Lord Willing and the creek don't rise
Lord Willing and the creek don't rise : Phrases
With good luck and no major problems we can be successful.
I don't think you are a good driver, but the Lord willing and the creek don't rise and you just might pass the license test.
This appears to be a simple prayer for heavenly support and a lack of floods. But the creek is not what it appears.
In the early 1800's there were 19 tribal groups of American Indians that joined together and formed the Creek Confederacy, which fought wars with the white settlers who wanted their lands.
They occupied what is now known as Alabama and Georgia. Therefore if the Lord is willing and the Creek don't rise up and start up another uprising or battle, we will be able complete what ever it is we intend to do. The approximately 20,000 Creek Indians that still exist reside in Oklahoma.
The proper phrase is Lord willing and the Creek don't rise. In other words, the word creek actually refers to Creek Indians rising instead of water.
Alternative: This phrase doesn't refer to the Cree Indians, but to the Creek Indians. Cree is something of a misnomer for several tribes in the northern US and parts of Canada. Creek, however, is one of the Five Civilized Tribes, which includes Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole.Thanks to Nelson Butterworth
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