by catherine yronwode

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Note: I have placed the trasncriptions for three versions of this song
(1953, 1958) on one page as they vary in lyrical content and title.

TITLE: The Mojo
MATRIX NO.: #U-2319-4
SINGER: J. B. Lenoir
COMPOSER(S): J.B. Lenoir
DATE OF REC.: January 12, 1953 Chicago,
by J. B. Lenoir

I been to New Orleans, I sure had a wonderful time
I been to New Orleans, I sure had a wonderful time
I was high, high as a Georgia pine

You know, my auntie carried me all down on Rampart Street
          I seen everybody I wanted to meet
She said, "J.B., son, stop and listen to me,
       "They got something knock you off of your feet

"They got the mojo boogie
"Mojo boogie
"They got the mojo boogie, begin to slide on down"

I thought she was talkin' about over in Algiers
        I said, "Auntie, please tell me, what did you say?"
"They got the Louisiana boogie, all them other kind of things,
        They even got the thing they call the mojo hand

"They got the mojo boogie
"Mojo boogie
"They got the mojo boogie, begin to slide on down"

I got one jack, sure is crazy
        My aunt forgot to teach me, just how to operate it
I went to a night club, I was squeezing it tight
        I believe that's the cause of them people's start to fight

I had the mojo boogie
Mojo boogie
I had the mojo boogie, begin to slide on down
TITLE: Voodoo Boogie
SINGER: J. B. Lenoir
COMPOSER(S): J.B. Lenoir
DATE OF REC.: 1958, Chicago,
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Recrded for Chess; unissued until the 1970s.
by J. B. Lenoir

Ah, ah one, two, a one, two, three, four

I flew to Algiers, I sure had a wonderful time
I flew to Algiers, and I sure had a wonderful time
I met a voodoo woman who was changin' a poor man's mind

She said, "Take your box, boy, walk on the flo'
"You got something nobody don't know
"You got the voodoo boogie
"The voodoo boogie
"You got the voodoo boogie, by changing a po' man's mind"

Sometimes it turn you upside down
Sometimes it turn you 'round and 'round
You got the voodoo boogie
The voodoo boogie
You got the Voodoo boogie, by changing a po' man's mind"
TRANSCRIBED BY: Chris Stovall Brown (, Sept 16th, 2000 (1953 version);
and cat yrownode ( 30 Sep 2000 (1958 version);
one line in 1953 version (V. 3.1)
ammended by Chris Smith (, Sept 17th, 2000;
(CSB had "I thought my aunt was sticking all over in Algiers").

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Alan Balfour (

COMMENTS BY CSB: sax solo (1953 version) by J. T. Brown

Lenoir also recorded it (twice?) as "Mojo Boogie" in the 1960s -- Alan Balfour
It was later covered by Johnny Winter -- Papa John (

Jacks (V.4, 1953 version) are used for all kinds of things, from divination about the best times to gamble to love coercion. Until i write the jack ball page, if any of you want to know what a jack is, or how to make and "operate" one, well, I have two references online. The first is a brief description of a jack ball in the page on "The History of Hoodoo" at
The second, lengthy desription presents instructions (from a woman i met in a candle shop on Maxwell Street in Chicago, in 1965) on how to prepare a specific form of jack ball that a woman can use to goofer a man to love her ("Love Me or Die Jack Ball"). Check it out at

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

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:

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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