This is the work of Tim Ausburn.
Let me tell you about this song so that you don't think Hank had a habit of
bad-mouthing preachers. He wrote this song to chastise the radio preachers
who didn't practice what they preached. Much like the present day TV and
Radio preachers who say, "Send your money to Jesus, but put our names on the
checks!" After Hank had sung this song on radio a few times in the mid 40's,
the preachers that he was targeting sent him $22.00 and asked him not to
sing it anymore. This is the only time Hank was ever paid to not sing! Hank
gave the song to a young "Cowboy Jack" Loftin and told him to see if he
could make $22.00 with it. Jack finally recorded it in the mid 90's. I had
the pleasure of playing this song with Jack in a few jam sessions.
TWO FACED PREACHER
Key E Writer, Hank Williams
(E) LET ME TELL YOU 'BOUT A PREACHER,
WITH A CANE AND A LONG TAILED COAT, (E7)
LET ME (A) TELL YOU 'BOUT A PREACHER,
WITH A CANE AND A LONG TAILED (E) COAT,
BUT HE (B7) DOES ALL HIS PREACHIN',
WITH HIS EYES ON THE WOMEN - (E) FOLK.
(E) SEND HIM BACK, SEND HIM BACK, WHERE HE (E7) WAS BE - (A) FORE,
HE'S A (B7) TWO-FACED MAN, AND WE DON'T WANT HIM HERE NO (E) MORE.
WELL HE PREACHED ABOUT GAMBLIN', SAID IT'S A SIN AND IT'S A SHAME,
YES HE PREACHED ABOUT GAMBLIN', SAID IT'S A SIN AND IT'S A SHAME,
BUT WHEN I MET HIM IN A ALLEY, HE WON MY WATCH AND CHAIN.
WELL HE PREACHED ABOUT LIQUOR, SAID LEAVE THE STUFF ALONE,
YES HE PREACHED ABOUT LIQUOR, SAID LEAVE THE STUFF ALONE,
BUT THEN I SAW A DEACON, TOTIN' THE PREACHER HOME.
WELL HE PREACHED ABOUT WEDLOCK, THE FINEST THING IN LIFE,
YES HE PREACHED ABOUT WEDLOCK, THE FINEST THING IN LIFE,
BUT THEN I SAW THE PREACHER, KISSIN' BROTHER JACKSON'S WIFE.