Twenty Naked Pentecostals In A Pontiac
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 93 23:35:58 PDT
Subject: Twenty Naked Pentecostals In A Pontiac
[The following are excerpts from a Bluegrass mailing list over a period of
about a week. -psl]
From: Chris Stuart <cs10@CORNELL.EDU>
Subject: Song Title Help and the Station Inn
[Actual discussion of song titles and the Station Inn deleted. -psl]
P.S. - Did anyone happen to see the AP news item about twenty naked
Pentecostals in a Pontiac down in Louisiana? I'm not making this up, nor
does it have anything to do with bluegrass. Just hated to see it go by
From: Charlie Griffin <CGRIFFIN@KSUVM.BITNET>
Subject: Re: Song Title Help and the Station
On Fri, 27 Aug 1993, Chris Stuart <cs10@CORNELL.EDU> writes:
> P.S. - Did anyone happen to see the AP news item about twenty naked
> Pentecostals in a Pontiac down in Louisiana? I'm not making this up, nor
> does it have anything to do with bluegrass. Just hated to see it go by
> without pointing.
Apologies for chatter about non-bg stuff, but a local columnist said "The
media printed thousands of photos of the Waco, Tx. escapade, but have you
seen even one picture in the paper aabout this? Why not?"
From: Stewart Evans <stewarte@SCO.COM>
Subject: Re: Song Title Help and the Station Inn
->From: Chris Stuart <cs10@CORNELL.EDU>
->P.S. - Did anyone happen to see the AP news item about twenty naked
->Pentecostals in a Pontiac down in Louisiana? I'm not making this up, nor
->does it have anything to do with bluegrass. Just hated to see it go by
Maybe it doesn't have anything to do with bluegrass yet, but I think there's
quite a song title in there somewhere...
From: "Theodore B. Samsel" <tbsamsel@DG11SVARMD.ER.USGS.GOV>
Subject: Re: Naked pentecostals
Well, there is a current song on our local AM Country station
called TWO FAT GUYS IN A HUDSON HORNET (roling along on the rims).
Pretty funny song..
Subject: Naked pentecostals
Another non-bluegrass or OT posting. Sorry.
I actually heard the police chief from the town in Louisiana interviewed
on As it Happens, a show on CBC radio where the hosts phone up people in
the news and talk to them. Apparently the pentecostals had been driving
in a number of vehicles which broke down along the way and ended up with
20 bodies piled into this one car, including four or five people in the
trunk. The nakedness stemmed from the fact that the group had become
convinced that their clothing was possessed by the devil. The car hurtled
through town at about 90 mph and slammed into a tree in a park. A crowd
gathered as the occupants emerged in various states of injury. They were
travelling to some undisclosed location in Florida. The police chief
seemed just a tad new to the whole media circus phenomenon...As we say
up here: "Go figure"...To maintain the musical integrity of the list
perhaps someone could immortalize this event by writing a tune or song.
How about a little of the old "Pentecostal Breakdown".....
>From the hills of the Old Okanagan Valley...
--Rob McGregor [firstname.lastname@example.org]
From: Chris Stuart <cs10@CORNELL.EDU>
Subject: 20 Naked Pentecostals in a Pontiac - The Song
I just couldn't let it go. This is sung to a sort of cajun/rockabilly
heavy back beat. Thanks to Frank G. for sending me the original news
report. Don't look for this on the next Cornerstone recording...maybe
Twenty Naked Pentecostals in a Pontiac
(Copyright 1993 Chris Stuart)
I was thumbin' my way down to Baton Rouge,
Standin' on the side of the road,
When a car pulled over and a voice cried out,
"We'll take you where you want to go."
I jumped inside, but to my suprise,
They were naked as a poor man's toes,
It was a tight situation when the whole congregation
Said the devil was in my clothes.
Twenty naked Pentecostals in a Pontiac,
Brothers and sisters shoutin' in the back,
Elders in the front, choir in the trunk,
Twenty naked Pentecostals in a Pontiac.
The sermon that day was on Adam and Eve
And the ways of the dreadful snake,
Everybody was clappin' when the preacher pointed at me,
And my knees began to shake.
I threw off my shirt, my shoes, and my socks,
My jeans and my BVDs.
We were all in the nude, shoutin' alleloo,
And singin' "Somebody Touched Me."
We had the cruise control set to fifty-five
When a smokey got on our tail,
He pulled up beside, his eyes got wide,
And the siren began to wail.
We ran off the road toward the tree of life,
Lord, the future was looking bleak,
We hung on and prayed, everybody was saved,
'Cause we all knew how to turn the other cheek.
From: Stuart Bonnington
Subject: Banjo case query
[Actual banjo case query deleted -psl]
Hey! here's an idea: maybe we could select 20 members of this group to
appear in Chris Stuarts 20 Pentecostals video. It would give new meaning
to the command, "butt out". If the video goes over well the new
Cornerstone groupies will be called Butt Heads.
© 1993 Peter Langston