I’m a Big fan of Eagles music and covering “Take It Easy” for my 132nd post was a lot of fun. I had trouble deciding which Eagles hit to cover next and decided on “Witchy Woman”. I know that “Witchy Woman” has nothing to do with Halloween, as you can read below, but because Halloween is around the corner at this time, that timing was all I needed to sway me towards picking this “testimonial of sorts” of a song for Henley and Leadon, though Zelda Fitzgerald was the specific inspiration for Henley. Regardless, it’s a great song and I hope my cover will entertain anyone willing to enjoy my rendition. I do have to add that I don’t have money to pay actors so the segments showing my eyes are not intended to represent those of the “Witchy Woman”. LOL! Instead, my eyes are witnessing the actions of the “Witchy Woman” by candlelight. Don’t worry, My Love, this is just a video and in NO way represents how I feel about you! =P
"Witchy Woman" is a song written by Don Henley and Bernie Leadon, and recorded by the American rock band Eagles. Released as the second single from the band's debut album Eagles, it reached #9 on the Billboard Pop singles chart and is the only single from the album to feature Henley on lead vocals.
"Witchy Woman" was started by guitarist Bernie Leadon who wrote it while he was a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers. Upon joining the Eagles, Bernie and Don Henley completed writing the song in the signature Eagles style and it was one of Henley's first songs he wrote for the Eagles. While the inspiration for the title and lyrics was based on various women they had met and remembered as seductive enchantresses, Henley had Zelda Fitzgerald particularly in mind after reading her biography. The muse and sometimes genius behind her well-published author husband F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda was known as wild, bewitching and mesmerizing and was the quintessential "Flapper", as her husband dubbed her, of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. In his novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald embodies Zelda's uninhibited and reckless personality in the character of Daisy Buchanan. Theories and speculation on Zelda's behavior were widespread, with lyrics in "Witchy Woman" referring to Zelda's partying excesses being detrimental to her psyche: "She drove herself to madness with the silver spoon", is a reference to Zelda's time in a mental institution and the special slotted silver spoon used to dissolve sugar cubes with Absinthe, the popular 1920s alcoholic beverage distilled from the wormwood tree and called "the green fairy" for sometimes inducing hallucinations. The song was conceived while Don Henley was living in an old house near the Hollywood Bowl, with his flat mate, Henry Vine (aka 'Blitz').