Season of the Witch (song)

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"Season of the Witch"
Song by Donovan from the album Sunshine Superman
Released September 1966 (USA)
Recorded May 1966, Columbia Studios, Hollywood, California, U.S.
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 4:56
Label Epic
Writer Donovan Leitch
Producer Mickie Most

"Season of the Witch" is one of the first psychedelic songs, written by Donovan[1] and first released in September 1966 on his Epic Records (USA) album, Sunshine Superman. In the United Kingdom, a cover version by The Pandamonium was released as a single in November 1966 (CBS 202462),[2] while Donovan's version was finally released in June 1967 on the Pye Records compilation Sunshine Superman.[citation needed]

The recording features Bobby Ray on bass and "Fast" Eddie Hoh on drums.[3] The hauntingly eerie guitar is provided by Jimmy Page, then a noted session guitarist working in England. There are rumours that the organ was played by another noted British session player, John Paul Jones, perhaps helping to lay the groundwork for the eventual formation of Led Zeppelin two years later in 1968. (However, this was unable to be verified.) The run-time for the song is 4:56, unusual for an era when the typical pop song ran perhaps 2:30.[citation needed]

Background music in television and film[edit]

  • The song played faintly during a scene in the 1998 TV series "From the Earth to the Moon" – Episode 2.[citation needed]
  • The song appears in the 1978 film More American Graffiti and appears on the soundtrack album as well.
  • The song was played over the end credits of the Gus Van Sant film To Die For.[citation needed]
  • The song was used repeatedly in the series Crossing Jordan.
  • It was featured in the House episode "Words and Deeds".
  • It played at the end of the Grimm episode "The Thing with Feathers".
  • The song was used in the witchcraft-themed Simpsons episode "Rednecks and Broomsticks".
  • The song was featured in the closing of "True Blood," cover by Karen Elson, season 4, episode 3 - "If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?" (2010)
  • It was included in the 2010 film The Other Guys at 1:12 into the film.
  • It was used in a 2010 ad for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.
  • It was also featured in the HBO documentary Reagan during a montage of footage of demonstrations in California during the late sixties.[citation needed]
  • The song is also featured in the first official teaser trailer for the 2012 animated film ParaNorman
  • The song is on the soundtrack of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows.[citation needed]
  • The song was featured in "American Horror Story - Coven". ((citation needed|date=December 2013))
  • the song appears in the TV show My Name Is Earl on the episode 'Witch Lady'
  • The song appears in the 2008 film The Wackness.
  • The song appears in the 2012 movie Sightseers performed by Vanilla Fudge.
  • The song appears in the 2014 film "Better Living Through Chemistry"

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by many artists:


The song's title has been reused for three films:

Season of the Witch was also used as a working title for three different films:

It is also used as the title of three books:

The song title inspired record producer Joe Boyd to name his company Witchseason Productions.[citation needed]


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