Hot Voodoo

by CynthiaYockey on November 2, 2009

I was reminded of this performance by Marlene Dietrich by a post by Reclusive Leftist, who was suggesting Halloween outfits.

I first saw this in 1995 when I rented the movie to watch with my late life partner, Margaret Ardussi, after getting caught up in a biography of Marlene Dietrich that she had listened to from a recording made for the Books on Tape program for people with disabilities. I was happy to learn that Dietrich had lesbian crushes as a teenager and lesbian affairs as an adult — if she hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t find this so, uh, endearing, but she did, so I do. Less is more, Hollywood, less is more!

Reminder: all race cards expired at noon on January 20, 2009.


Did you ever happen to hear of voodoo?

Hear it and you won’t give a damn what you do.

Tom-toms put me under a sort of voodoo.

And the whole night long I don’t know the right from wrong.

Hot voodoo, black as mud.

Hot voodoo, in my blood.

That African tempo, has made a slave.

Hot voodoo, dance of sin.

Hot voodoo, worse than gin.

I’d follow a cave man, right into his cave.

That beat gives me a wicked sensation.

My conscience wants to take a vacation.

Got voodoo, head to toes.

Hot voodoo, burn my clothes.

I want to go dancing, just wearing a smile.

Hot voodoo, I’m aflame.

I’m really not to blame.

That African tempo, is meaner than mean.

Hot voodoo, makes me brave.

I want to misbehave.

I’m beginning to feel like, an African queen.

Those drums bring out the devil inside me.

I need some great big angel to guide me.

Hot voodoo, gets me wild.

Oh fireman, save this child.

I’m going to blazes.

I want to be bad!

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richard mcenroe November 2, 2009 at 9:28 am

Putting up that “Silk Stockings” clip for Rule 5 Sunday inspired me to go score a copy of ‘Ninotchka.” Bozhe moi!
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Cynthia Yockey November 2, 2009 at 10:42 am

Richard McEnroe,

OK, now I have to post a clip of Ninotchka, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. My favorite line: “The last show trials were a great success. Soon there will be fewer but better Russians.”

Ninotchka epitomizes the dichotomy between capitalism, which is filled with light and glory, and communism, which is rigid and enervating at every level from the individual to the global.


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