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TITLE: Hoodooin' Woman
MATRIX NO.: 91201-A
SINGER: The Harlem Hamfats (vcl Herb Morand)
DATE OF REC.: 28 April 1937
REISSUE(S): Document DOCD-5272
TRANSCRIPTION: Gorgen Antonsson

by The Harlem Hamfats

Aw, hoodooin' woman, hoodooin' woman,
          why don't you let me be?
Aw, hoodooin' woman, hoodooin' woman,
          take that, take that stuff off me!
You got me fixed so I can't hardly see.

Aw, hoodooin' woman, hoodooin' woman,
          why don't you right your wrong?
Aw, hoodooin' woman, hoodooin' woman,
          please, let me alone!
You raise hell all day and all night long.

Aw, hoodooin' woman, hoodooin' woman,
          stop spreadin' stuff 'round me!
Aw, hoodooin' woman, hoodooin' woman,
          quit burnin', burnin' candles [at spree]!
You're bound for hell, oh, you just wait, you just wait and see!

Aw said that, hoodooin' woman, hoodooin' woman,
          see all the trouble, all the trouble you've made!
Ah, hoodooin' woman, hoodooin' woman,
          you've lost, you've lost your head!
You better go back to Algiers before I kill you dead!
TRANSCRIBED BY: Gorgen Antonsson (, 13 Sep 1997 and catherine yronwode 29 Mar 2006

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Gorgen Antonsson (, 13 Sep 1997

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1 hoodooin' woman (practitioner)
V.1, V.3 take that stuff / spreadin' stuff (laying tricks)
V.1 fixed (hoodooed)
V.3 burning candles (candle magic)

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:

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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