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The Preacher And The Bear

	  THE PREACHER AND THE BEAR 
As recorded by Phil Harris 
Writer: Arzonia (Joe Arizona) 

Bb 
Now a preacher went out walkin' 
Eb              Bb 
Was  on one Sunday  morn' 
It was against his religion 
     C            F  
But he took his gun a-long 
  Bb  
He shot himself some mighty fine quail 
   Eb             Bb 
And  one little "measly"  hare 
   Eb        Bb 
But on his way  returnin' home 
       F              Bb 
He met a great big grizzly bear; 

NARRATION: (In Bb) 
Well, the bear got down in the middle of the road 
On all fours like a great big toad 
And looked that preacher right square in the eye 
And the preacher looked at him and said: "Bye-bye." 
Started down the road and took out to run 
The bear right after that preacher did come 
Run and they run for about a mile 
Then they both sat down and rested awhile 
The preacher got up - started again 
The bear he started out with more vim 
They ran and they ran til he spotted a tree 
Said: "Up on the limb is the place for me." 
The bear got close - made a grab for him 
Preacher leaps up and he made the limb 
Pulled himself up and turns about 
                              F       Bb 
Cast his eyes to the skies and  he did  shout; 

Refrain: 
  Bb                     Eb                     Bb 
"Oh, Lawd, you delivered  Daniel from the lion's  den 
                             C                      F  
Also delivered Jonah from the  belly of the whale and then 
   Bb 
The Hebrew children from the fiery furnace 
    Eb             Bb 
So the good book do  declare 
    Eb                 Bb 
Yes!  Lord, if you can't  help me, 
           F                    Bb 
For goodness sake don't help that bear." 

NARRATION: 
Just about then the limb let go 
And the preacher came tumblin' down 
Reached in his pocket, pulled his razor out 
Just before he hit the ground 
He hit the ground with an awful bang 
It was a terrible sight 
The preacher and the bear, with a razor in his hair 
Just a-cuttin' left and right 
Well, they rolled around on the ground 
The preacher was up and then he was down 
The bear let out an awful moan 
It looked like the preacher was holdin' his own 
"Lord, if I get out of here alive 
That Good Book I will abide 
I'll never sin on Sabbath day 
And Sunday come, I'll pray and pray." 
To the heavens, he did glance 
Said; "Lord, just gimme one more chance." 
Then his suspenders gave away 
And he knocked that bear ten feet away 
Then the preacher got up and made a bound 
To the tree where he'd be safe and sound 
Pulled himself up and turned about 
Cast his eyes to the skies and he did shout: 
	  

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