The Preacher and the Bear

Album: Back With Jack

Lyrics

v1) Rev. Jackson went out a’huntin’, ‘twas on one Sabbath morn He knew it was against his religion but he took his gun along He shot himself three mighty fine quail and one little measly hare And on his way returnin’ home he saw a great big grizzly bear The bear marched right out on the road and waltzed up to the preacher, you see Brother Jackson got so excited he climbed up a ‘simmon tree The bear plunked down right on the ground, the preacher shinnied out on a limb He raised his eyes to the Lord in the skies and these words he said to Him: (he said ...)

CH: Oh Lord, didn’t you deliver Daniel from the lion’s den You also delivered Jonah from the belly of the whale and then Three Hebrew children from the firey furnace, so the Good Book do declare And oh, Lord, if you can’t help me for goodness’ sake don’t you help that bear!

v2) Rev. Jackson stayed up in that tree, I believe it was all night He said, “Brother Bear, if you bother me I will give you an awful fight!” Just then the tree branch broke clean off and the preacher came tumblin’ down You could see him reach for his Bible before he hit the ground He hit the ground, swung right and left and fought the good Christian fight Then the bear grabbed hold of the preacher and squeezed him a little too tight Brother Jackson dropped his Bible and the bear held on with a grin The preacher raised his eyes to the Lord in the skies and these words he said to Him...

CH: Oh Lord, didn’t you deliver Daniel from the lion’s den You also delivered Jonah from the belly of the whale and then Three Hebrew children from the firey furnace, so the Good Book do declare And Lord, I can see you ain’t helpin’ me, but won’t you please stop helpin’ that bear!

v3) The preacher and the bear were all a’tussle there, it was a dreadful sight The bear kinda had the upper paw but preacher Jackson was doin’ alright He pulled a move back from seminary days called the old “threefold amen” When the preacher began to quote scripture that bear was convicted of sin! They fought all the way to the river, it was three times in and out The bear broke loose and raised his paws and the preacher began to shout, he said Lord, it may not seem like much to you from away up there But the toughest ministry I ever done was baptizin’ this bear!

CH: Oh Lord, didn’t you deliver Daniel from the lion’s den You also delivered Jonah from the belly of the whale and then Three Hebrew children from the firey furnace, so the Good Book do declare But the toughest ministry I ever done was baptizin’ this bear! Yeah, he’s got that old tyme religion now, halleluia! I do declare!

[spoken] “But little did Reverend Jackson realize the profound spiritual transformation that had occurred there in the river. That bear had become a dyed-in-the-fur old tyme Baptist! And what every freshly-baptized dyed-in-the-fur old tyme Baptist needs is a public profession of faith, and the best place to do that is in church, of course...”

v4) Preacher Jackson knew his parishioners would want him to explain How he got banged up last Sunday while he was s’posed to be home prayin’ So he cooked up a tale from the pulpit about gettin’ in a holy fight And wrestlin’ with an angel of the Lord till far into the night The sermon was beginnin’ to roll there came a thump at the old church door The door crashed down, the bear charged in stood up and began to roar! The choir director recognized the tune and the organist joined right in That bear was beltin’ out a Gospel song: “When the Saints Go Marching In”!

[spoken] “That bear had a fine set of lungs and a pretty good voice, too. (Bear-itone, I believe it was...) But preacher Jackson just fell down in front of the altar and broke into some impromptu intercessory prayer:”

CH: Oh Lord, didn’t you deliver Daniel from the lion’s den You also delivered Jonah from the belly of the whale, amen And, Lord, we been prayin’ for converts but not the kind with claws and hair I’ll put up with a little holy kiss, but not a hug from a Christian bear! Yes, the fields are white unto harvest, Lord, but you can keep that Baptist bear!

Credit

trad'l, adapted and expanded by Jack Pearson © 1992 Jack Pearson, OtterTunity Inc. - BMI