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February 7, 2014

Verna Davis: Take heed from 'The Mississippi Squirrel Review'

Today we're going to discuss Sister Bertha Better Than You. You remember her, right? She's the dear sister who was immortalized in Ray Steven's "The Mississippi Squirrel Revival."

Perhaps a little review of the infamous incident is called for. It seems that as a lad, Ray (by way of song writer Carlene and Jr. Kalb) would go to Mississippi to visit his granny. He caught a squirrel, put it in a shoebox and snuck the squirrel into church. But when he showed the squirrel to his good buddy Hugh, right there in the very last pew, the squirrel made a run for it. He ran up Harv Newlan's coveralls, causing much commotion and consternation, what with Harv's dancin' and screamin' and such. Then, as Harv was kneeling in the aisle, the squirrel made unobserved haste to the other side of the room. That's when, in the Amen Pew, the squirrel ran into (and onto) Sister Bertha Better Than You.

That Bertha. Can't you see her? She's looking at the whole thing with a superiority that she wears with well-practiced ease, saying to herself, "For shame, Harv. Acting like that in God's House! Oh, dear."

Well, when the squirrel made laps inside her dress, Bertha used sailor-blushing language to confess to sins the congregation never knew Bertha would be involved in. But what got the most attention was when she started speaking of her love life, and then she started naming names!

The rest of the song recounts people got saved, money got raised, and volunteers got ready for the Congo. I'm sure you can sing along with me the last verse of the song: "Now you've heard the Bible story, I guess/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."

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