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Stevebury Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederik) (19) RE: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederik) 14 Aug 19


“Brother Noah” appears in Frank Shay’s ”American Sea Songs and Chanteys: from the days of Iron Men and Wooden Ships”, 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 it’s growing very dark and it’s raining very hard?
    Halleloo, halleloo, halleloo-oo-oo-oo-ia.

No, you can’t sir, no, you can’t, sir,
You can’t come into the Ark of the Lord,
Though it’s growing very dark and it’s 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,
’Cause it ain’t goin’ to rain very hard anyhow,
    Halleloo, halleloo, halleloo-oo-oo-oo-ia.

That’s a lie, sir, that’s a lie sir,
You can darn soon tell that it ain’t no sell,
’Cause it’s sprinkling now and it’s goin’ 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)


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