BLUES LYRICS and HOODOO:

SUPPLEMENTARY TRANSCRIPTIONS

from HOODOO IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
by catherine yronwode




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TITLE: Spider's Nest Blues
MATRIX NO.: 62581-2
SINGER: Hattie Hart with the Memphis Jug Band
COMPOSER(S): Jennie May Clayton
DATE OF REC.: 5 June, 1930, Memphis, Tennessee
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Victor 23319
REISSUE(S): Frog DGF18 Memphis Jug Band Volume 3
TRANSCRIPTION:
SPIDER'S NEST BLUES
by Hattie Hart with the Memphis Jug Band

Here comes a black spider, that means bad luck to me
Here comes a black spider, that means bad luck to me
I been feelin' kinda funny, all this hold on me

Thirty days of trouble i dreamed was meant for me
Thirty days of trouble i dreamed was meant for me
Because that jet black spider have fallen in my tea

I'm goin to New Orleans to get this toby fixed of mine
I'm goin to New Orleans to get this toby fixed of mine
I am havin' trouble, trouble; I can't keep from cryin'

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mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmm

Come here, somebody, let me lay my head on your breast
Come here, somebody, let me lay my head on your breast
Because i'm wounded and tangled in this spider web nest
TRANSCRIBED BY: cat yronwode 16 Sep 2000

COMMENT BY CAT YRONWODE: In the last verse, "wounded" is pronounced wown-ded, meaning wound up, not woon-ded, meaning injured.

RELATED LYRICS: See other "bad luck list" songs such as Black Cat Hoot Owl Blues and Screech Owl Blues, both by Ma Rainey

RELATED LYRICS: compare:

Going to the Louisiana bottom to get me a hoodoo hand
Going to the Louisiana bottom to get me a hoodoo hand
Gotta stop these women from taking my man.
          (Louisiana Hoo Doo Blues, Ma Rainey, 1925)

I'm going to Louisiana, to get myself a mojo hand
I'm going to Louisiana, to get myself a mojo hand
'Cause these backbiting women are trying to take my man
          (Mojo Hand Blues, Ida Cox, 1927)

I'm going to Louisiana, get me a mojo hand
I'm going to Louisiana, get me a mojo hand
Just to see when my woman got another man
          (Tell Me Woman Blues, Texas Alexander, 1928)

I'm going to Louisiana to get me a hoodoo hand
I'm going to Louisiana to get me a hoodoo hand
Gonna stop you women from messing with my man.
          (Superstitious Blues, Hattie Burleson, c.1928-1930)

Lord, I'm goin' to Louisiana, I'll get me a mojo hand
I say, I'm going to Louisiana, I'll get me a hoodoo hand
I'm gonna stop my woman an' fix her so she can't have another man
          (Two Strings Blues, Little Hat Jones, 1929)

I'm goin to New Orleans to get this toby fixed of mine
I'm goin to New Orleans to get this toby fixed of mine
I am havin' trouble, trouble; I can't keep from cryin'
          (Spider's Nest Blues, Hattie Hart (MJB), 1930)

'Cause i'm going to Lousiana just to get me a mojo hand
And i won't stop trying 'til i get you under my command
          (Anna Lou Blues, Tampa Red, 1940)

I'm going down in New Orleans, hmmmh, get me a mojo hand
I'm going down in New Orleans, get me a mojo hand
I'm gonna show all you good looking women, just how to treat your man
          (Louisiana Blues, Muddy Waters, 1950)

Now, I'm goin' down to Louisiana an' get me a mojo hand
My little woman she done quit me for some other man
          (Hoodoo Man Blues, Junior Wells, 1953)

I'm goin' to Louisiana, and get me a mojo hand
I'm goin' to Louisiana, and get me a mojo hand
I'm gonna fix my woman so she can't have no other man
          (Mojo Hand, Lightning Hopkins, 1960)

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, Spider in Your Dumpling by Arnold Wiley, and Sold It to the Devil by Black Spider Dumpling (John D. Twitty)
V.3 toby (mojo hand)


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.


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