The constant mental filter of a GM will have you ask of pop culture deluge – “Is this gameable”. It turns out a lot of things are.
While listening to “Who Do You Love?” (first the Townes Van Zandt cover, then going back to the Bo Diddley original) I caught some sinister lines that I had never noticed before.
I walk 47 miles of barbed wire
I use a cobra-snake for a necktie
I got a brand new house on the roadside
Made from rattlesnake hide
I got a brand new chimney made on top
Made out of a human skullTombstone hand and a graveyard mine
Just 22 and I don’t mind dyingI rode a lion to town, use a rattlesnake whipNight was dark, but the sky was blueDown the alley, the ice-wagon flewHeard a bump, and somebody screamedYou should have heard just what I seen
Those are the lyrics with the familiar parts taken out. Until focusing on those lyrics I had never realized that the “who do” in the “who do you love” refrain is meant to be a reference to Hoodoo. I blame the prevalence of the George Thorogood version for my oversight.
Throwing together some surreal dark imagery and magic intentions of the song I hacked together this image and put some Dungeon Crawl Classics/Mutant Crawl Classics stats to it: