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DARKIES' SUNDAY SCHOOL
SUNDAY SCHOOL


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Subject: SUNDAY SCHOOL verses
From: GUEST,darby10454@aol.com
Date: 18 May 00 - 01:18 AM

I was looking for the verses of this song and found the ones on this site completely different from the ones I learned as a child from my father. Here are some of the ones I learned and would appreciate hearing from anyone who learned similar verses and can fill in the ones for David and Goliath, Noah, and Moses.

Adam was a carpenter; Eve a carpenteress.
They raised Cain and Abel, cabbages and cress.
One day Adam hurried home and began to pull up stakes,
And strike the hurdy-gurdy 'cause Eve was seeing snakes.

Daniel was a naughty boy who went before the king.
The king said, "Listen, Daniel, I won't stand for such a thing."
He put him in a den with lions underneath,
But Daniel was a dentist and he pulled the lions' teeth.

Salome was a dancer; she danced the hoochie-kooch.
When she danced before the king, she didn't wear so mooch.
The king said to Salome, "That rough stuff don't go here."
So she said, "To heck with you, George," and kicked the chandelier.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 12-Apr-02.


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Subject: RE: SUNDAY SCHOOL verses
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 18 May 00 - 01:26 AM

The song I know is called the Darkies Sunday School very

Young folks old folks everybody come
To the darkies' Sunday school and we'll have lots of fun
Bring yer sticks of chewing gum and sit upon the floor
And we'll sing you lots of stories that you've never heard before

Adam was the first man, so we're led to believe
He walked into the garden and bumped right into Eve
There was no-one there to show them but they quickly found the way
And that is the reason why we're singing here today


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Subject: RE: SUNDAY SCHOOL verses
From: Barbara
Date: 18 May 00 - 01:48 AM

Wal, gang, like Dick always says, Check the Database, because there's one version here and a second one here that cover most of the verses I've heard.
We sang "Baptist" instead of "darkies" and "chewing gum right behind the door" rather than "chewing gum and razors at the door", so I guess it was cleaned up by the time it got to me. We've had threads on this before,if you want to do a forum search.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: SUNDAY SCHOOL verses
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 18 May 00 - 05:14 AM

Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Sunday school

Noooooooooo

I hated sunday school.

Managed to get asked not to come again. (expelled from Sunday School - is that a first?)

I could never sit still long enough to listen to the stories. Can remember doing the mimes to go with the songs though.

Is having a hissy fit at the mention of Sunday School. And all because Mam and Dad wanted a quiet sunday morning!

Lol

Ella


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Subject: RE: SUNDAY SCHOOL verses
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Oct 06 - 07:07 PM

please to leave your chewing gum and wrappers at the door


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Subject: RE: SUNDAY SCHOOL verses
From: GUEST,John
Date: 23 Jun 08 - 10:18 PM

Here's another verse:

David was a warrior; a warrior was he
He joined the territorials one Sunday after tea
And when he met Goliath armed with sword and spear
He picked up a paving stone and bunged it down his ear


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Subject: RE: SUNDAY SCHOOL verses
From: Micca
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 04:05 AM

Now Solomon and David led dissipated lives
They spent their time a chasing after other peoples wives
But as they both got older this life lost its charms
So Solomon wrote the Proverbs and David wrote the Psalms


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Subject: RE: SUNDAY SCHOOL verses
From: GUEST,Eric Dickson
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 07:34 PM

Maybe these are scottish verses I learned as a kid.

Moses was the leader of an Isreality Flock
Ran aboot the desert until he struck a rock
When the rock was opened there came a mighty cheer
unstead of flowing water it was Tennants Lager Beer

Sampson was astrong man fed on fish and chips
Ran aboot the Gallow Gate picking up the nips
Sampson had a brother he was strong as well
Sampson went to heaven and his brother went (as well) (to Hell)

Pharoh had a daughter with a most bewitching smile
Found the baby Moses playing with a crocodile
Took him to her father,said Ifound him by the shore
Pharoh said to her I think I've heard that tale before


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Subject: RE: SUNDAY SCHOOL verses
From: GUEST,Sandy
Date: 22 Nov 08 - 10:08 AM

Adam was the first man who ever was invented.
He lived all alone, and he never was contented.
Along came Eve, and they had quite a battle.
She climbed up a tree and knocked down an apple.
She knocked down two and they each had one,
And right then and there was when the trouble begun.


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Subject: RE: SUNDAY SCHOOL verses
From: GUEST,Gilly
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 07:02 PM

Chorus
Young folks old folks everybody come,
to our little sunday school and we shall have some fun,
bring your toffee apples and sit down upon the floor,
and you will hear some funny stories that youve never heard before.

Now Adam was the first man thats what we all beleive,
one morning he was filleted, and introduced to Eve,
he had no-one to tell him, but he soon found out the way,
and thats the only reason why were sitting here today


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: GUEST,David
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 12:43 PM

Only heard this on one occasion more than 50 years ago. The chorus was:

Young folk old folk everybody come,
To our little Sunday School and we shall have some fun,
Bring your toffee apples and sit upon the floor
And we'll tell you bible stories that you've never heard before.

I only remember one verse but there were certainly quite a few:

The Pharaoh's daughter was walking by the Nile,
She saved the infant Moses from a crocodile,
Took him home to daddy who believed her little tale
Which is just about as likely as Jonah and the whale.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 03:18 PM

We sang "Darkies Sunday School" in grade school singing, back in the 1930s. There must be a hundred verses, if all the versionsare put together. I remember that there was sheet music, but I couldn't locate it on the net. I did find these more up-to-date lyrics, but the chewing gum and razors remain:

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Chorus:
Young folks, old folks, everybody come,
Come along to Sunday School and make yourself at home;
Please check your chewing gum and razors at the door,
And you'll hear some Bible stories that you've never heard before.

1
The earth was made in ten days and finished on the eleventh;
According to the contract it should have been the seventh.
But the carpenter got lazy and the plumber wouldn't work,
So the only thing they could do was fill it full of dirt.
2
Now when the earth was finished in this awful dirty way,
It took the Lord a long time to find himself some clay;
He fashioned Mr. Adam out of a big mud pie,
And set him up along the fence to let the feller dry.
3
Adam was the first man, Miss Eve was his spouse;
They lived in the garden in a pretty little house.
Everything was cozy 'till the first son came;
They moved into the suburbs and started raising Cain.
4
Noah was a carpenter, went walking in the dark,
Tumbled on a lumber pile and built himself an ark,
Called in the animals, two by two,
The hip-hip-o-potamus and kick-kangaroo.
5
In came the elephant and in came the bear,
In came the baboon without any hair,
Forty days and forty nights they sailed upon the pond,
And he kicked out the lioness because she was a blonde.
6
David was a fighter, and a plucky little cuss;
Along came Goliath a-looking for a muss.
David knew he'd have to fight or he'd bite the dust,
So he up with a pebble and hit him in the crust.
7
Joseph had a coat of many colors which he wore;
His brothers hadn't any and it made they awful sore,
So they took him out walking and threw him in the sewer,
Then they sent him down to Egypt to take a little tour.
8
Daniel was a hypocrite, he up and sassed the king;
The king said he wouldn't stand for any such a thing.
He chucked him down a man-hole with lions down beneath ,
But Daniel was a dentist and extracted all their teeth.
9
Jonah was an immigrant, so goes the Bible tale,
He took a steerage passage on a trans-Atlantic whale.
But Jonah didn't like it, though the service was the best,
So he pressed a little button and the whale did the rest.

Sunday School


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 03:22 PM

Left off the last chorus:

Now good folks, we've told you all the dope;
We're sure we've done you lots og good, at least that's what we hope.
Methuselah wrote these very words when he was but a youth,
And we have it from the old boy that every word's the truth!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 03:24 PM

Well, that was already in the Dt. Sorry I didn't check.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: GUEST,sharon
Date: 08 May 09 - 10:50 PM

grampa always sang:

park your liquor and tobbaco at the door
and hear some Bible stories you never heard before


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: goatfell
Date: 09 May 09 - 10:26 AM

I never went to Sunday School and I'm glad


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: goatfell
Date: 09 May 09 - 10:29 AM

when I was a young boy we never went to church because my father told us that when we reached an age when we were considered being an adult when then had the choice of going to church or not


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: GUEST,Stephen in Australia
Date: 30 Jul 09 - 01:32 AM

I'd not heard most of those before! thanks --

Re the Solomon and David verse: here's the version of I learned decades ago -

Solomon and David led wicked wicked lives,
With lots and lots of concubines and lots and lots of wives,
But in the mornings when conscience gave them qualms,
Solomon wrote the Proverbs and David wrote the Psalms.

Stephen


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Subject: Lyr Add: DARKY SUNDAY SCHOOL (from Lomax & Lomax)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 11:39 AM

From American Ballads and Folk Songs by John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax (New York: Dover, 1994; a reprint of New York: Macmillan Co., 1934), page 351, where it appears with its tune.


DARKY SUNDAY SCHOOL
Text furnished by Paul B. Camp and John W. Loveland, Jr.

1. Jonah was an immigrant; so runs the Bible tale.
He took a steerage passage in a transatlantic whale.
Now, Jonah in the belly of the whale was quite compressed,
So Jonah pressed the button, and the whale he did the rest.

CHORUS: Young folks, old folks, everybody come.
Join our darky Sunday School, and make yourself to hum.
There's a place to check your chewing gum and razors at the door,
And hear such Bible stories as you never heard before.

2. Adam was the first man that ever was invented.
He lived all his life and he never was contented.
He was made out of mud in the days gone by,
And hung on the fence in the sun to get him dry.

3. The good book says Cain killed his brother Abel.
He hit him on the head with the leg of a table.
Then along came Jonah in the belly of the whale,
The first submarine boat that ever did sail.

4. Esau was a cowboy of the wild and woolly make.
Half the farm belonged to him and half to Brother Jake.
Now, Esau thought his title to the farm was none to clear,
So he sold it to his brother for a sandwich and a beer.

5. Noah was a mariner, who sailed around the sea
With half a dozen wives and a big menagerie.
He failed the first season when it rained for forty days,
For in that sort of weather no circus ever pays.

6. Elijah was a prophet, who attended country fairs.
He advertised his business with a pair of dancing bears.
He held a sale of prophecies most every afternoon,
And went up in the evening in a painted fire balloon.

7. Then down came Peter, the Keeper of the Gates.
He came down cheap on excursion rates.
Then along came Noah a-stumblin' in the dark.
He found a hatchet and some nails and built himself an ark.

8. David was a shepherd and a scrappy little cuss.
Along came Goliath just a-spoilin' for a muss.
Now, David didn't want to fight, but thought he must or bust,
So he cotched up a cobblestone and busted in his crust.

9. Ahab had a wife, and her name was Jezebel.
She went out in the vineyard to hang the clothes and fell.
She's gone to the dogs, the people told the king.
Ahab said he'd never heard of such an awful thing.

10. Samson was a strong man of the John L. Sullivan school.
He slew ten thousand Philistines with the jawbone of a mule;
But Delilah captured him and filled him full of gin,
Slashed off his hair, and the coppers run him in.

11. Samson was husky guy, as everyone should know.
He used to lift five hundred pounds as strong man in his show.
One week the bill was rotten; all the actors had a souse;
But the strong-man act of Samson's, it just brought down the house.

12. Salome was a chorus girl, who had a winning way.
She was the star attraction in King Herod's Cabaret.
Although you can hardly say discretion was her rule,
She's the favorite Bible figure in the Gertrude Hoffman school.

13. There are plenty of these Bible tales. I'll tell you one tomorrow,
How Lot, his wife, and family fled from Sodom and Gomorrah;
But his wife she turned to rubber, and got stuck upon the spot,
And became a salty monument, and missed a happy Lot.

14. Now Joey was unhappy in the bowels of the soil.
He lost his pretty rainbow coat because he wouldn't toil.
He hollered, howled, and bellowed until far into the night,
But of course you couldn't see him, for he was out of sight.

15. It happened that a caravan was passing by the place,
Laden down with frankincense and imitation lace.
They heard the Sheeney yelling and pulled him from the well.
If this ain't a proper ending, then you can go to Harvard.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BIBLE STORIES (from "More Pious Friends..
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 02:52 PM

From More Pious Friends and Drunken Companions by Frank Shay, Helen Ramsey, John Held (New York: Macaulay Co., 1928), page 112:

BIBLE STORIES

1. The earth was made in six days and finished on the seventh.
According to the contract it should have been the 'leventh.
The carpenters got drunk and the Masons wouldn't work,
So the cheapest thing to do was to fill it up with dirt.

CHORUS: Old folks, young folks, everybody come!
Join the darkies' Sunday school and make yourselves at home.
Kindly check your chewing gum and razors at the door,
And we'll tell you Bible stories that you never heard before.

2. Adam was the first man and Eve was his spouse.
They lost their job for stealing fruit and went to keeping house.
All was very peaceful and quiet on the main,
Until a little baby came and they started raising Cain.

3. The Lord made the devil, and the devil made sin.
The Lord made a cubbyhole to put the devil in.
The devil got sore and said he wouldn't stay.
The Lord said he had to, 'cause he couldn't get away.

4. Cain he raised potatoes and he peddled them in town.
Abel called him hayseed every time he came around.
Cain he laid a stick of wood on Brother Abel's head,
And when he took that stick away, he found poor Abel dead.

5. Noah was the keeper of the Asiatic zoo.
He built an ocean liner when he hadn't much to do.
One day he got excited when the sky was getting dark,
So he gathered all his animals and put them in the ark..

6. It rained for forty days and it rained for forty nights.
The water washed the land completely out of sight.
But when Noah was a-wondering as to what he'd better do,
The ark hit Mount Ararat and stuck as tight as glue.

7. Methuselah is famous because he couldn't croak,
Although he finally grew to be an old and seedy bloke.
He had so many whiskers that you couldn't see his head.
If he'd lived a little longer, he'd have used them for his bed.

8. Elijah was an aeronaut, or else I am a liar.
He ascended up to heaven in a chariot of fire.
His eccentric disappearance gave the Israelites a shock.
They said he beat the Wright brothers by fully half a block.

9. Abraham was a patriarch, the father of his set.
He took his little Ikey out to kill him on a bet,
And he'd have met his finish if it wasn't for a lamb,
For papa had his razor out and didn't give a damn!

10. Esau was a cowboy of a wild and woolly make.
His father gave him half the land and half to brother Jake;
But when he saw his title to the land it wasn't clear,
He sold it to his brother for a sandwich and a glass of beer!

11. Daniel was a brave man who wouldn't mind the king.
The king he said he never heard of such a thing;
Thrust him down a man-hole with lions all beneath,
But Daniel was a dentist and pulled the lion's teeth.

12. Jonah was an emigrant; so runs the Bible tale.
He took an ocean voyage in a transatlantic whale.
The whale was over-crowded which put Jonah to distress,
So Jonah pushed the button and the whale did all the rest.

13. David was a shepherd's boy, his mother's pride and joy.
His father gave him a slingshot, a harmless little toy.
Along came Goliath, a-looking for a fuss.
David heaved a cobblestone and caved in his crust.

14. Samson was a strong man of the John L. Sullivan school.
He killed a thousand Philistines with the jawbone of a mule.
Along came a woman who filled him up with gin,
And shaved off his whiskers and the coppers pulled him in.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: GUEST,Anne B P
Date: 07 Nov 09 - 04:51 PM

Been trying to find words for this song for years. My mother learned song sometime between 1925 and 1928 when she helped with a YWCA camp near Douglas, AZ. I was born in 1928, and she used to sing this to me when I was a small girl. By this time about the only verse I remebered was "Adam was the first man that ever was invented,----". So glad I found this site and refreshed my memory. Didn't realized there were such a variety of versions. Made my day to find this and know others also have heard it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: Richie
Date: 07 Nov 09 - 11:54 PM

The origin of this song appears to be "De History ob de World" (1847). It's also known as Walkin' in the Parlor.

It's hard to establish the relationship with the fiddle tune which is usually instrumental but some of the versions have lyrics which are related.

I've done some research on my web-site but it's not well organized:

http://bluegrassmessengers.com.temp.realssl.com/walking-in-the-parlor--version-1-brown-collection.aspx

Richie


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Subject: Lyr Add: DE HISTORY OB DE WORLD
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Nov 09 - 05:51 PM

From the sheet music at Brown University Library:


DE HISTORY OB DE WORLD
Sung by Wm. Parker in the popular extravaganza of the Buffalo Gals at the Adelphi. Also in his concerts in England. Arranged for the piano forte by T. Contreso.
Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1847.

1. O, I come from ole Virginny wid my head full ob knowledge,
And I neber went to free school nor any oder colledge;
But one ting I will tell you which am a solemn fact:
I tell you how dis world was made in a twinkling ob a crack.

CHORUS: Den walk in. Den walk in, I say.
Den walk in, and hear de banjo play.
Den walk into de parlor and hear de banjo ring,
And watch dis nigger's fingers while he plays upon de string.

2. Oh dis world was made in six days, and den dey made de sky,
And den dey hung it ober head, and left it dar to dry;
And den dey made de stars, out ob nigger wench's eyes,
For to gib a little light when de moon didn't rise.

3. So Adam was de first man, Ebe she was de oder,
And Cain walk'd on de treadmill because he killed his broder.
Ole Modder Ebe couldn't sleep widout a piller,
And de greatest man dat eber lived was Jack de giant killer.

4. And den dey made de sea, and in it put a whale,
And den dey made a raccoon wid a ring around his tail.
All de oder animals was finished one by one,
And stuck against de fence to dry as fast as dey were done.

5. O Lightning is a yellow gal. She libs up in de clouds;
And Thunder he's a black man, for he can hollow loud.
When he kisses Lightning, she dodges off in wonder,
Den he jumps and tears his trousers, and dat's what makes de thunder.

6. O de wind begin to blow, and de rain begin to fall,
And de water come so high dat it drowned de niggers all;
And it rained forty days and nights exactly, by de counting,
And it landed Noah's ark 'pon de Alleghany Mountains.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: Mr Happy
Date: 05 Aug 10 - 07:35 AM

At the Bull Bay gathering in Anglesey last weekend, someone sang this.

I'd not heard it before but folks who'd been in the scouts or guides knew it.

However, the tune was familiar & the chorus too bore some resemblance to the Hartlepool Monkey song.

Anyone know the origins, or which was first?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: GUEST,Irene Sills
Date: 15 Oct 10 - 06:42 PM

Can only remember this from the 1950s at Sydney University:

Old folks, young folks, everybody come
To our little Sunday school and have a lot of fun
Park your toffee apple and sit down upon the floor
And we'll tell you bible stories that you have never heard before

Adam was the first man, so we all believe
One day he was filetted and introduced to Eve
---
An that is the only reason we are here today

Solomon and David led very wicked lives
They spent the afternoons with other people's wives
Ant then in the evenings when their conscience gave them qualms
David wrote the proverbs and Solomon the psalms


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: GUEST,shtstr
Date: 02 Mar 11 - 01:28 PM

Sampson was a strong man of the Johns and Jefferies school.
He killed 10,000 Philistines with the jawbone of a mule.
A lady named Delilah filled him up with gin,
So he pushed the temple over and the coppers ran him in.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: GUEST,JOHN
Date: 24 Sep 11 - 08:50 AM

Bible stories you have never heard before. "Shadrach, Meshach and

Abednego.

In the firey furnace they were made to go".   Does any one know the

rest of this verse ?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: GUEST,Kenny B sans Kuki
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 04:32 PM

One of many many versions of the xxxxxx Sunday School
heard many of the verses more than 50 years ago on school camp busses

" Glasgow Sunday School"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 07:01 PM

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
Wouldn't bow to idols and so they had to go
Into the fiery furnace but they began to sing
For they wore asbestos undies and the laugh was on the king



DC


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 07:24 PM

I'll bet this is the original of the song we've been (mostly) discussing. The sheet music can be seen at the Indiana University "IN Harmony" web site. (Click for a PDF.)


BIBLE STORIES.
Words by John Lee Clarke. Music by Al. Johns.
New York: M. Witmark & Sons, ©1904

First line of first verse: Old Noah was a sailor man, the greatest one afloat.
First line of first chorus: Old Folks, children, ev'rybody come.

On cover:
"May Irwin's Song Successes
As sung by her
In Geo. V. Hobart's new comedy
Mrs. Black Is Back"

I don't have time to transcribe it right now (I'm away from home and using a library computer) but I'll do it in a few days, if no one else does.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: Joe_F
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 08:16 PM

I first heard this song, "darky" and all, about 1951, from a teacher in my high school, who was not only a "darky" himself, but a former clergyman as well.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 Sep 11 - 03:39 AM

.........& the tune & part of the chorus got pinched to fit 'The Hartlepool Monkey'!


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Subject: Lyr Add: BIBLE STORIES (Clarke/Johns)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Sep 11 - 02:46 PM

Here are the lyrics to May Irwin's BIBLE STORIES as I promised you earlier. (See above for songwriting & publishing credits.)

By the way, the terms "darky," "pickaninny," "coon," and the references to razors and lips are irredeemably racist and shouldn't be sung. I provide these lyrics unchanged only for historical reasons, and in the hope that someone more creative than I can figure out how to change this song to make it singable.

1. Old Noah was a sailor man the greatest one afloat
Got a job as captain on a freight and cattle boat.
Swiped a whole menagerie, and stowed it down below
Sold it all to Barnum for his greatest earthly show.

CHORUS 1: Old folks, children, ev'rybody come,
Join the darky Sunday School and make yourselves to home
Please do check your chewing gum and razzars (sic) at the door
You'll hear more Bible stories than you ever heard before.

2. Esau was a cowboy of a wild and wooley make
Daddy left him half the farm and half to brother Jack
But Esau thought his title to the land not very clear
So he sold it to his brother for a sandwich and a beer.

CHORUS 2: Grown folks pickaninnies, ev'rybody come,
Join the darky Sunday School and make yourselves to home
Sit a little quiet please and button up your jaw,
You'll hear more Bible stories than you ever heard before.

3. "Abie" was a patriarch, and had a little boy,
Got a message from the stars to burn his earthly joy,
But Abie thought the saintly ones were putting up a bluff
So he burned a little ram instead and called it good enough.

CHORUS 3: Big folks, little folks, ev'rybody come,
Join the darky Sunday School and make yourselves to home
Open up your pocketbooks, the church am mighty poor,
But you'll hear more Bible stories than you ever heard before.

4. Davy was a shepherd, but a gamy little cuss,
A giant named Goliath came a-looking for a fuss
Davy saw that surely he would have to fight or sneak,
So he pounded him with rocks until his brains began to leak.

CHORUS 4: Black coons, yaller coons, ev'rybody come,
Join the darky Sunday School and make yourselves to home
Shut your eyes and hold on fast, now I am going to roar,
You'll hear more Bible stories than you ever heard before.

5. Sampson was a slugger of the J. L. Sull'van school
Slewed the old Philistine with the jawbone of a mule,
A fairy called Delilah got him loaded full of gin,
Shaved him for a nickel and a copper ran him in.

CHORUS 5: Rich folks, poor folks, ev'rybody come,
Join the darky Sunday School and make yourselves to home
Please don't chew tobacco and spit it on the floor
You'll hear more Bible stories than you ever heard before.

6. Solomon was the wisest man and had a lot of cash,
Queen of Sheba came along and Solly made a mash,
Guess he thought that royalty was rather underpaid,
For he took to writing proverbs though he was a King by trade.

CHORUS 6: Bum coons, flash coons, ev'rybody come
Join the darky Sunday School and make yourselves to home
Stick out your lips, you ornery coons, and laugh until you're sore.
You'll hear more Bible stories than you ever heard before.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: GUEST,Sylvia Rummel
Date: 03 Aug 12 - 01:00 PM

I've just recently rediscovered copies of the Christine Noble Goban children series from the 30's (Narcissus and de Chillun, Judy and Chris, and Those Plummer Children. Excellent reminiscences of Franklin, TN in the early 20th C. Read them as a kid and remembered Doctor Dan, (pg. 159 in Narcissus and de Chillun) singing:

"'Old folks, young folks, everybody come,
Join the darkies' Sunday School and make yourselves at home.
Kindly check your chewin' gum and razors at the door,
And we'll tell you Bible stories that you never heard before.

'Oh, The Lord made the Devil and the Devil made sin;
The Lord made cubby hole to put the Devil in.
The Devil---'

'What the Devil did is destined to remain a mystery, for at that moment the door went to with a bang"-- etc.

So I've wondered all my life about the rest of the song. Still want to know the tune. It was great finding all this info.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: GUEST,BDR
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 08:02 PM

Old Folks, Young Folks everbody come, Come to the Sunday School and make yourself at home. Please park your chewing gum and rubbers at the door, and listen to the bible stories you've never hear before.

Now Adam was a wise man I really do believe, He lived in a garden with a woman he called Eve, Now Eve wasn't good looking, but oh how she could dance, Her skirt was made of shredded wheat and so were Adam's pants.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Aug 12 - 03:12 PM

Adam was a gardener, Eve a gardeneress;
raised Cain and Able cabbages and crest;
one day Adam got discouraged and pulled up the stakes
and started drinking huricurn to keep from seeing snakes.

Noah was a carpenter stumbling in the dark;
tripped on a hammer and built himself an ark;
in marched the animals two by two;
the hippapopatamis and the kick kangaroo.

Jonah was a sailing man, decided to take a sail;
he took a sail in the belly of a whale;
tickled the whale 'till the whale got sore
and coughed him up on Ninava's shore.

Daniel was a wise gut wouldn't obey the king;
the king said he wouldn't stand for such a thing;
he put him in a dungeon with lions down beneith;
but Daniel was a dentist and he pulled the lions' teeth.

David was a shephard boy a fighting little cuss;
he and Goliath got into a fuss;
he picked up a cobble stone and hit him on the dome
and Goliath heard the birdies singin' Home Sweet Home.

God made Satan;
Satan made sin;
God made a hot place to keep Satan in;
Satan didn't like it and he said he wouldn't stay
and he's been the very devil ever since that day.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: GUEST,John T
Date: 24 Mar 15 - 10:30 PM

Has everyone forgotten Ruth?

Now Ruth she was a flapper of the very modern type

She wore pink shorts and rode a motor bike . . .


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sunday School
From: GUEST,aersign
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 05:24 PM

Young folks, old folks, everybody come,
To our little Sunday School and you shall have some fun,
Grab yourself a cushion and sit down upon the floor
And we'll tell you bible stories that you've never heard before.

Samson was a strong man with a lot of class,
Slew 30,000 Philistines with the jaw bone of an ass:
Caused the roof to tumble in by leaning on a pillar,
And that was the end of Samson and his lady friend Delilah.


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