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Fiery Bear, The: Jack Holden & Frances Kay [1950]

Another stern warning to the Soviet Union that casts the U.S. as the responsible adult in the Cold War balance of power: "We don't like to think of atomic power, the weapon we'd rather not use, but now we enter the critical hour and there you're holding the fuse." As in Hank Williams' No, No Joe (also heard on this set), the onus of "behaving" is placed squarely on the Soviet Union's shoulders with nary a thought given to possible misdeeds by the U.S.

For good measure the song's narrator makes clear the proprietary nature of America's sacred pastimes: "We love our baseball and apple pie, we love our county fair, we'll keep Old Glory waving high, there's no place here for a bear."

The married singing team of Jack Holden and Frances Kay produced a curious blend of atomic country (in addition to The Fiery Bear, they recorded a cover of Fred Kirby's When The Hell Bomb Falls, the original of which is also heard on this set), and country gospel (Empty Tomb, Standing By His Side) for RCA Victor in the '50s. The duo also had a show together on WEAS in Decatur, Georgia.

Jack Holden was originally from Georgia and as a young man performed on The Barn Dance Show in Renfro Valley, Kentucky. He then took his act to a station in Topeka, Kansas and from there it was on to WEAS in Decatur with his wife and partner. Frances Kay was born in Princeton, West Virginia.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Fiery Bear, The: Jack Holden & Frances Kay [1950]

We fought a battle in freedom's name
To keep our colors pure
We showered the Axis with misery and pain
And gave them all a cure

In '45 we thought we were through
In our fights for things good and fair
All we wanted was brotherhood
But there stood the fiery bear

You bear, you bear, you fiery bear
Is there no stopping your prowl
You bear, you bear, you fiery bear
We're not afraid of your growl

We love our baseball and apple pie
We love our county fair
We'll keep Old Glory waving high
There's no place here for a bear

They know not the terms or the Bible's words
They laugh at the Golden Rule
They've never seen the Great Speckled Bird
They don't teach those things in their schools

You bear, you bear, you fiery bear
Is there no stopping your prowl
You bear, you bear, you fiery bear
We're not afraid of your growl

We don't like to think of atomic power
The weapon we'd rather not use
But now we enter the critical hour
And there you're holding the fuse

You bear, you bear, you fiery bear
Is there no stopping your prowl
You bear, you bear, you fiery bear
We're not afraid of your growl

Jack Holden & Frances Kay [1950]
The Fiery Bear
(Shorty Thompson-Jim Lowe)
RCA Victor 21/48-0386

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