Blues fans will probably be arguing about the meaning of "Black Snake Moan" until the end of time, but to me the strong sexual innuendo is clear as a bell. This is absolutely consistent for the blues, and although some would have you believe otherwise, you'll never convince me.
I thought I would put together a playlist of 10 "black snake" songs so that you can hear for yourself how the symbol of a black snake fits in popular music mythology.
So tell me..... what do you think Victory Spivey and Blind Lemon Jefferson were talking about?
Black Snake Songs
1. Black Snake Blues - Victoria Spivey
2. Black Snake Moan - Blind Lemon Jefferson
3. I'm A Crawling Black Snake - Lightnin' Hopkins
4. Black Snake - John Lee Hooker
5. A Black Woman Is Like A Black Snake - Memphis Jug Band
6. Black Snake - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
7. Black Snake Bites - King Oliver
8. Black Snake is in My Room - Roy Carrier & the Night Rockers
9. Black Snakes - Darren Ross
10. Black Snake Woman - Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross
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