The Eagles’ Witchy Woman

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The Eagle's Witchy Woman

Rock Music

The song “Witchy Woman” was written by group members Bernie Leadon and Don Henley. Leadon had begun work on the song while still a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers, and he took it with him when he joined The Eagles. While both claim that the lyrics describe a certain number of women they knew, the story is that Henley at the time was reading about Zelda Fitzgerald, the wild wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda was the quintessential flapper and a bit loco. Whatever the inspiration may have been, they released the song first on their 1972 album Eagles and then as a single, backed with “Early Bird.” And, in 1972, the song went to #9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Group members of The Eagles for the track were as follows: Don Henley (lead vocals, drums), Glenn Frey (backing vocals, lead guitar), Bernie Leadon (backing vocals, rhythm guitar), and Randy Meisner (bass guitar, backing vocals).

Here are the lyrics to “Witchy Woman” by The Eagles:

“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
She held me spellbound in the night
dancing shadows and firelight
crazy laughter in another
room and she drove herself to madness
with a silver spoon
woo hoo witchy woman see how high she flies
woo hoo witchy woman she got the moon in her eye
Well I know you want a lover,
let me tell your brother, she’s been sleeping
in the Devil’s bed.
And there’s some rumors going round
someone’s underground
she can rock you in the nighttime
’til your skin turns red
woo hoo witchy woman
see how high she flies
woo hoo witchy woman
she got the moon in her eye”

For another song by The Eagles: “Take It Easy.”

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