Friday, October 03, 2014

Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular 2014 - Track Three - Blood Son

So you're back for more?  Of course you are!  The late great Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Brown, made an appearance in 2008's Spooktacular when he covered the Fleetwood Mac song, "Black Magic Woman."  Now he's returned for another cameo and this time with something sinister and actually quite mysterious... a little tune called "Blood Son."  

Recorded in 1975, produced by Winston "Niney" Holness and originally released as a 7" on Niney's Observer label, "Blood Son" is one of those songs that I have been researching, on and off for a while now and have come up empty-handed when it comes to making sense of the cryptic lyrics... I am not sure exactly what Dennis is referencing but it sounds like you may want to take his word and keep away from the blood son!  A sample of the lyrics...

"Keep away from the blood son
Leave the blood and let it run
The heat is on now, the fire is burning
This is the time when folks shall be moaning
Never you try to find the truth my son
Take heed and you'll be strong strong strong
Keep away son"

Yes, it definitely has an apocalyptic feel, at least until you get to the fifth line... what is the truth that we must never try and find?  It sounds like some shady business going on and I demand some answers!  Sadly, I have none to provide.  Regardless, the element of mystery works with the Halloween Spooktacular and "Blood Son" will have you rockin' and wonderin' all weekend.

Oh yeah, what you're gonna hear is taken from a repressed 7" on the Wanted 45 label.  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Spooktacular Track Three - Dennis Brown - Blood Son

1 comment:

Christofari said...

Mmmm... mysterious indeed.
Well found, John. This year's off to a FINE start!