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Offline bradleygardner

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"I won't let nobody put that doggone thing on me"
« on: April 29, 2015, 08:35:00 PM »
Lucille Bogan:

"An? I ain?t goin? to let no?body put that doggone thing on me.?

Willie Brown:

"Lord, bless that woman, That put that thing on me."

Similar verses show up in a number of songs. When I first heard it I thought it sounded like it had roots in voodoo (put the evil eye on someone), but I haven't managed to find anything concrete on the matter. Am I hallucinating or is there anything to support a voodoo connection.

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Re: "I won't let nobody put that doggone thing on me"
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2015, 11:20:41 PM »
You might wanna ask Cat Yronerode Possibly you can find the information at her site Lucky Mojo or you could contact her there. She was a regular poster on the pre war blues list on Yahoo. Very interesting person, from comics to hoodoo to tantric sex. When I had a small jug band I always wanted to drive up to her store in Santa Rosa pile out and just start playing Peaches in the Springtime or I Whipped My Woman with a Single Tree or something. She admitted to being a huge MJB fan. Try selling that to a herd of cats.

Another song that might give up some interesting clues through interpretation would be Clifford Gibson's Don't Put That Thing on Me. I don't have time to do a transcription, altho one may already exist on Weeniepedia.

[Edit to add] OK, I got curious. Here's Cat's page about the expression, with a transcription of CG's version:

« Last Edit: April 29, 2015, 11:28:38 PM by waxwing »
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