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TITLE: Hoo Doo Blues
SINGER: Lightnin' Slim (Otis Hicks) v/g with Lazy Lester, hca; Roosevelt Semple, drums
DATE OF REC.: 10 June 1957, Crowley, LA
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Excello 2131
REISSUE(S): Excello LP 8000
by Lightnin' Slim

Now, when your woman start actin' funny, and begin to run aroun',
You better get you somebody, 'cause she's fittin' to put you down,
Better let her go, man, just as quick as you can,
Because that hoodoo girl is going to hoodoo the hoodoo man.

You know my woman got me on a wonder at somethin' I can't understan',
How I look at her runnin' with some other man,
After all I did, all in this world I can,
But this little hoodoo girl, she done hoodoo the hoodoo man.

(Spoken) Well, blow your harmonica, son. Yes, she got me hoodoo.

She take all my money and spend it all over town,
And when I wants to love her, man, she ain't can be foun',
Now I walk and cry, dryin' tears away with my han',
Because that little hoodoo girl, people, she done hoodoo the hoodoo man.
TRANSCRIBED by Alan Balfour ( 14 Oct 2000

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Alan Balfour (

RELATED LYRICS: For the refrain "she done hoodoo the hoodoo man" see
"Somebody Done Hoodoo'd the Hoodoo Man" by Louis Jordan 1939,
"Hoodoo Hoodoo" by Sonny Boy Williamson, 1946, and
"Hoodoo Man Blues" by Junior Wells, 1953.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1 hoodoo girl, hoodoo man (meaning practitioners)

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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