One More River to Cross

DESCRIPTION: Counting up the contents of Noah's Ark: "The animals went in one by one... two by two... three by three...," often with odd groupings listed. Chorus: "One more river, and that is the river Jordan, One more river (for) to cross."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1874 (Dett)
KEYWORDS: Bible animal nonballad
FOUND IN: US(MW,SE,So)
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Dett, pp. 98-99, "Oh, Wasn't Dat a Wide Riber?" (1 text, 1 tune; p. 194 in the 1874 edition)
BrownIII 455, "One More River to Cross" (1 short text)
Randolph 294, "One More River" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 250-252, "One More River" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 294A)
Peters, p. 60, "One More River" (1 short text, 1 tune); p. 62, "Jordan's River I'm Bound to Cross" (1 short text, 1 tune, too brief to determine whether it is this or something else; I would guess it is a mixture of two songs)
Fireside, p. 308, "One More River" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 392, "One More River to Cross" (1 text)
DT, ONEMORER

Roud #4458
RECORDINGS:
Lt. Jim Europe's Four Harmony Kings, "One More Ribber to Cross" (Pathe 22187, 1919)
Uncle Dave Macon, "One More River to Cross" (Bluebird B-5842, 1935)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Old Uncle Noah" (lyrics)
cf. "Who Built the Ark?" (floating lyrics)
NOTES: Cohen notes that a piece, "Dar's One More Ribber for to Cross" was composed in 1881, with words by James Husey and music by Thomas P. Westendorf. I am unable to verify that this is the same as this song. - RBW
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File: R294

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