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TITLE: Jinks Lee Blues
MATRIX NO.: 064872-1
SINGER: vocal/guitar; accomp. Horace Malcolm, piano
DATE OF REC.: 11 Sep 1941, Chicago, Illinois
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Bluebird B8913
REISSUE(S): Document DOCD 5240
by Johnnie Temple

I've got a little woman and her name is Jinkie Lee
Well, I got a little woman and her name is Jinkie Lee
Reason why'r I like her, she keep these jinx off a' me

She is the jinkest little thing that ever walked down the street
She is the jinkest little thing that ever walked down the street
Reason the more I like her, she can ease my misery


Jinkie Lee, Jinkie Lee, can't you hear me callin' you?
Jinkie Lee, Jinkie Lee, can't you hear me callin' you?
You don't have to leave me, but you do what you want to do

Jinkie Lee, Jinkie Lee, baby, why 'n'tcha hurry home?
Jinkie Lee, Jinkie Lee, baby, why don'tcha hurry home?
Well, jinx been on me ever since Jinkie Lee been gone


Well, the jinx this morning, they knocked upon my door
Ah, the jinx this morning, they knocked upon my door
If Jinkie Lee ain't there, buddy, you got to go

TRANSCRIBED by catherine yronwode ( 30 Sep 2000

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Alan Balfour ( 4 Nov 2000

COMMENTS BY CAT: Thanks to Alan Balfour ( for supplying a tape of this song for my use.

COMMENTS BY ALAN BALFOUR: "This was Johnnie Temple's last pre-war blues recording."

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1, 2, 4, 5 jinx (crossing and jinxing)

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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