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.'"