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Bobby Bare – Marie Laveau | This song holds so many memories for us

Robert Joseph “Bobby” Bare, Sr. father of Bobby Bare, Jr., also a musician; is an American country music singer and songwriter, best known for the songs “Detroit City” and “500 Miles Away from Home”

This performance was recorded live at Church Street Station in Orlando, Florida. Bobby Bare performs Marie Laveau.

Down in Louisiana, where the black trees grow
Lives a voodoo lady named Marie Laveau
She got a black cat’s tooth and a Mojo bone
And anyone who wouldn’t leave her alone
She’d go… another man done gone

A song is about a fictitious witch who lived in a Louisiana bayou swamp, having the same name as the famous New Orleans voodoo priestess who is approached by a scoundrel, “Handsome Jack”. Jack asks Marie to conjure up $1,000,000; in exchange, Jack will then marry Marie. Marie conjures up the money, but Jack backs out on his end of the deal, resulting in Marie casting a spell on Jack in revenge.

She lived in a swamp in a hollow log
With a one-eyed snake and a three-legged dog
Bent, bony body and stringy hair
And if she ever seen y’all messin’ ’round there
She’d go… another man done gone

“Marie Laveau” is a 1974 live recording by Bobby Bare. His thirty-fourth single to hit the country charts, was his only number one and final top ten country hit. It was written by Shel Silverstein and Baxter Taylor. “Marie Laveau” went to number one for a single week and spent a total of eighteen weeks on the country charts.

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