Song Details More songs by Eagles
Witchy Woman
Eagles
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Raven hair and ruby lips
Sparks fly from her finger tips
Echoed voices in the night
She's a restless spirit on an endless flight

Wooo hooo witchy woman
See how high she flies
Woo hoo witchy woman
She got the moon in her eye
1972
9
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972
  • B-side: "Early Bird"
  • from the Eagles debut album, Eagles (1972)
  • Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon first started writing "Witchy Woman" while he was a member of the Flying Burrito Brothers ~ after joining the Eagles, Leadon and drummer Don Henley then finished the song together, and it would be the only song on the Eagles' debut album where Henley had a writing credit
  • on the record:
         Don Henley - lead vocals, drums
         Glenn Frey - lead guitar, backing vocals
         Bernie Leadon - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
         Randy Meisner - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • written by Don Henley, Bernie Leadon
  • Don Henley: "That song grew out of a piece of guitar music that Bernie had submitted to the band. I took the piece and began working on lyrics and melody. The female character in the song is a composite. I had been reading a book about the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald's troubled wife, Zelda, who, in her thirties and forties, drifted in and out of psychiatric hospitals suffering from schizophrenia (or more likely, bipolar disorder), while her husband's health and career spiraled downward, due to his abuse of alcohol. Another inspiration for the song was the roommate of a girl I was seeing in the early 1970s. All things occult were popular in those days. Ouija boards, séances, palm reading, etc. A lot of the girls were into what was called "white witchcraft," that is, they were practitioners of folk magic for benevolent purposes, as distinguished from malevolent witchcraft or black magic. I think some of them practiced a little of both. I thought it was charming and seductive, but I never took any of it seriously. For the most part, it was just a phase people were passing through, part of the overall youth movement and the quest for spirituality, which included a re-enchantment with the "old ways." It was harmless fun. Another inspiration for that song may have been the shamanistic aspects of the Carlos Castaneda books we were intrigued with at the time. In the late Sixties and early Seventies, the Peruvian-born Castaneda became a popular American author while earning his Ph.D. at UCLA."
  • produced by Glyn Johns
  • recorded at Olympic Sound Studios, London
  • Asylum Records label
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