finds one ship, she was boun' to go,
He pays his fare, and he gets on bo'd,
And the ship done journey 'long on de ro'd.

Refrain:

Live humble, humble yo'self!
I got glory and honor, praise Jesus!
I got glory and honor, praise the Lamb!

A mighty tempest riz in de sea;
Cap'n and mate come trouble in mind;
Cap'n and mate come trouble in mind;
They went on down to de bottom of ship,
And dey foun' ole Jonah lyin' fas' asleep;
"Wake ye up, ye man of God!
Tell us who ain't honored de Master's word!" (REF)

Jonah raised de cry and shout,
"Find de man, den cast him out!"
One to the other says, "Let's cast lots!"
Stick was cut and de lot was drawn;
An' lot fell on ole Jonah's head;
They cast ole Jonah 'long overbo'd,
And de greedy whale done swallowed him whole. (REF)

Three long days and three long nights,
Jonah rid in de belly of the whale;
Jonah rid in de belly of the whale;
God commanded dat whale to run.
"Run on whale to an inner land!"
Whale he run to an inner land,
And he chucked ole Jonah 'long in de sand. (REF)

I would appreciate any comments.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble