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TITLE: Somebody Done Hoodoo'd The Hoodoo Man
SINGER: Louis Jordan
DATE OF REC.: 1939
by Louis Jordan

Hey, clowns, have you dug the latest jive on the (???)
          No, man!
Well they got him.
          They got who?
You know, that man that's been cooking up that jive,
selling it to these folks 'round town,
makin 'em have them funny dreams.
          You mean the hoodoo man?
          Oh no, that cat thought he was just too grand!
Well (???), somebody done hoodoo'd the hoodoo man
          Smack me down with the story (???)

Ol' Joe Hannah from Lousiana,
A hoodoo king in every manner
But i found out with out a doubt,
The tables had turned on him

He ain't got a tooth in his head,
Poor Ol' Joe is almost dead
Somebody done hoodoo'd the hoodoo man

10, 10, double 10, 45, 15,
Joe cant drink no gin
Ain't nothing go over the devil's back
          that don't buckle under his chin

His face looks just like gravel sand
And everybody's got Joe on the pan
Somebody done hoodoo'd the hoodoo man

Somebody done cooked up some stuff in a pot,
Not too cold and not to hot
They dropped a few drops in Joe's beef stew
Now he's blowing his top, he don't know what to do

They don't know who did it
They can't find out
But he's done hoodoo'd his last hoodoo without a doubt

Somebody done hoodoo'd --
Done hoodoo'd the hoodoo man
TRANSCRIBED BY: Magna Three ( Sep 15 2000


RELATED LYRICS: The refrain "somebody done hoodooed the hoodoo man" is echoed in
"Hoodoo Hoodoo" by Sonny Boy Williamson, 1946, and
"Hoodoo Man Blues" by Junior Wells, 1953.
"Hoo Doo Blues" by Lightnin' Slim (Otis Hicks), 1957.
COMMENTS BY CAT: The spoken interjections at the opening of the song remind me of the vaudeville routine that goes,
"You remind me of a man..."
"What man?"
"The man with the power."
"What power?"
"The power of hoodoo."
"You do!"
"Do what?"
"Remind of a man."
"What man?
"The man with the power..."

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1 hoodoo man (meaning a practitioner)

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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