Ray Stevens – The Mississippi Squirrel Revival

 

The track “Mississippi Squirrel Revival” is the only Top 40 single from this album, reaching No. 20 on Hot Country Singles (now Hot Country Songs) in early 1985.

 

 

Stevens uses comic storytelling to frame what occurs when a young adolescent boy catches a squirrel (while visiting his grandmother in Pascagoula, Mississippi), brings it into church, where several self-righteous members – all with sinful secrets to hide – are prominent members … and the squirrel breaks loose from a box the boy has kept it in. As the squirrel wreaks havoc, several members admit to their fellow congregation members their faults, and by song’s end they all make a vow to change.

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Ray Stevens ~ The Streak

“The Streak” is a popular country/novelty song written, produced, and sung by Ray Stevens. It was released in March 1974 as the lead single to his album Boogity Boogity. “The Streak” capitalized on the then popular craze of streaking

Each of the three verses starts with a news reporter, played by Stevens, commenting on a streaking incident somewhere around town, and trying to interview one of the witnesses, who always turns out to be the same man, also played by Stevens. The witness tells what he saw and relates how he tried to warn his wife, Ethel, not to look (“Don’t look, Ethel!”), but is always too late. After each interview, a chorus is sung by multiple voices; the chorus is the only part of the song that is actually sung; the rest is spoken. After the third interview, the man sees the streaker again, but to his horror the streaker is joined by his wife, and the man changes his tune: “Ethel, you shameless hussy!”, as well as “You get your clothes on!”, and “Say it ain’t so, Ethel”

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