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Hoodoo Bash – Michael Hurley, The Unholy Modal Rounders, Jeffrey Frederick & The Clamtones


This spooky, hair-raising song is a fruit of collaboration between Michael Hurley, The Unholy Modal Rounders, Jeffrey Frederick & The Clamtones. The former is perhaps one of the most bizarre artists the American soil ever bore, but I have a feeling he ain’t the only weirdo on this record…

Am          E          Am         E
Down at the station at one in the morning
          Am           E              C        E
There's a trainload of strangers that just hit town
Am        E           Am        E
One has a top hat and one has a falcon
      Am                G                      C   E  Am
And although they just arrived they know their way a—round

Am       E            Am          E
Out to a house at the edge of the town
                 Am          E          C        E
They're bringing Thunderbird wine and a pound of hash
Am     E              Am         E
C'mon along if you're one of the people
              Am               G                  C  E   Am
Because we're gonna to get the spirit down at the Hoodoo Bash

A               Ab
All the wizards from the south
G                       E
Came up special for the big turnout
C               Fm
Golden Blossom, Singing Bear
They're going to have a party and they just don't care

Fasten your seat belts, let down your hair
Because tonight is the night we've been waiting for
People in trances and African dances
Another kind of life is waiting behind that door

We got supplies that will last for a week
So there ain't nothing can stop us until we crash
When we have kids, we will tell them the story
'Bout the night we got the spirit at the Hoodoo Bash

Magic mushrooms from Singing Bear
Indian visions that'll curl your hair
And Golden Blossom said she'd make
Her dandelion wine and morning glory cake

Tell all your friends that you're gone out of town
And be prepared to go out of your natural mind
We're gonna rise when the sun's going down
When the spirit starts to hit you'll never know what you'll find

If you're afraid, then you better stay home
'Cause there's no turning back once the dice are cast
Lovers and strangers will all go thru changes
When they get the good, old spirit down at the Hoodoo Bash.

Transcribed by Dawidsu (Dave)
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kieran McGuire permalink
    12/20/2012 21:21

    Firstly, thanks for the attempt but I think the chords are incorrect for The Hoodoo Bash – at least after listening again to the version on the ‘Have Moicy’ album. You also make an unacceptable comment about Michael Hurley. Hurley is a great American folk artist and an effective songwriter with some classic songs to his credit,check out ‘Sweet Lucy’ or ‘The Neon Letter’.. When we witness the overblown myth making and merchandising that goes into Bob Dylan, a good example is surely Greil Marcus’ comment on Dylan belonging and singing of an ‘older ,weirder America.’ Hurley has an authenticity that Dylan merely strains after. Go and spend a night in Doc Snock’s Gas & Snacks ! Kieran McGuire

    • 12/20/2012 23:13

      What do you mean they’re incorrect? All of them are wrong? Or just some? ;-) I’m open to suggestions. Maybe you should try tuning your guitar to the pitch of the song. I’m not certain, but it might be in a slightly different key (one quarter of a step or something like that).

      And about Hurley… Don’t get me wrong I meant no disrespect. I’m just used to writing bad jokes in the descriptions (and elsewhere). I like the guy, although I’m not as familiar with his music as I am with Dylan’s, which is a shame. But you gotta admit some of his songs are really weird, like The Hog of the Forsaken, for instance. And don’t get me wrong again, I absolutely LOVE that style. ;)

  2. Ross permalink
    11/10/2016 00:07

    I Googled these chords on a whim thinking no oned have em but I was delightfully proven wrong. Thanks a lot!

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