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TITLE: I Bleed Through My Soul
SINGER: Andrew "Smokey" Hogg
DATE OF REC.: recorded in Los Angeles circa 1950 for Modern Records
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): 1966 LP "Smokey Hogg Original Folk Blues" Kent KST 5024
by Andrew "Smokey" Hogg

I believe to my soul, my woman has black cat bone,
I believe to my soul, my baby has a black cat bone,
Every time I leave her, sure that I'll go back home.

I tried so hard, never more to call her name,
I tried so hard, never more to call her name,
She have a sweet way of loving, would drive any man insane.

She the first girl I ever loved, the last one I ever will,
She the first girl I loved, last one I ever will,
Lord this-a thing baby, will get somebody killed.

Sometime I believe, I'm on my last go round,
Sometimes I believe, I'm on my last go round,
She knows that I love her, she tries to tear me down.
TRANSCRIBED by Alan Balfour ( 30 Sep 2000

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Alan Balfour (

COMMENTS BY CAT: As the discography indicates, this song was not released for more than 15 years after it was recorded. It also has the distinction among hard-core blues fans of being tied for first place in the category some call "Song Title Most Badly Transcribed By A Tin-Eared Producer," since the title obviously should have been "I *Believe To* My Soul." (The song tied for first place in this category is "Fishin' Clothes" by Lightning Hopkins, which is in turn a reworking of "Bad Luck Blues" by Blind Lemon Jefferson, which you can check out if you are curious about those "Fishin' Clothes.")

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1 black cat bone (to force a lover to return)

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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