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Dec 22 06 2:03 AM
Dec 22 06 5:31 PM
Quote:Mojo pin is a term apparently invented by the late singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley in his song of the same name. It has since become the name of at least two rock bands and a European nightclub, among who knows what else.
The song Mojo Pin is the opening cut on Buckleys acclaimed 1994 debut album Grace. He wrote the song with guitarist Gary Lucas when part of Lucass band Gods and Monsters. Buckley wrote the words.
The relevant part of the lyrics runs: If only youd come back to me/If you laid at my side/Wouldnt need no mojo pin/To keep me satisfied.
The context makes it fairly clear that a mojo pin is a hypodermic needle full of heroin, as the lyrics go on to say, Im blind and tortured, the white horses flow. Horse or white horse is a slang term for heroin.
And indeed, asked by an interviewer about the song, Buckley confirmed that mojo pin is a euphemism for a dropper full of smack that you shoot in your arm. (As quoted in Rolling Stone in 1997.)
The song seems to be a personification of drugs as a woman, or a depiction of drugs as a sorry substitute for love. (Or perhaps both.)
Mojo is a 1960s slang term for morphine and/or heroin, the origin being unknown. Its probably related to the more familiar meaning of mojovoodoo magicwhich probably comes from an African or Gullah term. Mojo also developed connotations of libido or moxie in the 1960s.
Buckley died at age 30 on May 29, 1997 by drowning in the Mississippi River at Memphis, Tennessee, where he was recording an album. Contrary to what the Mojo Pin lyrics might suggest, he reportedly was not a heroin user, and drugs played no role in his accidental death.
However, his father Tim Buckley, also an eclectic musician, died of a combination of heroin and alcohol in 1975 at the even younger age of 28. But Jeff Buckley barely knew his fatherwhose death involved snorted, not injected, heroinso there is probably little direct influence on the Mojo Pin lyrics there.
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Quote:i think my favorite song of the moment is "Je N'en Connais Pas La Fin"
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Quote:Wow, Jeff was mentioned in "Elizabethtown"! That's awesome! The writer or director must have liked him or something.
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Quote:A lot of people on the .org (alt-country.org) thing that Ryan Adams won't be appreciated until he's dead either. He's come close to it.
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