Stacks of 45’s – Amos Moses/The Preacher And The Bear

“Well the sheriff got wind that Amos was in the swamp trappin’ alligator skins
So he snuck in the swamp gonna get the boy but he never come out again
Well I wonder where the Louisiana sheriff went to
Well you can sure get lost in the Louisiana bayou”

When I was young before I had cassettes, the only good way of making a playlist of songs was to stack 45s on the turntable. I would arrange for them to play my favorite songs in my favorite order. These posts are about records I had in my stacks.

“Amos Moses” was written and recorded by country music star Jerry Reed Hubbard and released on October 19, 1970. This RCA recording was produced by guitar great Chet Atkins and was on the album “Georgia Sunshine”. I remember buying my copy of the 45 at Treasure Island on Buford Highway. It did better on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 8 than the Country Chart at number 16.

It is a fictional story about an alligator poacher in the Louisiana Bayou, about 45 minutes southeast of Thibodaux, Louisiana (a city in, and the parish seat of, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States,

along the banks of Bayou Lafourche in the northwestern part of the parish. The population was 14,567 at the 2010 census. Thibodaux is a principal city of the Houma–Bayou Cane–Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area.)

The B-side is “The Preacher And The Bear” about a preacher who goes hunting on Sunday morning, instead of church, and gets tree’d by a bear. George Fairman wrote the song in 1904 and Jerry Reed arranged this version. It is a very fun song and I certainly played it regularly. This was an overall great 45.



Lyrics
Amos Moses

Yeah here comes Amos
Now Amos Moses was a Cajun he lived by himself in the swamp
He hunted alligators for a livin’ he’d just knock ’em in the head with a stump
The Louisiana law’s gonna get ya Amos
It ain’t legal huntin’ alligators down in the swamp boy
Now everybody blames his old man for makin’ him mean as a snake
When Amos Moses was a boy his daddy would use him for alligator bait
Tie a rope around his waist and throw him in the swamp ha ha ha
Alligator bait in the Louisiana bayou
About forty five minutes southeast of Thibodaux Louisiana
Lived a man called Doc Millsap and his pretty wife Hannah
Well they raised up a son that could eat up his weight in groc’ries
Named him after the man of the cloth called him Amos Moses
Yeah ha ha

Now all the folks around south Louisiana said Amos was a hell of a man
He could trap the biggest the meanest alligator and just use one hand
That’s all he got left cause the alligator bit him ha ha ha
Left arm gone clean up to the elbow
Well the sheriff got wind that Amos was in the swamp trappin’ alligator skins
So he snuck in the swamp gonna get the boy but he never come out again
Well I wonder where the Louisiana sheriff went to
Well you can sure get lost in the Louisiana bayou
About forty five minutes southeast of Thibodaux Louisiana
Lived a cat called Doc Millsap and his pretty wife Hannah
Well they raised up a son that could eat up his weight in groc’ries
Named him after a man of the cloth called him Amos Moses
Sit down on ’em Amos make it count son
About forty five minutes southeast of Thibodaux Louisiana
Lived a cat called Doc Millsap and his pretty wife Hannah

The Preacher and the Bear

Yeah here come the preacher ha ha
Well the preacher went out a huntin’ it was on one Sunday morn
It was against his religion but he took a shotgun along
He got him a mess of mighty fine quail and one old scraggly hare
But on the way home he crossed the path of a great big grizzly bear

Well the bear got down looked ready to charge
The preacher never seen nothin’ quite that large
They looked each other right smack in the eye
Didn’t take that preacher long to say bye
The preacher he run till he spotted a tree
He said up in that tree’s where I oughta be
By the time that bear made a grab for him
The preacher was a sittin’ on top a that limb
Scared to death he turned about
He looked to the sky and began to shout

Hey Lord you delivered Daniel from the bottom of the lion’s den
You delivered Jonah from the belly of the whale and then
The Hebrew children from the fiery furnace so the good books do declare
Hey Lord if you can’t help me for goodness sake don’t help that bear

Yeah look out preacher
Well about that time the limb broke off and the preacher come a tumblin’ down
Had a straight razor out of his pocket about the time he lit on the ground
He landed on his feet right in front a that bear and Lord what an awful fight
The preacher and the bear and the razor and the hair just a flyin’ from left to right

Well at first they was up and then they was down
The preacher and the bear runnin’ round and round
The bear he roared and the the preacher he groaned
Havin’ a tough time a holdin’ his own
He said Lord if I get outta here alive
Then to the good book I’ll abide
No more huntin’ on the Sabbath day
Come Sunday I’m headin’ to the church to pray
Up to the heavens the preacher glanced
Said Lord won’t you give me one more chance
So the preacher got away he looked around
Seen a tree where he’d be safe and sound
Jumped on a limb turned about
Looked to the sky and began to shout

Hey Lord you delivered old Daniel from the bottom of the lion’s den…

No get outta here bear
Lord do somethin’ for me and forget that bear
I’m tellin’ ya he’s big look at the size of that thing whoa
Get what are you get offa this tree
Lord help me
Are you kiddin’ me with the size of that bear

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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