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TITLE: Spider in Your Dumpling
MATRIX NO.: L-210-3
SINGER: Arnold "Doc" Wiley, vocal / piano
DATE OF REC.: December, 1929
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Paramount12955
REISSUE(S): Document DOCD 5481 "Blues & Jazz Obscurities 1923-1931"
TRANSCRIPTION: catherine yronwode
by Arnold "Doc" Wiley

Now, i've got a gal that i can't understad
But i know she's wild 'bout me
So there's no use you boys hangin' around
Just her only man o' her i'll be

Oh, love her, love her, i just can't help myself
Yes, i love her, i love her, i just cannot help myself
She can't have me and have somebody else

Every since now that i've been a good man grown
Oh, every since that i've been a good man grown
Now I've always had me a sweet mama to call my own

[piano solo]

I'm gonna sing this verse, ain't gonna sing no more
Tell all you back-bitin' pappas where i was nineteen-and-four
I was down in Louisiana on the killin' floor
And i stopped by Algiers and i want to tell you, pal
That i'll put a spider in your dumpling if you try to steal my gal
TRANSCRIBED BY: cat yronwode 29 Jan 2006

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Andy Cohen 29 Jan 2006

COMMENT BY CAT YRONWODE: The metrical structure of this song opens with an introduction written in the form of a typical 32-bar "vaudeville" blues, switches to a 12-bar blues, and concludes with an surprisingy extended closing verse in "toasting" or "rap" style. Arnold Wiley's nickname "Doc" may relate to his root doctoring knowledge.

RELATED LYRICS: Hoodoo Blues by Bessie Brown , V.2 ("Put a spider in her dumplin', make her crawl all over the floor"), and Sold It to the Devil by Black Spider Dumpling (John D. Twitty), V.1 ("I eat black spider dumplings for my dessert").

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1, V.2 spider in food
V.1, V.2 live things in you, as cured by Aunt Caroline Dye: The belief that spider eggs introduced via food or drink can grow into live things in you is accepted by many Native Americans, African Americans, and Afro-Amerinds. See also Hoodoo Blues by Bessie Brown, V.2, and Sold It to the Devil by Black Spider Dumpling (John D. Twitty)

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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