Exuma The Obeah Man
Exuma Lyrics


I came down on a lightning bolt,
nine months in my Mama's belly
When I was born the midwife
screamed and shout
I had fire and brimstone
coming out of my mouth

I'm Exuma, I'm The Obeah Man

Exuma was my name when I lived in the stars
Exuma was a planet that once lit Mars,
I've got the voice of many in my throat
The teeth of a frog and the tail of a goat

I'm Exuma, I'm The Obeah Man

When I've got my big hat on my head
You know that I can raise the dead
When I got my stick in my hand
You know that I am The Obeah Man
If you got a woman and she ain't happy
Come see me for camalame
Take that camalame and you make her some tea
and she will love you all the time
And when she got you running
like a train on a track
take some flour and you make some pap
that will give you strength in your back

I'm Exuma, I'm The Obeah Man

I've sailed with Charon, day and night
I've walked with Hougaman, Hector Hippolite
Obeah, Obeah, Obeah, Obeah's in me
I drank the water from the firery sea

I'm Exuma, I'm The Obeah Man

Tony McKay was my given name
given on Cat island when my mother felt the pain.
Creatures of the Earth, Space, Sea, and Land,

I'm Exuma, I'm The Obeah Man
I'm Exuma, I'm The Obeah Man

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Terry Platt

Heavens, I'd forgotten about this one! Back in the late 60s and early 70s, with little money to spend, I was buying every sampler that came out, from You Can All Join In and Bumpers (Island), The Rock Machine and Fill Your Head With Rock (CBS) and Garden Of Delights and New Magic In A Dusty World (Elektra), to Suck It And See (Vertigo), Fruity (Warners), Picnic (Harvest), Heads And Tales (Transatlantic) and Charisma Disturbance (Charisma), as a way of adding a lot of new sounds to my growing collection, without spending very much.

Mercury added their own volume, Dimension Of Miracles. I wasn't taken with much of the material on the 2 LPs, until I got to the very last track, which was Exuma. I had no idea who he or they were, but I was fascinated by the impenetrable ethnicity and tribal-sounding nature of the music, as well as the somewhat worrying feeling that if I engaged with it too deeply, I would be sucked in to something that would devour me and turn me into a zombie!

Happily I survived - but I never heard any more of or about Exuma, and it slipped into the thick, deep fog of memory. Almost half a century later, I'm so glad to have rediscovered it, and while the nagging fear of transmogrification no longer troubles me, it's still an unsettling sound, but one which I can now appreciate in a more rational manner.

Only one other track from that DoM compilation made any real impression on me, and that was JD Blackfoot's The Ultimate Prophecy - seemed terrifying at the time, and still wields a great deal of power all these years later. Go listen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS9gznc5AKA
(you'll need to drag the time bar cursor to 19:00, as it's only posted on the full album. Check out the full 5-part suite, which wasn't on DoM). Could almost be a Blue Öyster Cult outtake!



All comments from YouTube:

Charles Snarls

The man at the little record store didn't have any Mothers of Invention records but he said we would like Exuma just as well- we did.

MsAppassionata

Thanks Dorian 😁 (re - your profile photo. Oddly enough, I just watched that film again yesterday. It was on T.V.)

Bill Datz

Loved this song! I picked it out of the 99 cent bin, because of the cover- The record store didn't know how to categorize it- I think they tried to put in "Psycadelic calypso" or some such nonsense- love this cut!

Cryptic Cyclone

Lol wow. I guess that category would fit. Especially when you don't know the origin. I'm from Exuma. The right category is Rake 'n' Scrape.

Christine Rabah

What cathegory is it now? Voodoo-priest I would say

marshall devine, jr.

Myself, man. I'm 56 years old. I never heard of Exuma until a week ago. This album came out when I was nine years old. I'm basically a hard rock and metal head, but I like some eclectic stuff, and when I came across this, I was blown away. Jumpin Jeezus Christ. I've been missing out.

blackmore4

Sounds exactly like "psychedelic calypso" to me.

Shanette Gordon

Paddy Scott hi this Kimarly Orville Kerr wassup

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Pat Markell

Brings back good memories from hangin out in the park in queens same thing hot summer night and dancin great music and great times!

M. Lawson

Heard it first more than 40 years ago! It still fascinates. What a trip!

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