BLUES LYRICS and HOODOO:

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from HOODOO IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
by catherine yronwode




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TITLE: Jinx Blues
MATRIX NO.: -
SINGER: Big Joe Williams
COMPOSER(S):
DATE OF REC.: 16 Oct 1963
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Storyville SLP 163
REISSUE(S):
TRANSCRIPTION:
JINX BLUES
by Big Joe Williams

Woke up in the mornin', jinx all 'round your bed
Woke up in the mornin', jinx all 'round your bed
Well, didn't have nobody now, woman, nowhere to lay my achin' head

Well, it's peoples tryin' to tell me low-down jinx ain't bad
Well, it's peoples tryin' to tell me low-down jinx ain't bad
Well, then it must not a’ been them low-down jinx I had.

If you ever dream lucky, woke up cold in hand,
          don't you hear me talkin',
If you ever dream lucky, woke up cold in hand.
Had the jinx so bad, till my woman's she's gone away with another man

Uh-uh, cryin' mercy, now, you don't know what mercy mean.
Well, everybody cryin' mercy, don't know what mercy mean.
It's the meanest jinx, baby, I want you to, please, come back to me.

(Spoken): 'Cause the jinx might leave you. The hoodoo jinx in my bed.
TRANSCRIBED BY: Gorgen Antonsson (antonsson.se@mbox304.swipnet.se), 14 Sep 1997
slightly ammended by catherine yronwode (cat@luckymojo,com) 30 Sep 2000

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Gorgen Antonsson (antonsson.se@mbox304.swipnet.se), 14 Sep 1997

COMMENTS BY CAT: Thanks to Alan Balfour (abalfour@dial.pipex.com) for supplying a tape of this song for my use.

COMMENTS BY ALAN BALFOUR: “This is a reworking of the Charlie Patton song" [which one? -- cat]

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1, 2, 3, 4 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.


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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