We’re so conditioned to our spiritual music to be reverent and respectful. I mean, let’s face it. We’re singing about our Lord and Savior.
That being said, sometimes you get a song or a melody or a homily that takes a rather “cheeky” approach to religion. Sometimes it’s an interpretation of religion as a football game; other times it encompasses the Bible as a deck of playing cards.
So here on K-Chuck Radio, my crack staff (and by “crack staff,” I mean me) compiled this list of religious-themed songs with rather unconventional concepts.
Here Come the Rattlesnakes
Wendell Bagwell’s most famous composition encompasses his experience in a church where faith is combined with the handling of snakes. Yeah. And we’re not talking boa constrictors, either…
Phone Call from the Devil
Country singer Jim Nesbitt had several C&W novelty songs (his version of “Runnin’ Bear” involved streaking naked outside of a burning house). This track from 1975 was from his final album.
Mississippi Squirrel Revival
Ray Stevens is arguably the king of comedic satire music. This was a Top 10 country hit in 1984, and shows the power of little animals to bring sinners to their knees.
The Word of Life (parts 1 and 2)
This track actually was the first successful release for the Christian music label Word Records, and reinterprets faith as part of a football game, with “Average Christian” facing a very nasty defense and a never-say-die offense. It’s in two parts; both parts are linked below.
Deck of Cards
Better known as a 1970’s game show host, Wink Martindale had the most memorable recording of this classic parable about a soldier who used his playing cards as his Bible.
When Mr. Satan Knocks at My Heart’s Door
Yes, I remember the history of Little Marcy, the ventriloquist’s doll that preached the gospel to children. And yes, I understand the basis behind these records. But whoever designed the album cover… Don’t put the price tag right next to the album title, or you’ll have people wondering why Little Marcy is singing to $1.98 children. Why are they only $1.98 apiece?
So have a great day today, and know that there’s a spiritual presence that supports you and guides you along the proper path, if you only allow yourself to believe.
And it’s also okay to laugh a little.
Okay, you can laugh a lot. There is a tenet that says that laughter is the best medicine.
So sayeth the Gospel of Saint Reader of Digest. 😀