Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Witches: Here's a Smile For Your Day

I thought I'd interject some lighthearted fun and some seasonal atmosphere with this cute little song about witches. In a time when there was no little actual science or good options for health care, a witch was truly the town doctor. The need for magic was important as the people of that time period depended on nature, the seasons, and the land for everything. When all else failed, there was prayer magic and remedies, comfort and belief. I can see where they might have frightened the male species with the mysteries that they possessed and the ability to empathize in a way only a mother can. Today, I'm honoring their traditions and their place in providing comfort and solace to the masses of the poor and those in rural areas when all else had forgotten them.

A song by Bonnie Lockhart "Who Were the Witches?" (lyrics below)

Who were the witches?
Where did they come from?
Maybe your great, great grandmother was one.
Witches were wise, wise women they say.
And there's a little witch in every woman today.
There's a little witch in every woman today.

Witches knew all about flowers and trees.
How to use all the roots and the barks and the leaves.
People grew weary of hard-workin' days,
Witches made 'em feel better in so many ways.


Women had babies the witches were there.
To feed them and help them and give them some care.
Witches knew stories of how life began.
Don't you wish you could be one? Well maybe you can!


Some people thought that the witches were bad.
Some people were scared of the power they had.
The power to help and to heal and to care
Isn't something to fear, it's the treasure to share.



  1. I warn you--that song will be stuck in your head all day!

  2. While singing the chorus i imagined myself teaching that song to my kids.
    Who were the witches?

  3. I have to admit, it sounds like a lullaby you teach kids. I wish they had it when I was a kid. It would have been my favorite, singing it while I'm out searching for fairies near the creek and unicorns in the woods.

  4. Nice. Reminds me a whole heck of a lot of Kenny & Tzipporah, a folkie couple whose repertoire is well known to attendees of the annual Association for Consciousness Exploration sponsored Starwood Fests. They used to have a witch shoppe in the '70s called Tzipporah & the Wizard, right in the middle of midtown Manhattan on 3rd Ave. I wonder if they're on that online meeting place for the occult community, Pagan Space, or The Witches' Voice? BTW, I left you two tender birthday presents @ Tom's Sunken Wreck™ that you're sure to enjoy. Best in your new Solar Return, Autumn! ~ (•8-)}

  5. Anadæ;
    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. It reminded me of the Celtic-originating Bluegrass of West Virginia. There were a lot of those songs my mom liked to sing around the house and were just as catchie! I had that song in my head all day. It might have even been in my dreams...Hee hee. Thanks so much for the B-day happiness. Loads of sunshine and cool breezes for you. I got my b-day wish--it won't make the triple digits in temps today. Oh brother! When I think 99 is cooler, I need to be checked in somewhere.