Having 11 children is likely to wear a woman out

“There is some debate as to the year of Hooker’s birth in Coahoma County, Mississippi, the youngest of the eleven children of William Hooker a sharecropper and Baptist preacher, and Minnie Ramsey (born 1875, date of death unknown [but, I bet, she was all wore out at the time {(My suggestion to Wikipedia)};according to his official website, he was born on August 22, 1917.”

Above is my editorial suggestion for  revising the first paragraph of Wikipedia’s biography of John Lee Hooker.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lee_Hooker


From Wikipedia [I love Wikipedia–Diderot is drinking champagne in heaven, celebrating Wikipedia] comes this description of how Joe Lee Hooker came to write his most popular song Boom! Boom!]:

“According to Hooker, he wrote the song during an extended engagement at the Apex Bar in Detroit. ‘I would never be on time; I always would be late comin’ in. And she [the bartender Willa] kept saying, ‘Boom boom—you late again’. Every night: ‘Boom, boom—you late again’. I said ‘Hmm, that’s a song!'”

Thanks to the miracle of YouTube you can watch here Joe Lee Hooker’s performance of Boom! Boom! in 1962:

At the same time, you can sneak a peek at the lyrics for Boom! Boom! by John Lee Hooker:

Boom boom boom boom
I’m gonna shoot you right down,
right offa your feet
Take you home with me,
put you in my house
Boom boom boom boom
A-haw haw haw haw
Hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm
Hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm

I love to see you strut,
up and down the floor
When you talking to me,
that baby talk
I like it like that
Whoa, yeah!
Talk that talk, walk that walk

When she walk that walk,
and talk that talk,
and whisper in my ear,
tell me that you love me
I love that talk
When you talk like that,
you knocks me out,
right off of my feet
Hoo hoo hoo
Talk that talk, and walk that walk

[Editorial note: Thank you: http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/martinscorsesebestoftheblues/boomboom.htm]

In conclusion:

When she walk that walk,
and talk that talk,
and whisper in my ear,
tell me that you love me
I love that talk

I could not have said it better myself.


–Joel Solkoff

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