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IT TAKES A LONG TALL BROWN-SKIN GAL TO MAKE A PREACHER LAY HIS BIBLE DOWN (Music: Will E.Skidmore / Lyrics: Marshall Walker) Arthur Collins - 1917 Louis Prima & His Orch. - 1946 Bill Clifton & Red Rector - 1976 Also recorded by: Pete Wendling (Piano Roll); Johnny Maddox (Instr.) Old Deacon Johnson was a preachin' man The black sky pilot of old Dixie Land Had never missed a Sunday, rain or shine Was always in his pulpit right on time One day a dark-skin damsel blowed in town Somebody started scandalation round Next Sunday morn they found the church door locked This was the only word the Deacon left his lonely flock It takes a long, tall, brown-skin gal To make a preacher lay his Bible down For twenty years I'se passed joy by But now I'm goin' to get mine till I die I always thought that preachin' was my line But since I met this gal I changed my min' It takes a long, tall brown-skin'd gal To make a preacher lay his Bible down When Deacon Johnson took his 'Brown' away The congregation tried to make him stay They promised him if he would not leave town They wouldn't come between him and his 'Brown' The deacon studied and declared at last It ain't no use, my preachin' days is past I never realized where Heaven lies, Until today when I looked down into my baby's eyes It takes a long, tall, brown-skin gal To make a preacher lay his Bible down For twenty years I'se passed joy by But now I'm goin' to get mine till I die I always thought that preachin' was my line But since I met this gal I changed my min' It takes a long, tall brown-skin gal To make a preacher lay his Bible down (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - October 2015)

    


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