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THE PREACHER AND THE BEAR (Traditional / Joe Arzonia) Arthur Collins - 1905 Claude Hopkins - 1935 Golden Gate Quartet - 1937 Phil Harris - 1947 The Jubalaires - 1947 The Big Bopper - 1958 New Christy Minstrels - 1962 Jerry Reed - 1971 Jim Kweskin - 1979 David Holt - 1986 Robert Decormier Singers - 1996 Michael Redman - 1998 Also recorded by: Andy Griffith; Sons Of The Pioneers; Lesley Schatz; Mac Wiseman; Albert Whelan; Hylo Brown; David Dusing Singers; Rufus Thomas. The preacher went out a huntin', it was on one Sunday morn' It was against his religion, but he took a shotgun along He got himself a mess o' mighty fine quail and one old scraggly hare And on the way home he crossed the path of a great big grizzly bear Well the bear got down lookin' ready to charge The preacher never seen nothin' quite that large They looked each other right smack in the eye Didn't take that preacher long to say bye The preacher, he run till he spotted a tree He said, "Up in that tree's where I oughta be" By the time that bear made a grab for him The preacher was a sittin' on top a that limb Scared to death, he turned about He looked to the sky and began to shout "Hey lord, you delivered Daniel from the bottom of the lion's den You delivered Jonah from the belly of the whale and then The Hebrew children from the fiery furnace So the good books do declare Hey lord, if you can't help me, For goodness sake don't help that bear" Yea, look out preacher! Well, about that time the limb broke off And the preacher came tumblin' down Had a straight razor out of his pocket By the time he lit on the ground He landed on his feet right in front a that bear And Lord, what an awful fight The preacher and the bear and the razor and the hair Flyin' from left to right Well first they was up and then they was down The preacher and the bear runnin' round an' round The bear he roared, and the the preacher he groaned He was havin' a tough time holdin' his own! He said, "Lord if I get out a here alive To the good book I'll abide No more huntin' on the Sabbath day Come Sunday I'm headin' to the church to pray" Up to the heavens the preacher glanced He said, "Lord won't you give me just one more chance" So the preacher got away, he looked around Seen a tree where he'd be safe and sound Jumped on a limb, turned about Looked to the sky and began to shout "Hey lord, you delivered Daniel from the bottom of the lion's den You delivered Jonah from the belly of the whale and then The Hebrew children from the fiery furnace So the good books do declare Hey lord, if you can't help me, For goodness sake don't help that bear" (Transcribed from the Jerry Reed recording by Mel Priddle - August 2005))

    


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