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TITLE: Gypsy Glass Blues
MATRIX NO.: 4603-1
SINGER: Ida Cox V. with Jesse Crump, p.
COMPOSER(S): Jesse Crump.
DATE OF REC.: c. July 1927, Chicago, Illinois
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Paramount 12488
REISSUE(S): Document DOCD-5324 "Ida Cox Vol. 3"
by Ida Cox

Hurry down, sunshine, see what tomorrow brings,
Hurry down, sunshine, see what tomorrow brings;
It may bring sunshine, Lord, and it may bring rain

My brain seems cloudy, cloudy all the time,
My brain seems cloudy, cloudy all the time;
And it troubles me so, I really think I'll lose my mind

I went to the Gypsy, looked in the crystal glaze,
I went to the Gypsy, looked in the crystal glaze;
Saw my man with another woman, and making me his slave

The Gypsy smiled, looked me in the face,
The Gypsy smiled and looked me in the face;
Said, "Another brownskin woman have run and won this race"
TRANSCRIBED BY: Chris Smith ( 5 Nov 2000 with a few changes by cat yronwode 28 AUG 2009

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Chris Smith ( 5 Nov 2000

COMMENTS BY CAT YRONWODE: V. 2 describes the typical confused mental state attendant on being hoodooed. In V.3 Cox pronounces the word glass (an old term for a mirror) as "glaze" Apparently the Gypsy is using a cheap scrying mirror because "Gypsy glaze" is an antiquated method of reverse-painting on glass and then backing the work with reflective silver or gold foil paper. Incidentally, the narrator sees a prophetic image in the gypsy's mirror, which is not all that common, as usually it is the Gypsy who sees the image and interprets it to the client.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.3, 4 Gypsy (fortune teller)

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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