Can’t You See the Witch

The Rattles are a German rock band, formed in Hamburg in 1960, most prominently known for their 1970 psychedelic hit single, ‘The Witch’.  They recorded their first version of ‘The Witch’ in 1968, with vocals by Henner Hoier and in 1970, they recorded their second version of ‘The Witch’, this time with vocals by Edna Bejarano.  This became their only international hit, it appeared in the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart, the top 20 in Austria, and reached the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., becoming the first German group to ever appear in the US charts and eventually this song sold over one million copies.  This song is about somebody being chased through a forest by a witch and a fifteen-minute version of this song appeared on The Rattles 1971 album The Witch.  

The Rattles performed in Hamburg, and played at the same venues as The Beatles on three occasions in 1962.  ‘The Witch’ was written by German songwriter, producer, bassist and vocalist Herbert Hildebrandt-Winhauer who was in The Rattles from 1960–68.  The group was forced to split up owing to army service and other reasons and a new line-up formed, although Hildebrandt remained as their songwriter and record producer.

Can’t you see me runnin’
I am really runnin’
For my life
Guess from where I’m
Comin’
Guess why I’m runnin
For my life

Can’t you see the witch
Can’t you see the witch
Can’t you see the witch by my side

Can’t you see the witch
Can’t you see the witch
Can’t you see the witch by my side

Can’t you see my deathfear
I can hear her voice
Shoutin’ everywhere
Who know what I’ve could done
It must be so bad
That a witch does care

Can’t you see the witch
Can’t you see the witch
Can’t you see the witch by my side
Can’t you see the witch
Can’t you see the witch
Can’t you see the witch by my side

Written for Paula’s Thursday Inspiration 80 where this week’s theme is witch from the 1972 Eagles song ‘Witchy Woman’.

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