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TITLE: Evil Woman Spell
MATRIX NO.: L-1041-2
SINGER: Charlie Spand V/p
COMPOSER(S): Charlie Spand
DATE OF REC.: c. Sep 1931, Grafton, Wisconsin
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Paramount 13101
REISSUE(S): Document DOCD-5108
by Charlie Spand

A man who's born of a dark woman is bound to see dark days,
A man born of a dark woman is bound to see dark days;
'Cause a real dark woman
          is bound to have evil ways

I was born in Algiers at twelve o'clock at night,
I was born in Algiers twelve o'clock at night;
Now, the moon wasn't shining,
          and it wasn't a bit of light

Lord, a hoodoo woman came in, sit by my mother's bed,
Lord, a hoodoo woman came and sat right by my mother's bed;
Now, she said, "Before it's over,
          this poor child wish he was dead"

Lord, my poor mother, she cried,
         "How can I keep this trouble from my child?"
Lord, my poor mother, she cried,
         "How can I keep this trouble from my child?"
Lord, that hoodoo woman said,
         "Don't let him go with other women in this world"

But when I grew up, I didn't listen to my mother's words,
Now, when I grew up, I didn't listen to my mother's words;
Lord, a no-good woman
          is the cause of me sleeping outdoors with the birds
TRANSCRIBED BY: Chris Smith ( 6 Nov 2000
with differences by Gorgen Antonssen ( 20 Nov 2000

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Chris Smith ( 6 Nov 2000

V.4.3 ..."Don't let him go where the womens are wild"
V.5.3 ... black woman is the cause of me...

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.3 hoodoo woman (practitioner)

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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