Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"...In Bear Meeting"

I like a clever turn of phrase in a lyric. There's a nice little nugget in Johnny Guitar Watson's song, "The Bear" (that link leads to a curious little YouTube mashup), that's always caught my attention. The song recounts a hunting misadventure that results in Johnny being pursued by an angry bear. (That was a whole subgenre for a while, the frantically-running-away-from-trouble song). In a moment of semi-blasphemous desperation, he declares:
Well now, prayer's alright in prayer meeting,
But prayer ain't good, Lord, in bear meeting!
Well said, Johnny, well said.Rhyming "prayer meeting" with "bear meeting"? Fantastique!

1 Perhaps there are no atheists in foxholes, but while desperately fleeing from a large mammal, I suspect most theological concerns do indeed fall by the wayside.

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