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Jonah in the Wilderness

This song is by Henry Thomas and appears on the compilation album Ragtime Texas (1974) and on the compilation The Roots of Rap: Classic Recordings From the 1920's and 30's (1996).

Hey Jonah, hallelujah
Hey Jonah, preachin in that wilderness
Preachin in that wilderness
Preachin in that wilderness

Go down yonder search the bottom of the ship
Seek and you'll find the sturdy good-hearted christian
Oh yonder to the power of god
Seek and you'll find the sturdy good-hearted christian
Surely come back, so say the lord
Could not find the sturdy good-hearted christian
Oh yonder to the hills I saw
Seek and you'll find the sturdy good-hearted christian
Show the commandment, so did say the lord
Could not find the sturdy good-hearted christian

Hey Jonah, hallelujah
Hey Jonah, preachin in that wilderness, preachin in that wilderness

Lord told Jonah said to go and preach
Jonah declared that he would not go
Hid his-self in the bottom of the ship
Search that ship from bottom to top
A hail brother Jonah sent overboard
At last come a bird that dropped the seed
Drop the seed that sprung the roots
From the root that sprung the vine
From the vine that sprung the shade
Under that shade brother Jonah laid
I walked right up into mary's room
To try the shoes that Jonah tried on
When we get to heaven
I will sit and tell
I've escaped old death in heaven

Hey Jonah, hallelujah
Hey Jonah, preachin in that wilderness, preachin in that wilderness

Ship was rocked from shore to shore
Ship was rocked from the door to door
God declared that the ship went wrong
Jonah gotta leave that livin' land

Hey Jonah, hallelujah
Hey Jonah, preachin in that wilderness

God told noah go to build an ark
God told noah go to build an ark
Declared to god that he would not build
Hundred-40 days and 40 nights

Hey Jonah, hallelujah
Hey Jonah, preachin in that wilderness
Hey Jonah, hallelujah
Hey Jonah, preachin in that wilderness

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