Creek don't rise

Posted by Hprce on October 18, 2001

In Reply to: Creek don't rise posted by hprce on October 18, 2001

: : : "God willing and the creek don't rise" I have been told creek in this phrase refers to the Creek Indian Nation and not water. Does anyone know?

This definitely refers to water (as runs in a small river, better known as a creek, in the US). I'm not certain who first used this saying, but it was made famous in the late 1950's, by an American singer/entertainer known as Tennessee Ernie Ford. This was the phrase that he always used, at the end of each performance. He would tell the audience that we would meet again, "If the good Lord's willin', and the creek don't rise". The exact tranlation might be, 'If God is willing, and there isn't a flood that would prevent us from meeting again next week'.