Various ‘A Nestful of Vipers’ American Snakes Songs 1920’s -1950’s – DL082

082Various ‘A Nestful of Vipers’ American Snakes Songs 1920’s -1950’s – DL082

Released: 5th September 2011, Download Only

The snake is a powerful symbol in many cultures- It has been used by the Christian Church to symbolize the fall from grace, it has been associated with the drug user or sexual prowess and a general term for a shady character is ‘the snake in the grass’. In Egypt the snake occupies a primary role with the Nile, Cobra adorning the crown of the pharaoh in ancient times. It has been worshipped as one of the Gods and in Greek mythology snakes are often associated with deadly and dangerous antagonists, in other cultures the snakes shedding of skin symbolizes immortality and rebirth. Because of its prevalence in the United States it’s no surprise that so many Snake’s rattle and writhe their way into its rich musical culture. It’s a pleasure-……………If You’re a Viper


  1. I’m a Rattlesnakin’ Daddy – Blind Boy Fuller 1935
  2. If You’re a Viper – Harlem Hamfats 1937
  3. Snake Eyed Mama – Don Cole 1957
  4. Black Snake Moan – Leadbelly 1934
  5. Viper Mad – Sidney Bechet with Noble Sissie’s Swingers 1938
  6. Crawlin’ King Snake – Joe Williams 1941
  7. Rattlesnake Daddy – Hawkshaw Hawkins 1951
  8. Sendin’ the Vipers – Mezz Mezzrow an his Orchestra 1934
  9. Black Snake Moan – Cobb & Underwood circa 1930
  10. A Black women is like a black snake – Memphis Jug Band 1928
  11. Fattening Frogs for Snakes – Sonny Boy Williamson 1957
  12. I’m a Rattlesnakin’ Daddy – Ben Abney 1936
  13. Crawlin’ King snake – Tony Hollins 1941
  14. You’re a Viper– Stuff Smith & his Onyx Club Boys 1936
  15. Rattle Shakin’ Daddy – The Jodimars 1956
  16. Vipers Drag – Fats Waller 1943
  17. Lonesome swamp Rattlesnake – JD Short 1930
  18. A Vipers moan – Willie Bryant & Orchestra 1935
  19. Rattle snake Daddy – Homer Callahan 1934
  20. Black Snake Blues- Victoria Spivey 1926