Feel Good Friday–Tent Revival Edition

Okay, somewhere between these two songs is everything you need to know about a certain strain of American Christianity.  I will leave it to you to work out for yourself what that “everything” is.

This first clip is… is… Okay, I’ll just say it.  It’s a karaoke performance apparently in and during church of Ray Stevens’s “Dooright Family,” which is one of the songs on the soundtrack of my childhood.  Why folks would be singing this song in church, I don’t know.  This either makes them the most awesome congregation ever or the least self-aware.  I choose to go for “most awesome.”

(As a side note, best Lee Greenwood story I ever heard was how he was coming in to play at Opryland and the girl who was at the artists’ gate about fell over gushing over him, telling him how much she loved him and knew all his songs.  He thanked her and was feeling all great until she said, ‘You have a good show, Mr. Stevens.’  It kind of makes me love Greenwood a little bit that he’s willing to tell that story about himself.)

And here are Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers doing “Born Again, Again.”  I couldn’t find the lyrics to post for you, but the best part is something like “Born again again.  In and out of sin and back in.  Guess I’m a little noncommittal.  I’m born again, again.”  There are no obvious penises that I saw in this video, but if you like scrawny white boys, this one’s for you.

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4 thoughts on “Feel Good Friday–Tent Revival Edition

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  2. The DooRight Family, I think, is one of Ray’s funniest recordings, EVER. Forget that stupid squirrel in Mississippi…Virgil’s done gone so low he’s exploded right here onstage, friends. Gah thats funny stuff.

  3. The most ironic performance of a song I think that I have ever seen was at the KY state fair, where they had a stage where some sore of middle school glee club was singing all those kinda weird happy cheery sorts of songs that glee clubs sing.

    And there were the old people sitting in the chairs enjoying the show and all, and then the group started singing, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”

    From Life of Brian. During the crucifixion scene. And I had no idea if the kids knew what they were singing, and I’m dang sure the old folks enjoying the show had no idea, but somebody in charge of that group had a wicked sense of humor.

    (And yes, “Life’s a piece of shit, when you look at it” was edited out,. Dang bowdelizers)

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