BLUES LYRICS and HOODOO:

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from HOODOO IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
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TITLE: Jinx Blues
MATRIX NO.: C-1462-1,-2
SINGER: Casey Bill, vocal/steel guitar; accomp. Black Bob, piano; Charlie McCoy, Mandolin; prob. Big Bill Broonzy, 2nd guitar
COMPOSER(S):
DATE OF REC.:
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Bluebird B8913
REISSUE(S): Document DOCD 5218
TRANSCRIPTION:
JINX BLUES
by Casey Bill (WIll Weldon)

Well, the jinx on me, I can't see the reason why
Well, the jinx on me, I can't see the reason why
But seem like these jinx sure oughta pass me by

That landlady come 'round my door this mornin', she began to sweep
She said, "Casey Bill, you'll have to find you some other place to sleep"
So the jinx on me, I can't see the reason why
And seem like these jinx sure oughta pass me by

Well, well, I coudn't sleep, I had no place to lay down
Well, I went to a railroad boxcar on the edge of town
So the jinx on me, I can't see the reason why
Seem like these jinx sure oughta pass me by

Well, well, I had it in my mind, I'd make this boxcar my home
But when I got there, freight train had taken this boxcar and gone
So the jinx on me, I can't see the reason why
Seem like these jinx sure oughta pass me by

Well, well, the only way I got my breakfast, I had to beat that garbage man
But when I got there this mornin', he had moved the garbage can
So the jinx on me, I can't see the reason why
But seem like these jinx sure oughta pass me by
TRANSCRIBED by catherine yronwode (cat@luckymojo.com) 30 Sep 2000

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Alan Balfour (abalfour@dial.pipex.com) -- could use more data!

COMMENTS BY CAT: Thanks to Alan Balfour (abalfour@dial.pipex.com) for supplying a tape of this song for my use. And who is playing the guitar on this?

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1, 2, 3, 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: http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/pre-war-blues.


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