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Marie Laveau

This song is by Oscar "Papa" Celestin and appears on the compilation Voodoo in America (2012).

There lived a conjure-lady, not long ago
In New Orleans, Louisiana, named Marie Laveau
She made a fortune selling voodoo and interpreting dreams
She was known throughout the nation as The Voodoo Queen

Folks came to her from miles and miles around
She showed them how to "put that voodoo down"
To the voodoo lady they would go, rich, educated, ignorant, and poor
She'd snap her fingers and shake her head
Then tell 'em 'bout their lovers, livin' or dead

And old, old lady named Widow Brown
She asked why her lover stopped comin' around
The Voodoo gazed at her squalled
"I seen him kissin' a toung girl up in Shakespeare's Hall
Standin' near an oak tree in the dark"

Oh Marie Laveau, Yeah Marie Laveau
Yeah Marie Laveau, Yeah Marie Laveau
Oh Marie Laveau, The Voodoo Queen
Way down yonder in New Orleans

Now old Widow Brown, she lost her speech
Tears start rollin' down her cheeks
She says, "Hush, my darlin' don't you cry
I'll make him come back by and by
Now sprinkle this snake dust all over your floor
He'll be back Friday mornin', when the rooster crow"

Oh Marie Laveau, Yeah Marie Laveau
Yeah Marie Laveau, Yeah Marie Laveau
Oh Marie Laveau, The Voodoo Queen
Way down yonder in New Orleans

Now Marie Laveau helped them in her hand
New Orleans was her promise land
Quality folks came from far and near
This wonder woman for to hear

They were 'fraid to be seen at her gate
And would creep through the dark to hear their fate
Holdin' dark veils over their head
They would tremble to hear what Marie Laveau said

Oh Marie Laveau, Yeah Marie Laveau
Yeah Marie Laveau, Yeah Marie Laveau
Oh Marie Laveau, The Voodoo Queen
Way down yonder in New Orleans

She made gris-gris with an old ram horn
Stuffed with feathers and shucks from a corn
A big black cat urn and catfish fin
Made a man get religion and give up his sin

Oh Marie Laveau, Yeah Marie Laveau
Yeah Marie Laveau, Yeah Marie Laveau
Oh Marie Laveau, The Voodoo Queen
She got rich on Voodoo in New Orleans

Sad news got our mornin' at the dawn of day
Marie Laveau had passed away
In St. Louis' Cementery she lays in her tomb
She was buried at night on the waste of the moon

Oh Marie Laveau, Yeah Marie Laveau
Yeah Marie Laveau, Yeah Marie Laveau
The folks still believe in the Voodoo Queen
'Way down yonder in New Orleans'

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