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This web site helps fans and performers of African American blues understand what the lyrics to the songs are about. Blues fans who listen closely to song lyrics often wonder what a "mojo" is or why one would carry a "John da Conqueroo." Most people know these terms have something to do with African American folk magic, and they may even have run across interviews or songs in which a musician uses the word "hoodoo," but many incorrectly assume that the terms come from the Haitian religion known as Voodoo or Vodoun. By reading "Blues Lyrics and Hoodoo," fans and performers will the true roots of these lyrics.

This site also helps practitioners of African American folk magic, hoodoo, rootwork, and conjure, as well as academic students of folklore, ethnography, ethnomusicology, and ethnomagicology. By using the terminology found in songs, it proves that African American hoodoo is an independent form of folk magic in its own right, and not modified form of European American folk magic, and it demonstrates historically documented beliefs and practices concerning luck and magic, divination and fortune-telling, spell-casting, and the removal of spells.

My online book about 20th century African-American folk-magic, Hoodoo in Theory and Practice, will conveniently answer most questions that blues fans have about these lyrics, but i have created this sub-site on "Blues Lyrics and Hoodoo" because in gathering information on hoodoo, i have found that some of the clearest descriptions of magical materials and their methods of employment can be found in acoustic blues of the period between the two World Wars. In other words, blues lyrics themselves form a primary source of oral history and shed light on little known by-ways in folk custom. From the blues we can learn or receive independent confirmation about such things as how Goofer Dust was used in Memphis in the 1920s or the mechanisms of dream divination systems employed to obtain lucky numbers for lottery gambling. Thus these pages not only serve to "explain" obscure lyrics to fans, they use the blues to demonstrate rural folk-magic to contemporary practitioners.

I use blues lyrics to exemplify specific magical concepts in "Hoodoo in Theory and Practice" because the 1920s - 30s was a period during which mainstream folklorists, scholars, and book publishers paid scant attention to cultural contributions by African-Americans. Hoodoo, a beautifully coherent system of practical folk magic, was for the most part dismissed as "superstition" and went unrecorded by scholars or occultists. But these same two decades coincidentally marked the time of the greatest development of recorded rural acoustic blues, and hoodoo was a prominent topic addressed in the lyrics to these songs,. Thus, blues lyrics of the 1920s - 30s often provide our best glimpse of how hoodoo was practiced in the decade preceeding Harry M. Hyatt's compilation of oral histories from root workers from 1936 - 1940.


      "Hoodoo in Theory and Practice" pages that include primary lyrics as documentation.
Here is a convenient quick-list of Lucky Mojo Pages that quote or allude to blues songs.
  • Aunt Caroline Dye
          Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band: "Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues"
          Johnnie Temple: "Hoodoo Women"
  • Black Gypsy Fortune Tellers
          Furry Lewis: "Black Gypsy Blues"
          Merline Johnson: "Black Gypsy Blues"
  • Crossroads Rituals
          no lyrics per se but a long discussion of Robert Johnson and Tommy Johnson
  • Foot-Track Magic
          Robert Johnson: "Stones in my Passway"
          Wynonie Harris: "Conjured"
  • Gambler's Lucky Charms
          Robert Johnson: "Little Queen of Spades"
  • Goofer Dust
          Cripple Clarence Lofton: "I Don't Know"
          Ma Rainey: "Black Dust Blues"
          Frank Stokes: "Bedtime Blues"
  • Hoodoo
           Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup: "Hoodoo Lady Blues"
  • Hot Foot Powder
          Robert Johnson: "Hell Hound On My Trail"
  • John the Conqueror Root
          Willie Dixon (as sung by Muddy Waters): " My John the Conqueror Root"
  • Lucky Number 7
          J. T. "Funny Papa" Smith: "Seven Sisters Blues"
          Willie Dixon: "The Seventh Son"
          Willie Dixon: "Hootchie Cootchie Man"
  • Mojo Hands and Conjure Bags
          Blind Willie McTell: "Scary Day Blues"
          Coot Grant and Kid Sox Wesley Wilson: "Keep Your Hand Off Of My Mojo"
          Preston Foster (as sung by Muddy Waters): "I Got My Mojo Workin'"
  • Nation Sack
          Robert Johnson: "Come On In My Kitchen"
  • Policy Players' Dream Books
          Blind Blake: "Policy Blues"
  • Rock City (Lookout Mountain)
          Blind Willie McTell: "Drive Away Blues"
  • Silver Dimes
          Robert Johnson: "Come On In My Kitchen"

Complete alphabetical list of songs by PERFORMER:

      This includes both primary and secondary songs.
These songs are already transcribed on my hard-drive and/or online:

Alexander, Texas: Tell Me Woman Blues (mojo hand) 1928
[Anonymous] (field transcription, uncredited): Cotton-Eyed Joe (hoodoo) pre-1925
Arnold, (James) Kokomo: Old Black Cat Blues (Jinx Blues) (black cat, jinx) 1935
Arnold, (James) Kokomo: Policy Wheel Blues (Jinx Blues) (policy dream books) 1935

Batts, Will: Country Woman Blues (goofer dust) 1933
Black Spider Dumpling (John D. Twitty): Sold It to the Devil (crossroads ritual, spider dumpling 1937         
Blake, Blind (Arthur): Policy Blues (policy dream books) 
Blake, Blind (Arthur): Panther Squall Blues (jinx) 1928
Bogan, Lucille (with Spoken parts by Papa Charlie Jackson): Jim Tampa Blues (jomo, black cat bone) 1927
Brown, Bessie: Hoodoo Blues (goofer, gris-gris, spider dumpling, black cat bone, shoes) 1924
Brown, Gabriel: Jinx Is On Me (jinx, gypsy, card reading, numbers) 1945
Burleson, Hattie: Superstitious Blues (mojo, fortune teller) 1928-1930

Carter, Bo (Armentier Chatmon): The Ins and Outs of My Girl (jinx) 1936
Carter, Big Lucky (Levester Carter): Goofer Dust (goofer dust, dragon's blood, etc.) 1968
Chatmon, Harry: Hoo Doo Blues (hoodoo, palmistry, horseshoe) 1935       
Chicago String Band: Hoodoo Blues (hoodoo, gambling)
Clayton, Dr. (Peter): Root Doctor Blues (double entendre on root work) 1946
Cole, Ann: Got My Mo-Jo Working (mojo)
Cox, Ida: Fogyism (black cat, etc.) 1928
Cox, Ida: Gypsy Glass Blues (Gypsy) 1927
Cox, Ida: Mojo Hand Blues (mojo) 1927
Crudup, Arthur "Big Boy": Hoodoo Lady (hoodoo lady, hoodoo hand) 1947

Diddley, Bo (Elias MacDaniel): Who Do You Love (many hoodoo beliefs) 1956
Dixon, Willie: I Ain't Superstitious (bad luck omen list) 1962
Dixon, Willie: The Seventh Son (seventh son)
Dixon, Willie: Hootchie Cootchie Man  (lucky number seven)



Gibson, Clifford: Don't Put That Thing On Me (conjure, hoodooing male nature) 1929
Gillum, Jazz: The Blues What Am (bad luck omen list) 1947
Gillum, Jazz: Hand Reader Blues (fortune teller, herb tea, good luck pills) 1947
Grant, Coot (Leola B. WIlson) and Wilson, Wesley (Kid Sox): Keep Your Hand Off Of My Mojo (mojo)

Harlem Hamfats; Hoodooin' Woman (hoodoo, fix, spread stuff) 1937
Harris, Wynonie: Conjured (foot-track magic, graveyard dirt, etc.) 1964
Henry, Waymon "Sloppy": Jomo Man Blues (jomo, lodestone, john the conquer, goofer dust) 1928
Hogg, Andrew "Smokey": I Bleed Through My Soul (black cat bone) c.1950
Hopkins, Lightning: Mojo Hand (mojo) 1960; also a later version, undated
House, Son: The Jinx Blues [No. 1 and No. 2] (jinx, Gypsy) 1942
Hudson, Hattie: Doggone My Good Luck Soul (black cat, horseshoe, rabbit foot) 1927
Hunter, Ivory Joe: I Almost Lost My Mind (Gypsy) 1950


Jackson, Papa Charlie: Bad Luck Woman Blues (jinx, rat's [?] foot) 1924
Jackson, Papa Charlie: Salt Lake City Blues (jinx) 1924
Jefferson, Blind Lemon: Bad Luck Blues 1926
Jefferson, Blind Lemon: Broke and Hungry Blues (black cat bone) 19-- (INCOMPLETE)
Jefferson, Blind Lemon: Dry Southern Blues (implied menstrual blood in coffee) 1926
Jefferson, Blind Lemon: Low Down Mojo Blues (mojo)
Jefferson, Blind Lemon: Rambler Blues (jinx) 1927
Johnson, Merline: Black Gypsy Blues (Black Gypsy) 
Johnson, Merline: Sold It to the Devil (crossroads ritual) 1937   
Johnson, Robert: Come On In My Kitchen (mation sack)  
Johnson, Robert: Little Queen of Spades (mojo) 1937
Johnson, Robert: Hellhound on My Trail (Hot Foot Powder)  
Johnson, Robert: Stones In My Passway (foot-track magic)  1938
Jones, Curtis: Black Gipsy Blues (Black Gypsy) 1938
Jones, Curtis: Black Magic Blues  (hoodoo)
Jordan, Charley (with Charlie Manson): I Couldn't Stay Here (jinx) 1936
Jordan, Louis: Somebody Done Hoodooed the Hoodoo Man  (hoodoo) 1939

Lenoir, J. B.: The Mojo, a.k.a. Mojo Boogie, Voodoo Boogie (jack ball) 1953, etc.
Lewis, Furry: Black Gypsy Blues (Black Gypsy) 1929
Lightnin' Slim (Otis Hicks): Hoo Doo Blues (hoodoo) 1957
Lincoln, Charlie (Charlie Hicks, Laughing Charley): Mojoe Blues (mojo, hoodoo) 1927
Lofton, Cripple Clarence: I Don't Know (goofer dust) 1939 
Lofton, Cripple Clarence: Strut That Thing (goofer dust) 1935 
Lonesome Sundown (Cornelius Green): I'm a Mojo Man (mojo) 1957

Mabon, Willie: I Don't Know (goofer dust) 1952 / 1953
McGhee, Brownie: Secret Mojo Blues (mojo, black cat bone) 1947
McTell, Blind Willie: Drive Away Blues (hot foot work, Lookout Mountain)
McTell, Blind Willie: Scary Day Blues (mojo)
McTell, Blind Willie: Talkin' to Myself (same verse as Scary Day Blues) 1930
McTell, Blind Willie: Ticket Agent Blues (same verse as Scary Day Blues) 1935
Memphis Jug Band (with Will Shade): Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues (Aunt Caroline Dye, mojo) 1930
Memphis Jug Band (with Will Shade): I Whipped My Woman With A Singletree (Black Gypsy) 1930       
Memphis Jug Band (with Hattie Hart): Spider's Nest Blues (spider, toby) 1930    
Memphis Minnie (Lizzie Douglas): Hoodoo Lady (hoodoo woman) 1936
Moore, Alice: S.O.S. Blues (Distress Blues) (Black Gypsy, hoodoo) 1935 
Moss, Buddy: Jinks Man Blues (jinx) 

Nelson, Romeo: Gettin' Dirty Just Shakin' That Thing (goofer dust) 1929
Nix, Rev. A.W.: Black Diamond Express to Hell Pt. I and Pt. II (conjure, brick dust, mojo hand) 1927

Otis, Johnny: Castin' My Spell (mentions many hoodoo beliefs) 1950s

Patton, Charlie: Revenue Man Blues (jinx) 1934
Patton, Charlie: Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues (jinx) 1929


Rainey, Ma: Black Cat Hoot Owl Blues  (bad luck beliefs) 1927
Rainey, Ma: Black Dust Blues  (goofer dust) 1928
Rainey, Ma: Louisiana Hoo Doo Blues (Algiers, hand, hoodoo, goofer) 1925
Rainey, Ma: Screech Owl Blues (bad luck beliefs) 1928
Red, Tampa (Hudson Whittaker) and Georgia Tom Dorsey: The Duck Yas-Yas-Yas (hoodoo women) 1929
Ross, Dolly: Hootin' Owl Blues (bad luck beliefs) 1927

Shade, Will (Memphis Jug Band): I Whipped My Woman with a Singletree (gypsy) 1929
Shines, Johnny: Hoodoo Snake Doctor Blues (hoodoo doctor) 1970
Short, J. D. (Jelly Jaw Short): Snake Doctor Blues (roots and herbs)
Smith, Bessie: Lady Luck Blues (horseshoe, goofer dust) 1923
Smith, Elizabeth: Gwine To Have Bad Luck Seven Years (bad luck women list)  
Smith, J. T. "Funny Papa" / "Funny Paper": Seven Sisters Blues  (Seven Sisters of New Orleans)
Spand, Charlie: Big Fat Mama Blues (goofer dust) 1930
Spand, Charlie: Evil Woman Spell (hoodoo woman) 1931
Spand, Charlie: Hoodoo Woman Blues (hoodoo woman) 1940
Spivey, Victoria: Hoodoo Man Blues (hoodoo man) 1926
Stokes, Frank: Bedtime Blues (Goofer Dust) 1928

Tampa Red (Hudson Woodbridge / Hudson Whittaker): Anna Lou Blues (mojo hand)
Tampa Red (Hudson Woodbridge / Hudson Whittaker): When Bad Luck Is On You (jinx) 
Temple, Johnnie: Hoodoo Women (Aunt Caroline Dye, hoodoo) 1937  
Torey, George: Lonesome Man Blues (jinx) 1937
Towel, Jim: I've Been Hoodooed (hoodoo, rabbit foot, foot track) 1928  
Twitty, John D. (Black Spider Dumpling): Sold It to the Devil (crossroads ritual) 1937



Washboard Sam: Hand Reader Blues (fortune teller, herb tea, good luck pills) 1938
Washboard Sam: Suspicious Blues (many bad-luck beliefs) 1938
Waters, Muddy (McKinley Morganfield): Got My Mojo Working (mojo)
Waters, Muddy (McKinley Morganfield): Louisiana Blues (mojo) 1950
Weldon, Casey Bill (Casey Will Weldon): Jinx Blues (jinx)
Wells, Junior: Hoodoo Man Blues (reworking of SBW's "Hoodoo Hoodoo") 1953 & 1965
Wells, Junior: Two-Headed Woman (two-headed woman, Seven Sisters of NOLA) 1957 
Wheatstraw, Peetie: Last Week Blues (jinx) 1934
Wheatstraw, Peetie" Cut Out Blues (policy, jinx) 1936 (INCOMPLETE)
Wiley, Arnold: Spider in Your Dumpling (spider dumpling, live things) 1920s
Williams, Albert: Hoodoo Man (Memphis Al) (hoodoo man) 1963     
Williams, Big Joe: Jinx Blues (jinx) 1963
Williams, Robert Pete: Black Cat Bone (black cat bone) 1961
Wiliamson, John Lee "Sonny Boy" (I): Hoodoo Hoodoo (hoodoo, mojo) 1946




Complete alphabetical list of songs by SONG TITLE:

      This includes both primary and secondary songs.
Anna Lou Blues by Tampa Red
Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues by The Memphis Jug Band

Bad Luck Blues by Blind Lemon Jefferson
Bad Luck Woman Blues by Papa Chalie Jackson
Bedtime Blues by Frank Stokes
Big Fat Mama by Charlie Spand
Black Cat Bone by Robert Pete Williams
Black Cat Hoot Owl Blues by Ma Rainey
Black Diamond Express to Hell by Rev. A.W. Nix and His COngregation
Black Dust Blues by Ma Rainey
Black Gipsy Blues by Curtis Jones
Black Gipsy Blues by Walter "Furry" Lewis
Black Magic Blues by Curtis Jones
The Blues What Am by Jazz Gillum
Broke and Hungry Blues by Blind Lemon Jefferson

Cut Out Blues by Peetie Wheatstraw
Casting My Spell by Johnny Otis
Conjured by Wynonie Harris
Cotton-Eyed Joe [uncredited]
Country Woman Blues by Will Batts

Doggone My Good Luck Soul by Hattie Hudson
Don't Put That Thing On Me by Clifford Gibson
Dry Southern Blues by Blind Lemon Jefferson
The Duck Yas-Yas-Yas by Tampa Red and Georgia Tom

Evil Woman Spell by Charlie Spand

Fogyism by Ida Cox

Gettin' Dirty Just Shakin' That Thing by Romeo Nelson
Goofer Dust by Big Lucky (Levester Carter)
Gwine Have Bad Luck Seven Years by Elizabeth Smith
Gypsy Glass Blues by Ida Cox

Hand Reader by Jazz Gillum
Hand Reader by Washboard Sam
Hellhound On My Trail by Robert Johnson
Hoodoo Blues by Bessie Brown
Hoo Doo Blues by Harry Chatmon
Hoo Doo Blues by Lightnin' Slim (Otis Hicks)
Hoodoo Man Blues by Victoria Spivey
Hoodoo Blues by The Chicago String Band
Hoodoo Hoodoo by John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson
Hoodooin' Woman by the Harlem Hamfats
Hoodoo Lady Blues by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
Hoodoo Lady by Memphis Minnie (Douglas)
Hoodoo Man Blues by Junior Wells (three versions)
Hoodoo Man (Memphis Al) by Albert Williams
Hoodoo Snake Doctor Blues by Johnnie Shines
Hoodoo Woman Blues by Charlie Spand
Hoodoo Women by Johnnie Temple
Hootin' Owl Blues by Dolly Ross

I Ain't Superstitious by Willie Dixon
I Almost Lost My Mind by Ivory Joe Hunter
I Bleed Through My Soul by Andrew "Smokey" Hogg
I Couldn't Stay Here by Charley Jordan 
I Don't Know by Cripple Clarence Lofton
I Don't Know by Willie Mabon
I'm a Mojo Man by Lonesome Sundown (Cornelius Green)
The Ins and Outs of My Girl by Bo Carter (Armentier Chatmon)
I've Been Hoodooed by Jim Towel
I Whipped My Woman With a Singletree by the Memphis Jug Band

Jim Tampa Blues by Lucille Bogan
Jinks Lee Blues by Johnnie Temple
Jinks Man Blues by Buddy Moss
Jinx Blues by Casey Bill (Casey Will Weldon)
Jinx Blues by Son House
Jinx Blues by Big Joe Williams
Jinx Is On Me by Gabriel Brown
Jomo Man Blues by Waymon "Sloppy" Henry


Lady Luck Blues by Bessie Smith
Last Week Blues by Peetie Wheatstraw
Little Queen of Spades by Robert Johnson
Lonesome Man Blues by George Torey
Louisiana Blues by Muddy Waters
Louisiana Hoodoo Blues by Ma Rainey
Lowdown Mojo Blues by Blind Lemon Jeffersonv

Mojoe Blues by Charlie Lincoln (Charlie Hicks)
Mojo Hand Blues by Ida Cox
Mojo Hand by Lightnin' Hopkins (Sam Hopkins)
The Mojo (Mojo Boogie, Voodoo Boogie) by J. B. Lenoir


Old Black Cat Blues (Jinx Blues) by (James) Kokomo Arnold 

Policy Blues by (Arthur) Blind Blake
Policy Wheel Blues by (James) Kokomo Arnold 
Panther Squall Blues by Blind (Arthur) Blake


Rambler Blues by Blind Lemon Jefferson
Revenue Man Blues by Charlie Patton
Root Doctor Blues by Doctor (Peter) Clayton

Seven Sisters Blues by J. T. "Funny Papa" Smith  
Spider in your Dumpling by the Arnold Wiley
Spider's Nest Blues by the Memphis Jug Band (with Hattie Hart)
Sold It to the Devil by The Yas Yas Girl (Merline Johnson)       
Sold It to the Devil by Black Spider Dumpling (John D. Twitty)       
Somebody Done Hoodoo'd the Hoodoo Man by Louis Jordan       
Stones In My Passway by Robert Johnson 
Strut That Thing by Cripple Clarence Lofton 
Superstitious Blues by Hattie Burleson
Suspicious Blues by Washboard Sam









      I offer Rewards, Prizes and Credits to blues fans and scholars who help the project.
I want to thank the many folks who have responded with kind
encouragement to my research on the folklore of hoodoo in
the blues. Those who have supplied transcriptions and
discographical information belong in a category all their
own and have my deepest gratitude. They are fully
acknowledged by name on the respective pages bearing their

"Hoodoo in Theory and Practice" is an ongoing book-in-progress, hundreds of web-pages long, and i want to expand the use of blues lyrics a great deal. For this purpose, i am asking blues fans to take a moment to transcribe song lyrics for me, if they can -- or to tape songs that i can transcribe, if that is easier for them.

Before you submit songs, you ought to know three things:

1) This is not merely a compilation of blues containing a keyword like hoodoo or mojo in the TITLE, because with a title-list, important songs like Robert Johnson's "Hell Hound on My Trail" and "Little Queen of Spades" would be excluded, even though the former mentions Hot Foot Powder and the latter mentions a mojo hand, both staples of hoodoo practice.

2) I am not interested in non-relevant rock-blues and white-blues-band lyrics. I am using this material as a folkloric research tool, not as an index of how popular the idea of voodoo is with modern performers. In order to eliminate non-"authentic" references, i have eliminated any song by a performer whom i know to be "white" (Johnny Otis excepted) or whom i think has too much of a "modern urban rock band" style to supply basic folkloric information about hoodoo practices in the South. This elimination is based on what i know of the performers, not necessarily the songs. In other words: no Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, or Aerosmith.

3) Voodoo (a religion) is not the same as hoodoo (a system of folk magic). I am not very interested at this time in songs about voodoo. However, because in New Orleans and vicinity the terms have been used interchangeably (they are NOT used so in any other area of the South), i will not discard songs with "voodoo" in the title until i can hear them and eliminate them on the basis of their being of no value to my hoodoo project. So far, however, i have found only one song with "voodoo" in the title that was relevant to my research -- and it was merely a modern remake of an older song with a different title.

I will send a free Lucky Mojo Curio. Co. rabbit foot charm with genuine New Orleans Style Van Van dressing oil to anyone who transcribes a complete song lyric or provides me a song tape to transcribe -- plus, you will be credited on that song's web page. 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 Lucky Mojo Forum.


Songs for which LYRICS ARE NEEDED:

      This is an incomplete list at best, but please check it out if you want to help.
Songs for which i have titles and performers, but no lyrics or incomplete lyrics. 

Baker, Mickey
       The Hoodoo Woman (hoodoo)
Bradshaw, TIny
       The Gypsy (1954)
Cephas & Wiggins
       Hoodoo Woman (hoodoo)
Cockrell, Matt
       Gypsy Blues (1954)
Dixon, Willie
       Hoo Doo Doctor (hoodoo)
Fuller, Blind Boy 
       Mojo Hiding Woman (mojo)
Fuller, Johnny
       Bad Luck Overtook Me (black cat) - Rhythm 1773 - San Francisco   1954
Fulson, Lowell
       Black Cat Blues (black cat) - Downbeat 121 - San Francisco 1948
Harris, Peppermint
       Black Cat Bone (black cat) - Modern 936 Los Angeles  1954
Hooker, John Lee
       Black Cat Blues (black cat) - Specialty unissued LP 2125 Detroit 1948
Hopkins, Lightnin'
       Black Cat (black cat) - RPM 388, Ken t LP 9 008 - Houston 1949/50
Hopkins, Lightnin'
       Black Cat Bone (black cat) - Specialty unissued LP 2149 - Houston 1950/1
Hopkins, Lightnin'
       Black Cat -(black cat)  Candid LP 8019 - New York City, 15 Nov 1960
Jackson, Papa Charlie
       The Cats Got the Measles (???)
Jefferson, Blind Lemon
       Broke and Hungry Blues (black cat bone) 19-- (INCOMPLETE)
Johnson, Jimmy and Band with Hank Alexander (Vocal) 
       Black Cat Bone Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 - Magnum 724 - Los Angeles,  c. Aug 1964
Johnson, Joshua
       Gypsy Blues (gypsy) (1947)
Kitrell, Christine
       Black Cat Crossed My Trail (black cat) - Republic 7125  - Nashville 1954
Lewis, Johnie
       My Little Girl (done stole a black cat bone) - Arhoolie CD 9007 - Chicago, 13 Aug 1970
Lewis, Pete
       Goofy Dust Blues (goofer dust) (c. 1950s) 
Lewis, Smiley
       Gypsy Woman (gypsy) - 1952
Lightnin' Slim (Otis Hicks)
       Black Cat Blues (black cat) - Excello unissued on Flyright CD 47 - Crowley, La, c. 15 Sep 1959
Memphis Slim
       I Wonder What's the Matter (black cat crossed my trail) - Cobra unissued on Flyright LP 577 - Chicago   c. 1957
McDowell, Mississippi Fred
       Mojo Hand (mojo) - from 'MFMcDIL Volume One' (TRA 194)
McGhee, Brownie & Sonny Terry
       Black Cat Bone (black cat bone)
Model 'T' Slim
       Somebody Voodooed The Hoodoo Man (hoodoo) - 1966/67
Muddy Waters 
       Gypsy Woman (gypsy) - 1947
Mystery Man
       I Got A Hoodoo Woman (post-war) 
Nixon, Elmore
       I Went To See A Gypsy (1950)
Otis, Johnny
       Gypsy Blues (1952)
Stone, Bobby
       Hoodoo Man, part 1 and part 2 (1960s)
Tampa Red [Hudson Whittaker]
       Dark and Stormy Night [but is it about hoodoo?]
Thomas, Tabby
       Hoodoo Party (1961) 
Wayne, James
       Gypsy Blues (I'm A Real Gypsy Fellow) (c.1951) 
Wheatstraw, Peetie
       Cut Out Blues (policy, jinx) 1936 (INCOMPLETE)
Williams, Robert Pete
       Hoodoo Blues (1961) 
Willis, Ralph
       Hoodoo Man (1951) 
Wilson, Hop
       My Woman Has a Black Cat Bone - Ivory 127 - Houston, 27 Oct 1960
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  • A little bonus: Some non-hoodoo, non-blues lyrics transcriptions from my archive

    Hold On to What You Got by Joe Tex (1964)
    and Buying a Book by Joe Tex (1969)
    with a short musico-historical commentary by cat yronwode

    Rev. Edward W. Clayborn (The Guitar Evangelist): Your Enemy Cannot Harm You, But Watch Your Close Friend (1926)

    Rev. Dr. J. Gordon McPherson ("Black Billy Sunday"): Will You Spend Your Eternity in Hell? (1931)

    Rev. J. M. Gates: Hitler and Hell (1941)

    Percy Sledge: Take Time to Know Her

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    The Lesser Book of the Vishanti: Dr. Strange Comics as a magical system, by cat yronwode
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    Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers: psychic reading, conjure, and hoodoo root doctor services
    Candles and Curios: essays and articles on traditional African American conjure and folk magic, plus shopping
    Crystal Silence League: a non-denominational site; post your prayers; pray for others; let others pray for you
    Gospel of Satan: the story of Jesus and the angels, from the perspective of the God of this World
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    Missionary Independent Spiritual Church: spirit-led, inter-faith; prayer-light services; Smallest Church in the World
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    Satan Service: an archive presenting the theory, practice, and history of Satanism and Satanists
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    Yronwode Home: personal pages of catherine yronwode and nagasiva yronwode, magical archivists
    Yronwode Institution: the Yronwode Institution for the Preservation and Popularization of Indigenous Ethnomagicology