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Season Of The Witch Lyrics

Artist: Donovan
Album: Sunshine Superman

When I looked out my window
Many sights to see
And when I looded in my window
So many different people to be
That is strange, so strange
You got to pick out every stitch (3)
Must be the season of the witch (3)

When I looked over my shoulder
What do you think I see
Summer cat looking over
It shoulder at me
Any strange, sure is strange
You got to pick out every stitch (2)
Beat me its eye to make it rich oh no
Must be the season of the witch (3)

You got to pick out every stitch
The rabbit's running in the ditch
Beat me its eye to make it rich oh no
Must be the season of the witch (3)
When I go

When I looked out my window
What do you think I see
And when I looked in my window
So many different people to be
It's strange, sure is strange
You got to pick out every stitch (2)
The rabbit's running in the ditch oh no
Must be the season of the witch (3)
When I to, when I go
Comments/Interpretations
by Rebecca on 5/14/2008 1:03pm
i love donovan, he's one of the best songwriters and artists i've ever seen.
by judy on 7/3/2008 9:33pm
it's pick UP every stitch, this refers to dropping a stitch when knitting something...it's difficult to pick it up...often the mistake still shows. Also, it's not a summer cat looking at him...it's "some old cat" meaning an old man who thinks that he's hip. By the way, don't search for significance in his songs...he was merely a stoned simpleton!






by Alaskan Iceworm on 7/5/2008 8:31pm
Obviously you did not pay much attention to the words that this "STONED SIMPLETON" put into music. They definitely had meaning. Usualy deeper meaning than most simpletons could comprehind. And whoever put the above lyrics down in print didn't pay much attention either.
by Keith on 7/13/2008 12:34am
It's "Beatniks are out to make it rich" not beat me its eye to make it rich....
by Leo on 9/16/2008 1:48am
That is the most butchered lyrics I have seen in a while. Too much to even go into. He was great.
by ghoTom on 10/29/2008 1:34pm
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,
Beatniks are out to make it rich,
Oh no, must be the season of the witch...
The rabbits running in the ditch,
Beatniks are out to make it rich,
Oh no, must be the season of the witch...
by Renee on 12/18/2008 7:06am
I just don't get it sounds evil and like maybe this guy had a thing about witches. Please what drug was this jerk on when he wrote this junk.
by Diluvian on 1/7/2009 2:10am
lsd was legal then
by pinball on 10/15/2009 7:59pm
the one song out of a million i search the lrics for and even i notice they post wrong lyrics what fucking morons
yea lyrics depot prob run by some 23 year ld indian pathetik
by haha on 12/3/2009 8:30pm
it still a great song too listen to
by suzen on 12/15/2009 4:14pm
this is one of my favorite songs of all times... anyone who grew up in the 60s and went inside themselves to see who they were... could feel the energy..whether stoned,simpleton or master mind poet this song will last the test of time... and THEY WILL NEVER be able to use it in a
commercial!!!! AMEN
by Fubar on 12/17/2009 3:03pm
Well post the lyrics yourself if you can't find a good version, that way everyone else can profit!

Cheers
by Trish on 12/27/2009 9:09am
Season is a dark song of forboding and very different than Donovan's other compositions. Listen to how well it fits at the end of the movie "To die for". To hear it at its blackest, check out the Vanilla Fudge version.
by lynette komidar on 4/24/2010 11:44am
Seeing the lyrics are inaccurate this has been a waste of time.
Donovan was stoned .. but far from a simpleton his music always had deep significance for his peers. His work today is indicative of that
by Caitlin on 5/22/2010 8:40pm
When I looked out my window
Many sights to see
And when I look out my window
So many different people to be
That is strange, so strange
You got to pick up every stitch (3)
Must be the season of the witch (3)

When I look over my shoulder
What do you think I see
Summer cat looking over
It shoulder at me
And he's strange, sure is strange
You got to pick out every stitch(2)
Beatniks are out to make it rich oh no
Must be the season of the witch (3)
up every stitch
Two rabbits running in the ditch
Beatniks are out to make it rich oh no
Must be the season of the witch (3)
When I go

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 is strange
You got to pick up every stitch (2)
Two rabbits running in the ditch oh no
Must be the season of the witch (3)
When I to, when I go
by Dan* on 10/18/2010 3:27pm
Sometimes a song is just a song, open to interpetation.I don't think that Donovan looses any sleep about what his lyrics mean or do not mean. Enjoy the song for what you think it means.
by ROXANNE on 10/25/2010 8:53pm
THE SONG IS ABOUT THE HALLOWEEN WITCHES GHOSTS AND WHATEVER PERVERT IS OUT THEIR TO TAKE ADVANTANGE OF STUPID PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN ALL OF IT,OH YEAH,THEY ARE CALLED IDIOTS-------
by Mikki on 10/25/2010 10:18pm
Lol - Suzen "... and THEY WILL NEVER be able to use it in a
commercial!!!!" - What's funny is the reason I looked the song up is because I just saw it in a commercial! It was an ad for the new "windows phone". Got me to thinking about the song and what it might have meant.
by Roadkill on 10/26/2010 7:42pm
Way Cool.
by Wytch on 10/28/2010 3:37am
@suzen

Unfortunately, yes they can use it in a commercial. For a stupid phone, no less.
by listening on 10/28/2010 12:28pm
the song is about paranoa and
perfect for the commercial since
we have all gone crazy that we
might miss a stupid call or not
have an ap.
by BIG AND BAD on 10/28/2010 8:24pm
BIte me Wolf Puppy
by robin on 10/28/2010 10:25pm
Great Song - Great trip. Where are all the 60's people this ad is focused on? Gets my attention.
by Willy D - San Diego on 10/29/2010 12:18am
Paranoia
by Willy D - San Diego on 10/29/2010 12:36am
Paronoa, you've got it. Clever how the comercial knitting ...a solitary activity to illustrate the point. May the windows phone will help restore "society" s in verbal conversation as a primary means of communication.
by Willy D - San Diego on 10/29/2010 12:52am
Paronoa, you've got it. Clever how the comercial uses knitting... a solitary activity to illustrate the point. Maybe the windows phone will help restore "society". Maybe verbal conversation will return as a primary means of communication? (Instead of texting) Maybe knitting will replace Tweeting? Oh...it' too much to comptemplate.

by Karl J. Muzikar, DDS on 10/29/2010 8:58pm
I heard the song again and went online to read the lyrics as it's been a very long time since I took LSD in the 60's and enjoyed Donovan and this song. I read all of the above comments one by one with great amusement. Get this: I am a 59 year old dentist and I do NOT own a cellphone! (I have no aps either.) I have not seen the commercial, but now I am very interested to see it in light of the last few comments before mine. By the way, why are people so vitriolic in their comments about one another. "Can't we all just get along?" I am still unsure as to the lyrics on this one. Perhaps Donovan was on LSD during this one and just put together a very cool, eerie song that had meaning only during his trip. I took an English Poetry class at UCSB in 1970 and we analyzed the holy heck out of the Beatles song: I am the Walrus. That was the topic for a week for 30 students and we came to the conclusion that nobody really could say what the song was about except the authors.
by 3 daddy on 11/2/2010 6:00pm
Tonight, no, tomorrow, early in the morning, will someone crawl down into the sewer system and force a pillow over Wolf's face until he no longer breathes? Please.
The song is just that- a song. A very catchy pop song. Really, does it have to mean something? Can't it just sound good to some and not others? I hate REM, so I don't listen to them... or take part in forums about them.
by Angie on 11/4/2010 2:27pm
wow... you sure butchered those lyrics
by jane on 11/6/2010 8:16pm
Hi Dentist I had a similar experience. I heard it on a tv commercial for windows new phone...last sat I went out to hear music and I asked the band if they could play that song and they never heard of it....geeeez. I love that song and all the great artists from the the 60's we all grooved on!!!
Peace!
by jimmy d on 12/27/2010 8:05pm
".....somebody left a cake out in the rain..."

lyrics don't have to make any sense..get over it..
by 123 on 1/5/2011 4:40pm
"You've got to pick up every stitch" means all things are linked and if you "miss a stitch", miss a connection, as in knitting, everything will come undone - you will be lost.
by Brandon on 1/8/2011 5:48pm
I hope they put up my comment this time
by Whole on 2/12/2011 6:44am
123 hit the nail on the the head. Yes, we are all connected.
by Carl on 2/25/2011 2:42pm
I think this song is about the record industry, and the crappyness of it. I'm not going to try and analyze it for you, just read the lyrics again with that in mind and see what you think. Well; not on this site anyways, these lyrics are twisted by the stupidity of some kid in his mom's attic.
by Brandon on 3/1/2011 7:55pm
Part 1
In my opinion the song is about a paranoid schizophrenic (at least someone in a mental institution). The knitting terms (pick up every stitch & running in a ditch) emphasize the pass-time in the institution. Looking out of a window on a world they are separated from provides lots to see. Looking into the window (reflection) reveals different people to be, hence the schizo. Looking over their shoulder and seeing a stranger doing the same thing.... maybe they are looking into a mirror further emphasizing their detachment from themself. Beatniks were known (besides their liberative, sexual & ecological ideologies) to wear and sell homemade clothes (knitted clothing). I feel this line refers to those "beatniks" disillusioned with their own cultural movement and perhaps selling all the hard work of those doing the knitting (benefiting off of the disabled) like parasites.

by Brandon on 3/1/2011 7:56pm
Part 2
And finally, if there ever was a season of the witch would it not be Halloween (all souls day)? The very "holiday" where we all are expected to "conform" and be a different person (sounds like a free-day for a schizo or bipolar. Well, would it not make sense to a person who trusts no one or is not sure anyone is who they say they are (not the people who take care of them or the people on the streets or even themselves) that it MUST be Halloween. The lyrics for me carry a message of Donovan's outlook on society at the time from cultural conformity & disillusionment to the abuse of vulnerable persons and perhaps a connection has been made between Social & Mental Disease.



by Fred on 4/3/2011 11:26am
The song does have meaning...It's about being way out there stoned. Everything is freaky. That is it. The world is upside down...

The line Beatniks are out to make it rich ...and the line so many people to be...it's an upside down trip. he was a stoner.

The line Summer Cat looking is WRONG...The line is Some other cat looking over....his shoulder at me. meaning paranoia.
And at the end he DOES NOT say when to go...That is silly...He is saying "where'd I go?" Where'd I go?
He lost himself in the upside down world.

You have to have been 17 and stoned back in the 60s like I was to really love this guy....He is not a 2000 guy...
The lyrics posted here are so wrong they are laughable.
by yo momma on 4/9/2011 8:50pm
I bet Fred likes chicken
by steeelurface on 4/14/2011 10:41pm
... WELL IT'S ABOUT TO MEAN SOMETHIN'! THE GYPSIES AND WITCHES HAVE BEEN CASTING SPELLS TO MAKE US RUBES, OR JUST OBLIVIOUS TO ALL THE STITCHES BEING LAID DOWN TO DESTROY WE THE PEOPLE... JOIN THE DISCUSSION AND EDUCATE FOR THE END OF RUBE-ISM!WHAT'S A RUBE? SEE: Me & My Uncle Sam's Phans page on FACEBOOK, and LIKE not being a RUBE. "How many times must a man get robbed, on the same street, by the same people- before you call him a RUBE?" Hunter S. Thompson/ Bob Dylan combo! See More... Me & My Uncle Sam's Phans
by Austin on 5/2/2011 10:41am
paranoid schizophrenics do not have multiple personalities please stop getting your information from popular movies you sound like a fool.
by Istropateanu on 5/10/2011 2:40pm
Mickie Most at the buttons k)
by Reddy on 5/20/2011 1:20am
So how is Donovan 40-50 years down the road? Google-up some images and see for yourself. In a word, he looks good.

Tipping my hat!
by BoneZ <------B-Z-1 on 6/17/2011 3:50pm
this is anti establishment as was everything back then. the examples were cliche double meanings. Beatniks were not Hippies and they were 2 different animals of thought and purpose. Even i am too young to know the total meaning behind the lingo Donovan wrote from, but i know for a fact he was no mindless druggie but was a soul of high morals and a character enlightenment pioneer of the day. He knows WHERE ITS AT BABY~ and this is simple song if your GROOVY...gee what's groovy mean? its a good vibration, a frequency, a state of mind and to understand it YOU GOT TO PICK UP EVERY STITCH...He did not JUST make this up like Lennon's Across the Universe ... Don't be so square...Think outside the box Taco... & remember to use your Cosmic Wheels.
by fiddlin' johnny on 6/30/2011 11:12pm
It's all about feel with a little bit of message maybe. Realize that by the time this song was written, beatniks were passe; today we would say "hippies" out to make it rich; which both groups did by and large anyway considering their middle-class roots, especially as the power structure squashed progressive thinking with propaganda, money, and guns. Earlier versions of this song were more r&b sounding ala Smokey _ the final version is more druggy and mystical {which was in style}... think of similar Buffalo Springfield intros. Rejecting the beatniks was in many ways part of the of the hippie identity. Many of us floated on the margin between drugs and purposeful political action. Donovan was a flashy, romantic voice before it all became chaotic with Kent State and the Dodge revolution.
by YikYakker on 7/4/2011 12:02pm
It's "rabbits rutting in a ditch". You know, rutting...multiplying, as rabbits are prone to do.
by Rob on 7/21/2011 11:15am
I've had this one running thru my mind alot lately. Best comments I've seen are that the "pick up every stitch" line refers to avoiding the effects of witchcraft (in which a "stitch" of clothing, hair, or other personal detritus can be used by a witch to cast a spell). For further insight, see the great Gus Van Sant movie To Die For, starring the at-the-time incomparably beautiful Nicole Kidman. The song plays at the end, and it's a helluva capper for a great movie.
by Steve on 1/27/2012 12:55am
Terry Reeds version was great. He was the opening act for Cream in 67 @ the Civic Ctr. Balto.,MD
by SteveF on 1/27/2012 1:09am
Terry Reid in 1968
by Sharon on 5/10/2012 3:37pm
I heard this song played in a theater movie trailer. Hadn't heard it since 1968. Wondered at the meaning at the time, doesn't matter anymore.
by Catherine on 8/21/2012 9:06pm
I'm totally with Fred. Where'd I go, question, not When I go, (or When I to - what does that mean anyway?)
Al Kooper's version was great too.
by Jimbo on 8/25/2012 10:40pm
The question is: is there any meaning to "rabbits running in the ditch." other than for the sake of the rythim and rhyme of the song?
by totsu on 11/19/2012 8:46pm
All of you - thanks so much - I have a lot to
ponder as to what it all means as to Why the
lyrics lines about stitches & witch Only have been running thru my head last 2 days - there is usually a significant reason for me personally. I could well do without the profanity comment - really now - is that all you've got? - so 'no class'. Rest of you - thanks.
by jeff fisher on 1/7/2013 12:39am
you people looking for logical equations are artless fools...junior colleges offer classes in art appreciation at very affordable rates. Might want to check into that?
But thanks to all who do clarify the actual lyrics for those whose lives so depend upon lyrical logicality ; )
by AeroGal on 1/26/2013 7:19am
Terrible, horrible job on these lyrics. Why would you bother to put them up if you weren't 100% sure they were accurate? And why doesn't this site verify?


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