Q: 'Mr. Mojo Risin' - Where did it come from?

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  1. Zelmo

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    This may wind up being the world's shortest thread, but what is the significance/origin of 'Mr. Mojo Risin'?
     
  2. DWB1960

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    It's an anagram of Jim Morrison.

    Mrmojorisin
    Jimmorrison
     
  3. Zelmo

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    Thread Over!

    :jo :jo :jo
     
  4. Jazzydave

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    I'm a pretty big Doors fan and never took it that way. Was that ever mentioned in an interview or something? I very well could have missed it.

    The song is L.A. Woman - I always took it as him getting turned on, his "mojo rising." Think about it...
     
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    I forget where I read it, but it's true - it's the letters in his name. He is the Lizard King, he can do anything - even re-arrange his name.
     
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    I believe this is from the book "No One Here Gets Out Alive".
     
  7. Jazzydave

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    Now I know! That's too bad though...always liked my version of it better...haha
     
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    I'd heard it was the anagram thing as well - but there's no reason Jim couldn't be referring to his "mojo" as well, Dave. In fact, I'd be surprised if he wasn't. :)
     
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    Yup.
     
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    Then why leave off the G from rising?
     
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    Ray Manzarek confirmed that it was an anagram on storytellers as well...Does anyone else feel that they should have named an "anagram" something that is actually an anagram? Just throwin' that out there.
     
  12. Zelmo

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    Here's where I got it: http://www.luckymojo.com/mojo.html

    The link (above) can be found in the main page (http://www.luckymojo.com/hoodoo.html) under 'Part C: Hoodoo in Practice > How to Make a Mojo Hand'.

    According to this account, the word mojo is supposed to be slang for the male hoo-hah (so be careful what you wish for someone....) and that indeed is what is ..ahem...rising. Morrison is claimed to have gotten the word mojo from Muddy Waters (Got My Mojo Workin) and hence Mr. Mojo Risin. But there is also a lot of precedent for this same usage in song and elsewhere.

    Don't ask me how I got there, but I wound up looking up the 19th century African-American Hoodoo, or 'folk magic' or 'rootwork' or 'Hoodoo' tradition indiginous in the South. Pretty interesting, but the term mojo seems to stem from this tradition (and indeed the word hoodoo as well) rather than being invented as part of the blues tradition itself.

    Now, we need the origins of hoochie (I believe I understand the coochie part...).
     
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  13. Jazzydave

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    Have you never listened to any rock music at all? They rarely EVER pronounce the ending "g" on any words ending in "ing."

    It wouldn't be very Rock & Roll of them to do that! Ain't no way they'd be rockin' that way!

    :cool:
     
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    So true, whenever I write a song I leave the 'g's off. Funny you point that out Dave.
     
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    Not to mention there's no "g" in "Jim Morrison".... :cool:
     

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