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TITLE: Doggone My Good Luck Soul
MATRIX NO.: 145338-2
SINGER: Hattie Hudson V with Willie Tyson, p
DATE OF REC.: 6 Dec 1927, Dallas, Tx
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Columbia 14279
REISSUE(S): Document DOCD-5163
by Hattie Hudson

Oh, play that thing, Mister Yeverson! The time ain't long now.

I've got a gold horseshoe, going to put it on my door,
             doggone my good luck soul,
Hey, put it on my door;
Bad luck has gone from here, it can't come back no more.

Oh lord, I've just got lucky, I believe I'll bet and win,
             doggone my good luck soul,
Hey, believe I'll bet and win,
The man I've got right now, took him from my best friend.

Oh, mama, I can't be good, I believe I'll just quit trying,
             doggone my good luck soul,
Hey, believe I'll just quit trying;
I don't live in the country, on paved streets all the time.

Been with my same little sugar just ten long years today,
             doggone my good luck soul,
Hey, ten long years today;
And if he should quit loving me, I'll throw myself away.

Oh, poor little rabbit, you can hop all in my yard,
             doggone my good luck soul,
Hey, hop all in my yard;
I ain't going to take your feet, nor fill your head with scars.

Oh, where's the mean fortune teller, and the black cat that failed?
             doggone my good luck soul,
Hey, the black cat that failed?
Come around to see me in the morning, I'm carrying keys to the jail.

I got three good mens, but it's two more in my way,
             doggone my good luck soul,
Hey, two more in my way;
And if this good luck don't leave me, I'll love myself away.
TRANSCRIBED BY Chris Smith ( Sep 21 2000
DISCOGRAPHY BY: Chris Smith ( Sep 21 2000

RELATED LYRICS: "Bad Luck Blues" by Blind Lemon Jefferson, 1926, has the repeated tag-line "doggone my bad luck soul," and this is an "answer song" to it. "Doggone My Good Luck Soul" also bears a humourously inverted thematic relationship to such "bad luck list" songs as "Black Cat Hoot Owl Blues" by Ma Rainey and "Screech Owl Blues" by Ma Rainey.


I ain't seen my sugar, three long weeks today
I ain't seen my sugar, three long weeks today
And i wonder what in the world is keeping my man away.
          (Superstitious Blues, Hattie Burleson, c.1928-1930)

COMMENTS BY CHRIS SMITH: "Mister Yeverson" is spelled phonetically -- it seems to be a fairly feeble attempt to persuade people that Blind Lemon Jefferson was playing the gorgeous piano accompaniment by Willie Tyson.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1 horseshoe
V.1 removing bad luck (uncrossing)
V.2 gambling luck
V.5 rabbit foot
V.6 fortune teller
V.6 black cat

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:

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