Amos the Churchmouse: The Ballad of Davy Crickett

Editor’s note: Amos, our churchmouse poet, decided last week to try out Willifred the white rat’s experimental tiny time machine. So, on Tuesday, Willifred installed his Tiny Time Traveler on Amos’ 1957 Cheese-rolet motorized matchbox.
The first time Amos had tried the time machine, he had found himself in Israel and face-to-face with Mrs. Mouses and her special cookbook, “One Thousand and One Ways To Fix Manna.”
This time, however, the moment Amos climbed in, he found himself in San Antonio, Texas, in the mid-1830s and confronted by another of history’s unusual characters.

the ballad of davy crickett

boss when i hit the ground i
was astounded by an
unusual sight – a bowlegged
cricket with a ratty coonskin
cap was twanging away on a
modified one-string
ukelele

this is what he sang

born on a trash heap
in tennessee
a bug so poor
but shunned poverty

hopped off the heap
and into luxury
killed him a flea
when he was only three

dav-y dav-y crickett
bug of the wild frontier

he went to congress
to save humanity
he stirred up strife
and risked his dignity

went out west to
fight the bugs and fleas
wrestle cobras and
made some history

dav-y dav-y crickett
bug of the wild frontier

he quit twanging on his
ukelele looked me up and
down and said what can
i do for you stranger

are you really davy
crickett says me a bit
incredulously

that i am son says he
suspiciously are you a
bill collector

no not me says me
i m just a little
wandering churchmouse

well i don t have much
to do with religion says
he ever since a gypsy
moth told me that church
would probably be the
death of me

i wouldn t take it that
way says me besides
church is not the essence
of religion – jesus is -
and he can set you free
from death fear and
anxiety

what makes you think
so says he besides i m
not afeered of death
scorpions snakes or
anything

that may be true says
me but everybody needs
the peace and security
of jesus in their mind
and heart
he gives you life joy
and peace that even
throughout eternity
will never part

i ll have to think on
that some and give it
my utmost consideration
says davy
and then he picked up
his ukelele and started
strumming and singing
again

dav-y dav-y crickett
bug of the wild frontier

boss i don t know if davy
changed or met jesus
somewhere along the way
but he must have overcome
his fear of churches by
the time he made it to
the alamo in eighteen-
thirty-six