"Lucas McGraw" is a song by Petra. It was written and composed by the band's guitarist and vocalist Bob Hartman. The song was released in 1974 as part of the band's eponymous debut album.

Song analysis and interpretationEdit

"Lucas McGraw" is based on Titus 2:7, which reads "In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness". The song presents the title character as a changed man that has given up his old ways in favor of religion. According to the lyrics, Lucas McGraw was a "hillbilly" with a series of bad habits which included smoking, drinking, cursing, fighting, womanizing, and bad hygiene before he became a born-again Christian.

It is sung from the perspective of McGraw's acquaintances who notice the change in him and wonder how it happened. The song opens with a dramatization of the friends talking about him while we hear farm sounds in the background. In tone with the character, the song features a country style, with Hartman and Hough playing the banjo and the mandolin respectively. The tone of the song is humorous and tongue-in-cheek. The song closes with a pig squealing before apparently being shot.


Words and music by Bob Hartman

Lucas McGraw, what's come over you?
We're beginnin' to think you're touched
We heard you got religion
Ya ain't been 'round to see us much
Ya threw away your corncob pipe and your jug of moonshine brew
And we hear you ain't been doin' all those things you used to do

Lucas McGraw what's come over you?
You're shavin' every day
You ain't been chasin' women and you kissed your wife today
You went to church last Sunday and ya shook the preacher's hand
And they say you been talkin' 'bout a home beyond this land

Lucas McGraw, what's come over you?
You never cuss no more
We hear you ain't been feudin', you hung your rifle by the door
Ya take a bath each Sunday, if you need it or not
And ya go to work on Monday even when it's hot

Lucas McGraw what's come over you?
We're beginnin' to think you're touched
We hear ya got religion, ya ain't been 'round to see us much
But ya know we've all been wonderin'
If what you got just might be real
And all the while we're laughin'
Is it really God, is it really God
Is it really God you feel?


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