Plumb, Square, and Level

Story Behind The Song

As an architect, sometimes I get to do interesting things. Once when I designed a church, I was asked to participate in a Masonic ceremony of certifying that the cornerstone was plumb, square, and level. It was a wood frame church that didn't really have

Song Description

The narrator tells a little story about modern-day carpenters Noah and Jesus. All of them claim to be "plumb, square, and level," for their lovers.

Song Length 3:55 Genre Folk - Contemporary, Folk - Country
Tempo Medium Slow (91 - 110) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Composed Language English
Era 2000 and later


Plumb, Square, and Level

Noah was a carpenter
He built the big box stores
People come in two by two
Just to save a little more
And he didn?t go to college
He was married to a nurse
When she struggled with her sanity
He said her knowledge is a curse

Maybe I?m square,
But baby I?m level
Plumb, square, and level for you
Baby I?m there
When you?re facing your devils
Plumb, square, and level for you

Jesus was a carpenter
On the sheetrock crew
Noah?s tell him where to hang
One layer or two.
Every week he?d call Maria
On the cellular phone
He said, ?I make a little money,
I send a little home.?


It?s metal studs and sheetrock screws
Laser line to keep it straight and true
Is like something we rely on, me and you
And if that something has a human trace
In the things we build
around the things we face
The most common things can take on
A state of grace

Noah was a carpenter
Jesus was too
Maybe if you stretch the word
I?m a carpenter too
I?m uncomfortable in public
I don?t like to wear a tie
I love my country when it?s honest
I like poetry that rhymes


Lyrics Roger Nelson Music Roger Nelson
Performance Roger Nelson

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