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Witchy Woman

by awbvious

Cover of The Eagles, all vocals and instrumentation by awbvious, a Californian who has had his spirit here since 1979.
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My wife (I know my publicist told me to hide that fact… oh wait, I have no publicist… oh yeah, and women don’t care that I’m married no more than when I was single)… Anyway, my wife commented when we heard the original/Eagles version of this song recently “Witchy, sure, that’s the word he means for her.” I told her I don’t think she’s really listened to the lyrics. It’s about a powerful, supernatural woman. But really, I don’t think about the words too much.

I like the fact that is more of a vocally interesting song, harder than most of the early Eagles stuff. (Not much harder, but a bit.) It is also the only single from the Eagles debut album that has Henley singing lead.

This one was tricky too, but just because of the guitar. The chords were hard to play. Actually, the majority were plenty easy. But I try to avoid barre chords as much as I can. At first, I glossed over the chords and thought, okay, this isn’t too bad, Fs and Cs and whatnot… And then I see a Bb… A Cm… And the chord changes are fast! To make it worse, there were multiple versions online of the chords and I couldn’t tell what was the best one (this is one of the songs where I actually just gave up and put multiple versions in). It got more annoying when I thought I could transpose the chords to capo 5 to make it easier, but ran into a glitch.

Now back in my day, they had something called OLGA (this is after the Usenet newgroups, I’m not /that/ old), and you had to do transpositions the hard way. This was still better than what kids had to do before the internet existed—which was basically true witchery. In my day, you copied it all from OLGA into Word; changed the font to Courier New; then messed with margins, font-size, and page breaks incessantly. Then if you wanted to change the key you saved it as another .doc, wrote “CAPO V” or whatever on the top, and ctrl-h’ed for every “Gm” for “Dm” and so forth. It was extremely tedious.

Now kids have it easy, with at least one tablature site, you just have to click a single button and it transposes for you! It also autoscrolls now! I was amazed when I saw this recently. Anyway, I wanted to do this for one of the versions of Witchy Woman, but apparently when someone puts an asterisk next to a chord (common notation to say its slightly altered) it doesn’t transpose. Thus, every “Gm” got transposed to “Dm” but every “Gm*” would stay the same. And then here I’m trying to play these super-fast transitions and trying to remember /not/ to play the chord shown when I see an asterisk. Sure, I could copy it all to Word and fix the few asterisk’ed ones, but now I’m spoiled with the autoscrolling.

Anyway, I think you can hear the frustration in my playing. I’d get so exhausted playing each guitar take (which I definitely had to do separate of the vocal) that, by the end, the extra-fast final chord progression would sound super sloppy. I ended up just redoing that end guitar part completely. The singing, as usual, was pretty easy—at most I had to rerecord the “aahs” at the 2:36 mark*. Luckily, I’ve heard that if the vocals are okay, the rest can be forgiven. I’m pretty much banking on that.

*Note: I’m putting the release date for all the songs from “The Very Best of the Eagles” as arbitrarily 2/27/2019, but I actually did a last-minute edit with the “aahs” on this song just yesterday (3/13). The earliest recorded take you’ll possibly hear from any of these covers is from 1/31, and almost everything was done by 2/27, but I did do a few tweaks yesterday and the day before. I’m just, you know, clarifying for future historians.



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