“A modern spiritual”

Was Lawrence Welk really this clueless? (H/T Charles at Dustbury.com)

I initially thought this was a very well done spoof, but I’m now pretty sure it’s legit.

Here’s a tip: just because a song mentions Jesus and Mary – even as proper nouns instead of exclamations – doesn’t make it a “spiritual.”

Confession: I still have Tarkio Road, the album from which this song came, on vinyl. And, yes, I knew what I was buying when I bought it.

Update: Here’s more about the song, the album, the original artists, and this amazing Welkish performance.