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Rank this week: 23 (↑41)
Duration: 3:47 
Release Date: 1984  (sav-man) 
Lyrics By: C.W. Kalb, Jr. & Carlene Kalb (sav-man) 
Music By: C.W. Kalb, Jr. & Carlene Kalb (sav-man) 
Produced By: Ray Stevens (sav-man) 
Released By: MCA Records (sav-man) 
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  • Another all-time classic novely song from Ray Stevens. From his 1984 album HE THINKS HE'S RAY STEVENS. (sav-man)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Well, when I was a kid I’d take a trip
    Every summer, down to Mississip’,
    To visit my Granny and her antebellum world.
    I’d run barefooted all day long,
    Climbin’ trees, free as a song,
    When one day I happened to catch myself a squirrel.

    Well, I stuffed him down in an old shoe box
    And punched a couple holes in the top.
    When Sunday came, I snuck him into church.
    I’s sittin’ way back in the very last pew
    Showin’ him to my good buddy, Hugh,
    When that squirrel got loose and went totally berserk.

    Well, what happened next is hard to tell:
    Some thought it was Heaven, others thought it was Hell,
    But the fact that somethin’ was among us was plain to see.
    As the choir sang, “I surrender all,”
    The squirrel run up Harv Newman’s coveralls.
    Harv leaped to his feet and said, “Somethin’s got a-hold of me! Yow!”

    The day the squirrel went berserk
    In the First Self-Righteous Church
    In that sleepy little town of Pascagoula (Pascagoula)!
    It was a fight for survival
    That broke out in revival
    They were jumpin’ pews and shoutin’ Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

    Well, Harv hit the aisles dancin’ and screamin’,
    Some thought he had religion, others thought he had a demon,
    And Harv thought he had a Weed Eater loose in his Fruit of the Looms!
    He fell to his knees to plead and beg
    And the squirrel ran out of his britches leg,
    Unobserved, to the other side of the room.

    All the way down to the “amen pew”,
    Where sat sister Bertha Better-Than-You,
    Who’d been watching all the commotion with sadistic glee.
    But you shoulda seen the look in her eyes
    When that squirrel jumped her garters and crossed her thighs,
    And she jumped to her feet and said, “Lord, have mercy on me!”

    As the squirrel made laps inside her dress,
    She began to cry and then to confess
    To sins that would make a sailor blush with shame.
    She told of gossip and church dissention,
    But the thing that got the most attention
    Was when she talked about her love life, and then she started naming names!

    The day the squirrel went berserk
    In the First Self-Righteous Church
    In that sleepy little town of Pascagoula (Pascagoula)!
    It was a fight for survival
    That broke out in revival
    They were jumpin’ pews and shoutin’ Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

    Well, seven Deacons and the Pastor got saved,
    And twenty five thousand dollars got raised,
    And fifty volunteered for missions in the Congo on the spot!
    And even without an invitation
    There were at least five hundred rededications,
    And we all got rebaptized, whether we needed it or not!

    Now you’ve heard the Bible story, I guess
    How He parted the waters for Moses to pass.
    Oh, the miracles God has wrought in this old world.
    But the one I’ll remember ‘til my dying day
    Is how He put that church back on the narrow way
    With a half-crazed Mississippi squirrel.

    The day the squirrel went berserk
    In the First Self-Righteous Church
    In that sleepy little town of Pascagoula (Pascagoula)!
    It was a fight for survival
    That broke out in revival
    They were jumpin’ pews and shoutin’ Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

    The day the squirrel went berserk
    In the First Self-Righteous Church
    In that sleepy little town of Pascagoula (Pascagoula)!
    It was a fight for survival
    That broke out in revival
    They were jumpin’ pews and shoutin’ Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

    (Bill L)
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