Donovan - SEASON OF THE WITCH

First performance: 1969 - 1970


Coverinfo

1969 - 1970

Bruce Springsteen has performed "Season of the witch" with his early (1969-1970) band Steel Mill. Unfortunately, there is no audio recording of a Springsteen performance of the song, nor do we know specific shows when he performed it. The only testimony came from Patti Smith's guitarist Lenny Kaye. Kaye first saw Steel Mill at Monmouth College in Long Brach, NJ, during one of the band's first gigs. They were still called "Child" at the time, and the gig in question is probably the SGA (Student Government Association) Rock Festival that took place on 11 May 1969. As quoted in Clinton Heylin's 2012 book E Street Shuffle:
 
The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Kaye recalled:
 
"All I remember about the set was that the lead-singer was a really great guitar-player, he played a black Les Paul and he took command of the stage. They finished their set with a ten-minute version of 'Season of the Witch', which was pretty much all solo. And I thought, this guy's great! I found out his name was Bruce Springsteen."
 
Kaye also recalled on another occasion:
 
"...we stood in a tiny room and jammed. Bruce played the shit out of a song called 'Season of the Witch,' just winged it... He blew me away."
 

Songinfo

"Season of the Witch" is an early example of psychedelic rock, written by Donovan and Shawn Phillips. It was released in September 1966 on Donovan's album, Sunshine S.
Originally recorded by Donovan for U.S. release.The hauntingly eerie guitar is provided by Jimmy Page, then a noted session guitarist working in England.
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

When I look out my window
Many sights to see
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
That it's strange
So strange
You've got to pick up every stitch
You've got to pick up every stitch
You've got to pick up every stitch
Mm, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch

And when I look over my shoulder
What do you think I see
Some other cat looking over
His shoulder at me
And he's strange
Sure he's strange
You've got to pick up every stitch
You've got to pick up every stitch, yeah
Beatniks are out to make it rich
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch

You've got to pick up every stitch
The rabbits running in the ditch
Beatniks are out to make it rich
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch
When I look

When I look out my window
What do you think I see
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
It's strange
Sure it's strange
You've got to pick up every stitch
You've got to pick up every stitch
The rabbits running in the ditch
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch
When I look
When I look