Glurge: John Michael Montgomery’s song “The Little Girl” is based on a true story.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2000]
There was an atheist couple who had a daughter. The couple never told their daughter anything about the Lord.
One night, when the little girl was five years old, the parents fought with each other and the dad shot the mom, right in front of the child. Then, the dad shot himself. The little girl watched it all.
She was sent to a foster home. The foster mother was a Christian and took the child to church. On the first day of Sunday School, the foster mother told the teacher that the girl had never heard of Jesus, and to have patience with her. The teacher held up a picture of Jesus and said, “Does anyone know who this is?”
The little girl said, “I do. That’s the man who was holding me the night my parents died.”
Origins: This piece (of unknown origin) about an orphaned girl who sees a picture of Jesus in Sunday school and identifies him as the man who comforted her the night her father killed her mother and himself is a fairly typical example of glurge, ordinarily unremarkable save for one facet: it has been turned into a smash hit by Nashville songwriter Harley Allen and country singer John Michael Montgomery. The song, titled “The Little Girl,” was penned by Allen after his brother forwarded him the above-quoted glurge via
According to USA Today:
Allen says he and his brother have tried to track the tale’s source, without any luck. It’s posted on dozens of Web sites
Good luck, guys. Folklore is replete with tales of children who can
innocents from the depravations of evil adults (typically presented as non-religious or, specifically, non-Christian, while the victims are characterized as being blamelessly non-religious because they are too young and unknowing to have yet made the conscious choice to spurn God).
Trying to track the origins of this one would be like trying to figure out who created The Vanishing Hitchhiker legend.
A strange coincidence related to this song is that another country singer, Allison Moorer, released a new album (“The Hardest Part”) the same day as John Michael Montgomery came out with his album (“Brand New Me”). Moorer’s release also includes a song (“Cold, Cold Earth,” the final, hidden track) about a father who shoots his wife and then turns the gun on himself, only in this case the story is all too true
Last updated: 21 February 2007