Tox Tunes #56: Season of the Witch (Richard Thompson)

March 12, 2012, 12:22 am

This is a great cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”.  Although the lyrics are anything but clear — why have you got to pick up every stitch; why are those rabbits running in a ditch — it seems to me that the song describes drug-induced paranoia:

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 . . .

It is interesting to consider this song in relation to Buffalo’s Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth”, a classic of political paranoia that was released at about the same time:

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
Step out of line, the man come and take you away

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