BLUES LYRICS and HOODOO:

SUPPLEMENTARY TRANSCRIPTIONS

from HOODOO IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
by catherine yronwode




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TITLE: Little Queen of Spades
MATRIX NO.: DAL-395-1
SINGER: Robert Johnson
COMPOSER(S):
DATE OF REC.: 20 June 1937
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S):
REISSUE(S): The Complete Robert Johnson
TRANSCRIPTION:
LITTLE QUEEN OF SPADES
by Robert Johnson

Now, she is a little queen of spades
          and the men will not let her be
Mmm mmm mmm, she is the little queen of spades
          and the men will not let her be
Everytime she makes a spread
          hoo, fair brown, cold chill just runs all over me

I'm gon' get me a gamblin' woman
          if the last thing that I do
Eee hee ee, gon' get me a gamblin' woman
          if it's the last thing that I do
Well, a man don't need a woman
          hoo, fair brown, that he got to give all his money to

Everybody say she got a mojo
          now, she's been usin' that stuff
Mmm mmm mmm, 'verybody says she got a mojo
          'cause she been usin' that stuff
But she got a way trimmin' down
          hoo, fair brown, and I mean it's most too tough

Now little girl, since I am the King
          baby, and you is a queen
Ooo hoo eee, since I am the King
          baby, and you is a queen
Le's us put our heads together
          hoo, fair brown, then we can make our money green

TRANSCRIBED BY UNKNOWN: Picked up on the net somewhere, circa 1994.

DISCOGRAPHY BY UNKNOWN: Came with the transcription, and it is incomplete.

WEB PAGE CITATION: Catherine Yronwode: Hoodoo in Theory and Practice:
Gambler's Lucky Charms

COMMENTS BY CAT: Johnson's "gamblin' woman" uses a mojo to bring in the winnings, but she also "trims" or marks her card deck, so that she can cheat a little, too. Because she is a card sharp, it is very likely that her particular mojo bag contains lucky hand root and five-finger grass, both of which are reputed to "aid in all the work that five fingers can do."

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
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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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