Here are some songs about women you might not want to get too close to, or alternatively find more compelling than your common garden gnome chicky babe. Some of us might like to be like some of these women!
These songs will take you right back to special nights with special people – I guarantee it! And some aren’t really about women after all. OMG – they’re all from the 70s – how time warped am I? Enjoy.
Witchy Woman – The Eagles (Don Henley & Bernie Leadon, 1972) Sparks fly from her fingertips, echoed voices in the night, she’s a restless spirit on an endless flight. Very atmospheric, and yes about drugs and dangerous women and what they can do to you. Always think of this song with One of These Nights – Eagles at their best.
Evil Woman – ELO (Jeff Lynn 1975) You made a fool of me… hey woman you got the blues, yes, you ain’t got no-one else to use. Love gone wrong, a broken heart, an evil woman on her way. It was great, as was most everything else ELO did.
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zep (Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, 1971) There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold and she’s buying a stairway to heaven… with a word she can get what she came for. What’s it all about – drugs, magic, mythology? Who knows, but it’s as compelling now as it ever was. You’ve got to wonder about the lady, don’t you?
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks, 1975) All your life you’ve never seen a woman taken by the wind, would you stay if she promised you heaven? About a welsh witch sung by the ethereal Stevie Nicks, one of the most loved songs of all time, according to various lists.
Black Magic Woman – Santana (Peter Green, 1968, originally for Fleetwood Mac) Got a black magic woman, she’s got me so blind I can’t see, but she’s a black magic woman, trying to make a devil out of me. Made famous by Santana in 1970, sung by Gregg Rolie. Really a woman to avoid, a woman with too much magic for anyone’s good.
Witch Queen of New Orleans – Redbone (Vegas & Vegas, 1974) I’m gonna tell you a story, strange as it now seems of zombie voodoo and the Witch queen of New Orleans, she lived in a world of magic, possessed by the devils skew … stirred her witches brew. It was the beat and the rhythm that got to you as much as the lyrics. She’ll put a spell on you and I believed it back in the summer of 1974.
Killer Queen – Queen (Freddie Mercury, 1974) She’s a killer queen, gunpowder, gelatine, dynamite with a laserbeam, guaranteed to blow your mid, anytime. She was a hooker wasn’t she, but she sounded more like a spy, something deadly but compelling and simply fabulous music. It was perhaps the song that told us Queen were going to be something to be reckoned with.
Imaginary Lover – Atlanta Rhythm Section (1978) Imaginary lovers never turn you down, when all the others turn you away their around… my imaginary lover, your mine anytime. This was such a smooth song, yes, it’s really about loneliness and a bit of desperation but these guys really had the atmospheric longing down pat. You could see their imaginary lover, feel her just out of touch
Year of the Cat – Al Stewart (Al Stewart & Peter Wood, 1976) On a morning from a Bogart movie in a country where they turn back time you go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre contemplating a crime. She comes out of the sun in a silk dress running like a watercolour in the rain, don’t bother asking for explanations she’ll just tell you that she came in the year of the cat. You’re there, aren’t you, in the song, waiting to see what will happen, knowing she’ll have his heart out in a flash.
Jackie Blue – Ozark Mountain Daredevils (Larry Lee & Steve Cash, 1975 ) You live your life in a free form style, you’ll take an inch but you’d love a mile, there never seems to be quite enough floating round to fill your loving cup, ooh-hoo Jackie Blue, what’s a game girl if you never lose, ask a winner and you’ll probably find, they’ve lost at sometime. She’s enigmatic, elusive and most of all has the right name! Do you know how few songs there are with Jackie in them?? (Images courtesy Google images)
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