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doctorpep:
I'm just wondering what in the world Sykes is singing in what I believe is the second verse of this song. At first listen, it sounded like he was saying, excuse my language, "f-ing my woman's c*%$". I'm now convinced he must be singing "sucking my woman's tongue", but the noun at the end of the phrase doesn't quite sound like "tongue". The rest of the lyrics to the song are fairly easy to make out. On a related note, I wonder who played guitar on the song. At first, it sounded like Tampa Red to me, but ten seconds later, I realized I was totally unfamiliar with whoever the guitar player was. Any information on either one of these facets of "Jet Black Snake" would be much appreciated! Thank you!

CF:
That's Kokomo Arnold on guitar . . . will have to find the song to help you with the lyric though . . .

banjochris:
You're right about the "sucking my sweet woman's tongue." Bo Carter's "Blue Runner Blues" uses the same image. I seem to remember in the liner notes to the Yazoo "Banana in Your Fruit Basket" album something about a folk belief that snakes would suck on baby's tongues. Don't remember why. It's a weird image, and honestly as a double entendre it would make more sense the other way around, if you see what I mean.
Chris

doctorpep:
Thanks! I can't believe I didn't recognize Kokomo Arnold! I understand what you mean about how it'd work better if it were the other way around, BanjoChris haha.

Johnm:
Hi all,
Bunker Hill started this thread on an interesting topic some time ago, and it has been a while since any lyrics were posted here.  I transcribed the Roosevelt Sykes song, "Conjur Man Blues", from the very strong JSP set, "The Paramount Masters", a while ago, and it fits squarely in this topic.  It is a very eerie performance and set of lyrics. 

   It was late last night, just between nine and 10.
   It was late last night, just between nine and ten
   I was on my way home, I met a conjur man

   On his left hand, he had on a rubber glove
   On his left hand, he had on a rubber glove
   He says, "I want to tell you something about the one you love."

   He said, "She wears your name in the bottom of her left shoe."
   He said, "She wears your name in the bottom of her left shoe.
   And this Friday is right, he been filling another hoodoo

   SOLO

   He says, "I can tell you something, really need to be knowin'."
   He says, "I can tell you something, really, really need to be knowin'
   If you just only tell me, what year was you born?"

   He said, "Don't you get mad with her, don't care what she do.
   Don't you get mad with her, don't care what she do.
   "I'm gonna give you something, gonna be good enough to you."

All best,
Johnm

   

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