Burn the Witch

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For the EP by Stone Gods, see Burn the Witch (EP).
"Burn the Witch"
Single by Queens of the Stone Age
from the album Lullabies to Paralyze
Released January 10, 2006
Genre Stoner rock, hard rock
Length 3:38
Label Universal Music Group
Writer(s) Joey Castillo
Joshua Homme
Troy Van Leeuwen
Producer(s) Joe Barresi
Joshua Homme
Queens of the Stone Age singles chronology
"In My Head"
"Burn the Witch"
"Sick, Sick, Sick"

"Burn the Witch" is the third single released from Queens of the Stone Age's fourth album, Lullabies to Paralyze. Many of its lyrics run parallel with the dark, folkloristic theme for this album. It has been introduced by Josh Homme when played live as his favorite current song.[citation needed]

Along with "You've Got a Killer Scene There, Man...", it borrows heavily from the blues, probably because ZZ Top's guitarist and singer Billy Gibbons appears on lead guitar and backup vocals. Gibbons also plays on a cover of his own band's "Precious and Grace", a bonus track on the album.

The song involves an exchange of vocal lines between the falsetto of Homme and the twin baritones of Gibbons and Mark Lanegan. Gibbons does not regularly tour with the band, so the other vocal was performed by Lanegan, until he stopped touring with the band. Currently, Josh Homme sings alone with backing vocals from the rest of the band, who lack either of the studio musicians' deep growls. In the previous line-up, Homme played bass and Alain Johannes played a quite different version of Gibbons' solo. This song (its remix by UNKLE) was also featured in and on the soundtrack of Saw II. This song is also featured in the trailer to the fourth season of the HBO series True Blood.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Burn the Witch" (Castillo, Homme, Van Leeuwen) - 3:38
  2. "No One Knows" [live] (Homme, Lanegan) - 7:49
  3. "I Wanna Make It wit Chu" [live] (Homme, Johannes, Melchiondo) - 4:29
  4. "Monsters in the Parasol" [live] (Homme, Lalli) - 4:34
  5. "Burn the Witch" [multimedia track] (Castillo, Homme, Van Leeuwen) - 5:38


Music video[edit]

The Music video features Josh Homme, Brody Dalle, Troy Van Leeuwen, Joey Castillo, Chris Goss, Wendy Rae Fowler, Jesse Hughes, Alain Johannes, Natasha Shneider, Billy Gibbons and Serrina Sims.


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