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NOTES on 'All Aboard the Ark':
L'Arche is an international private voluntary organization that works for the creation and growth of homes, programs, and support networks with people who have intellectual disabilities.

L'Arche is French for 'The Ark' and this is a song I wrote for the Australian L 'Arche Communities, whose members have often attended my concerts. They adopted the song and sing the chorus with great gusto.

Today there are over 160 L’Arche communities in 37 countries on 5 continents. There are several communities in Australia.

Faith & Light, a support network for people with intellectual disabilities and their families, is also connected with L'Arche.


1. Did you see that Noah bloke on the box the other day?
He gave out a warning: there's a deluge on the way.
He's made a boat.. Huh! that thing will never float!
But he don't seem worried
He's just living day by day.

All aboard the Ark! No first or second class
Everyone is welcome and the tickets are for free
On board the Ark the slow can join the fast
We'd all be laughing if we had such company.

2. Did you see his passengers, that raggy shaggy crew?
All shapes and sizes and skins of every hue.
They've heard the word about a rainbow world-
It don't seem like common sense
But they reckon they'll get through. CHORUS.

3. Did you catch his answer when they asked him to explain
Just how a flood could come without forty days of rain?
"From the tears that fall" he said, "behind a million walls."
Well either he's a prophet
Or he's cracked under the strain! CHORUS.

4. You know the thing about the Ark that really got to me?
Everyone's respected and you don't even need a Degree!
Early or late they like celebrate
And if we get a move on
we'll be there in time for tea. CHORUS

Words and music by Peter Kearney.
Written for the L'Arche Communities.


released February 14, 2020

RELATED RESOURCES for 'All Aboard the Ark', available through Peter Kearney's Online Store:
1. CD-AUDIO: All 10 songs from 'Signs of Hope', including 'John and Jesus' are included on Peter's double-CD compilation 'Make Me a Song' (The Best of 25 Years). Link: peterkearneysongs.com.au/product/356147
2. CD-ROM: Music, lyrics, chords for 34 of the 36 songs in the 'Make Me a Song' double-cd are available peterkearneysongs.com.au/product/554037
3. PDF MUSIC for 'All Aboard the Ark': peterkearneysongs.com.au/product/566481

Recorded 1986 in the Restless Studio, Balmain. The song was one of ten tracks on the 'Signs of Hope' album by Peter Kearney + Crossover.
VOICES: Peter Kearney, Linda Berry, Penny Davies, Louise Gore, Roger Ilott, Claire Parkhill
INSTRUMENTS: Peter Kearney (guitar), Roger Ilott (guitar & mandolin), Ross Grierson (bass), Linda Berry (flute)

COPYRIGHT © 1986 Peter Kearney.
This song is registered with One License, APRA and AMCOS.
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ARTWORK: 'Signs of Hope' cover artwork by Karin Donaldson. 'Make Me a Song' cover artwork by Dorothy Woodward.

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Peter Kearney Mittagong, Australia

Peter Kearney is an Australian songwriter and singer. His early folk-hymns 'Fill My House' & 'The Beatitudes' are internationally known. He has written many other songs of justice and peace, songs for children, and a musical-narrative on St. Francis of Assisi. His published recordings include 153 original songs.

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