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TITLE: Hoodoo Man Blues
MATRIX NO.: 74260-A
SINGER: Victoria Spivey
DATE OF REC.: 12 Aug 1926
REISSUE(S): Document DOCD-5316
by Victoria Spivey

[When] I was down in Alabama,
          there was a man from Louisiana,
playin' to know everything.
And when the women would go to him,
Here is what they would sing:

They say, "I'm blue, black and [...],
          ain't got nobody else to come love me.
"I mean I'm blue, blue,
          blue as I can be.
         "Now, won't you please, please,
[See what you can] do for me?"

He's [...] the hoodoo man,
          everybody's talking 'bout the hoodoo man.
The women's all raving 'bout 'im,
          He'll pick a man for you, now, if that 'll do:
         "Your man is nearly through, I know he's through with you
"And I mean that I am just the hoodoo man."

My man's the hoodoo man,
          them [children's] all ravin' about,
The hoodoo man, the women's all crazy about
         [...] he might do, yes, he's bound to do
          Anything for you, be on your P's and Q's,
"But I mean that I am just the hoodoo man"
TRANSCRIBED BY: Gorgen Antonsson (, 13 Sep 1997

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.3 hoodoo man (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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