Black Snake Moan, Blind Lemon Jefferson, 1927

Original recording: Blind Lemon Jefferson (Guitar and vocals)

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Recording information: Recorded for Paramount records 

Other covers:

Victoria Spivey – Black Snake Blues/(moan) (1926)

Rosa Henderson – Black Snake Moan (1927)

Martha Copeland – Black Snake Moan (1927)

Cobb and Underwood – Black Snake Moan (1930)

Leadbelly – Black Snake Moan (1935)

Brownie McGhee – Black Snake Moan (1951)

Lyrics:

I ain’t got no mama now
I ain’t got no mama now
She told me late last night, “You don’t need no mama no how”

Mmm, mmm, black snake crawlin’ in my room
Mmm, mmm, black snake crawlin’ in my room
Some pretty mama better come and get this black snake soon

Ohh-oh, that must have been a bed bug, baby a chinch can’t bite that hard
Ohh-oh, that must have been a bed bug, honey a chinch can’t bite that hard
Ask my sugar for fifty cents, she said “Lemon, ain’t a child in the yard”

Mama, that’s all right, mama that’s all right for you
Mama, that’s all right, mama that’s all right for you
Mama, that’s all right, most seen all you do

Mmm, mmm, what’s the matter now?
Mmm, mmm, honey what’s the matter now?
Sugar, what’s the matter, don’t like no black snake no how

Mmm, mmm, wonder where my black snake gone?
Mmm, mmm, wonder where this black snake gone?
Black snake mama done run my darlin’ home 

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