The Love Me Or Die

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Mick writes:

Here's my version of a great song by Australia's C.W. Stoneking. A tale of lust and death in the jungle - blimey! I love CW's original which features Caribbean style horns, but I wanted to try a more guitar based, garagey approach. I think it works - hope you agree. Either way it's still a fabulous song with one of the best lyrics of modern times.

This and all the current crop of singles will be on the album "Telegram" set for release 16th September 2022.

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

Lord, 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 weeping and the gnashing of the teeth
Flames of Hell lick 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

"The Love Me Or Die" by Christopher William Stoneking
Licensed through Easy Song Licensing

Mick Clarke - The Love Me Or Die' Original jungle photo by Prajwal Vedpath
Below: C W Stoneking Mick Clarke - The Love Me Or Die'