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"Who Built the Ark?" Lyrics, Text Format
"Who Built the Ark?" Lyrics, Text Format

Advanced rhythms with syncopation.



  • Grade: First
  • Origin: USA – African American Spiritual
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ti ta ti ta (ta) |
    | ta ti (ti) ta ti (ti) | ti ta ti ta ti ti | ti ti ti ti ta ta |
    | ta ta ta ta | ta ti ta/ (ta) | ti ti ti ta/ (ta) |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Do Re Mi Fa – adding Fa to the pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: intermediate: Do\La, So/Mi, So/Fa, So/Do, Do/Mi, Mi\Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth; rests: quarter, eighth; refrain/verse, syncopation
  • Key Words: sacred, animals science, Bible stories, Noah, ark, animals, hippopotamus, kangaroo, cats, bumble bee, window, door, hive, elephant, window, door, laughed, monkey, tricks, giraffe, camels, heaven, voyage, one by one, two by two, etc.;
    abbreviations: cryin’ (crying), fallin’ (falling); contractions: rain’s (rain is), can’t (cannot)



“Who Built the Ark?” 

Who built the ark?
Noah, Noah,
Who built the ark?
Brother Noah built the ark.

Now didn’t old Noah build the ark?
Built it out of a hickory bark.
He built it long, both wide and tall,
Plenty of room for the large and small.

In came the animals two by two,
Hippopotamus and kangaroo.
In came the animals three by three,
Two big cats and a bumble bee.
3. In came the animals four by four,
Two through the window and two through the door.
In came the animals five by five,
The bee came swarming from the hive.
4. In came the animals six by six,
The elephant laughed at the monkey’s tricks.
In came the animals seven by seven,
Giraffes and the camels looking up to heaven.
5. In came the animals eight by eight,
Some was on time and the others was late.
In came the animals nine by nine,
Some was a laughin’ and some were cryin’.
6. In came the animals ten by ten,
Time for the voyage to begin.
Noah said, “Go shut the door,
The rain’s started fallin’ and we can’t take more.”
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