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Coloring Club Plus — 12/5/19

Dec 5

My apologies for another late posting. I stayed up late last night watching the end of the Chernobyl mini-series, went out to lunch with friends, then headed over to the annual beauty products sale at the “house of beauty.”

I started this coloring last night and thought as I started filling it in it would make sense. Alas, the only thing I know for sure is that it is a squirrel in the center. The finished coloring looks odd and almost surreal, but too much time was invested in finishing it to discard it, so here it is. Maybe I’ll name it Surrealistic Holy Squirrel.

As strange as the picture is, I didn’t have hopes to find a good song to match. I put “holiday holy squirrel” in the search box, and glory be, this song popped up, which is perfect for it.

Per wikipedia:
Mississippi Squirrel Revival” is a song by American country music singer Ray Stevens. It is a single from his 1984 album He Thinks He’s Ray Stevens.

A young boy visiting relatives in Pascagoula, Mississippi catches a wild squirrel, which he sneaks into the First Self-Righteous Church during a Sunday service. When the squirrel escapes his box, it heads into the overalls of one of the other parishioners, who jumps in shock and discomfort (thinking “he had a Weed Eater loose in his Fruit of the Looms”). The rest of the congregation believe he has been possessed, either by a demon or the Holy Spirit. In the front pew, a holier-than-thou parishioner who watched the previous incident “with sadistic glee” panics when the squirrel runs into her dress. In terror, she begins confessing all of her sins, including “naming names” of paramours that bring embarrassment to the whole church. Following the ordeal, the church experiences a sudden renewal and a wave of baptisms, rededications, increased tithes and volunteers to go on foreign missions. The now-adult singer reflects on the incident as an example of one of God’s miracles.

Originally, the song was not intended to be a single, but it was rush-released when various radio stations began playing it. Stevens felt that its release would help re-establish him as a novelty artist after several albums mostly composed of serious material. Stevens felt that novelty music was experiencing a revival in the mid-1980s after a period in the early 1980s where it was not as popular.

As with many other Stevens songs, a music video was produced several years later, with the songwriters in prominent roles: Buddy Kalb played the squirrel’s first target while Carlene Kalb played the holier-than-thou Sister Bertha.

Billboard Magazine published this article on the song (Billboard: 39, 42. December 8, 1984.)

ray stevens article page 1 Screenshot_2019-12-05 Billboard

ray stevens article page 2 Screenshot_2019-12-05 Billboard

 

 

 

Well when I was kid I’d take a trip
Every summer, down to Mississippi
To visit my granny in her ante bellum world
I’d run barefooted all day long
Climbing trees free as a song
One day I happened catch myself a squirrel
Well 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!

Well what happened next is hard to tell
Some thought it was Heaven others thought it was Hell
But the fact that something was among us was plain to see

As the choir sang “I Surrender All”
Squirrel ran up Harv Newlan’s coveralls
Harv leaped to his feet and said
“Somethin’s got a hold on me! Yeow!”

The day the squirrel went berserk
In the First Self-Righteous Church
In that sleepy little town of Pascagoula (Pascagoula)
It was a fight for survival
That broke out in revival
They were jumpin pews and shouting Hallelujah! (Hallelujah)

Well, Harv hit the aisles dancin’ and 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 the 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 watchin’ all the commotion with sadistic glee
But you should’ve seen the look in her eyes
When that squirrel jumped her garters and crossed her thighs
She jumped to her feet and said “Lord have mercy on me”
As the squirrel made laps inside her dress
She began to cry and then to confess to sins that would make a sailor blush with shame
She told of gossip and church dissension but the thing that got the most attention
Was when she talked about her love life
And then she started naming names!

The day the squirrel went berserk
In the First Self-Righteous Church
In that sleepy little town of Pascagoula (Pascagoula)
It was a fight for survival
That broke out in revival
They were jumpin’ pews and shouting Hallelujah! (Hallelujah)

Well seven deacons and then the pastor got saved
And twenty-five thousands dollars was raised
And fifty volunteered for missions in the Congo on the spot, hehe
And even without an invitation
There were at least five hundred rededications
And we all got re-baptized whether we needed it or not

Now you’ve heard the Bible stories I guess
Of how He parted the waters for Moses to pass
All the miracles God has brought to this ol’ world
But the one I’ll remember to my dyin’ day
Is how he put that church back on the narrow way
With a half-crazed Mississippi squirrel

The day the squirrel went berserk
In the First Self-Righteous Church
In that sleepy little town of Pascagoula (Pascagoula)
It was a fight for survival
That broke out in revival
They were jumpin pews and shouting Halelujah! (Halelujah)
The day the squirrel went berserk
In the First Self-Righteous Church
In that sleepy little town of Pascagoula (Pascagoula)
It was a fight for survival
That broke out in revival
They were jumpin…

Songwriters: C.W. KALB JR. / C. KALB

16 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 12/5/19

  1. A good friend of mine rescued a baby squirrel whose mom got run over by a car in front of his house. He kept it in his pocket and he would take it out and let it run around on the bar, which always made me laugh.

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    1. I think they went above and beyond with the series. The acting is par excellence, and I’m not sure where they filmed it but it sure looks like the pictures of the actual Chernobyl. It would interesting to see a doc on how the movie was made. It is haunting for sure. Some of those images burn in.

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          1. That series inspired my wife to read a number of books on the subject- the best being Midnight At Chernobyl which I have seen on a number of ‘best of 2019 books’..

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