Juju Hand

Painting my hand with multiple colors serves to infuse it with magical powers, which is neither a good nor a bad thing, although once it is painted, it may be used for constructive purposes as well as for any nefarious deeds.  I had juju eyeballs before John Lennon sang about them and they were not hypnotic or mesmerizing, as this happened when I was completely smashed from drinking kamikazes and I am not doing that again any time soon.  The term juju evokes an image of African voodoo with half-naked native black men sporting bones through their noses, dancing around a large open fire, with a group of missionaries being boiled up in a large cauldron.  Juju was a pejorative term, signifying that there was no rhyme or reason to what might be selected for this religious devotion and some people feel this term was derived from the French word for toy (joujou).

Juju got a bad wrap and it was usually associated with death, but there is also a thing called good juju and that would come from a good or white witch and this might be used to bless a marriage with a pregnancy.  The painted hand was the mark of an escaped slave who would no longer be owned by a master, so the juju hand was a good juju and it would bring positive energy and warmth to anyone who it touched.  This juju hand was known for training a zebra to ride a bike that pulled an elephant around in a wagon that would play a piano and everyone enjoyed seeing that.

Yoka mata huba bakwa Juju Hand
Oooowwww! We got it now!

I’ve got an alligator claw and some booby dust
So you better do what you know you must
I got a lock of your hair and a bullfrog’s eye
And if you break my heart you better say “Goodbye”

I got a yoka mata huba bakwa Juju Hand
This yoka mata huba bakwa Juju Hand sure is grand
Makes your eyes turn red and your tongue turn green
It’s the strongest mess that you’ve ever seen

Mojo hand used to be real strong
It kept you straight when you did me wrong
As time went by you just got so mean
But the yoka mata huba bakwa is the thing

I’ve got a yoka mata huba bakwa Juju Hand
This yoka mata huba bakwa sure is grand
Makes your eyes look red and your tongue turn green
The yoka mata huba bakwa makes you scream:
Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Oooowwww!
Huba bakwa Huba bakwa

Mojo hand used to be real strong
It kept you straight when you did me wrong
As time went by you just got so mean
But the yoka mata huba bakwa is the thing

I’ve got a yoka mata huba bakwa Juju Hand
This yoka mata huba bakwa sure is grand
Makes your eyes look red and your tongue turn green
Its the strongest mess that you’ve ever seen

Oooowwww!

Yoka mata huba bakwa Juju Hand
Yoka mata huba bakwa Juju Hand

Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge #200, where today she gives us a very colorful image and asks us to be creative and go berserk with it.

13 thoughts on “Juju Hand

  1. This was originally released as a single in 1981 and is from the album Juju.
    Siouxsie & The Banshees were at their peak with the best line-up of Siouxsie (vocals), John McGeogh (guitar), Steve Severin (bass) and Budgie (drums).

    From the cradle bars
    Comes a beckoning voice
    It sends you spinning
    You have no choice

    You hear laughter
    Cracking through the walls
    It sends you spinning
    You have no choice

    You hear laughter
    Cracking through the walls
    It sends you spinning
    You have no choice

    Following the footsteps
    Of a rag doll dance
    We are entranced
    Spellbound

    Following the footsteps
    Of a rag doll dance
    We are entranced
    Spellbound

    Spellbound
    Spellbound, oh, oh, oh
    Spellbound
    Spellbound
    Spellbound
    Spellbound

    And don’t forget when your elders forget
    To say their prayers
    Take them by the legs
    And throw them down the stairs

    When you think your toys
    Have gone berserk
    And it’s an illusion
    You cannot shirk

    You hear laughter
    Cracking through the walls
    It sends you spinning
    You have no choice

    Following the footsteps
    Of a rag doll dance
    We are entranced
    Spellbound

    Following the footsteps
    Of a rag doll dance
    We are entranced
    Spellbound

    Spellbound
    Spellbound, oh, oh, oh
    Spellbound
    Spellbound
    Spellbound
    Spellbound
    Spellbound

    Following the footsteps
    Of a rag doll dance
    We are entranced

    Following the footsteps
    Of a rag doll dance
    We are entranced

    Entranced
    Entranced
    Tranced, tranced, tranced

    Source: Musixmatch

    Songwriters: Siouxsie & The Banshees

    Spellbound lyrics © Domino Publishing Co. Ltd., Chrysalis Music Ltd

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