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TITLE: Panther Squall Blues
MATRIX NO.: 20582-2
SINGER: Blind [Arthur] Blake
DATE OF REC.: c. May 1928
REISSUE(S): Biograph 12031, Yazoo 1016
by Blind Blake

I got a sweet mama, she ain't long at all
I got a sweet mama, she ain't long at all
She's got the kind of lovin' make a panther squall.

She got Elgin movements, that's twenty years guaranteed
She got Elgin movements, that's twenty years guaranteed
I bet my last dollar, she done put them jinx on me.
TRANSCRIBED BY: Gorgen Antonsson (, 10 April 1989
PRINTED TRANSCRIPTIONS: R. R. Macleod. // In: Macleod, R. R.: Yazoo 1-20. - Edinburgh: PAT Publications, 1988, p. 225
Difference: V. 2:1: ... got elegant movements, that's when any gal can tease
Peg Leg Howell "Papa Stobb Blues" (8 April 1927)
         Mama, she long and tall, like me,
          I love my sweet rider, don't care where she be
          She got elegant [Elgin] movements, make a panther squall
          I'm so glad my sweet mama ain't got it all
Blue Smitty "Elgin Movement" (11 Jul 1952)
         She's got Elgin movements from her head down to her toes
         ... you can get my dollar, I don't care where you go
Blind Lemon Jefferson "Low Down Mojo Blues (1928)
         The way she bucks on her hips, it would make a panther squall
LITERATURE: Macleod, R. R.: Yazoo 1-20. - Edinburgh: PAT Publications, cop. 1988. - p. 225
COMMENTS BY CAT YRONWODE: The Elgin Watch Co. of Elgin, Illinois, was famous for watches made with the special Elgin Movement, guaranteed for 20 years.
FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.2 jinx (crossed conditions)

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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