Didn't It Rain
DESCRIPTION: "Now didn't it rain, children...." Various events related to the flood: "It rained 40 days and 40 nights...God sent a raven to carry the news...." "God sent Noah the rainbow sign...." "They knocked at the window and they knocked at the door...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (recording, Biddleville Quintette)
KEYWORDS: religious Bible flood
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
BrownIII 564, "Didn't It Rain" (3 fragments plus an excerpt; the "D" fragment does not use the "didn't it rain" line and might be something else)
BrownSchinhanV 564, "Didn't It Rain" (2 tunes plus text excerpts)
Lomax-FSNA 250, "Didn't It Rain" (1 text, 1 tune)
Warren-Spirit, pp. 111-113, "Didn't It Rain" (1 text, 1 tune, adapted and copyrighted by Roberta Martin, 1907-1969, plus an excerpt of the original spiritual on pp. 115-116)
Biddleville Quintette, "Didn't It Rain" (QRS 7073, 1929)
Famous Blue Jay Singers of Birmingham, "Oh My Lord Didn't It Rain" (Paramount 13126, 1932; on VocalQ2)
NOTES: For the statement that the rain fell for forty days during Noah's flood, see Gen. 7:12 (the total duration of the flood is given in 7:17, 8:6? as 40 days and in 7:24, 8:3 as 150 days; the different numbers are believed to have come from different sources).
Nowhere does the Bible mention people asking Noah to take them aboard. Nor was the raven sent as a warning; rather, Noah sent it out to look for dry land (Gen. 8:7). The covenant of the rainbow is described in 9:13f. - RBW
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