I Love My Mojo
Thank you for attending the third night of Knees Calhoon's Midnight Ramble. I hope to see you for the next 57 nights as each night you'll get a new re-mix of Knees' songs done up for more discriminating generations of music fans. Those scratchy old songs were fine for the 1950s but nowadays we want to hear every guitar goof or vocal screwup.
Written: Monterey Street, Farmington NM, winter 1964
Another ripoff, this time of Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away. At least Knees added a chorus in another time signature. This was the first Calhoon tune with a plot, albeit a flaky one. Is there a hidden symbolism to the voodoo doll and bloody pin? Why would a doll bleed? And what kind of do-gooder goes around leaving bloody needles as his calling card? Calhoon never answers these questions. This was Knees’ third song with lyrics and he was just still living up to a stupid pledge to include the word “mojo” in all his songs.
Deep inna jungle way cross the world
A witch doctor say “Hey you needa girl?”
I say “Hey doctor thassa what I need.”
He gave me a doll and said “Make it bleed.”
I grabbed me a needle an I stuck that doll
A girl comes up to me says “You wanna ball?”
I say “Hey doctor whatcha call this thing?”
He say “It’s a Mojo an yo’re its king.”
I love my Mojo cuz he’s my man
My Mojo loves me cuz I’m his hand.
I got my Mojo a-workin on you
An you’ll be mine befo he’s through.
Well, one of these days you’ll come to me
An maybe I’ll set my Mojo free.
Or maybe I’ll give him to a frien in need
An say “It’s a Mojo now make it bleed.”
My little Mojo will go on and on
Leavin love wherever he’s gone,
An you can tell just where he’s been
Cuz you’ll always find a bloody pin.