BLUES LYRICS and HOODOO:

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from HOODOO IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
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TITLE: Castin' My Spell
MATRIX NO.: 31186
SINGER(S): Johnny Otis V. and Marci Lee V. unknown p; g; b; d & maracas.
COMPOSER(S): Edwin Johnson/Alvin Johnson Moonbeam/Elizabeth Music
DATE OF REC.: 17 Feb 1959, Los Angeles
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Capitol F4168
REISSUE(S): Bug LP/CD 92858
TRANSCRIPTION:
CASTIN' MY SPELL
by Johnny Otis and Marci Lee

I took a black cat, a cave bat, and threw them in a pot pot,
             pot pot, pot pot
I took a blue snake, a green snake, and tied them in a knot knot,
             knot knot, knot knot
I took a hog jaw, a dog's paw, and hung them on the line line,
             line line, line line
I took a horse [whore's?] hair, a green pear, and made a crazy sign sign,
             sign sign, sign sign

I'm castin' my spell on you, I'm castin' my spell on you
I'm castin' my spell on you, you'll never never be untrue

I took a goat's tooth, an old shoe, and put them in the ground ground,
             ground ground, ground ground
I took an old dish, a dry fish, and made a crazy sound sound,
             sound sound, sound sound
I took a goose egg, a frog leg, and hid them in a sack sack,
             sack sack, sack sack
I got a Hindu, to tattoo, a genii on my back back,
             back back, back back

I'm castin' my spell on you, I'm castin' my spell on you
I'm castin' my spell on you, you'll never never be untrue

I took a black cat, a cave bat, and threw them in a pot pot,
             pot pot, pot pot
I took a blue snake, a green snake, and tied them in a knot knot,
             knot knot, knot knot
I took a hog jaw, a dogs paw, and hung them on the line line,
             line line, line line
I took a horse [whore's?] hair, a green pear, and made a crazy sign sign,
             sign sign, sign sign

I'm castin' my spell on you, I'm castin' my spell on you
I'm castin' my spell on you, you'll never never be untrue

You'll never never be untrue
You'll never never be untrue
You'll never never be untrue
You'll never never be untrue
You'll never never be untrue
TRANSCRIBED BY: Magna Three (mgna3@yahoo.com) Sep 14 2000
and Chris Stovall Brown (boogie@gis.net) Sep 15 2000
DISCOGRAPHY BY: Alan Balfour (abalfour@dial.pipex.com) 10 Nov 2000

COMMENT by CSB: Guitar fills by Jimmy Nolen

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1 black cat
V.1 snake


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Individual acknowledgements for transcriptions and discographical data appear on each song-page, but i want to note that this Blues Lyrics and Hoodoo archive would never have been possible without the contributions of Gorgen Antonsson, who generously shared with me the format and content of his own personal lyrics archive, and Alan Balfour and Chris Smith, who have devoted a great deal of time to supplying me with tapes, transcribed lyrics, and detailed discographical information. Additionally, i wish to thank the kind members of the prewar blues e-list who have aided my research in innumerable ways. If you have missing data to supply, hear a substantially different take on a transcription, or want to let me know about a song that has been overlooked in these pages, please contact me through the prewar blues e-list: http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/pre-war-blues.


COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Due to certain social, economic, and political paradigms in place at the time of their composition, many early blues songs were improperly copyrighted or not copyrighted at all. Many bore no composer credits. Many were ripped off by unethical music publishers who falsely claimed authorship and copyrighted them in their own names. Many that were once copyright-protected are now in the public domain due to publishers' or composers' failures to properly renew the copyrights. Many have since been ripped off by unethical performers or music publishers who have pretended to be the composers for the purpose of securing a belated copyright or who have claimed "arranger's" credits on songs they falsely swore were "traditional" when in fact the songs were composed by the people who originally performed them on record. It is my sincere belief that the song transcribed on this page bears the implied moral copyright of its composer, whoever that may be. If you believe that you control the copyright by virtue of authorship or legal legerdemain, you may contact me in a civil and polite manner and i will attempt in good faith to satisfy your needs in the matter of obtaining formal permission to quote the lyrics in this scholarly publication.

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