“Old Noah Built an Ark”


"Good old Noah built an ark, To save the soul of man; A vessel built of gopher wood, By God, the father, planned. Noah preached for years and years To change their awful ways." The flood comes; Noah is saved; listeners are advised to turn to Jesus


For background on the Noah story, see the notes to "Old Uncle Noah."

This song has enough points of contact with that that I suspect common ancestry. But that song is humorous and this so brutally "straight" that I can't see any option but to split them.

Incidentally, "gopher wood" is not a reference to the small mammal. We don't know what sort of wood it is; the word occurs only in Genesis 6:14, and no cognates are known in related languages. So translations tend to just transliterate the word rather than guess at a translation. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Thomas-Makin', pp. 101-105, (no title) (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, ThBa101


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (Thomas)
Found in: US(Ap)