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Reiver 2 18 Mar 08 - 05:44 PM
Bob Coltman 18 Mar 08 - 06:50 PM
Bob Coltman 18 Mar 08 - 07:02 PM
Reiver 2 18 Mar 08 - 07:15 PM
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Subject: Origins: 'Lookin' For A Home' - Noah
From: Reiver 2
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 05:44 PM

Here's one of the songs I mentioned on the Animal Fair thread, that my father used to sing to me when I was a boy. I don't really know what the proper name of it is. I use this name as it's a repeat line that ends each verse;

Lookin'For A Home

Old, Noah he did build an ark,
"    "   " "    "    " "
"    "   " "    "    " "
He built it out of hickory bark,
If you belong to Gideon's band,
Then here's my heart and here's my hand,
Lookin' for a home.

The animals came in two by two,
"    "       "   " "   " "
"    "       "   " "   " "
The elephant and the kangaroo,
If you belong to Gideon's band,
Then here's my heart and here's my hand,
Lookin' for a home.

Then Noah he nailed the hatches down,
(Repeat twice)
And told outsiders they might drown,
If you belong to Gideon's band,
Then here's my heart and here's my hand,
Lookin' for a home.

And when he found he had no nails
(Repeat twice)
He just ran up his own coat tails.
If you belong... (etc.)

For forty days they sailed around,
(Repeat twice)
And then he ran the old scow aground,
If you belong... (etc.)

They landed on Mount Ararat
(repeat twice)
Just three miles south of Barnegat,
If you belong... (etc.)

There may have been more verses but these are all I remember. If ANYONE has ever heard this song, please let me know and if anyone knows anything about it's origin, correct name, etc. please post the info here on the forum. THANKS.

Reiver 2


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Lookin' For A Home' - Noah
From: Bob Coltman
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 06:50 PM

The song appears to be a late version of "Gideon's Band" (1861) I have it as arranged by C. R. Dodworth, but I'm not sure of the composer. The chorus is almost the same:

If you belong to Gideon's Band
Then here's my heart and here's my hand,
If you belong to Gideon's Band
We're hunting for a home.

The original verses are different though:

Oh keep your hat upon your head (3)
For you will want it when you're dead.

Oh keep your nose upon your face ... etc.

The verses you give are common to a number of "Noah's Ark" songs, such as "One More River to Cross," "Noah's Ark Shanty (A Long Time Ago),one of the two songs known as "Noah's Ark," etc. They were spread about by innumerable collegiate singing groups in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

One band that recorded "Gideon's Band" with the "Noah he did build the ark" verses was Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters in December 1928. However their verses are somewhat different from yours.

By golly, though, that Barnegat in your final verse is unique as far as I know. A New Jersey coastal version?

Bob


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Lookin' For A Home' - Noah
From: Bob Coltman
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 07:02 PM

At this point in the search I think the true author of "Gideon's Band" is probably unknown.

Gus Meade, in his Country Music Sources, lists only the attribution to the arranger, Charles R. Dodsworth, 1861. That's the first occurrence of the song listed.

It seems to have come out of the minstrel shows of the mid-19th century, and I seem to recall hearing it has had a long and illustrious, if somewhat obscure, career sung by men's clubs, fraternal organizations, etc.

That's all I know ...

Bob


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Lookin' For A Home' - Noah
From: Reiver 2
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 07:15 PM

Hey, Bob, that's GREAT!! More than I ever expected to learn about it! I've always wondered about Barnegat, too, and have no idea where or what it is. For some reason I always thought (or perhaps I just WANTED to think, it was a place in Ireland. Perhaps a corruption of someplace like Ballygar, Barnatra or Ballybriggan. But it may only be a word made up to rhyme with Ararat. My father sang in barbarshop quartets and H.S. and College singing groups in the 19teens and early 1920s so that's no doubt where he learned those songs. Bob, thanks so much for your information!! It's much appreciated.

Reiver 2


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Lookin' For A Home' - Noah
From: Reiver 2
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 07:25 PM

barbershop


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Lookin' For A Home' - Noah
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 10:07 PM

Um, I think I got mine from the Honkingduck site, by..... bucklebusters? er...... oh yeah, Al Hopkins & His Buckle Busters:

CLICK

... and we actually do this one in church. Well, AT church-- it's in the Pink Songbook we use in the summer when we do the Sat. Night Service out on the rear church lawn. It's theological!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Lookin' For A Home' - Noah
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 19 Mar 08 - 04:57 AM

Barnegat is a sand spit paralleling the shore north of Atlantic City in New Jersey. I've swum there, long ago. In those days it was a lonely place, flat, featureless and absolutely beautiful.

There is a town of Barnegat, Barnegat Light, Barnegat Inlet, and Barnegat Bay. The place where I stayed was Barnegat Beach together with Island Beach adjoining it to the north -- long skinny stretches of sand enclosing the intracoastal waterway.

I just wiki'd it out of curiosity. The name was originally Dutch -- Barendegat, meaning "inlet o the breakers" -- because of the inlet's turbulent channel.

I don't know its place in history, but any place with a lighthouse (think of Eddystone, etc.) is likely to produce colorful stories.

Also, for anyone in nearby New York City it would be an obvious rhyme for Ararat. Makes me think these animal verses originated in the early stages of the New York songwriting community that became Tin Pan Alley ... say, 1850-70 or so.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Lookin' For A Home' - Noah
From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 Mar 08 - 03:09 PM

The only Lookin For A Home song I know is the one about the Boll Weevil - do these 2 have the same tune, or is this Noah one to the tune of Who Built the Ark, Noah, Noah? (For which my mondegreen growing up was Who Built the Ark? No one, No one...)


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