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Title: Myths and Music Daemons and Devils in blues and rock


1
Myths and MusicDaemons and Devils in blues and
rock
  • Vesa Matteo Piludu
  • Helsinki

Department of Comparative Religion University of
Helsinki
2
Exú (Salvador, Brazil)
3
Exus colors red and black
4
Exú - Carybe
  • Traditional trickster
  • Is uncontrollable, unpredictable
  • But it is possible to ask him favours
  • Dominantly male, but also female, strongly human
    and emotive, full of desires
  • It is dangerous for his human-like behaviour
    but isnt evil
  • He is the mediator, the bridge between humans and
    divinities
  • He must called before all the others divinities
    to avoid confusion

5
Exú
  • Exu (known as Eleggua in Cuba and Legba in Haiti)
    is the owner of the roads and doors in this
    world.
  • He is the repository of axé (life energy).
  • The colours red and black or white and black are
    his and codify his contradictory nature.
  • In particular, Exu stands at the crossroads of
    the human and the divine, as he is a child-like
    messenger between the two worlds
  • Exú is also connected to sacrifices and offer

6
Eshú l'arôye!
  • If Exú is respected, he opens the doors and it
    is helpful
  • If isnt considered, he could cause every kinds
    of catastrophes
  • He isnt only good or bad, it depends on the
    situations

7
Exú ceremony - padé
  • The exú ceremony is called padé
  • It consist of an offer of vegetals to Exú
  • and it is performed before the real ceremony,
    to avoid confusion during the ritual
  • CD Filhos de Gandhi, track 3 sire de exú

8
Exú (Salvador, Brazil)
9
Tecno and Rap - Exú
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vMqXQavT72s8
  • Theo Werneck and Paula Pretta's music

10
Rappa (Brazil) Lado B Lado A
  • If they are Exú
  • Im Yemanjá
  • If they kill a beast
  • I swim in the sea
  • ()
  • Im not renouncing to the Black Mythology
  • To say
  • Im not like you!
  • Im a warrior, a worker
  • Fighting every day
  • With faith in God and in my battle ()
  • Exú crossroads god
  • Yemanjá Sea goddess
  • Free translation Vesa Matteo Piludu
  • Se eles sao Exu
  • Eu sou Yemanjá
  • Se elem matam bicho
  • Eu tomo banho de mar
  • ()
  • Nao abro mao da mitologia negra
  • Pra dizer
  • Eu nao pareco com com voce
  • ()
  • Eu soh guerreiro, sou trabalhadorEh todo dia vou
    encararCom Fé em Deus e na minha batalha (...)

11
Exú and the crossroads Devil
  • The figure of Exú, Elegguá, Legbá the god of
    the crossroads popular in the Afro-American
    religions became the Devil or Satan of the
    crossroads in the blues and in North American
    popular music
  • The Blues Devil is different from the ambiguous,
    tricky but also generous Exú Satan is clearly
    only a negative figure
  • In the puritan and protestant United States the
    moral distinctions should be clear there is good
    and bad, black and white, profane and sacred,
    Sunday and Friday

12
Symbols according to the existential semiotics
  • The symbols are changing their meaning often,
    especially in oral and popular culture
  • The world of existence isnt static
  • According to Eero Tarasti (Existential semiotics,
    2000 Fondamenti della semiotica esistenziale,
    2008)
  • the symbols are mobile, flying as the objects in
    a Chagall painting

13
Cross Road Blues (Take 2)
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vYd60nI4sa9Afeature
    related
  • I went to the crossroad
  • fell down on my knees
  • I went to the crossroad
  • fell down on my knees
  • Asked the Lord above "Have mercy, now save poor
    Bob, if you please
  • Mmmmm, standin' at the crossroad
  • I tried to flag a ride
  • Standin' at the crossroad
  • I tried to flag a ride
  • Didn't nobody seem to know me
  • everybody pass me by
  • Mmm, the sun goin' down, boy
  • dark gon' catch me here
  • oooo ooee eeee
  • boy, dark gon' catch me here
  • I haven't got no lovin' sweet woman that love and
    feel my care
  • You can run, you can run
  • tell my friend-boy Willie Brown
  • You can run, you can run
  • tell my friend-boy Willie Brown
  • Lord, that I'm standin' at the crossroad, babe
  • I believe I'm sinkin' down

14
What Lord?
  • The Lord of the Crossroad is probably a kind of
    Elegua, Exú or Legba (Afro-American gods of
    crossroads and doors) some supernatural being
    that could help during the night
  • Even so, Robert Johnson use the generic world
    Lord, indicating also the Christian God
  • Another lord of Crossroad in the Afro-American
    folclore is the Devil but a call to the Devil
    asking for help is a nonsense, as the Devil is
    clearly a negative figure in the Johnsons and
    Blues men's songs
  • Even so, legends about a secret path between
    Johnson and the Devil are classic of blues
    literature .

15
Nature and Robert Johnsonby Carter Neil
  • To us being by the side of a road at night may
    contain a bit of fear, but to a Black man in the
    Delta in Johnson's time this was a terrifying
    position to be in.
  • After dark a Black man could be considered to be
    a threat by a White man and could be beat up, or
    worse without any evidence of wrongdoing.

16
Robert Johnson and Satan at the Crossroad
  • In the Delta of the Mississippi River, where
    Robert Johnson was born, they said that if an
    aspiring bluesman waited by the side of a
    deserted country crossroads in the dark of a
    moonless night, then Satan himself might come and
    tune his guitar, sealing a pact for the
    bluesman's soul and guaranteeing a lifetime of
    easy money, women, and fame.
  • They said that Robert Johnson must have waited by
    the crossroads and gotten his guitar fine-tuned.

17
Crossroads of Highways
  • It is said that Robert Johnson made his pact with
    Satan at the crossroads of Highways 49 and 61 in
    Clarksdale, Mississipi

18
Robert Johnson
  • Robert Johnson, 1911-1938, the most influential
    Delta blues artist of all
  • King of Delta Blues
  • Granfather of Rock

19
The original folk legend talk about another
Johnson Tommy
  • So you sit at the crossroads. Out of the
    darkness, there comes a sound in the distance. A
    large black man appears, playing a guitar. He
    takes your instrument, gives you his, and for a
    moment you play together. Your fingers dance
    across the strings and begin to bleed. The man
    tunes your guitar and hands it back to you. He
    walks away into the darkness. You strum a chord,
    pick a note, and it occurs to you that you can
    play anything, absolutely anything you want. You
    also know that the devil will come back for your
    soul, and he will come back sooner rather than
    later.
  • "That's the way I learned to play anything I
    want," Tommy Johnson told his brother LeDell.
  • Tommy may have sold his soul first, or said that
    he did, but Robert Johnson, who was not related
    to Tommy, is the more notorious soul-swapper

20
Satan and the musicians
  • The story of a musician that learn to play from a
    devil, a spirit or a daemon is present in every
    culture
  • Plato wrote as the best artist and especially the
    musicians shoud be possessed by a daimon
  • In Finland the best pelimanni (folk players) were
    told to have learnt the art from a devil or a
    water spirit
  • Paganini was called the Devils Violinist
  • Paganinis many adventures and extraordinary
    indulgences apparently sparked off stories of his
    being in league with the devil and that he had
    even been imprisoned for murder.
  • "The devil was at his elbow!" was the claim made
    to explain his technical prowess at the violin.
  • Someone even swore that he saw the devil
    directing Paganinis arm and guiding the bow!
  • As a result, his burial in consecrated ground was
    actually delayed for 5 years.

21
Robert Johnson Me and the Devil Blues
  • Animated Video
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?v3MCHI23FTP8feature
    related
  • Early this mornin'
  • when you knocked upon my door
  • Early this mornin', ooh
  • when you knocked upon my door
  • And I said, "Hello, Satan,"
  • I believe it's time to go.
  • Me and the Devil
  • was walkin' side by side
  • Me and the Devil, ooh
  • was walkin' side by side
  • And I'm goin' to beat my woman
  • until I get satisfied
  • She say you don't see
  • why that you will dog me 'roundspoken Now,
    babe, you know you ain't doin' me right, don'cha
  • She say you don't see why, ooh
  • that you will dog me 'round
  • It must-a be that old evil spirit
  • so deep down in the ground
  • You may bury my body
  • down by the highway side
  • (spoken) Baby, I don't care where you bury my
    body when I'm dead and gone
  • You may bury my body, ooh
  • down by the highway side
  • So my old evil spirit can catch a Greyhound bus
    and ride

22
Blues spirits, blues feelings, blues music
  • Blues illness
  • The blues are also evil spirits causing bad and
    depressive feelings
  • There are many kind of blues loneliness blues,
    walking blues
  • Blues recovering
  • Playing the blues music and singing about the
    blues spirits, the blues singer is able to drive
    blues spirits away
  • Its a kind of musical exorcism and self analysis

23
Robert Johnson Hellhound On My Trail
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vwC4M4eQlz5I
  • got to keep movin'
  • I got to keep movin'blues fallin' down like
    hailblues fallin' down like hail
  • Umm mmm mmm mmm
  • blues fallin' down like hailblues fallin' down
    like hail
  • And the days keeps on worryin' me
  • there's a hellhound on my trailhellhound on
    my trailhellhound on my trail
  • If today was Christmas Eve
  • If today was Christmas Eveand tomorrow was
    Christmas Day
  • If today was Christmas Eve
  • and tomorrow was Christmas Dayspoken Aow,
    wouldn't we have a time, baby?
  • All I would need my little sweet rider just to
    pass the time away, huh huhto pass the time away

24
Robert Johnson Hellhound On My Trail
  • You sprinkled hot foot powder, mmm mmm, around my
    doorall around my door
  • You sprinkled hot foot powder
  • all around your daddy's door, hmm hmm hmm
  • It keep me with ramblin' mind, rider every old
    place I goevery old place I go
  • I can tell the wind is risin'
  • the leaves tremblin' on the treeTremblin' on the
    tree
  • I can tell the wind is risin'
  • leaves tremblin' on the treehmm hmm hmm mmm
  • All I need's my little sweet woman
  • and to keep my company, hey hey hey hey my
    company

25
Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped the Devil)
  • Mmmmm mmmmm I's up this mornin'
  • ah, blues walkin' like a man
  • I's up this mornin'
  • ah, blues walkin' like a man
  • Worried blues
  • give me your right hand
  • And the blues fell mama's child tore me all
    upside down
  • Blues fell mam's child
  • and it tore me all upside down
  • travel on, poor Bob
  • just can't turn you 'round
  • The blu-u-u-u-ues
  • is a low-down shakin' chillspoken Yes,
    preach 'em now.
  • Mmmmm mmmmm
  • is a low-down shakin' chill
  • You ain't never had 'em, I
  • I hope you never will
  • Well, the blues
  • is a schin' old heart diseasespoken Do it.
    now.
  • You gon' do it?Tell me about it.
  • Let the blues
  • is a low-down achin' heart disease
  • Like consumption
  • killing me by degrees
  • I can study rain
  • oh, ohm drive, oh, oh, drive my blues
  • I been studyin' the rain and
  • I'm 'on drive my blues away
  • Goin' to the 'stil'ry
  • stay out there all day

26
From Disease Imagery in Johnson's Preaching
Blues by Adriana C. Rissetto
  • The speaker states that he can "study rain/oh,
    oh, drive, oh, oh, drive my blues" in the same
    way that a scientist would scrutinize a bacteria
    culture in order to ascertain a cure to the
    disease.
  • Here the rain resembles a vaccination in which a
    small amount of the virus is introduced into the
    patient's blood in order to build up an immunity
  • the speaker studies the rain, a symbol of
    depression, to build up "an immunity" to the
    effect of the blues on him.
  • However, eventually he rejects this in favor of
    the distillery, a quick and easy pain killer
    which offers immediate, albeit temporary, relief.
  • http//xroads.virginia.edu/music/BLUES/rissetto.h
    tml

27
Nature and Robert Johnson by Carter Neil
  • When he says "I been studyin' rain..." he is
    doing more than using the image of rain to
    reinforce an idea of isolation.
  • He is telling the listener that he has knowledge
    about loneliness gained through a study of it,
    through an intense relationship to it.
  • His use of the word "study" further serves to
    validate his attempt in the song to "preach" the
    Blues since a preacher must know what he's
    talking about.
  • http//xroads.virginia.edu/music/BLUES/neil.html

28
ROBERT JOHNSONIf I Had Possession Over Judgment
Day
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?v3KgYk5FFMhgfeature
    related
  • If I had possession over judgment dayif I
    had possession over judgment day
  • Lord, the little woman
  • I'm lovin' wouldn't have no right to pray
  • And I went to the mountain lookin' far as
    my eyes could seeAnd I went to the mountain
    lookin' far as my eye could seeSome other man
    got my woman and the -'a lonesome blues got me
  • And I rolled and I tumbled and I cried the whole
    night longAnd I rolled and I tumbled and I
    cried the whole night long
  • Boy, I woke up this mornin' my biscuit roller
    goneHad to fold my arms and I slowly walked
    away
  • (spoken ) I didn't like the way she doneHad to
    fold my arms and I slowly walked awayI said in
    my mind, "Yo," trouble gon' come some dayNow
    run here, baby set down on my kneeI wanna tell
    you all about the way they treated me

29
Robert Johnson Life and Legend
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?v5RAcer5QVMsfeature
    related

30
Robert Johnson STOP BREAKIN DOWN
  • Short film about Robert Johnson told through the
    eyes of Son House
  • Clip 1
  • This clip shows a young Robert learning how to
    play then as a 27 year old man playing at Three
    Forks the night of his death
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vA7OivLt6wwUfeature
    related
  • Clip 2
  • This clip shows Robert as a young and terrible
    guitar player. It shows one of the reasons why he
    later became great...the crossroads myth.
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vtPrjzohMjcAfeature
    related
  • Clip 3
  • This clip shows Robert as a young man studding
    hard, learning how to play the guitar from Ike
    Zinneman. The locations are a street corner and
    rent party. The last scene is a flashback to the
    crossroads
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?veNLdrqHqWOgfeature
    related

31
Robert Johnson and the hellhounds
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vz-PQ3z9M2U0feature
    related
  • This is a part of Supernatural TV films,
    "Crossroad Blues", season 2
  • Interwiews
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vy__fi7SAhJQNR1

32
Devil's Roadmap Featurette Crossroad Blues Film
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vy__fi7SAhJQfeature
    related

33
Film Crossroads (1986) duel Steve Vai
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vD0QKbnCDW94feature
    related

34
The women of the film Crossroads
  • Has the typical characteristics of Pomba Gira
    (sensual, gypsy looking) and the hoodoo woman of
    the blues (femme fatale, expert of love spells,
    creates love blues and desperation in men)

35
On Robert Johnson Part 1
  • Calt, Stephen. "Robert Johnson Recapitulated."
    Blues Unlimited 86, November 1971.
  • Charters, Samuel. Robert Johnson. New York Oak
    Publications, 1972.
  • Cowley, John. "Walking Blues." Blues Unlimited
    106, February-March, 1974.
  • Ferris, Tim. "Robert Johnson." Rolling Stone.
    February 4, 1971.
  • Greenberg, Alan. Love In Vain a Vision of Robert
    Johnson. New York Doubleday, 1983.
  • Groom, Bob. Robert Johnson. KnutsfordBlue World,
    1967.
  • Groom, Bob. "Robert Johnson The Man Behind the
    Music." Blues World 4, November, 1965.
  • Groom, Bob. "Standing at the Crossroads Robert
    Johnson's Recordings." Blues Unlimited
    118-121, March-October 1976.
  • Guralnick, Peter. "In Search of RobertJohnson."
    Rolling Stone, March 26, 1976.

36
On Robert Johnson Part 2
  • Guralnick, Peter. Searching for Robert Johnson.
    New York Dutton, 1989.
  • Iglauer, Bruce. "Reconstructing Robert Johnson."
    Living Blues 5, Summer 1971.
  • Lomax, Alan. The Land Where the Blues Began. New
    York Dell, 1993.
  • Marcus, Greil. Mystery Train. NewYork Dutton,
    1975.
  • Mosley, Walter. RL's Dream. New York Norton,
    1995.
  • Palmer, Robert. Deep Blues. New York Viking,
    1981.
  • Pearson, Barry Lee and Bill McCullogh. Robert
    Johnson Lost and Found. University of Illinois
    Press, 2003.
  • Schroeder, Patricia R. Robert Johnson,
    Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture.
    University of Illinois Press, 2004.
  • Shines, Johnny. "Remembering Robert Johnson."
    American Folk Music Occasional 2, Oak
    Publications, 1970.
  • Wald, Elijah. Escaping the Delta Robert Johnson
    and the Invention of the Blues. Armistad Press,
    2004.
  • Welding, Pete. "Hellhound On his Trail Robert
    Johnson." down beat, Music '66.
  • Wolf, Robert. Hellhound on my Trail the Life of
    Robert Johnson, Bluesman Extraordinaire. 2004.

37
Robert Johnson, blues and rock folklore
  • The topics of the Robert Johnsons lyrics and
    legend
  • (hoodoo, love spells Devils, blues spirits)
    are extremely popular in blues lyrics
  • Rock music, practically born from blues,
    herded all this folklore themes, that has
    been reinterpreted in an original way by several
    authors
  • The damned but sensual and fascinating
    Robert Johnson became also a kind of model for
    blues and rock stars

38
John Lee Hooker Jim Morrison ( The Doors )
Roadhouse Blues
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vKxJpFM10yxIfeature
    related

39
Jim Morrison Possesed by Devils Part 1
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vD99UQfzceiIfeature
    related

40
Website about blues lyrics and hoodoo
  • http//www.luckymojo.com/blues.htmlwhy

41
Santana Black Magic Woman, 1970 Album
Abraxas, Author Peter Green
  • Got a black magic womanGot a black magic
    womanIve got a black magic woman
  • Got me so blind I cant seeThat shes a black
    magic womanShes trying to make a devil out of
    meDont turn your back on me babyDont turn
    your back on me babyYes dont turn your back on
    me baby
  • Stop messing round with your tricks
  • Dont turn your back on me babyYou just might
    pick up my magic sticks
  • Got your spell on me babyGot your spell on me
    baby
  • Yes you got your spell on me babyTurning my
    heart into stone
  • I need you so bad, magic womanI cant leave you
    alone
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?v6WCc025HH0Efeature
    related

42
Joe Cocker Civilized ManSongwriters Alter,
Louis / Delange, Eddie
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vSEFA31Gt8T8feature
    related
  • You made me need youNeed you so badWould you
    believeAnd never so mad, oh yeahDouble cross me
    once, and never cross me againNow you're running
    'round looking for some sympathyWell you know as
    well as I that we're history
  • You're lucky, I'm a civilized manYou're lucky,
    I'm a civilized manOh yeah, a civilized man
  • A poison arrow, right from the startRight down
    to zero, you went for my heartOh yeahYou've
    been hoodoo, voodooStart the fire again
  • Now you ask me to forget all you've brought me
    toWhen you know as well as I you've got it
    coming to youYou're lucky, I'm a civilized
    manYou're lucky, I'm a civilized manOh yeah, a
    civilized man

43
SOLD IT TO THE DEVIL by Merline (The Yas yas
Girl) Johnson
  • I sold my soul, sold it to the Devil and my heart
    has turned to stone
  • I sold my soul, sold it to the Devil, and he
    won't let me alone     I'm hateful and I'm evil,
    I carries a Gatling gun     I drink carbolic
    acid, be darned if I will run
  • But I sold it, I have sold it Sold it to the
    Devil, and my heart has turned to stone.

44
Female Hoodoo
  • HOODOO BLUES by Bessie Brown
  • I'm on the war path now, I'm mean and evil I vow,
    Some woman stole my man, to get even I've a
    plan. Gonna sprinkle ding 'em dust all around
    her door Gonna sprinkle ding 'em dust all around
    her door Put a spider in her dumplin', make her
    crawl all over the floor

45
Mojo Hands for women and men
  • MOJO HAND BLUES by Ida Cox 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 by Lightnin' Hopkins
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vRNDJF4azgogfeature
    related 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
  • Cold ground was my bed last night, rocks was my
    pillow too
  • I woke up this morning,           I'm wondering,
    "What in the world am I gonna do?" I lay down
    thinking, "Buy me a mojo hand."

46
HOO DOO BLUES by HARRY CHATMON
  • I'm the old hoodoo, works with white mojo
    (white magic hoodoo)I'm the old hoodoo, works
    with white mojo, I can get a woman a man,
    anywhere I go. A woman come to me, beggin' and
    cryin', "Someone have done went and took that
    man of mine" "Listen, sweet mama, looked at
    your hand, Go back home and control your man."
  • ()
  • I'll tell you one thing, sweet mama, what you'll
    have to do, Go down town and get you a old
    horseshoe. Come back home and fix it up over
    your front door, Bet you five dollars your
    man'll never leave home no more.

47
Lightnin Hopkins Black Ghost Blues
  • Black ghost, black ghost, please stay away from
    my doorBlack ghost, black ghost, will you please
    stay away from my doorYeah you know you worry
    po' Lightnin' so now, I just can't sleep no more
  • Yeah you know I go to dreaming first night, black
    ghost is all po' Lightnin' can seeI go to
    dreaming first night, black ghost is all po'
    Lightnin' can seeYou know that's why I begin to
    wonder why you keeps on worryin' me
  • Black ghost is a picture, and the black ghost is
    a shadow tooWhoa black ghost is a picture, and
    the black ghost is a shadow tooYou just can see
    him, but you can't hear him talkin'Ain't nothin'
    else that a black ghost can doBlack Ghost Blues!

48
THE JINX BLUES No. 1 by Son House
  • Well, I got up this mornin', jinx all 'round    
          jinx all 'round, 'round my bed,
  • Know I thought about you and, honey, and it like
    to kill me dead
  • ()
  • You know the blues ain't nothing but a low down
    shaking,           low down shakin', achin'
    chill
  • ()
  • Well, blues, blues, is a worried heart,        
      is a worried heart, heart disease
  • ()
  • Know, 'clare the woman you be lovin', man, is so
    doggone hard to please ()Mmm, I rather be
    outdoors, walkin' up,           walkin' up, and
    down the road ()
  • I said, look a here, darlin', honey, don't you
    try to cry no more, Well, when I leave this
    time, I'm gonna hang crepe on your door
    http//www.youtube.com/watch?vr62FNK3JCqs

49
Son House "Death Letter Blues"
  • Son House "Death Letter Blues"
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vNdgrQoZHnNY
  • Cassandra Wilson "Death letter"
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vAFvnT0X9eFQ
  • I got a letter this morning, how do you reckon
    it read?"Oh, hurry, hurry, gal, you love is
    dead"I got a letter this morning, how do you
    reckon it read?"Oh, hurry, hurry, gal, you love
    is dead"

50
Son House "Death Letter Blues"
  • I grabbed my suitcase, I took off, up the roadI
    got there, she was laying on the cooling boardI
    grabbed my suitcase, I took on up the roadI got
    there, she was laying on the cooling board
  • Well, I walked up close, I looked down in her
    faceGood old gal, you got to lay here till
    Judgment DayI walked up close, and I looked down
    in her faceYes, been a good old gal, got to lay
    here till Judgment Day
  • ()
  • Oh, some people tell me the worried blues ain't
    bad It's the worst old feelin' that I ever
    hadSome people tell me the worried blues ain't
    badBuddy, the worst old feelin', Lord, I ever
    hadHmmm, I fold my arms, and I walked
    away"That's all right, mama, your trouble will
    come someday"

51
SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS - I Put A Spell On
YouRecorded also by Nina Simone, Nick Cave,
Natasha Atlas and many more
  • SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vmR81PGlBeqEfeature
    related
  • 'I Put A Spell On You'. Nina Simone (1968)
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vORSzfw8FE-ofeature
    related
  • I put a spell on youcause you're mineYou
    better stop the things you doI aint lyinNo I
    aint lyin
  • You know I cant stand itYoure runnin
    aroundYou know better daddyI cant stand it
    cause you put me downI put a spell on
    youBecause youre mineYoure mineI love yaI
    love youI love youI love you anyhowAnd I dont
    careIf you don't want meI'm yours right nowYou
    hear meI put a spell on youBecause you're mine

52
I ain't superstitious Willie Dixon 1962
recorded also by The Rolling Stones (1978)
  • Well, I ain't superstitious, black cat just cross
    my trailWell, I ain't superstitious, oh the
    black cat just cross my trailDon't sweep me with
    no broom, I might get put in jailWhen my right
    hand itches, I gets money for sureWhen my right
    hand itches, I gets money for sureBut, when my
    left eye jumps, somebody's got to go
  • ()
  • Well, the dogs are howlin, all over the
    neighborhoodWhoa, the dogs are howlin, all over
    the neighborhoodThat is true sign of death,
    baby, that ain't no good

Willie Dixon(William James Dixon)July 1, 1915 -
Jan. 29, 1992
53
Skip James - Devil Got My Woman 1966
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vJB2POWSnStU
  • I'd rather be the devil, to be that woman manI'd
    rather be the devil, to be that woman manAw,
    nothin' but the devil, changed my baby's mindWas
    nothin' but the devil, changed my baby's mindI
    laid down last night, laid down last nightI laid
    down last night, tried to take my restMy mind
    got to ramblin', like a wild geeseFrom the west,
    from the westThe woman I love, woman that I
    lovedWoman I loved, took her from my best
    friendBut he got lucky, stoled her back
    againAnd he got lucky, stoled her back again

54
Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil 1968
Beggars Banquet
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vJpNoniDH6IY
  • Please allow me to introduce myselfIm a man of
    wealth and tasteIve been around for a long,
    long yearStole many a mans soul and faith
  • And I was round when Jesus ChristHad his
    moment of doubt and pain
  • Made damn sure that PilateWashed his hands and
    sealed his fate
  • Pleased to meet youHope you guess my nameBut
    what's puzzling youIs the nature of my gameI
    stuck around St. PetersburgWhen I saw it was a
    time for a change
  • Killed the czar and his ministersAnastasia
    screamed in vain
  • I rode a tankHeld a generals rankWhen the
    blitzkrieg ragedAnd the bodies stank

55
Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
  • Hope you guess my name, oh yeahAh, what's
    puzzling youIs the nature of my game, oh yeahI
    watched with glee
  • While your kings and queensFought for ten
    decadesFor the gods they madeI shouted out,Who
    killed the Kennedys?
  • When after allIt was you and meLet me please
    introduce myselfI'm a man of wealth and taste
  • And I laid traps for troubadoursWho get killed
    before they reached Bombay()
  • Just as every cop is a criminalAnd all the
    sinners saintsAs heads is tails
  • Just call me Lucifercause I'm in need of some
    restraintSo if you meet meHave some courtesy
  • Have some sympathy, and some tasteUse all your
    well-learned politesse
  • Or Ill lay your soul to waste, um yeah

56
Sympathy, The Master and Margarita
  • Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of
    wealth and taste
  • These opening lines reflect Jagger's direct
    inspiration by The Master and Margarita, with the
    book opening with the similar
  • "'Please excuse me,' he said, speaking correctly,
    but with a foreign accent, 'for presuming to
    speak to you without an introduction'"
  • Richards suggested changing the tempo and using
    additional percussion

57
Bruce Sprinsteen YoungtownLP The Gost of Tom
Joad 1995
  • Here in north east OhioBack in
    eighteen-o-threeJames and Danny HeatonFound the
    ore that was linin' yellow creek
  • They built a blast furnaceHere along the
    shoreAnd they made the cannon ballsThat helped
    the union win the war
  • Here in YoungstownHere in YoungstownMy
    sweet Jenny, I'm sinkin' downHere darlin' in
    Youngstown
  • Kept 'em hotter than hellI come home from 'Nam
    worked my way to scarferA job that'd suit the
    devil as well
  • Taconite, coke and limestoneFed my children and
    made my payThen smokestacks reachin' like the
    arms of godInto a beautiful sky of soot and clay
  • Well my daddy come on the 0hio worksWhen he come
    home from world war twoNow the yards just scrap
    and rubbleHe said, "hem big boys did what Hitler
    couldn't do"These mills they built the tanks and
    bombs

58
Bruce Sprinsteen YoungtownLP The Gost of Tom
Joad 1995
  • That won this country's warsWe sent our sons to
    Korea and VietnamNow we're wondering what they
    were dyin' for
  • From the Monongaleh valleyTo the Mesabi iron
    rangeTo the coal mines of AppalacchiaThe
    story's always the sameSeven-hundred tons of
    metal a dayNow sir you tell me the world's
    changedOnce I made you rich enoughRich enough
    to forget my name
  • When I die I don't want no part of heavenI would
    not do heavens work wellI pray the devil comes
    and takes meTo stand in the fiery furnaces of
    hell
  • The lyrics ego want to be punished as Robert
    Johnson in Me and the Devil blues

59
Bruce Springsteen - Devils and Dust 2005
  • Well I dreamed of you last nightIn a field of
    blood and stoneThe blood began to dryThe smell
    began to riseWell I dreamed of you last night,
    BobbieIn a field of mud and boneYour blood
    began to dryAnd the smell began to rise()Now
    every woman and every manThey wanna take a
    righteous standFind the love that God willsAnd
    the faith that He commandsI've got my finger on
    the triggerAnd tonight faith just ain't
    enoughWhen I look inside my heartThere's just
    devils and dust
  • I got my finger on the triggerBut I don't know
    who to trustWhen I look into your eyesThere's
    just devils and dustWe're a long, long way from
    home, BobbieHome's a long, long way from usI
    feel a dirty wind blowingDevils and dustI got
    God on my sideAnd I'm just trying to
    surviveWhat if what you do to surviveKills the
    things you loveFear's a powerful thing, babyIt
    can turn your heart black you can trustIt'll
    take your God filled soulAnd fill it with devils
    and dust

60
Iron Maiden The number of the beast, 1982
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vLSPirTVKm9Ufeature
    related
  • Woe to You Oh Earth and Seafor the Devil sends
    the beast with wrathbecause he knows the time is
    shortLet him who hath understandingreckon the
    number of the beastfor it is a human numberits
    number is six hundred and sixty six
  • I lived alone my mind was blankI needed time to
    think to get the memories from my mind
  • What did I see? Could I believe? That what I
    sawthat night was real and not just fantasy
  • Just what I saw in my old dreams were
    theyreflections of my warped mind staring back
    at me?

61
The number of the beast, 1982
  • 'Cause in my dreams it's always there
  • the evil face that twists my mind and
    brings me to despair - Yeah!Night was black
    was no use holding back'Cause I just had to see
    was someone watching me
  • In the mist dark figures move and twistwas all
    this for real or just some kind of hell
  • 6-6-6 the Number of the BeastHell and fire was
    spawned to be released
  • Torches blazed and sacred chants were praised
    as they start to cry hands held to the sky In
    the night the fires burning bright the ritual
    has begun Satan's work is done

62
The number of the beast, 1982
  • 666 the Number of the Beast Sacrifice is going
    on tonight This can't go on I must inform the
    law Can this still be real or some crazy dream
    but I feel drawn towards the evil chanting
    hordes they seem to mesmerize me...can't avoid
    their eyes
  • 666 the Number of the Beast 666 the one for you
    and me I'm coming back I will return And I'll
    possess your body and I'll make you burn
  • I have the fire I have the force I have the
    power to make my evil take its course

63
The number of the beast isnt satanistic
  • The texts tells about an inner struggle against
    an evil power
  • The theme is quite similar to the Delta blues
    ones

64
Metallica Loverman (Nick Cave)LP Garage Inc
  • There's a devil waiting outside your door(How
    much longer)There's a devil waiting outside your
    doorIt is bucking and braying and pawing at the
    floorAnd he's howling with pain andcrawling up
    the walls
  • There's a devil waiting outside your doorHe's
    weak with evil and broken by the worldHe's
    shouting your name and he's asking for
    moreThere's a devil waiting outside your door
  • Forever, Amen Till end of time Take off
    thatdress I'm coming down I'm your
    lovermanCause I am what I am what I am what I am
  • L is for LOVE, babyO is for ONLY you that I doV
    is for loving VIRTUALLY all that you areE is for
    loving almost EVERYTHING that you doR is for
    RAPE meM is for MURDER meA is for ANSWERING all
    of my prayersN is for KNOWING your loverman's
    going to be the answer to all of yours

65
Nick Cave Loverman 1994
  • I'll be your loverman!
  • I got a masterplanTo take off your dress
  • And be your man
  • Seize the throne Seize the mantleSeize the
    crown
  • Cause I am what I amWhat I am what I am I'm
    your loverman!
  • There's a devil lying by your sideYou might
    think he's asleepbut look at his eyesHe wants
    you, baby, to be his brideThere's a devil lying
    by your sideLoverman! Loverman!
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vy1WXVG7h0bM
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vT4Tl18T38P4feature
    related

66
Metallica Loverman (Nick Cave)LP Garage Inc
  • Loverman! Till the bitter endWhile empires burn
    down
  • Forever and everand ever and ever
  • Amen I'm your lovermanSo help me, baby So help
    meCause I am what I am what I am what I amI'll
    be your loverman!
  • There's a devil crawling along your floorThere's
    a devil crawling along your floorWith a
    trembling heart, he'scoming through your
    doorWith his straining sex in his jumping paw
  • There's a devil crawling along your floorAnd
    he's old and he's stupid andhe's hungry and he's
    soreAnd he's lame and he's blindand he's dirty
    and he's poorGive him more
  • ()
  • I'll say it againL is for LOVE, babyO is for O
    yes I doV is for VIRTUE, so I ain't gonna hurt
    youE is for EVEN if you want me toR is for
    RENDER unto me, babyM is for that which is
    MINEA is for ANY old how, darlingN is for ANY
    old time

67
Skip James He is a mighy good leader
  • Skip James He is a mighy good leader
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vHnapiTta51kfeature
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68
John Lee Hooker Santana - The Healer
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vK_8kkuekS5Afeature
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