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"Walking on Water," #95 Swapping Stories
Governor Jimmie H. Davis


Monty Brown: Somebody leaned over and said to me that you had a story about walking on the water.

Gov. Davis: I guess they're talking about maybe-see, I live right next door to the [Governor's] Mansion. There's a lake there . . . . Across the lake is the capitol. And my wife and I were out in the backyard one morning. Knocked down a wasp's nest, dirt daubers, killing snakes, lizards, everything else running around there. And she said, "Well, Edwards!"

Governor Edwards was coming down, going walking toward the water. She said, "I believe he's going to walk on the water!"

I said, "No, I don't think he can walk the water!" [Audience laughs.]

But I was wrong! [Audience laughs harder.] He took off, went across there, just prancing like Edwards does, you! [Audience laughs.] Prancing. Got about halfway, down he went! Sunk. I ran on out there, picked him up, and walked him on across! [Audience laughs and claps.]

And that's the truth! I couldn't win the bull on that being the truth.

For more information about this and related tales, refer to the book Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana, published by University Press of Mississippi.

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