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Brewer & Shipley — Witchi-Tai-To
Album: Weeds
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Released: 1969
Length: 6:49
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What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

Singin' what a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Ah....Ah....

[Begin Singing Round]
What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead
[End Singing Round]

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Ah....Ah....Ah....

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

Singin' what a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Ah....Ah....Ah....
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fascinating track!  thanks for introducing me to something i would never (typically) listen to.  will check out the everything is everything version as well.

read this about the song:
Songwriter and saxophonist Jim Pepper adapted the song "Witchi Tai To" from an ancient peyote chant that he learned from his Native American grandfather.  "Witchi Tai To" was first recorded by Pepper's group, the short lived, Everything Is Everything.  The group's producers encouraged Pepper to express his Native American heritage in his music, and helped him work out the arrangement and English translation.  To this day "Witchi Tai To" is the only hit in the history of the Billboard pop charts (reaching #69 in 1969) to feature an authentic Native American chant. 

source: http://www.brewerandshipley.com/misc/WitchiTaiTo2.htm
Inferior version of Everything Is Everything original, which I recommend.
 cely wrote:
This kind of obscurity is the biggest reason I enjoy RP. 
 
Absolutely. Stuff like this always makes my colleagues frown.  I love it, though, and can't see any problem with this track at all.
 jukes1 wrote:
I love this song. I don’t have any idea why.

 

Same. 
"secret" sacred song emergency depression times.
I love this song. I don’t have any idea why.

Ahhh, the band from Tarkio, MO. In NW Missouri.
 
We should all visit that place. Its in the land where Jesse James grew up.
3 minutes tooooo long.
Catchy... way TOO repetetive
i think we should embrace the fact that they gave us one toke over the line. one of those songs you won't admit you like. 
Man, you've got that right (i.e. strange area)!  Went to Centralia, MO one time and I kept expecting Rod Serling to step out and announce I'd entered the Twilight Zone.

idiot_wind wrote:
Ah...the band from NW Missouri. The town  of Tarkio, MO.    Strange area...
 

 Proclivities wrote:
 haresfur wrote:

"Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah" is a pretty negative message.

But it's catchy and you can dance to it => 6 


This album also contained a horrendous cover of "All Along The Watchtower".  Caution: You have been warned.
 
How would you translate it?
10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and More! ... The Bloody Red Baron was rollin’ up the score!
Ah...the band from NW Missouri. The town  of Tarkio, MO.    Strange area...
 haresfur wrote:
"Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah" is a pretty negative message.

But it's catchy and you can dance to it => 6 


This album also contained an unpleasant cover of "All Along The Watchtower".  Caution: You have been warned.
These guys were a great duo "back in the day" and they still sound great. Love that acoustic sound. Long live the vocal round!
Awesome... Bought a backpack from Mr. Shipley when I was a freshman at University of Missouri at Rolla, where he still lives. Groovy!
Holy Sweet Jane Batman...

"Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah" is a pretty negative message.

But it's catchy and you can dance to it => 6


This kind of obscurity is the biggest reason I enjoy RP. 
 Proclivities wrote:

"Sweet Jane" has a different chord progression.  It is from the same year, though, but somehow I don't imagine Lou Reed would have ever listened to this, or at least not for very long.

 

Jim Pepper - Witchi Tia To is muccccchh bettter
...to have heard this written and sung by Buddy Holly.
Ah....the band from northwest Missouri. Near Tarkio,
Shades of Pat Boone singing 'Tutti Frutti'!
Seems to me that if one wanted to hear some Native American music they could find a better source than Brewer & Shipley(?).
As I recall this was a cover.  The first airplayed version  a more Indian flavor. Sorry, can't remember them
Ah, i have long loved this. someone recently played me some of the original native music this is derived from.
Never heared this before!!
nope, no, na-na
 kctomato wrote:
May I borrow your chord changes for "Sweet Jane"?

 
"Sweet Jane" has a different chord progression.  It is from the same year, though, but somehow I don't imagine Lou Reed would have ever listened to this, or at least not for very long.
May I borrow your chord changes for "Sweet Jane"?
Love this. Great fun and very spirited. Love the jangling guitars.
As one who is fighting cancer this song is truly inspiring.
Indeed a beautiful and blessed thing to be alive.

Go in peace and share your love - we only go around once. 
 owchita wrote:
Never heard this (or them) before. Lovely.

 
I'm convinced that if you listen to RP long enough, you will hear every song ever recorded at least once.

As far as I'm concerned, Bill can play this one as much as he likes.
 Proclivities wrote:
The "Best" of Brewer & Shipley?  I'd have to keep that next to the "Best of Mouth & MacNeal" or "Jigsaw's Greatest Hits".  I guess I've heard worse, but this is generously unpleasant, in a almost amusing way.
vw

 
"generously unpleasant"....  {#Roflol}

I don't agree with you but I love the phrase. 

As I'm listening to this I'm finishing up Joan Didion's "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" (have never read it before) and the song fits the drug-filled innocent rebellion and escape of the essay's take on '67 San Francisco. The pic of the tripped-out Bug works too.  
Love this song!!!!
Mwah. Is this a Kids song?
Smile is permanently attached to my face.
Can t stop dancing!
The boys from Tarkio MO...up in NW Missouri.

Check that out on a map. 
this beautiful song changed me when I first heard it as a kid, good strong spirit to it imo  : )  peace 
Beautiful harmony, voices and guitar...nicely upbeat.
What a lovely song!  I would never have found this one without RP, that's for sure!   THANKS!
               {#Bananapiano}......good times !
Memories of dancing around a fire, high, with good friends, bright stars overhead... aaahhhh...
 heathenchild wrote:
 hagz21 wrote:
Maybe it's just because I'm Canadian, but I hear "sweet jane" is this song.
 
 Me too....

 
Me three, and not Canadian...
 hagz21 wrote:
Maybe it's just because I'm Canadian, but I hear "sweet jane" is this song.
 
 Me too....


Never heard this (or them) before. Lovely.
Maybe it's just because I'm Canadian, but I hear "sweet jane" is this song.
This, followed immediately by Paul Simon's "Proof" was a nice juxtaposition this morning.
 treatment_bound wrote:

Except this came out a year before the Velvets "Loaded" (which included Sweet Jane) was released.  

You don't think Lou Reed was a Brewer and Shipley fan, do you?
 
It's a different chord progression and a different key.  "Sweet Jane" has a four-chord progression, featuring a minor chord (Bm); this song has a three-chord progression (I - IV - I - V -with no minor chord).  Also, a live version of "Sweet Jane" was recorded 1969, but not released until 1974.  I wonder is he was a fan of Brewer & Shipley - doesn't seem likely but ya' never know.
Thanks for playing my Missouri boys, gave me a big smile!
I loved this back then ->->
 LeftShoe wrote:
The guitar sounds like Lou Reed Sweet Jane
 
Except this came out a year before the Velvets "Loaded" (which included Sweet Jane) was released.  

You don't think Lou Reed was a Brewer and Shipley fan, do you?
It s been raining here all week, enough already.
It s hard to cook breakfast and rain dance at the same time. Rating 8.
 
What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

big smile
The original was bad. This is terrible. {#Ass}

Where's the PSD button?
The guitar sounds like Lou Reed Sweet Jane
wow flash-back tune!  WLIR late night had played some engrossing musicians through those trippy days  : )
Sheer joy.
I think the 1971 version "Everything is Everything," by Donny Hathaway is better. It has more hint of authenticity in the sound. Although it is still not a Native American version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAMKL2KKumo

There' springs in my head.
OMG!!! HAPPY SONG!!!! WHEEEEEEEEEE{#Dancingbanana}
 ThePoose wrote:
Did they write any of their own material? Or were they like Elvis: an interpreter of other's creations?

 
If I'm not mistaken, they wrote quite a bit of their stuff.

dorky ass song
 aarrgho wrote:
say what you will, but this song (and several others from Brewer and Shipley) had a pretty big impact on me in the late 60's early 70's as I was struggeling to be a good hippie in the midwest usa.

they did a bunch of good songs......one of which, "Brain Damage", my band pertormed years later.
"Oh Mommy" is another that never gets played but is still relevant today....
 
I'd love to hear Oh Mommy or Fly, fly fly.  And you're right...as I look over their discography, I'm reminded that they were a prolific and well-liked band in their day.


Great, thanks!
off the wall   
This is so ingrained in my consciousness, my subconsciousness. Without it being in the forefront like hit Beatles tunes or "Smile on your brother" it's still so much of my past.

Thanks. Thanks very very much.
WOW never heard this one before - LOVE it!!

{#Hearteyes}
far out man ... love that tabla ...
This song makes me feel glad that I'm not dead! This is a great singalong around the campfire song...segues nicely into almost any hippie/rainbow chant you can think of, too...
 baltimorelovejoy wrote:
I think it would sound much better (and rate better to) if it were live, possibly around the aforementioned campfire, instead of in a studio.

Do these guys do "That's Amore"?
 
Only when the moon hits your eye like a big-a pizza pie.
Did they write any of their own material? Or were they like Elvis: an interpreter of other's creations?

The "Best" of Brewer & Shipley?  I'd have to keep that next to the "Best of Mouth & MacNeal" or "Jigsaw's Greatest Hits".  I guess I've heard worse, but this is generously unpleasant, in an almost amusing way.
dance
It is an irritating little song, isn't it? {#Lol}
say what you will, but this song (and several others from Brewer and Shipley) had a pretty big impact on me in the late 60's early 70's as I was struggeling to be a good hippie in the midwest usa.

they did a bunch of good songs......one of which, "Brain Damage", my band pertormed years later.
"Oh Mommy" is another that never gets played but is still relevant today....
I'm getting a contact high just from listening.

I thought Brewer and Shipley put out some nice tunes, I enjoyed the album "Rural Space".  Saw them many moons ago at Memorial Hall in KCKS.
SWEET JANE, SWEET JANE....

Weren't these guys the head "music" writers for the Partridge Family?





 

 MCKY wrote:
While I like this version, the original by Jim Pepper is wonderful. Had tried to upload it, but it never made the cut. And Jan Garabarek does a great cover as well.
 
I'd love to hear them both!  Too bad the Pepper version was "sorried" by Rebecca.

That happens a lot.  {#Rolleyes}
Okay, it ain't high art . . .  Oh, wait . . . It WAS "high art" . . .{#Roflol}
I think you had to be there.  I was, and it brings back fond memories.
While I like this version, the original by Jim Pepper is wonderful. Had tried to upload it, but it never made the cut. And Jan Garabarek does a great cover as well.

Brewer and Shipley were cursed with that one hit-a dumb novelty song. they actually had some nice period stuff.
Glockman45 wrote:

sounds like lou reed........ah jane, sweet sweet jane.........listen to the guitar. vocals sound like outkast or gorillaz or monsters inc, whatever that rap band is.........




I hate it when people say a song sounds like music that came after it. You might have something with Sweet Jane (it came out in '69 / '70 apparently).


Yup. An example of what went terribly wrong with the drug culture of the sixties.  Iccchhh..
I think it would sound much better (and rate better to) if it were live, possibly around the aforementioned campfire, instead of in a studio.

Do these guys do "That's Amore"?
Hearing the song motivated me to listen to the whole album again. I forgot how good it was. I had a chance to meet Tom Shipley at the Freakers Ball in Alaska back in about 1979 when I had a Greenpeace booth set up. Nice guy, great musicians.
sounds like lou reed........ah jane, sweet sweet jane.........listen to the guitar. vocals sound like outkast or gorillaz or monsters inc, whatever that rap band is.........
This song used to be sung around the campfire of a camp I used to go to.....I totally thought it was made up. Was really surprised when I recognized this lol. Thanks Bill :jump:
Oregon (the band) does an interesting cover of this...
lwilkinson wrote:
1960's shades of The Kingston Trio. :whistle:
I forgot to add that this is so much better than that insipid "One Toke Over the Line"; a much overplayed paean to unemployed but romantic dope heads the world over. (As a child of the 60's I tend to deny resembling that remark :think: )
trekhead wrote:
:eh:
One of the greatest ever graphic puns. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. BTW, concur the Jim Pepper version. But this one's cool.
chyk5 wrote:
Interesting song. At first, the monotony was getting on my nerves. Then I began tapping my foot without realizing it. Nice stuff.
Same thing happened to me!
MJMJ wrote:
Christopher Guest, anyone?
I had a copy of of this on vinyl, but it teetered crazily on the spindle, so I had to get rid of it.
Hey Bill, what's that reefer you're smoking? Gimme a bit, wontcha?
1960's shades of The Kingston Trio. :whistle:
ronniegirl wrote:
Me too. 1970s, WMMR in Philadelphia. Lots of great old folk songs.
CKLW in Windsor played the Jim Pepper/Everything is Everything version in the late 60s. If you can lay your hands on it it's quite a bit better than the B&S version.
RobRyan wrote:
Wow! Oregon? You mean "the" Oregon? With Ralph Towner, et al? If so, I was wrong in thinking that I was the only person left who knew about them. But I wasn't aware that they did this song.
RP has played the Oregon version but I don't think people liked it. :confused: https://www.radioparadise.com/content.php?name=Music&func=search&type=artist&search=Oregon
8 for the lapels on the shirt!
Interesting song. At first, the monotony was getting on my nerves. Then I began tapping my foot without realizing it. Nice stuff.
Same guys as One Toke... Hmmm.
Definitely one toke over the line. Yucky. I will need to listen to some Slayer to wash this out of my brain.
nate917 wrote:
Not one person mentioned "One Toke Over the Line." You know this is them, right?
Are you sure that isn't "one toke over the top"?
rtkmusic wrote:
and on KSHE 95 in St. Louis back in the golden days of underground radio...
with Michael Tearson, late at night, very good memories. Up late just because you could.
Christopher Guest, anyone?
Johnny_Wave wrote:
When does the chorus of "Sweet Jane" kick in?
right after they do the What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding part...
Brings back some memories, say, lets's have a Brewer & Shipley greatest hits marathon! I'll admit not a lot of songs, but if "your one toke over the line" it could seem like it goes on all night.
rtkmusic wrote:
and on KSHE 95 in St. Louis back in the golden days of underground radio...
:music: KSAN San Francisco 1970's..Tony Pig was the DJ..
ronniegirl wrote:
Me too. I remember listening to this on WMMR in Philadelphia in the 1970s. Ahhh.
and on KSHE 95 in St. Louis back in the golden days of underground radio...
Leave the chanting to the Indians!
jee wrote:
I loved this song "back in the day," and I love it now.
Me too. I remember listening to this on WMMR in Philadelphia in the 1970s. Ahhh.
jee wrote:
I loved this song "back in the day," and I love it now.
Me too. 1970s, WMMR in Philadelphia. Lots of great old folk songs.
:eh:
Damn hippies ...
nixon was right. he called them public miscreants. it's nice to know he was right about something.