Beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes are just fine with Pastor Shirley Caesar, but she thinks y’alls twerking is too much.
While y’all laughing, Shirley is tryna get paid for real. But she hopes to use her resurrected fame, and hopefully her newfound riches, for a worthy cause.
By now, just about everyone on the planet has heard the catchy tune engineered by Instagram user @RemixGodSuede based on Pastor Shirley Caesar’s classic “Hold My Mule” that proclaims “I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, lambs, rambs, hogs, dogs, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, you name it!” But just in case you have been living on a desert island, here is one version (my favorite version, in fact) of the viral sensation:
Many have wondered whether Pastor Shirley is offended by the reengineering of her classic sermonic song. Well, she is not. Quite the contrary, she hopes to cash in on the #UNameItChallenge craze, but not for selfish reasons. Shirley Caesar has made millions in her decades-long career as a legendary Gospel singer and evangelist, a career that has garnered her 11 Grammy awards and countless other honors. Though she arguably reached the height of her popularity in the ’80s and ’90s, she remains culturally relevant today, even releasing a single with Anthony Hamilton earlier this year, so she isn’t hurting for anything. She revealed in a candid interview with Wendy Williams that she hopes to profit so that she can be a blessing to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and donate to the people of Haiti as well. Not to be outdone by @RemixGodSuede, she even vocally remixed his remix live on Wendy’s show. Here’s the interview:
Williams, for her part, revealed her lack of understanding of the meaning of the original “Hold My Mule,” stating that the song was about “comfort food,” causing Gospel music lovers to wonder if she ever even heard it at all. Wendy, Wendy, Wendy, lie down before you hurt yourself. The song is actually about a man (“Shouting John”) who cannot contain his praise. When members of his church come to his home to confront him, not only does he refuse to stop giving God praise, he invites them to look over his land with him as he surveys his blessings, which include the aforementioned (and now infamous) list. No, John isn’t necessarily eating ram, or dog for that matter. He’s just a blessed man with a lot of stuff.
As far as the twerking to her song goes, Shirley reveals in another clip, posted by TMZ, that she is not here for it, at all:
In case you haven’t seen the original and thought Shirley Caesar was new to this, here is the original “Hold My Mule” in its entirety. Enjoy.
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all. Now if you will excuse me, for some reason I’m hungry. Ram, anyone?