song "Constipation blues" (Jalacy J. Hawkins)

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  • BMI work number: 241573
  • Songwriter/Composer: Jalacy J. Hawkins (CAE/IPI #13616808)
  • Publishers: Unichappell Music Inc. (CAE/IPI #55032802)

Dave Rosencran of KCMU in Seattle obtained the details from Screamin' Jay himself:

"I never before had been constipated in my life and it didn't dawn on me until I was five hours on the stool in the hospital that nothin' was gonna happen. I had doctors give me enemas and still nothin' happened. I had tears in my eyes, and I noticed this beautiful roll of toilet paper and I took out a pencil and, at the bottom of the toilet paper, I started writin' the song backwards, from the bottom up. The more I rolled out the toilet paper, the more I got into the song. I wrote exactly as I felt, each movement, each sound, each pain..."

Cover versions

1969 Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Production: Milan Melvin
Recording: 23-24 June 1969 North Hollywood, Club Amigo
1969 Screamin' Jay Hawkins LP WHAT THAT IS! Mercury
1988 Screamin' Jay Hawkins 2LP FEAST OF THE MAU
1990 Screamin' Jay Hawkins 2CD SPELLBOUND! 1955-1974 DE: Bear Family CD15530
1983 Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Production: Larry Martin
Recording: April - May 1983 Paris, Annagramme Studio
1983 Screamin' Jay Hawkins LP REAL LIFE FR: Zeta

Lyrics

1969 Screamin' Jay Hawkins
 
Ladies and gentlemen, most people record songs about love, heartbreak, loneliness, being broke... Nobody's actually went out and recorded a song about real pain. The band and I have just returned from the General Hospital where we caught a man in the right position. We name this song: "Constipation blues".
 
UMM-UMMMH, aeoh
UMM-UOOMH
OOH!
OH!
UH UH
Aaah
UOH, aah
Let it go! Let it go! Let it go! Let it go!
I don't believe I can take much more
Let it go
Aah
Got a pain down inside
Won't be denied
Yeah, every time I try
I can't be satisfied
Let it go!
WOAH, UMMH
Let it, let it go!
OH!
WAAAAOOOH!
This pain down inside
Just won't let me be satisfied
Let it go!
 
SPLASH!!! SPSHHH....
Feel, ah, I feel alright
Yeah, I feel alright
SPLASH!!! Shpsh...
Yeah
I feel alright
SPLASH!
Flush
 
Phew
Phew
Phew...
Feel alright
1983 Screamin' Jay Hawkins
 
 
 
 
 
 
UMM-MMMMH OUUH
BOOAAH UMM-UOOMH
Let go UM OOH OH!
WOAOH!
Let it go! Let it go! Let it go, let it go!
I don't think I can take much more
Let it go
AH! WHOA
OI got a pain down inside
It won't be denied
Every time I try
I can't be satisfied
Let it go! PFFRR oh oh
Let it, let it go! MMMH
AAH OH!
This pain it ain't no thrill
It keep messin' with my will
Let it go! OH - PFFRT
 
[piano solo]
 
PFFFR FFRRRT OUH!
Oh my!
Maybe I'm gonna be all right
OUH O O OH
Yes! I think I gonna be all right
UM OH OH UMMM
WHOA UMH
AH!
A HUH HUH HA
PLOP PLOP
WHOA BOAH!
AH!
OUUUH AAH HUMMH
PFRRT GROAN
WOOOH!
WHOAAAAAAAAA-AAAAH