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The New Christy Minstrels guitar chords for The preacher and the bear

The Preacher And The Bear chords by The New Christy Minstrels

The New Christy Minstrels guitar chords for The preacher and the bear

Guitar chords with lyrics

Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

A chord diagramA augmentedA realy fun song.  (See performance notes below0.


Verse 1:
          A chord diagramC majorC                      A chord diagramC7C7
Well, the Preacher he went out a-walkin'
       A chord diagramFF             A chord diagramC majorC
It was on one Sunday morn.

Course it was a'gin his religion
       A chord diagramD7D7             A chord diagramG7G7
But he took his gun a-long.
   A chord diagramC majorC                 A chord diagramC7C7
He shot himself some mighty fine quail
    A chord diagramFF                 A chord diagramC majorC
And one little measly hare.
    A chord diagramFF             A chord diagramC majorC    A chord diagramE7E7  A chord diagramA7A7
But on his way re-turn-in' home,
         A chord diagramD7D7               A chord diagramG7G7      A chord diagramC majorC
He met a great big, hmmm, grizzly bear.


Chorus:
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Well, the bear sat down in the middle of the road
     A chord diagramG+G                A chord diagramC majorC
Just mean as he could be

And the Preacher he commenced a-shakin'
       A chord diagramD7D7                    A chord diagramG+G
And he climbed up a sycamore tree.
          A chord diagramC majorC                    A chord diagramC7C7
Well, the bear stood up and he rolled his eyes
       A chord diagramFF              A chord diagramC majorC
And he shook his ugly head.
    A chord diagramFF                  A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramE MajorE   A chord diagramA7A7
The Preacher looked up to the skies
    A chord diagramD7D7            A chord diagramG7G7       A chord diagramC majorC
And these are the words he said:
     A chord diagramD7D7            A chord diagramG7G7       A chord diagramC majorC
(And these are the words he said)


Chorus:
    A chord diagramC majorC
Oh, Lord, You delivered Daniel from the lion's den,
                         A chord diagramD7D7                     A chord diagramG+G
Delivered Jonah from the belly of the whale and then
    A chord diagramC majorC                      A chord diagramC7C7
The Hebrew chil'n from the fiery furnace,
       A chord diagramFF               A chord diagramC majorC
Oh the Good Book do de-clare.
      A chord diagramFF                  A chord diagramC majorC     A chord diagramE7E7   A chord diagramA7A7
Well, Lord, Lord, if you can't help me,
             A chord diagramD7D7             A chord diagramG7G7        A chord diagramC majorC
For goodness sake, don't ya help that bear!
                                A chord diagramE7E7   A chord diagramA7A7
(Well, Lord, Lord, if you can't help me,
             A chord diagramD7D7             A chord diagramG7G7        A chord diagramC majorC
For goodness sake, don't ya help that bear!)


Verse 2:
          A chord diagramC majorC             A chord diagramC7C7
Well, the bear began to climb the tree
         A chord diagramFF                 A chord diagramC majorC
And that made the Preacher sore.

The Preacher climbed still higher,
        A chord diagramD7D7                A chord diagramG7G7
'til he couldn't climb no more.
A chord diagramC majorC                   A chord diagramC7C7
Just about then the limb gave away
         A chord diagramFF                    A chord diagramC majorC
And they both come a-tumblin' down.
    A chord diagramFF              A chord diagramC majorC   A chord diagramE7E7 A chord diagramA7A7
The Preacher he be-gan to pray
              A chord diagramD7D7           A chord diagramG7G7      A chord diagramC majorC
And you could hear him for miles a-round.


Chorus:
    A chord diagramC majorC
Oh, Lord, You delivered Daniel from the lion's den,
                         A chord diagramD7D7                     A chord diagramG+G
Delivered Jonah from the belly of the whale and then
    A chord diagramC majorC                      A chord diagramC7C7
The Hebrew chil'n from the fiery furnace,
       A chord diagramFF               A chord diagramC majorC
Oh the Good Book do de-clare.
      A chord diagramFF                  A chord diagramC majorC     A chord diagramE7E7   A chord diagramA7A7
Well, Lord, Lord, if you can't help me,
             A chord diagramD7D7             A chord diagramG7G7        A chord diagramC majorC
For goodness sake, don't ya help that bear!
                                A chord diagramE7E7   A chord diagramA7A7
(Well, Lord, Lord, if you can't help me,
             A chord diagramD7D7             A chord diagramG7G7        A chord diagramC majorC
For goodness sake, don't ya help that bear!)


Verse 3:
           A chord diagramC majorC                              A chord diagramC7C7
Well, they fought all the way down to the river
    A chord diagramFF                 A chord diagramC majorC
And it was a terrible fight.

That bear was really layin' it on,
        A chord diagramD7D7                             A chord diagramG7G7
But the Preacher, well he was doin' al-right.
   A chord diagramC majorC                        A chord diagramC7C7
He dragged that beast right down in the water,
       A chord diagramFF                  A chord diagramC majorC
It was three times in and out.
         A chord diagramFF                     A chord diagramC majorC      A chord diagramE7E7 A chord diagramA7A7
Then the bear got loose and he limped a--way,
        A chord diagramD7D7             A chord diagramG7G7     A chord diagramC majorC
And the Preacher he be-gan to shout:


Chorus 2:

    A chord diagramC majorC
Oh, Lord, You delivered Daniel from the lion's den,
                         A chord diagramD7D7                     A chord diagramG+G
Delivered Jonah from the belly of the whale and then...
    A chord diagramC majorC                A chord diagramC7C7
Now Lord, it may not seem like much
     A chord diagramFF                A chord diagramC majorC
From where You sit up there,
        A chord diagramFF             A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramE7E7 A chord diagramA7A7
But the hardest job I ev-er done was
A chord diagramD7D7  A chord diagramG7G7          A chord diagramC majorC
Bap-tizin' that bear!
          A chord diagramFF             A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramE7E7 A chord diagramA7A7
Yeah, the hardest job I ev-er done was
A chord diagramD7D7  A chord diagramG7G7          A chord diagramC majorC
Bap-tizin' that bear!


Given its topic, its great for informal church or church camp fireside settings, but it also plays
well to secular audiences.
It's performed in an almost "talking blues" sort of fashion for the verses with the chords
being played at a faster tempo with the performer half-singing, half speaking the words.
The tempo is free for interpretation, but the verses are slow while it speeds up and is
steady during most of the chorus.
The last line of the verse and 8th line of chorus retard quite a bit with a pause at the end for dramatic
effect.
The line echoes shown in parentheses ( ) are best suited for perfomances with a large group, such as in
The New Christy Mintrels' version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch v=NMN4ol3gAIo&list=PLwAzFeSc2miF2e_NA-8IKMSqIKxWtIJsU&index=2
However, for solo performances, the echoes can be eliminated.
Enjoy and have fun!

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