From the recording The Snake Handling Preacher

Religious groups who engage in poisonous snake handling are legendary in the Appalachian Mountains, and on occasion a newspaper article would surface with an account of the death of a participant from a snake bite. This song which I wrote a few years ago is intended to be general in nature, and is not about a specific incident. The song is written with respect for all faiths, and is strictly a piece of Appalachian history put to music.