🎶 Jonah and the Whale 🎶

Jonah was a man who got a word from the Lord
“Go and preach the Gospel to the sinful land”
But he got on a ship and he tried to get away
And he ran into a storm in the middle of the sea

Now the Lord, He made the waves just roll so high
The ship begin to sink and they all begin to cry
So they pulled old Jonah out of the hold
And they dumped him in the water just to lighten up the load

Now the Lord made a whale, long and wide
Lord, Lord, wasn’t that a fish?
And he swallowed up Jonah, hair and hide
Lord, Lord, wasn’t that a fish?
Mmm, Lord, mmm, Lord

Now Jonah started to pray in the belly of the whale
Lord, Lord, wasn’t that a fish?
He repented of his sins like a man in jail
Lord, Lord, wasn’t that a fish?
Mmm, Lord, mmm, Lord

Now Jonah must’ve been a bad man; he must’ve been a sinner
Lord, Lord, wasn’t that a fish?
‘Cause when the whale got him down, he didn’t like his dinner
Lord, Lord, wasn’t that a fish?
Mmm, Lord, mmm, Lord

Well, he swum around the ocean, sick as he could be
Lord, Lord, wasn’t that a fish?
And after three days, whoops, he had to set him free
Lord, Lord, wasn’t that a fish, mmm?

So the whale spit Jonah out onto dry land
Lord, Lord, wasn’t that a fish?
And he went on to preaching like a righteous man
Lord, Lord, wasn’t that a fish?

Then the people quit their sins when they heard him in the town
Lord, Lord, wasn’t that a fish?
So when you hear the call, don’t you turn the Gospel down
Lord, Lord, wasn’t that a fish, hmmm?

The song “Jonah and the Whale” deals with the story of Jonah told in the Bible, often used to illustrate the importance of obedience to God and his commands.

It first appeared on ‘Louis and The Good Book’, a 1958 jazz and spirituals album by Louis Armstrong (1901 –1971), often nicknamed Satchmo or Satch.

These nicknames are short for “Satchel-mouth”, because he had a very large mouth (a satchel is a type of rectangular bag often with a shoulder strap, which is habitually worn so that it diagonally crosses the body, instead of hanging directly down from the shoulder where it is carried. It was used especially in the past by children for school books.)

Giona e la balena

Giona era un uomo che ricevette un messaggio dal Signore
“Va’ a predicare il Vangelo nella terra immorale”
Ma lui salì su una nave e cercò di fuggire
e si imbatté in una tempesta in mezzo al mare.

Il Signore fece roteare le onde così in alto
che la nave iniziò ad affondare e tutti cominciarono a piangere,
Così tirarono fuori il vecchio Giona dalla stiva
e lo scaricarono in acqua, giusto per alleggerire il carico

Il Signore fece (arrivare) una balena, grande e grossa,
– Signore, Signore, era un pesce quello?
che inghiottì Giona, dal capo ai piedi (capelli e pelle compresi)
– Signore, Signore, era un pesce quello?
Mmm, Signore, mmm, Signore

Ora Giona iniziò a pregare nel ventre della balena
– Signore, Signore, era un pesce quello?-
Si pentì dei suoi peccati come fa un uomo in prigione
– Signore, Signore, era un pesce quello?-
Mmm, Signore, mmm, Signore

Giona doveva essere stato un uomo cattivo; doveva essere stato un peccatore
– Signore, Signore, era un pesce quello?-
perché quando la balena lo ingoiò, quel pasto non le piacque
– Signore, Signore, non era un pesce quello?-
Mmm, Signore, mmm, Signore

Nuotava nell’oceano, nauseata al massimo
– Signore, Signore, era un pesce quello?-
e dopo tre giorni, whoops, dovette liberarlo
– Signore, Signore, era un pesce quello, mmm?-

Così la balena sputò Giona sulla terra ferma
– Signore, Signore, era un pesce quello?-
e lui continuò a predicare come un uomo giusto
– Signore, Signore, era un pesce quello?-

Allora la gente, quando lo sentì in città, rinunciò ai propri peccati.
– Signore, Signore, era un pesce quello?
Quindi quando senti la chiamata, non respingere il Vangelo
– Signore, Signore, era un pesce quello, hmmm?-

(L.Z.)

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