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TITLE: The Ins and Outs of My Girl
MATRIX NO.: 02614-1
SINGER: Bo Carter (Armentier Chatmon)
DATE OF REC.: 15 October 1936
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Bluebird B 7213
REISSUE(S): Yazoo L 1014
by Bo Carter

Says, my baby got something; I don't know what it is,
I mean, the gal got something; I don't know what it is;
I mean, my baby got something; I don't know what it is,
I mean, every time she love me, man, you know I can't be still.

She got something like a stingaree,
I mean, she got something like a stingaree;
I mean, the girl got something like a stingaree
She can stand in Memphis, man, and put the jinx on me.

What she got now, it is surprisin'
Hey, what she got is really surprisin'
What she got now, it is surprisin'
I mean, what she got, man, surely will hypnotize.

She told me things that was a fact,
I mean, she told me things that was a fact;
I mean, she told me things that was a fact,'
She said, "Man, if you'll love me, you surely will trot along back."

She got something that I really do love,
I mean, she got something that I really do love;
I mean, she got something that I really do love,
It ain't in her stockin', man you know it's just above.

I told her things that I want her to own,
I mean, I told her things that I want her to own;
Hey, I told her things that I wanted her to own,
Says, "I want you to come and do my lovin' in my own home, home."
TRANSCRIBED BY: Chris Smith ( 4 Nov 2000
and Gorgen Antonsson (, 6 Sep 1994

PRINTED TRANSCRIPTIONS: R. R. Macleod. // In: Macleod, R.R.: Yazoo 1-20. - Edinburgh : PAT Publications, 1988, p. 197

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.2 jinx (crossing and jinxing)
V.3 implied nation sack (man-holding mojo) containing
V.3 implied black cat bone (forces man to return)
V.5 pun on genitalia and mojo: both found under skirt and above knee or stocking

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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