Sung by: Mr. W.P. Burke
Recorded in Heber Springs, AR, 7/16/53

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Well, a Negro preacher went out hunting;
'Twas on one Sunday morn.
Of course, it was against his religion,
But he took his gun along.
He killed himself a very fine quail,
And also a measly hare,
And on his way returning home
He met a great big grizzly bear.

Well, the bear marched out in the middle of the road,
And he come to the 'coon, you see.
The 'coon was so excited
That he climbed up a 'simmon tree.
The bear set down upon the ground,
And the 'coon climbed out on a limb.
He cast his eyes to the God in the skies,
And these words said to Him:

Chorus: "Oh, Lordy, didn't you
     deliver Daniel from the lion's den?
Also deliver Jonah from the belly of the whale and then
Three Hebrew children from the fiery furnace?
So the Good Book do declare.
Now, Lord, if you can't help me,
For goodness sake, don't you help that bear.

Well, the 'coon stayed up in that tree--
I think it was all night.
He says, "Lord, if you don't help that bear,
You'll see an awful fight."
Just about then the limb let go,
And the 'coon came a-tumbling down.
You should have seen him get his razor out
Before he hit the ground.

Well, he hit the ground a-cutting right and left,
And he put up a very good fight,
But the bear hugged that 'coon,
And he squeezed him a little too tight.
The 'coon then lost his razor,
But the bear held on with a vim.
He cast his eyes to the God in the skies
And once more said to Him:


Also found in Brown, Vol. III, #425, "The Preacher and the Bear."

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