C.W. Stoneking

THE LOVE ME OR DIE

I studied evil, I can’t deny,
Was a hoodoo charm called a Love Me or Die,
Some fingernail, a piece of her dress,
Apocathery, Devil’s behes’
I will relate, the piteous consequence my mistake,
Fallin slave to passin desire,
Makin’ the dreaded Love me or Die.
Against a Jungle primeval green,
She had the looks of a beauty queen
No bangles or chain, wearin’ broken shoe
Seventy-five cent bottle perfume.
I said, “Good mornin”, I tipped my hat,
All the while I was cunning like a rat,
Smilin gaily, looked her in the eye,
I felt in pocket, the Love me or Die
My past history, one to behold,
I studied magic from days of old,
Membership, secret societies,
Power and wealth in my family
But Matilda, Darling,
Why you don’t take my wedding ring,
Like a demon under the floor,
I buried the hoodoo down the back door.
Lawd, word broke through the town,
That a fever strike Matilda down,
Nine thirty, the doctor arrive,
Priest come runnin, quarter to five.
Standin in the weeds early next day,
I saw the meat wagon rollin away,
I seen Matilda layin in the back,
Her old mother wearin a suit of black
Sound the trumpet, and bang the drum,
I wait for me judgement to come,
I know her spirit is down beneath,
I hear the weepin and gnashing of the teeth.
Flames of Hell licks at my feet,
In the shadow of the Jungle I feel the heat,
Matilda’s waiting in Hell for me too,
All cause she died from a bad hoodoo.

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2 thoughts on “C.W. Stoneking

  1. I am glad you enjoy it. He is extraordinarily talented. The guy has definitely done his homework. When I heard him for the first time, I thought I was listening to a song from the 1930’s. I am a huge fan of Delta Blues and Calypso, so his blend of different influences is intriguing. His music is indicative of something larger…as for the song…a women who was charming and dangerous…

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