Noah's Ark I

It’s night time in the big city

A burly man sells factory-seconds tube socks out of his trunk

An abandoned balloon is stuck in a tree


“I like to think of myself as a glass half full kinda guy. I don’t like to think about all the people that drowned in the great flood, I like to think about all the animals Noah saved. So this week we’re gonna climb aboard Noah’s Ark and take a look around. It’s gonna be a marvelous musical menagerie as we listen to songs about, for and by the many members of the animal kingdom. Come on! Watch where you step.”

Singers and Songs

  • Jimmy Cliff
    King of Kings
  • Ground Hog
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Dave Bartholomew
    The Monkey Speaks His Mind
    “D. Bartholomew has a writing credit on this song, but I think the lyrics go back a lot further. I have a postcard with a poem on it from at least the 30’s; but Dave did put a distinctive, driving guitar beat behind it. Anything that gets this type of thought across, I’m all in favor of…A tale of morality and monkey business.”
  • Joe D. Johnson
    Rattlesnake Daddy
    “Here’s a rockabilly rave-up”
  • The Marvelettes
    Too Many Fish In The Sea
  • The Sons of the Pioneers
    Hold That Critter Down
    “It’s not totally politically correct but we must remember it was a different time.”
  • Bonnie Raitt
    Baby Mine
    “It sounds like she’s singing it to the man she loves but no, she’s singin’ to an elephant!”
  • Rolf Harris
    Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
  • Froggie Went A-Courtin’
    “Orginially the song was a satire. Queen Elizabeth had a habit of referring to her ministers with animal nicknames. She called Sir Walter Raleigh her fish. The French Ambassador Simier was her ape. And the Duc d’Alencon was her frog. So this song wasn’t just about marriage in the barnyard, but it was a scathing political satire. I didn’t get that the first time I heard it.”
  • Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five
    Barnyard Boogie
    “One of the few R & B records I know that has as steel guitar solo in it.”
  • Waylon Jennings
    Will the Wolf Survive?
  • Sonny Boy Williamson
    Fattening Frogs for Snakes
    “Ya know, like when you take a gal out to dinner and then at the end of the night she gives you a little peck on the cheek, and then she calls me to come over? You know what you were doing buddy? You were fattening frogs for snakes.”
  • Lesley Sarony with Jack Hylton and His Orchestra
    Jollity Farm
  • The Kinks
    Animal Farm

Other People and Players

Other Songs and Albums

The Radio Shows

Record Labels

  • Decca
  • Capital
  • Motown



  • Pete Wolf

Books and Poems

Battles and Wars

  • Pearl Harbor
  • The Spanish American War