This is the first track on The Brightest Light
, which reunited original Mission members Wayne Hussey, Simon Hinkler and Craig Adams for the first time since their 1990 album Carved in Sand
. When they were writing the album, they drew on the blues as an influence, and this song is a collection of blues clichés Hussey was having some fun with. In the Hoodoo culture observed by many blues musicians in the 1900s, a black cat bone had special powers, ranging from invisibility to a Cupid-like ability to render a lady lovestruck. A few artists have recorded songs with that title, including Johnny Winter
, Hop Wilson and Lightnin' Hopkins, and the phrase shows up in many old blues songs; one example is in "Hoochie Coochie Man
," where Muddy Waters sings, "I got a black cat bone, I got a mojo too."