I was already feeling pleased with myself after producing two new songs in quick
succession after a lean period, when this one popped up. I have for some time
been collecting material about our family history, and recently tried googling some
of the names. In particular, the noted Colonel John Jones of Maes y Garnedd,
prominent Parliamentarian, and signatory of the Death Warrant of Charles the First.
It is said we are descended from him directly, but the information I have actually
details our line from his brother, Edward; who of course shares the same ancestry.
Anyway, both appeared on the LDS website (the Mormons are all very much into
their genealogy, of course). Going further and further back, I came across this
reference to a source that supposedly detailed our ancestry all the way to Biblical
times, and Noah specifically.
The rest, as they say, is history; and basically a bit of fun. The seventh verse is
intended as a humorous aside at song – writing (I’m sure some of you at least will
get the joke). One or two of the references will make more sense if you have a
little basic knowledge of the Old Testament; but the story of Noah is pretty universally
known, so I’m probably on fairly safe ground. The tune is a commonly used one
this time; I’m not at all sure what it’s called, but you’ll recognise it when you hear it.
Finally, I hereby enter a claim that this is the only song ever written that mentions
Charles Darwin AND Robert Burns. Oh, yes – and Noah himself, of course!