BLUES LYRICS and HOODOO:

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from HOODOO IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
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TITLE: Strut That Thing
MATRIX NO.: C-947-B
SINGER: Cripple Clarence Lofton, vocal/piano with unknown washboard.
COMPOSER(S):
DATE OF REC.: 2 April 1935, Chicago
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Vocalion 02951
REISSUE(S): Document
TRANSCRIPTION:
STRUT THAT THING
by Cripple Clarence Lofton

Woke up this morning feeling bad,
Thinking 'bout the times I once have had;
You went out, stayed all night,
Do you think that's treating me right?
'Cause you should not do it, you dog,
Shouldn't do it, you dog, shouldn't do it, you dog,
I'm telling these lovers, how to be strutting that thing night and day

Had your mama doodling around for 'em a while,
Shook a dozen ribs down this aisle;
Deacon Jones gave 'em to pray,
Too much religion is what have had.
Go to heaven, gotta stop this stuff,
'Cause you been strutting that thing, night and day, night and day,
I mean, there's Jenny Lou, out there strutting that thing night and day

Getting sick and tired the way you do,
Kind mama, going to poison you;
Sprinkle goofer dust round your bed,
Wake some morning, find your own self dead,
'Cause you should not do it, you dog,
Shouldn't do it, you dog, shouldn't do it, you dog,
I'm telling these lovers, how to be strutting that thing night and day

Yeah, beat it out!

Oh boy!

There's a lady by the name Miss Lou,
Shook her thing till she caught the 'flu;
Satisfied, she jumped in bed,
She spoke, and spoke like this:
"Shake your shoulder, can't shake your feet,
Shake nothing, mama, but your wicked knees"
'Cause you should not do it, you dog,
Shouldn't do it, you dog, shouldn't do it, you dog,
I'm telling these lovers, how to be strutting that thing night and day

Oh, beat it out!

Take and shake it, lord, you hang it on the wall,
Out the window, catch it 'fore it fall;
Stop awhile, shimmy if it's all night long,
'Times I think you got your habits on,
'Cause you should not do it, you dog,
Shouldn't do it, you dog, shouldn't do it, you -- oh,
I'm telling these lovers, how to be strutting that thing night and day
TRANSCRIBED BY: Chris Smith (chris@skerries.demon.co.uk) 22 Oct 2000

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Alan Balfour (abalfour@dial.pipex.com) 25 Oct 2000

RELATED VERSES / EARLIER RECORDINGS / LATER RECORDINGS: To simplify things, let me just give a chronological "family tree" for this song:
Romeo Nelson: "Gettin' Dirty Just Shakin' That Thing" 1929
Cripple Clarence Lofton: "Strut That Thing" 1935
Cripple Clarence Lofton: "I Don't Know" 1939
Willie Mabon: "I Don't Know" 1952 (Parrot) / 1953 (Chess)

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.3 poison you (laying tricks)
V.3 goofer dust


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.


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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