Mean Black Mamba

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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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Track Name: Mean Black Mamba
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
Track Name: Sweat Shop Hooker
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
Track Name: Six Inch Punch
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
Track Name: Howling
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)
Track Name: Find The Gold
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
Track Name: Everywhere I Go
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)
Track Name: Poison In My Head
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)
Track Name: Superstar
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)
Track Name: Road Trip
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
Track Name: Fire On The Floor
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)
Track Name: Staring At The Sun
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
Track Name: 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

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