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Thread #114362   Message #2460459
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
08-Oct-08 - 03:16 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Work Gang Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: NORAH
John Henry is often mentioned in the hammer songs. Noah is the subject in this one.

Lyr. Add: NORAH

1
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?
Norak build it.
Who build de ark?
Norah build it,
Cut his timber down.

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

2
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.
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.

With musical score. In the verse, 'Norah' is held a couple of beats.
Dorothy Scarborough, 1925, "On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs," pp. 222-223. Where the song came from is not stated; she received many of the songs in letters.