BLUES LYRICS and HOODOO:

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from HOODOO IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
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TITLE: Jinx Is On Me
MATRIX NO.:
SINGER: Gabriel Brown
COMPOSER(S):
DATE OF REC.: 2 May 1945, NYC
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Davis 5-6
REISSUE(S):
TRANSCRIPTION:
JINX IS ON ME
by Gabriel Brown

The jinx is on me, jinx is on me,
I can't have no luck at all, jinx is on me.

I once told to get a reading, that was the very best thing to do,
Well, that Gypsy told me there ain't nothing in the cards for you.

The jinx is on me, jinx is on me,
I can't have no luck at all, the jinx is on me.

Me and my friends played a number, just as happy as happy could be,
Everybody got paid for that number, everybody got paid but me.

(Spoken): I lost my stake.

The jinx is on me, jinx is on me,
I can't have no luck at all, the jinx is on me.

I wanted to play a guitar, I just wore myself out trying,
I didn't learn how to do a doggone thing, but what makes this guitar cry.

(Spoken): Listen at it. [slide guitar demonstration] I can, baby. [more slide]

I'm gonna catch myself a freight train, going way out in the west,
Now, any old place that's gonna take me out this mess.

The jinx is on me, jinx is on me,
I can't have no luck at all, the jinx is on me
TRANSCRIBED BY: Alan Balfour (abalfour@dial.pipex.com) 20 Sep 2000

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Alan Balfour (abalfour@dial.pipex.com) 20 Sep 2000

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1, 3, 5, 8 jinx (crossing and jinxing)
V.2 Gypsy, card reading
V.3 numbers, policy


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: http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/pre-war-blues.


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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