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Lyr Add: Noah's Wife Lived a Wonderful Life

RyBurhans 12 Oct 14 - 12:42 PM
Jim Dixon 12 Oct 14 - 05:21 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: NOAH'S WIFE LIVED A WONDERFUL LIFE
From: RyBurhans
Date: 12 Oct 14 - 12:42 PM

I've transcribed Eddie Cantor's version of this delightful song. I learned it from a Hoosier Hotshots recording when I was a boy.

Noah's Wife Lived a Wonderful Life
- Eddie Cantor

Most everyday I hear some woman say, "There's nothing in married life"
Everyone complaining, I've found
Cause all the men are running around
There was one woman who never had
Reason for feeling bad

Oh, Noah's wife lived a wonderful life while floating around in the Ark
Noah could never phone home and say, "I can't come home, dear, for dinner today"
And his wife knew Noah had to be true, there wasn't a place he could roam
If he went out, she didn't give whoop
The only chick in there was locked in a coop
Oh, Noah's wife lived a wonderful life cause Noah had to stay home

"You know, Mr. Noah didn't have such a bad time either. With all those animals on the ark, he had it pretty easy, I'd think. You know he kept all of his extra clothes in the elephant's trunk...and (then) he could never run out of cigarettes, for there were camels aboard...and he spent many a pleasant afternoon, too, listening to the tails of the monkeys.
And history neglects to tell us that Noah was the first inventor. Oh yeah, yes he was! One day on the ark, he opened a window and the light came in, you see? There, he had 'ark lights'.

(Groan)

Alright, boys, I'll sing..."

Noah's wife lived a wonderful life while floating around in the Ark
When they started, she stood at the door
And made the wild women stay on the shore
His wife knew Noah had to be true
There wasn't a place he could roam
But Mrs. Noah never took a chance
At night, she always used to lock up his...coat
Oh, Noah's wife lived a wonderful life
Cause Noah had to stay home


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Noah's Wife Lived a Wonderful Life
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Oct 14 - 05:21 PM

The sheet music, which can be seen at Mississippi State University is somewhat different. It has an alternate chorus and a second verse:


NOAH'S WIFE LIVED A WONDERFUL LIFE
Words by Jack Yellen and Roger Lewis; music by Ernie Erdman and Abe Olman, ©1920.

CHORUS: Oh, Noah's wife lived a wonderful life
While floating around in the ark.
No blonde hair ever hung on his coat.
The only blonde in the ark was the goat.

His wife knew Noah had to be true.
There wasn't a place he could roam.
I know they had just one row:
One night she caught him making eyes at the cow.

Oh, Noah's wife lived a wonderful life
'Cause Noah had to stay home.

2. If you're in love and if you're thinking of
Marrying some handsome man,
To make sure he'll always be true,
There is only one thing to do:
Hire a boat 'way out on the sea,
Then watch him carefully.


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