BLUES LYRICS and HOODOO:

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from HOODOO IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
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TITLE: Low Down Mojo Blues
MATRIX NO.: 20636-1
SINGER: Blind Lemon Jefferson
COMPOSER(S):
DATE OF REC.:
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Paramount 12650
REISSUE(S):
TRANSCRIPTION:
LOW DOWN MOJO BLUES
by Blind Lemon Jefferson

I love my baby better than a farmer likes his Jersey cow
I love my baby better than a farmer likes his Jersey cow
Been tryin' to quit my sugar these two years and, man, I don't know how

When I was young, on my big-foot way to school
When I was young, on my big-foot way to school
I met a nice lookin' brownskin, made me lose my mammy's rule.

My rider's got a mojo, and she won't let me see
My rider's got a mojo, and she won't let me see
Every time I start to lovin', she ease that thing on me.

She's tryin' to fool her daddy, she's tryin' to keep that mojo hid
She's tryin' to fool her daddy, she's tryin' to keep that mojo hid
But papa's got something for to find that mojo with.

She got four speeds forward and she don't never stall
She got four speeds forward and she don't never stall
The way she bucks on her hips, it would make a panther squall.
TRANSCRIBED BY: Chris Smith (chris@skerries.demon.co.uk) 16 Sep 2000
("Based on re-listening, plus Bob Macleod's version in 'Document Blues - 1',
which goes badly wrong in the last line, but is otherwise pretty good.")

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Gorgen Antonsson (antonsson.se@mbox304.swipnet.se) 10 Sep 1994

PRINTED TRANSCRIPTIONS: Groom, Bob: Blind Lemon Jefferson, Knutsford: Blues World, 1970, p. 19 (Incomplete)
R.R. Macleod, "Document Blues - 1"

RELATED LYRICS:
Blind Blake "Panther Squall Blues" (c. May 1928)
[" She's got the kind of lovin' make a panther squall."]
Peg Leg Howell "Papa Stobb Blues" (8 April 1927)
["She got Elgin movements, make a panther squall."

LITERATURE: Groom, Bob: Blind Lemon Jefferson, Knutsford: Blues World, 1970, p. 19

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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