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One morning while waiting for the plumber to arrive, Naida discovered that a dedication in her book “Rest for the Wicked” included a reference to the old Joe Arizona ragtime tune, “The Preacher and the Bear.” I looked up the lyrics and found a recording of it sung by Phil Harris. We then spent some time singing the song along with Harris the refrain of which goes like this:

Oh Lawd, you delivered Daniel from the lion’s den
Also delivered Jonah from the belly of the whale and then
The Hebrew children from the fiery furnace
So the good book do declare
Yes! Lord, if you can help me,
For goodness sake don’t help that bear

Then for some reason, we sang a few refrains of “Rag Time Cowboy Joe” along with some shaking of our booties and waving of our arms. As I expect most know the lyrics to the song begin like this:

He always sings, raggedy music to the cattle
As he swings, back and forward in the saddle
On a horse, the pretty good horse, that syncopated, gaited
There’s such a funny meter to the roar of his repeater
How they run, when they hear this fellow’s gun
Because the Western folks all know

Why he’s a high-faluting scooting
Shooting son of a gun from Arizona
Ragtime Cowboy, you’re talking ’bout your cowboy
Ragtime Cowboy Joe

All in all, it was a good morning. Even the dog held off barking at every bird or car that passed within two hundred feet of the house. Instead, he just curled up and slept while we danced and sang around the room. Whether he was just exhausted by his job as a household morning wake up alarm clock, or expressing a comment on our behavior, he didn’t say.

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