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Lyr Req: Jonah in the Wilderness (Henry Thomas)

GUEST,Runaway 30 Nov 12 - 04:09 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 30 Nov 12 - 05:21 PM
GUEST,999 30 Nov 12 - 06:14 PM
GUEST 30 Nov 12 - 11:19 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Thomas' Jonah in the wilderness
From: GUEST,Runaway
Date: 30 Nov 12 - 04:09 PM

Hey Folks!

I've been doing research on Jonah songs and I've been trying to decipher Henry Thomas' 1927 "Jonah in the Wilderness"

There is an old discussion on a forum out there, but I hear it differently. I even have a feeling that it is actually "john" and not Jonah. John was the wilderness preacher after all.

Here's a link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUp-KUETdKY

Hey, Jonah (John?), Hallelujah! 
Hey, Jonah, preaching in that wilderness 

Preaching in that wilderness, preaching in that wilderness 



Go down yonder to the bottom of the ship 

See can you find the (sturdy true-hearted???) Christian 

Go yonder to the power of God
See can you find the ??? Christian 

Sure to come back, sure to say to the Lord 

Could not find the ??? Christian 

Go yonder to the (hills I saw)?
See can you find the … Christian 

Sure to come back, sure to say to the Lord 

Could not find the … Christian 



Lord told Jonah, said to go and preach 

Jonah declared that he would not go 

Hid hisself in the bottom of the ship 

Searched that ship from bottom to top 

Here Brother Jonah sent overboard 

Fast come a bird and dropped the seed 

Dropped the seed, that sprung the root 


From the root that sprung the vine 

From the vine that sprung the shade 

Under that shade brother Jonah laid 

I Walked right up I read him by his room?
God has choosed that Jonah's got on (Got his shoes?) 

When we get to heaven, I will sit and tell 

I've escaped old death and hell 



Ship rocked from shore to shore 

Ship rocked from door to door

God declared that the ship went wrong 

Jonah's gotta leave this standin' round



God told Noah go to build an Ark 

God told em go to build an Ark
fast as they that wooden ark built
Flooded (hunted?) forty days and forty nights


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thomas' Jonah in the wilderness
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 30 Nov 12 - 05:21 PM

I agree it sounds like John and the wilderness preaching would make sense with that. However the original Vocalion label clearly shows the title as Jonah.. It's possible it is John in the chorus lines of course.

The missing words you have all seem to be repeat of your sturdy true-hearted Christians, though I think he may be singing 30 true-hearted Christians

I also think the Sure to...Sure to ... is actually a name, probably Jonah: Jonah come back, Jonah say to the Lord. It sounds more like Shona, but that's probably the pronounciation.

In your last verse line 2 is God told Noah... again.

I'm pretty sure the start (at least) of penultimate line is not right. It could be Thanked God that the wooden ark built, but I'm not certain about that.

The last line sounds like (A?) Hundred and forty days and forty nights. (The flood lasted 150 days). I'm almost certain the first word is not flooded.

I'll listen some more later.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thomas' Jonah in the wilderness
From: GUEST,999
Date: 30 Nov 12 - 06:14 PM

May fill a few gaps. Runaway.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thomas' Jonah in the wilderness
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Nov 12 - 11:19 PM

Thanks Mick! and thanks for the link too

I do know that some of the labels on early records were mislabeled, like the Red Headed Fiddlers in 1929. They recorded "Fire on the Mountain" but it was labeled "Far in the mountain." It's also possible that some record boss thought it made more sense to call it Jonah due to context or just misheard it.

I thought that I heard "Hundred" too

"wooden ark built" might be "would't got built"
sounds like the line starts with "Bad if" or "Bad as"
I didn't mean to leave out "got" in that line
should read "Fast's they got that there wooden ark built"


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