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TITLE: Jomo Man Blues
SINGER: Waymon "Sloppy" Henry
DATE OF REC.: 1928, Atlanta, GA
by Waymon "Sloppy" Henry

Jomo wrecked my home one morning, made my woman move
Jomo man wrecked my home one morning, made my woman move
Got me so worried and bothered that i don't know what to do

Jomo man, jomo man, don't do me this a way
Jomo man, jomo man, don't do me this a way
Look here, jomo man, jomo man, please don't do me this a way

Engineer blowed his whistle, fireman toned the bell
Gal i'm loving crying, "Don't leave me here"
Jomo man wrecked my home one morning, baby, honey now i must go
If times don't get no better, you won't see me here no more

Eh, told yez, mama, done all i could do
All i could do and look here, my honey,
Done all that i could do
Look like you're a woman that i'm loving, can't get along with you

Eh, you toted your lodestone, John the Conquer too
Sprinkl'd your goofer dust, made my woman move
Jomo man, jomo man, you done broke up my home
Aw, got me here, sure making me weep and moan.

TRANSCRIBED BY: nagasiva yronwode and catherine yronwode 31 Aug 2006

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1 - 3, 5 jomo
V.5 lodestone
V.5 John the Conquer
V.5 goofer dust

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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