Mean Black Mamba

by Mean Black Mamba

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1.
Skies are dark, dogs are out Shadows crawl, you can hear them shout Mean black mamba sliding over my floor Mean black mamba slipping through my front door Mean black mamba, mean black mamba Mean black mamba sliding over my floor Band is pumping, juju groove Crowd is jumping, juju move Mean black mamba sliding over my floor Mean black mamba slipping through my front door Mean black mamba, mean black mamba Mean black mamba sliding over my floor I’m doing all right Boogie all night Shake the meat on your bones Do the black snake moan Don’t the stars look pretty when the stray dogs bark Stars look pretty slipping in the dark Mean black mamba sliding over my floor Mean black mamba slipping through my front door Mean black mamba, mean black mamba Mean black mamba sliding over my floor She’s a juju princess, she’s a gypsy queen Snake doctor, love burns like gasoline When the black snake poison in my blood runs wild She’s my midnight angel, well I love that child Mean black mamba sliding over my floor Mean black mamba slipping through my front door Mean black mamba, mean black mamba Mean black mamba sliding over my floor
2.
Sweatshop hooker in your Chinese high heel shoes Sweatshop hooker in your Chinese high heel shoes Standing in the street lamp light, your pimp put you out on the loose Sweatshop hooker, why do you walk the streets at night? Sweatshop hooker, why do you walk the streets at night? Babies at home, your man got killed in a street gang fight Sweatshop hooker, I see you every night when I’m coming home Sweatshop hooker, I see you every night when I’m coming home No love in your bedroom eyes, just a stray cat all alone Sweatshop hooker, the police know you by name Don’t you know, don’t you know it’s a dangerous game Sweatshop hooker, I don’t know how you survive When the morning light comes, I hope you’re still alive When the morning light comes, I hope you’re still alive
3.
Mystery woman, with napalm in her hair The crowd was crazy, mad silence in the air Oh and the room was shaking, oh and my knees were aching I went in for the kill and she hit me right between the eyes Missed with the hook and she hit me with a six inch punch Six inch punch, six inch punch, six inch Missed with the hook and she hit me with a six inch punch She could float like a butterfly, she could sting like a bee She was rocking, on the ropes, just like Muhammad Ali She was ducking and diving, jabbing and jiving I went in for the kill and she hit me right between the eyes Missed with the hook and she hit me with a six inch punch Six inch punch, six inch punch, six inch Missed with the hook and she hit me with a six inch punch It was a rumble in the jungle, there was a riot in the street We did the mamba in the spotlights, trying to hit what the eyes don’t see I could feel my spine chill and shiver and my skin was all aquiver I went in for the kill and she hit me right between the eyes Missed with the hook and she hit me with a six inch punch Six inch punch, six inch punch, six inch Missed with the hook and she hit me with a six inch punch
4.
Howling 03:23
You got me crazy, got me crazy, got me crazy, got me crazy Like a hound dog howling at the moon You’ve got a beautiful smile, beautiful smile, beautiful smile, beautiful smile Make a blind man see the light You’re like food for my soul, food for my soul, food for my soul, food for my soul Hope I see you again soon When they lay my old body in the clay Don’t you cry, my spirit’s slipping away Don’t look for me on my deathbed where I lay Don’t you cry, my spirit’s slipping away I’m going down the road, going down the road, going down the road, going down the road Where the babies wear no shoes I’m standing in the rain, standing in the rain, standing in the rain, standing in the rain Thunderbolts in the night I’m soaked to the skin and I’m chilled to the bone Cold and I’m lonely, long way from home You’ve got me crazy like a hound dog howling Woohoo-oo-oo-ooo You’ve got me crazy like a hound dog howling Woohoo-oo-oo-ooo You’ve got me crazy like a hound dog howling Woohoo-oo-oo-ooo (repeat)
5.
Night is swollen, the train is rolling Shadows play upon the wall Secrets lie behind the cold moons eyes Don’t you tell anybody if you find the gold If you find the gold, if you find the gold, If you find the gold, if you find the gold When you’re walking through the valley on the thin red line Don’t you tell anybody if you find the gold Shepherds warning, red sky dawning Soldiers stand before the grave of the king Eagles wing flashes across the sun Don’t you tell anybody if you find the gold If you find the gold, if you find the gold, If you find the gold, if you find the gold When you’re walking through the valley on the thin red line Don’t you tell anybody if you find the gold Now if you’re digging for religion in your own back yard The shovel is blunt, the ground is hard When you hear that spade ringing, steel on steel Don’t you tell anybody if you find the gold If you find the gold, if you find the gold, If you find the gold, if you find the gold When you’re walking through the valley on the thin red line Don’t you tell anybody if you find the gold
6.
I woke before the clock had struck the hour of four I was tired but my mind left sleep standing in her door I’m standing here staring at blood drops on the snow There’s something in the air everywhere I go I’m going to raise up in the dawning before the calling of the crows Leave this town’s wild money, down the street a steel wind blows I’m still not convicted for the kind of seeds I sow There’s something in the air everywhere I go I have a psychic milk cow, I’ve got a clairvoyant mule I heard the crown prince praying in the monastery vestibule I’m in this cemetery of dreams, walking down it row by row There’s something in the air everywhere I go They’re playing dominos on the field amid the bodies and the blood They say Noah’s down the road building a boat to ride the flood It takes imagination to know which dice to throw There’s something in the air everywhere I go (repeat)
7.
Can you hear me cry, call your name and moan Can you hear me cry, call your name and moan Midnight creeping, evil in my home Dust devil howling, razorblades in my bread Dust devil howling, razorblades in my bread Hear me shout so loud, bound to raise the dead Black snake crawling, black moon on the sky Black snake crawling, black moon on the sky Black cat screeching, black dog in my mind Vultures on my walls, lizards in my bed Vultures on my walls, lizards in my bed Won’t you call my sangoma, poison in my head Black dog in my mind (repeat)
8.
Superstar 03:33
I’m going down to the river, just one more time I’m going down to the river, just one more time I’m going down to the river one more time There’s a woman down there, said she won’t be mine I’m going down to the river one more time There’s a woman down there, said she won’t be mine, won’t be mine I don’t know what I’ll do, she won’t have me anymore I don’t know what I’ll do, she won’t have me anymore I might drink ten buckets of turpentine with a rusty old tin can I might as well suffer, she won’t let me be her man I might drink ten buckets of turpentine with a rusty old tin can I might as well suffer, she won’t let me be her man I’m going to saddle up my pony, raise the dust running down this road I’m going to saddle up my pony, raise the dust running down this road I’m going to saddle up my mustang that I got from Henry Ford When I ride back this way again there’s gonna be a superstar on board I’m going to saddle up my mustang that I got from Henry Ford When I ride back this way again there’s gonna be a superstar on board Superstar (repeat)
9.
Road Trip 04:13
Darkness surrounds me my eyes caught in the light Blinded by the morning, black shadows in the night The only way forward is straight into the sun I hear my angel calling, I should be moving on My soul feels like driftwood on a stormy sea I spy a white dove falling from the old fig tree When I stand off to the side, I see dust against the sun I hear my angel calling, I should be moving on I’m on a road trip, got my friends here in the back Road trip, drinking and driving, God owns this Cadillac I’m on a road trip, got lightning in my head Road trip, my heart has awoken like the resurrected dead I’m on a road trip, road trip Sometimes I feel homeless and wild Sometimes I feel homeless and wild When I look up at the sky I see a smile behind the sun I hear my angel calling, I should be moving on I’m on a road trip, got my friends here in the back Road trip, drinking and driving, God owns this Cadillac I’m on a road trip, got lightning in my head Road trip, my heart has awoken like the resurrected dead I’m on a road trip, road trip
10.
I was peering through the headlights My clock creeping towards midnight I could hear the music from the highway Pulsing down the byway Fire on the floor, big mama shaking, screaming for more Fire on the floor, house burning down, devil at the door Fire on the floor, fire on the floor Man you know the horns were blowing And I got, got my juju flowing Cracking on the snare drum Like a machine gun Fire on the floor, big mama shaking, screaming for more Fire on the floor, house burning down, devil at the door Fire on the floor, fire on the floor Smoke haze drifting I could feel the beat lifting Grooving in the farm yard Man the band had to work hard Fire on the floor, big mama shaking, screaming for more Fire on the floor, house burning down, devil at the door Fire on the floor, fire on the floor (repeat)
11.
She walked out of the sun, straight into my eyes She walked out of the sun, straight into my eyes She was shining, in the morning, like the holy man from Galilee And her legs, went on and on, long enough to make a fool out of me She’s going to hurt someone, hurt someone Heart’s on fire, she’s a loaded gun She’s going to hurt someone, hurt someone Reckless messiah, she’s the only one She’s going to hurt someone, hurt someone Look in her eyes, you’ll be blinded staring at the sun It was early, dreams swimming in my head It was early, dreams swimming in my head She was walking on the water, where the sky comes to meet the sea I was drowning, in her eyes, nobody there to rescue me She’s going to hurt someone, hurt someone Heart’s on fire, she’s a loaded gun She’s going to hurt someone, hurt someone Reckless messiah, she’s the only one She’s going to hurt someone, hurt someone Look in her eyes, you’ll be blinded staring at the sun If your break the bread with this woman, drink from here sweet wine If your break the bread with this woman, drink from here sweet wine You’ll be lost like a sailor, tossed upon the raging seas She is shining, she is golden, but her love is going to break your knees She’s going to hurt someone, hurt someone Heart’s on fire, she’s a loaded gun She’s going to hurt someone, hurt someone Reckless messiah, she’s the only one She’s going to hurt someone, hurt someone Look in her eyes, you’ll be blinded staring at the sun
12.
Hold me don’t let me down Hold me don’t let me down Hold me don’t let me down I’m drinking holy water on sacred ground Demons on my trail Lost and lonely like a shaggy hound Hold me don’t let me down I’m drinking holy water on sacred ground Hold me don’t let me down Hold me don’t let me down Hold me don’t let me down I’m drinking holy water on sacred ground Tear in my heart, smile in your eyes Tear in my heart, smile in your eyes Tears in my heart and the rain won’t come Smile in your eyes, I’m drinking holy water on sacred ground Hold me don’t let me down Hold me don’t let me down Hold me don’t let me down I’m drinking holy water on sacred ground Cold, cold, cold, people it’s cold down here Hard, hard, hard, people its hard down here Doctor, doctor, doctor won’t you fix my heart I never, never, never, I never felt quite this low before Hold me don’t let me down Hold me don’t let me down Hold me don’t let me down I’m drinking holy water on sacred ground Hold me don’t let me down Hold me don’t let me down Hold me don’t let me down I’m drinking holy water on sacred ground

credits

released October 11, 2013

GUY COLLINS: Vocals & Guitar
JAMES VAN MINNEN: Drums

Produced by MBM & RONAN SKILLEN
Recorded & mixed by RONAN SKILLEN

Mastering: TIM LENGFELD
Design: MARISSA VAN MINNEN
Photography: MAYA MORGAN
Executive Support: LIVE SEM & ALAN PHILLIPS
Guy Collins plays VINTAGE guitars

All tracks written, composed & performed by Mean Black Mamba
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Mean Black Mamba Cape Town, South Africa

Mean Black Mamba: Raw foot stomping roots music that grooves your body and soul. Words of humor and hope sliding between writhing riffs and the insistent thump of a cowhide drum. This is afro swamp gospel, this is blues n’ roll. Guitarist and singer Guy Collins with drummer extraordinaire James van Minnen are afro swamp gospel prophets in the temple of cosmic delta juju. ... more

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