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Witch
(words & music by Lady Isadora)

“Why do you call yourself a Witch?
Why do you dress yourself in black?
Why don’t you use some other word
And get the devil off your back?”
I call myself a Witch because
A Witch is what I am
And like a Jew in Nazi Germany
I don’t define my name
To suit the Master Plan
The Propaganda Man
Never again! Never again!

“Why do you call yourself a Witch?
You know we just don’t understand
People will think you’re sinister
You know they’ll say your soul is damned!”
I call myself a Witch because
I don’t believe the lie
That the Creator is a macho man
Who wants to tell me what to do
Until I die
For pie in the sky
That’s such a lie! That’s such a lie!

I don’t believe in Satan
He’s a poor excuse for Pan
I’m a child of Holy Mother Earth
And I’m gonna stand up to
The Propaganda Man
In every way I can

“Why do you call yourself a Witch?
Such a pretentious fantasy!
Magic is just a childhood dream
Come on and face reality!”
I call myself a Witch because
I’m not afraid to tell
That the magic is in Life itself
Not just in some ancient book
Or secret spell
And I know damn well
That there’s no Hell
Except the Goddess of that name

No, the devil doesn’t turn me on,
He’s too much of a chauvinist pig
No self-respecting feminist
Would be caught dead around
A masculine ego that big

“Why do you call yourself a Witch
And talk of Witchcraft openly?
Wicca’s a nice disguise to use*
When you’re in mixed company”
I call myself a Witch because
There’s power in the word
There’s power in the truth about
What we really feel
And who we really are
Live by the Star
And you’ll go far
Yes, you’ll go far

“Why do you call yourself a Witch?”
Because a Witch is what I am!
“Why do you call yourself a Witch?”
Because a Witch is what I am!

*As any good dictionary of Old English
(Anglo-Saxon) will show, the original
word wasn’t “Wicca” (male Witch) ,
but “Wiccecraeft.”


copyright 1990 Lady Isadora


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Lady Isadora ...

Witch
(by Lady Isadora)

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The Story...

“Witch” first appeared on my 1990 album, *The Queen of Earth and Sky*, now being re-released on CD along with my other two albums, *Priestess of the Pentacle* and *The Witching Hour*. Several new CDs are in the offing, as described on my website at www.ladyisadora.com. There you can find a number of song samples, several full-length MP3s, song lyrics, pictures, ritual poetry, and other writings.

I wrote the following about this song in my 1990 liner notes:

“Witch! The very word resonates deep in the mind with power, passion, magic, mystery-- and controversy. It is one of the most profoundly evocative words in the English language. I speak it aloud as I write, and can feel in a twinkling the soft May grass beneath my feet as I dance, flower-crowned, in a green gown at Beltane, or the exhilarating chill of the smoky night air at Samhain as I stand all robed in black for the Crone, my tall pointed Witch’s hat a perfect cone of power in a magic circle about my head. At such times, flinging my arms wide open to the sky, long hair streaming in the wind that often seems to arise out of nowhere as if in meaningful emphasis, I feel almost as if I could take flight, as if anything magical might be made to happen at any moment. Such power is not of “the devil”; it is the heady awareness that in our veins and through our spirits flows the creative life-force of the Universe Itself, and that with it we can heal wounds, right wrongs, and make dreams come true.”

(Copyright 1990, 2005 by Lady Isadora)

“Witch” isn't only about my own experiences, but stands for all Witches, everywhere. The song simply wrote itself, as songs will happily sometimes do. As I recall, the melody and guitar riff came to me first, fully formed out of the blue; then the defiant out-of-our-broom-closets-and-onto-our-brooms lyrics, which I will allow to speak for themselves, magically appeared soon after. "Witch" was originally going to be all acoustic, but a rock guitarist friend thought it had just the right rhythm for rocking out a bit, so away we jammed and everything clicked right off, coming up with the recorded result fairly quickly.

Though I perform and compose in a variety of styles, I am first and foremost a folkie, with strong medieval-Renaissance and classical leanings. I love to improvise with my voice, even more than with my guitar, and the most divine golden feeling comes over me when I do-- almost (but not quite) better than making love. So I often throw back my head and "wail' with unrestrained kozmic abandon when performing, as may be heard less on this album version of “Witch” (which I offer here in my first Bardic Circle entry for its potential use as an all-purpose Witch anthem) than, say, in the wordless improv I do over the guitar break in “Witches’ Brew Blues” from *Priestess of the Pentacle*, for example. I call that my Billie-Holiday-in-a-tall-black-pointy-hat number, cackle cackle... (Check out my website for MP3 sample of the first part of the song.) I also tried to pull out all the stops vocally on the lament-style improv/overdub extravaganza “Wintry Skies” from the same album, which may be found in full-length MP3 form on my website, for another example. But as to flat-out rock, which I love very much but don‘t perform frequently at this time, I prefer to sing it in a straightforward, melodic style, as I do here on "Witch", rather than affect an assortment of scratchy screechings and shriekings not particularly suited to my natural voice. Devout hedonist though I be, I do enjoy wild rock vocals from others if they’re passionately and artfully done, however!

For more information on the little-known correct etymology of Witchy Old English words, including source documentation, as the footnote to my song lyrics at right describes, please see my article “You Say ‘Wicca’ and I Say ‘Witchcraft’!” via my website link below. Click on “From the Lady’s Pen” on my website menu, then on “Musings, Meanderings, and Miscellaneous Madcap Mayhem“ to find the article link.

Recorded: Indianola, Iowa 1989
Guests/Players: Vocals and acoustic guitars performed by Lady Isadora.
Electric guitars, bass, and drum programming performed by a guitar ace friend who prefers to stay out of the “limelight” in this article!

Technical Notes: Vocals with some overdubbed harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, and drum programming. Recorded in professional 24-track studio. Words, melody, and musical arrangement by Lady Isadora.

Artist Profile: Excerpted from Isadora's website (Lykaina, webmistress) :

An experienced Witch priestess and ritual artist, Lady Isadora is also a critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter, guitarist, arranger, and producer. She was one of the early founders of the Witch & Pagan musical genre. Her classic albums *The Queen of Earth and Sky*, *Priestess of the Pentacle*, and *The Witching Hour*, long awaited on CD, were re-released on that format Samhain 2010, with new recordings in the works.

Isadora, or "Dizzy Aura", was born on the very first day of the Neo-Elizabethan era, and is very glad to be here, even if she does find the original era much more interesting-- sometimes. After all, there were no Beatles, no detective novels, and no fabulous designer yarns to knit with in Elizabethan days-- and what's worse, there was no Johnny Depp. Or was there?

Isadora is a longtime writer and researcher in a number of diverse fields of interest. She has published articles in various Pagan, New Age, and mainstream journals, is working on a series of novels, and is also compiling for publication a compendium of original rituals, poetry, and essays, entitled *The Pen is a Magic Wand*.

Isadora has been among the most acclaimed Pagan bards for nearly three decades. She has been described by recent reviewers as “Queen of Musical Witches” and “a Pagan National Treasure”, having already earned such accolades as “a voice that rivals Judy Collins’”, “guitar prowess to rival Lita Ford”, and “the Joni Mitchell of the [Witchcraft] movement”. However, Isadora declines to style herself with such titles.

“Of course, I’m very flattered to have been given so much praise, ” she admits. “If somebody says it or writes it, I’ll have it put on my reviews webpage, with great appreciation. If all the promo quotes sell somebody on checking out my music, so be it, and I hope they enjoy my songs. Like any other musician, I want to be able to make a living from my work. Like all musicians, I have my influences. But I don’t want to get stuck on them.

"I’ve always felt it’s the individual voice one represents, and what one brings to music that’s new and unique, that are truly important. I don’t want to play the Jonier-than-thou game some young female singer-songwriters today seem rather caught up in. Yes, Joni Mitchell and other great mainstream recording artists have been pioneering musical sisterspirits for many of us. Listening to their work in our younger years helped awaken the chords of our own beings – and those are the chords we really should be playing, when all is said and sung.

"I put my own Witchy and very personal stamp on my influences, I feel, and took them in new directions. I’ve continued to grow and deepen as a songwriter, so I’m eager to share my previously-unreleased and more recent material with fans, as well. Yes, Joni et al are fabulous, without doubt, but so are we. We’ve got our own voices to raise and our own songs to sing.

"So... I don’t see myself as Judy Collins in a tall black pointy, or the Witch Lennon-McCartney, or Empress of Ethereal Sopranos, or the bitchin’est, bewitchin’est Broomstick Babe of Bards, or whatever. [Laughs and winks.] OK, OK, well, under the circs, I can see I'm FORCED to confess I was once known to certain veddy British male admirers in my desperately mod girlish days in the '60s as "Queen of the Birds", tee hee. A story I shall NOT at present delve into in any detail. [Chokes back a wee chortle-- just barely.] At any rate, I suppose it might be cool to be considered the next Billie Holiday, or the next Hildegard von Bingen-- or maybe a quirkily groundbreaking new combination of the two [laughs again]-- but I'd really rather be the one and only Lady Isadora, anyway. If I happen to be somebody’s favorite musician, then sure, I’m happy, but I do keep it in perspective. Music is an art, not a contest! And there is such a glorious amount of talent in the Pagan music scene these days... a true joy for us all!”

Isadora is co-founder with friend Lykaina of the sorcerously subversive social club network, the Black Witch-Hat Society. In the early 1970s, Isadora was the one and only lonely founder of the only partly tongue-in-cheek Society for the Prevention of Witchcraft Being Called "Wicca". (As she is all too fond of advising to whomever will listen, the original word was documentably "Wiccecraeft", pronounced "WITCH-eh-creft", from the Old English/Anglo-Saxon-- a Germanic, not Celtic tongue.) Isadora, of "mixed" British Isles and Danish descent, has been an avid enthusiast for her own ancestral languages and many others for most of her life. While at university, she was inducted into Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society, having won a number of academic awards in that language, including two from the German government. One of Isadora's specialties at Bluestocking & Broomstick is the studious pursuit of the Celtic and Germanic branches of the Indo-European language family tree.

A longtime clergywoman of the Craft with legal ministerial status, a trustee of the Universal Federation of Pagans, and a member of ASCAP and the international Fellowship of Isis, Isadora has been a biographee in *The World Who's Who of Women*. Following an absence of some years from the Pagan music scene due to family commitments and other aspects of her life and career, Isadora plans to make it up to her bewitched, bothered, and bewildered fans by releasing a series of long-awaited new albums and gigging as often as possible at festivals and other gatherings and events.

Wrote legendary Pagan journal *Green Egg*:

"In Lady Isadora's voice hear the singing of quartz bowl bells. In her heart feel the dedication of Witch and bard. Her voice slides waterlike from strong high places to splash into pools of evenly-grained alto note progressions, then carries us all willingly down storystreams of love, defiance, ethics, evolution... [Her albums] are a wonderful collection for Pagans, Witches, and writers. Her voice is an instrument of surpassing beauty with which she tells our tales and sings our souls."

Additional review accolades for Lady Isadora include:

"...soaring flutelike exaltation... lushly beautiful melodies combine with words of power..."
--*SageWoman*

"Her pure soprano voice comes from deep within her soul... moving, strong, poetic lyrics... Inspired and fulfilling music, highly recommended."
--*Heartsong Review* (1st review)

"Once more, Lady Isadora touches Pagan heartstrings with her lilting voice and magical melodes... themes of power and mystery... good thinking music...deep messages for contemplation mixed within the lovely harmonies."
--*Heartsong Review* (2nd review)

"... don't miss... sparkles with top professionalism... a voice that rivals Judy Collins' for clarity and emotion.“
--*Circle Network News*

“The Joni Mitchell of the Wicca* movement... powerful...” – Website for “Psyche van het Folk, ” Radio Centraal, Antwerp, Belgium
*Isadora greatly appreciates the praise, but notes that she herself uses only the term "Witchcraft".

"An intelligence not often seen in this field...Raise your expectations for Pagan music.”
– *The Red Queen*

"...a Pagan National Treasure..."
--Michelle Mays, *Fireleap: the Beltane Collection*, et al.

"Like the sirens of mythology, Isadora calls our spirits to join her in ecstacy... this songstress is truly the Queen of Musical Witches."
--SkyDragon of Lucidian, *For the Lady and Lord*

"Isadora sings like the mermaids, full of truth and magic... lyrical, yet politically astute as well. A rare combination..."
--Shekhinah Mountainwater, *Songs and Chants of the Goddess*, *Witch-a-Way*, et al; author of *Ariadne's Thread*

"... a cauldron of mixed delights and metaphors... unique approach and style... the layered voices and harmonies of 'Samhain Fires' would make Freddie Mercury and Queen proud... Candy for the ear, intellect, and spirit."
-- Lord Foxglove, author of *Advancing the Witches' Craft*

“...excellent... delightful... I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her work.”
– Raymond Buckland, PhD, author of *Witchcraft from the Inside*, *Wicca for Life*, et al.

"Lady Isadora's songs stir the heart of the Witch, and resonate in the endless cycle of things that are ever ancient and ever new."
--Raven Grimassi, author of *Hereditary Witchcraft* at al.

“I was absolutely filled with joy... Every song, every line spoke to the heart... I can’t imagine any Pagan being without them.”
– DJ Conway, author of *Celtic Magic*, *Flying Without a Broom*, et al.

"There's a CD out there actually claiming to be the 'Best of Pagan Song' without Lady Isadora on it. No comment, except that's like having a 'Best of '60s Folk' without Joan Baez!"
--Annie Redbird, MN (via e-mail, used with permission)

"...this gorgeous haunting voice to rival Sarah Brightman, guitar prowess to rival Lita Ford, and a songwriting gift to rival Lennon-McCartney."
--Phoenix NightSong, NC (via e-mail, used with permission)

"Thank you, Lady, for sharing your amazing talent with the world."
--Eternal, poet & writer, of "Support Pagan Artists" website (via e-mail, used with permission)

"You're AWESOME! Thank you thank you thank you for YEARS of enjoyment of your music! You ROCK, sister!"
--Hunter Nolan, musician, NE

"...a joy to listen to...inspiration while I write."
--Bettina Lindsey, author of *Swan Witch*, *Waltz with the Lady*, et al

"... a truly beautiful voice... brilliant."
--Kenny Klein, formerly of Kenny & Tzipora, *Moon Hooves in the Sand* et al; author of *The Flowering Rod*

"... a fabulous achievement."
--Angie Remedi, *The Mother Calls*

"My cat Seraphine has given her emphatic 'meow' of approval-- and believe me, she doesn't impress easily!"
--Lisa Thiel, *Songs of the Spirit* et al

"...miraculous... spine-chilling... a true feast for the heart in all Lady Isadora's works."
--*The Wiccan Rounde*

"... amazing... haunting... a precious gift..."
--*The Beltane Papers* (1st review)

"Listen to this music in a darkened room lit by candlelight, and let the magic happen."
--*The Beltane Papers* (2nd review)

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