Hide the Beer, the Pastor's Here

Album: Outdoor Elvis (1989)

Songfacts®:

  • This comedy song with an underlying serious side was written by The Swirling Eddies frontman Terry Taylor, who used the pseudonym Camarillo Eddy on the album. Taylor tells us that he does write some comedy songs that are just silly fun, but others, like this one, have a message beneath the surface. In this song, the redneck churchgoer behaves like a true Christian only in the presence of the pastor, which is an extreme example of how many Christians can lapse in their actions. Says Taylor: "there are songs like 'Hide the Beer, the Pastor's Here' which are funny on the surface - it doesn't matter if you're a Christian or not, it's funny to you. People identify with that idea: the pastor's showing up, we need to get rid of our booze and whatever else. But there's a very serious theological side to that song. And it's funny, because Steve Hindalong and Quincy Newcomb both hate funny songs. So when Steve came in to Lost Dogs, there were a couple of my songs that were in that vein, and he kind of dismissed them. And I said, 'I'm not trying to win you over, but you realize that song's really about this?' And then as he actually reads the lyrics and goes, 'Oh, wow. I didn't realize that.'"

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde

Johnette Napolitano of Concrete BlondeSongwriter Interviews

The singer/bassist for Concrete Blonde talks about how her songs come from clairvoyance, and takes us through the making of their hit "Joey."

Angelo Moore of Fishbone

Angelo Moore of FishboneSongwriter Interviews

Fishbone has always enjoyed much more acclaim than popularity - Angelo might know why.

Desmond Child

Desmond ChildSongwriter Interviews

One of the most successful songwriters in the business, Desmond co-wrote "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" and "Livin' On A Prayer."

Mike Scott of The Waterboys

Mike Scott of The WaterboysSongwriter Interviews

The stories behind "Whole Of The Moon" and "Red Army Blues," and why rock music has "outlived its era of innovation."

Allen Toussaint - "Southern Nights"

Allen Toussaint - "Southern Nights"They're Playing My Song

A song he wrote and recorded from "sheer spiritual inspiration," Allen's didn't think "Southern Nights" had hit potential until Glen Campbell took it to #1 two years later.

Chris Isaak

Chris IsaakSongwriter Interviews

Chris tells the story of "Wicked Game," talks milkshakes and moonpies at Sun Records, and explains why women always get their way.