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TITLE: I'm a Mojo Man
SINGER: Lonesome Sundown (Cornelius Green)
DATE OF REC.: November 1957, Crowley, LA
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Excello 2132
REISSUE(S): Ace 556
by Lonesome Sundown

I ain't got no rabbit foot, or no old bone
But when I leave you, baby, you'll be so all alone
'Cause I'm a mojo man, yes, I'm a mojo man
I'm gonna get my mojo workin', win you back again

I've been down in Alabama and down in Tennessee
I got a lot of pretty women runnin' after me
'Cause I'm a mojo man, yes, I'm a mojo man
I'm gonna get my mojo workin' and win you back again

(harp solo)

I've got a brand new car, painted in blue
So listen, pretty baby, I'm comin' after you
'Cause I'm a mojo man, yes, I'm a mojo man
I'm gonna get my mojo workin' and win you back again

No use pretendin', baby, you know that it's true
When i start my mojo workin', it's gonna work on you
'Cause I'm a mojo man, yes, I'm a mojo man
I'm gonna get my mojo workin' and win you back again
TRANSCRIBED BY: cat yronwode ( 30 Sep 2000
with thanks to Alan Balfour ( for the tape. DISCOGRAPHY BY: Alan Balfour (

COMMENTS BY CAT: This is an "answer song" to "I Got My Mojo Workin'" as recorded by Ann Cole and Muddy Waters

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1 rabbit foot
V.1 old bone (black cat bone)
V.1 mojo

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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