Fogyism

Original Text: 
Anna Stong Bourgeois, ed., Blueswomen: Profiles and Lyrics, 1920-1945 (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 1996): 41. Music Library ML 54.6 B79B6.
2Why do people believe in some old signs?
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5Some will break a mirror, cry about bad luck for seven years.
6Some will break a mirror, cry about bad luck for seven years.
7And if a black cat crosses them, they'll break right down in tears.
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9To dream of muddy water, trouble's knockin' at your door.
10To dream of muddy water, trouble is knockin' at your door.
11Your man is sure to leave you and never return no more.
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13When your man come home evil, tells you you are getting old.
14When your man come home evil, tells you you are getting old.

Notes

1] Fogyism: old, out-dated ideas (not in OED). signs: omens or portents (OED, "sign," n., 9). Back to Line
3] hoodoo: a person who practices voodoo magic. Back to Line
15] jelly roll: female genitalia, sexual intercourse. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2009
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Special Copyright: 

Possibly copyrighted to the estate of Ida Cox, but this song may be in the public domain by now. RPO would be glad to learn of any inadvertent infringement of copyright.