This song has a bit of history. Back when I was in an actual band, the division of labor usually meant that the guitarist would come up with a riff, then I would change the structure and write lyrics/bassline to match. But there were a few songs, including this one, that I wrote myself. Since those are mine (all mine!), I'm working on resurrecting them for my pretentious solo project. I think this one, which was one of our better numbers, works pretty well in its new format.
Back then it was called Voodoo Doll, and the lyrics fit the theme. Why so many voodoo songs? Well, when I was in high school, it was kind of a fascination of mine. I was reading a lot of William Gibson back then, and listening to a lot of blues. I also really like the loaded imagery that it helps create. Since I've already got a song on the topic now, I'll probably either change the lyrics or the name, so that it's less obvious.
I'll record and post another sketchpad with my other Mile Zero song later this week. It's one that wasn't ever a hit when we played it, but hopefully with a new bassline and some arrangement work, it might get a new lease on life.