BLUES LYRICS and HOODOO:

SUPPLEMENTARY TRANSCRIPTIONS

from HOODOO IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
by catherine yronwode




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TITLE: Conjured
MATRIX NO.:
SINGER: Wynnonie Harris
COMPOSER(S): Esmond Edwards
DATE OF REC.: 6 Aug 1964, Chicago, Illinois
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Chess CHV412
REISSUE(S):
TRANSCRIPTION:
CONJURED
by Wynnonie Harris

You said it was love made me stutter when I talk,
But is it love that makes me stagger when I walk?

     The Gypsy woman told me, "She's got you conjured, son"
     Well, somebody's lyin' -- you are that Gypsy one.

You said I was jealous when I didn't go to work,
You sprinkled my shoes with graveyard dirt,

     The Gypsy woman told me, "She's got you conjured, son"
     Well, somebody's lyin' -- you are that Gypsy one.

The whiskey you bought me, I was afraid to unscrew it,
The Gypsy woman told me it was embalming fluid
You got a Black Cat Bone and a Buzzard Feather,
A John the Conquer Root and they're all tied together

     The Gypsy woman told me, "She's got you conjured, son"
     Well, somebody's lyin' -- you are that Gypsy one.

(repeat last verse and chorus)
TRANSCRIBED BY: Eli Marcus (emisme@inter.net.il) 10 Apr 1997

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Alan Balfour (abalfour@dial.pipex.com) 15 Sep 2000

WEB PAGE CITATION: Catherine Yronwode: Hoodoo in Theory and Practice:
Foot-Track Magic

Graveyard Dirt
FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1 stagger when I walk (foot-track magic)
Chorus: Gypsy woman (black Gypsies)
Chorus: conjured (hoodooed generally)
Chorus: conjured (crossed or jinxed specifically)
V.2 sprinkled my shoes (foot-track magic)
V.2 graveyard dirt
V.3 Black Cat Bone (for return of lover)
V.3 John the Conquer Root (for the male nature)
V.3 all tied together


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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