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Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederik)

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BROTHER NOAH
NOW DIDN'T OLD NOAH BUILD THE ARK?


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Iak 06 Sep 03 - 07:33 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 06 Sep 03 - 11:23 PM
Little Robyn 07 Sep 03 - 03:33 AM
Charley Noble 07 Sep 03 - 09:55 AM
Iak 07 Sep 03 - 11:01 AM
Mark Ross 07 Sep 03 - 01:12 PM
Dead Horse 07 Sep 03 - 04:55 PM
Abby Sale 07 Sep 03 - 10:33 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 07 Sep 03 - 10:47 PM
GUEST,Lighter 08 Sep 03 - 01:07 PM
Charley Noble 08 Sep 03 - 04:25 PM
GUEST,Lighter 09 Sep 03 - 08:04 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederick)
From: Iak
Date: 06 Sep 03 - 07:33 PM

Looking for lyrics to a particular song recorded long ago by Nina and Frederik. About a unicorn asking for a ride in Noah's ark, and being refused on the ground that there isn't any such thing as a unicorn. Had the words 'Mister Noah ... may I ride in the ark of the Lord?' and (after the refusal) something like 'well, you can go to the devil in your big old scow, for you know it ain't gonna rain no how'.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MISTER NOAH
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 06 Sep 03 - 11:23 PM

From Songs We Sing, but no unicorns....

Mister Noah

Mister Noah built an ark
The people thought it such a lark
Mister Noah pleaded so
But into the ark they would not go
 
Down came the rain in torrents .... SPLISH SPLASH!
Down came the rain in torrents .... SPLISH SPLASH!
Down came the rain in torrents
And only eight were saved
 
The animals went in two by two
Elephant, giraffe and the kangaroo
All that were safely stowed away
On that great and awful day
 
Down came the rain in torrents .... SPLISH SPLASH!
Down came the rain in torrents .... SPLISH SPLASH!
Down came the rain in torrents
And only eight were saved
 
Whenever you see a Rainbow
Whenever you see a Rainbow
Whenever you see a Rainbow
Remember God is love.


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Subject: Lyr Add (partial): Mister Noah (Nina & Frederick)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 03:33 AM

No, no.
I can only remember snippets from the Nina and Frederik concert in Wellington, NZ (it was almost 40 years ago) but this is sort of how it went.

Oh, Mr Noah, Mr Noah,
Please may I ride in the ark of the Lord
For it's getting mighty dark and it's spitting outside,
Doodle ee doo, doodle ee doo,
Doodle ee doodle ee doodle ee doodle ee doodle ee doo.

No, you may not, sir,
No you cannot, sir.
You may not ride in the ark of the Lord
Tho' it's getting mighty dark and it's spitting outside,
Doodle ee doo, doodle ee doo,
Doodle ee doodle ee doodle ee doodle ee doodle ee doo.

I forget exactly what happens next but it continues with the question and answer format (always negative) for a few more verses and then ends with a spoken comment to the effect that..
"After all, everyone knows there's no such thing as a unicorn!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederik)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 09:55 AM

I'm familar with that version of "Mr. Noah" but I never ran across a unicorn verse associated with it. It seems likely to me that it was an inspired add-on by Nina and Frederik.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederick)
From: Iak
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 11:01 AM

Thanks! The song recalled by Little Robyn is the one I'm after, give or take a word or two. Instead of 'it's spitting outside' I seem to remember N & F singing (on their LP) 'gonna rain like hell'. Maybe they changed that bit for their Wellington concert. Charley is right: there wasn't any unicorn verse, it was just that spoken twist at the end, as recalled by Little Robyn.

I'd love to get all the verses.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederick)
From: Mark Ross
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 01:12 PM

Van Ronk recorded it on his Prestige album DAVE VAN RONK, FOLKSINGER.

Mark Ross


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Subject: Lyr Add: BROTHER NOAH
From: Dead Horse
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 04:55 PM

Didn't know unicorns were involved, and I don't remember where I got these lyrics :-

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.
Hallelue. Hallelue. Hallelue-eu-eu-eu-ya.

No you can't sir. No you can't sir.
You can't come into the ark of the Lord.
For you have committed sin, so you ain't a-coming in.
Hallelue. Hallelue. Hallelue-eu-eu-eu-ya.

Very well sir, Very well sir.
You can go to the devil with your darned old scow.
'Cos it ain't going to rain very hard, no how.
Hallelue. Hallelue. Hallelue-eu-eu-eu-ya.

That's a lie sir. That's a lie sir.
You can darn soon tell that it ain't no sell
For it's sprinkling now, but it's going to rain like hell
Hallelue. Hallelue. Hallelue-eu-eu-eu-ya.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederick)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 10:33 PM

The Happy! file usee this song for Cheshvan 17, 656 (on the Jewish calendar): Flood begins (Gen 7:11)

Dead Horse: Your version seems trad and is as printed in My Pious Friends and Drunken Companions by Frank Shay; Macaulay & Co, 1927. This is a collection of songs as sung in Greenwich Village in the 1920's.

Dave Van Ronk has made his version of "Oh Mister Noah" fairly well known. His is a further evolved one, with generally better & smoother word usage. But he has unfortunately lost the religious nature of the song in singing "Doodle-ee-doo" in the chorus instead of the more pious "Halleloo."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederick)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 10:47 PM

Unicorns? Did someone get this song crossed with the Irish Rover's "The Unicorn?"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederick)
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 08 Sep 03 - 01:07 PM

Somewhere in the Gordon collection in the Library of Congress, Robert Gordon laments the fact that he'd heard the song at Harvard (I think) around 1917, thought it was hilarious, and FORGOT TO WRITE IT DOWN !
A decade later, all he had was a vague recollection. Note implied moral for folklore enthusiasts.

A few stanzas with a melody appear in The Songs My Mother Never Taught Me, by John Jacob Niles et al. (N.Y.: Macauley, 1929), as sung during World War I (though Niles may have fooled with it somewhat; see Niles threads).

Will post lyrics if someone doesn't beat me to it.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RETALIATORY EVICTION DITTY
From: Charley Noble
Date: 08 Sep 03 - 04:25 PM

Once again there is a housing eviction parody for this ditty which made it into the best 100 songs collected for my draft Housing Songbook. According to my notes:

"This particular song should bring smiles to the most hard-nosed landlord. Oddly enough, it was composed by Ann Arbor Tenants Union members Dale Cohen and Hugh McGuinness, with some additional polishing by myself. It just goes to prove that not all songs in this collection are of redeeming social value."

(Written by Dale Cohen and Hugh McGuinness
As adapted by Charles Ipcar, 1981
Tune: traditional "Mr. Noah")

RETALIATORY EVICTION DITTY

(Written by Dale Cohen and Hugh McGuinness
As adapted by Charles Ipcar, 1981
Tune: traditional "Mr. Noah")

Oh, Mr. Landlord!
Oh, Mr. Landlord!
Can you fix the roof,
'Cause it leaks real bad?
I'm getting mighty wet
And getting mighty mad!

Chorus:

Doodle-ee-doo, doodle-ee-doo,
Doodle-ee, doodle-ee, doodle-ee, doodle-ee-do!

Oh, no, I can't, sir;
Oh, no I can't, sir;
I can't fix the leak'
'Cause I haven't got the time;
Just use a bucket;
It won't cost me a dime. (CHO)

Well, go to the Devil, sir!
Well, go to the Devil, sir!
I'll call the inspector
And withhold my rent;
I may get wet
But you won't get a cent. (CHO)

Now, young fella,
Now, young fella,
That's all damn bluff;
I don't like such sass;
If you don't pay the rent,
You'll be out on your ass! (CHO)

Cordially,
Landlady's Daughter, not to be confused with Charley Noble


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD NOAH (from Niles, Moore, & Walgren)
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 09 Sep 03 - 08:04 AM

From John J. Niles, Douglas S. Moore, & A. A. Walgren "The Songs My Mother Never Taught Me" (N.Y.: Macauley, 1929), pp. 137-40 [eccentric punctuation as in original] :

OLD NOAH
As sung by the crew of the U.S.S. Newton, cargo ship between New York and le Havre, 1918 and 1919

(Explaining the sex complexes of the animal kingdom)

Old Noah built himself an ark the good old Christian soul
He put his family in the deck and the animals in the hold
And as he sailed away from shore with all his kith and kin,
The neighbors gathered on the bank and merrily mocked at him :

[Chorus :] Go to Hell now, go to Hell now
Go to Hell with your damned old leaky scow,
For it ain't goin' to rain any how, any how,
For it ain't goin' to rain any how.

For forty days and forty nights the rain came down like Hell,
It covered everything about including hill and dale.
Old Noah walked upon the deck and looked through the window pane;
And said, "Where are those poor damned fools who said it wouldn't rain."

Chorus

Now Noah had his troubles with the animals forsooth,
For the females they did roll their eyes and the males they felt their youth.
The lions and tigers all took holts, 'twas as natural as can be,
But in due time old Noah knew each couple would be three.

Chorus

The ark was small and crowded too, old Noah tore his hair,
He tried to find some place to land, for sail he didn't dare.
And when, alas, the pigeon came with news of land ahoy,
Old Noah signaled hard by port and shouted "Attaboy."

Chorus

When all the animals came off old Noah swelled with pride,
For they had multiplied by ten while taking the boat ride.
Now gather round me, sailor men, and listen to my tale,
If you should ship two animals, be sure that they are male.

Chorus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederik)
From: GUEST,Barb
Date: 02 Oct 10 - 11:28 AM

My mother sang a song to me as a child. The only part I remember is the chorus which went like this:

Go to heck, sir.
Go to heck, sir.
Go to heck with your darned old scow.
For it isn't very dark, and it isn't going to rain.
Kaloo, kaloo, kaloo, kaloo.


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