The Church Chronicles – Mississippi Squirrel Revival

The Mississippi Squirrel Revival written by Ray Stevens (nb March 13, 2010 timtusphil1 informs me that “A couple named Carlene and CW Kalb Jr. wrote this.” And he’s entirely correct! Thanks, Tim.) Well, when I was kid I’d take a trip every summer, down to Mississip. to visit my granny in her ante bellum* world. We’d run barefooted all day long, climbing trees, free as a song. One day I happened catch myself a squirrel. I stuffed him down in an old shoebox, punched a couple holes in the top and when Sunday came I snuck him into church. I was sittin’ way back in the very last pew showin’ him to my good buddy Hugh, when that squirrel got loose and went totally berserk! What happened next is hard to tell. Some thought it was Heaven, others thought it was Hell, but the fact that somethin’ was among us was plain to see! As the choir sang “I Surrender All” the squirrel ran up Harv Newlan’s coveralls; Harv leaped to his feet and said, “Somethin’s got a hold on me!” Verse 2 Well Harv hit the aisles a-dancin’ and a-screamin’ some thought he had religion, others thought he had a demon and Harv thought he had a weed eater loose in his Fruit of the Looms. He fell to his knees to plead and beg, and that squirrel ran out of his britches leg, unobserved to the other side of the room. All the way down to the Amen pew where sat Sister Bertha “Better than you” Who’d been watching all the commotion with sadistic glee. Shoot, you should have seen the look in her eyes when that squirrel jumped

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