One More River

TITLE: One More River to Cross
AUTHOR: unknown
CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain
KEYWORDS: Bible, animal
EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1897, College Songs

Noah's ArkThis song seems to be a fragment of a longer song known also as Old Uncle Noah. The Traditional Ballad Index says, “the account of Noah and the ark occupies Genesis 6-8. . . . It is interesting to note that College Songs lists the tune of this as “Gideon’s Band.”

OTHER TITLES AND VARIATIONS:

  • One More Ribber to Cross
  • One More River to Cross
  • Noah’s Ark
  • River of Jordan
  • There’s One More River

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One More River to Cross

Old Noah, he built himself an Ark,
There’s one more river to cross,
He built it out of hickory bark,
There’s one more river to cross.

He anchored the Ark to a great big rock,
there’s one more river to cross,
And then he began to load his stock,
There’s one more river to cross.

Oh there’s one more river,
and that’s the river Jordan,
There’s one more river,
There’s one more river to cross.

The animals came one by one,
There’s one more river to cross,
The elephant chewing a caraway bun,
There’s one more river to cross.

The animals came two by two,
There’s one more river to cross,
The crocodile and the kangaroo,
There’s one more river to cross.

Oh there’s one more river,
and that’s the river Jordan,
There’s one more river,
There’s one more river to cross.

The animals came three by three,
There’s one more river to cross,
The tall giraffe and the tiny flea,
There’s one more river to cross..

The animals came four by four,
There’s one more river to cross,
The hippos, they got stuck in the door,
There’s one more river to cross.

Oh there’s one more river,
and that’s the river Jordan,
There’s one more river,
There’s one more river to cross.

The animals came five by five,
There’s one more river to cross,
The honey bees looking to build a hive,
There’s one more river to cross.

The animals came six by six,
There’s one more river to cross,
The monkey, he was up to his tricks,
There’s one more river to cross.

Oh there’s one more river,
and that’s the river Jordan,
There’s one more river,
There’s one more river to cross. 

The animals cane seven by seven,
There’s one more river to cross,
Said the bear to the elephant, “Who are you shovin’?”,
There’s one more river to cross.

The animals came eight by eight,
There’s one more river to cross,
Some were early and some were late,
There’s one more river to cross.

Oh there’s one more river,
and that’s the river Jordan,
There’s one more river,
There’s one more river to cross.

The animals came nine by nine,
There’s one more river to cross,
They all joined up and marched in a line,
There’s one more river to cross.

The animals came ten by ten,
There’s one more river to cross,
If you want any more then I’ll sing it again,
There’s one more river to cross.

Oh there’s one more river,
and that’s the river Jordan,
There’s one more river,
There’s one more river to cross.

SOURCES:

  • Folk Song Index: A Comprehensive Guide to the Florence E. Brunnings Collection, Florence E. Brunnings, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London 1981—Amazon Books
  • Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music, Guthrie T. Meade, Jr. with Dick Spottswood and Douglas S. Meade, Southern Folklife Collection, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, NC 2002—Amazon Books
  • Blues and Gospel Records 1902-1943, John Goodrich and Robert M.W. Dixon, Storyville Publications and Company, London Revised 1969.

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NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks. sgg

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