Ann Cole - GOT MY MOJO WORKING

First performance: 23/10/1971


Coverinfo

2 times performed in the early years with the Bruce Springsteen Band
 
 
1971-10-30 - VCU NEW GYM, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY, RICHMOND, VA (The Bruce Springsteen Band)
 
1998-11-06 - CLUB 251, WEST PALM BEACH, FL (Clarence Clemons)
performed off-tour in 1998 at Club 251 in West Palm Beach, FL, during a guest appearance with Clarence Clemons.
 
2011-01-29 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Ranney School Benefit)
During private benefit shows for schools and colleges that his kids attended at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band. The song was played with Southside Johnny and Danny Clinch.
 
Bruce, Southside Johnny, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, and more come together on stage as the Upstage Jam Band for a show that took place as part of the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival.  
 
 
 

Songinfo

"Got My Mojo Working" is a blues song written by Preston "Red" Foster and first recorded by Ann Cole in 1956. Muddy Waters popularized it in 1957 and the song was a feature of his performances throughout his career. A mojo is an amulet or talisman associated with hoodoo, an early African-American folk-magic belief system. Inspiration to cover the song was probably Muddy Waters.The song was written by Preston "Red" Foster, an African-American musician. Muddy Waters' 1950 song "Louisiana Blues" includes a reference to acquiring a mojo: "I'm goin' down in New Orleans, get me a mojo hand, I'm 'on show all you good lookin' women, yes how to treat your love". His popular 1954 song, "Hoochie Coochie Man", written by Willie Dixon, also mentions it. Muddy Waters : " When you're writin' them songs that are coming from down that way [Mississippi Delta], you can't leave out somethin' about that mojo thing. Because this is what black people really believed in at that time ... even today [circa 1980], when you play the old blues like me, you can't get from around that."
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Got my Mojo working but it just won't work on you
I got my Mojo working but it just won't work on you
I want to love you so till I don't know what to do

I got my black cat bones all pure and dry
I got my four-leaf clovers all hanging high
I got my Mojo working but it just won't work on you
Ohh, I want to love you so till I don't know what to do

I got my voodoo ashes all around your bed
I got my black snake roots underneath your head
I got my Mojo working but it just won't work on you
Well, I want to love you so till I don't know what to do

I got a gypsy woman giving me advice
I got some red hot tips I have to keep on ice
I got my Mojo working but it just won't work on you
Ohh, I want to love you so till I don't know what to do

I got my rabbit foot I know it's working right
I got your strand of hair I keep day and night
I got my Mojo working but it just won't work on you
Oh oh oh, I want to love you so till I don't know what to do
Ohh, I got my Mojo working but it just won't work on you
Ohh, I got my Mojo working but it just won't... [fades out]