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Marianne Faithfull — Witches Song
Album: Broken English
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6.4

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Released: 1979
Length: 4:38
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Shall I see tonight sister
Bathed in magic greet
Shall we meet on the hilltop
Where the two roads meet
We will form the circle
Hold our hands and chant
Let the great one know
What it is we want

Danger is great joy
Dark is bright as fire
Happy is our family
Lonely is the ward

Sister we are waiting
On the rock and chain
Fly fast through the airwaves
Meet with pride and truth

Danger is great joy
Dark is bright as fire
Happy is our family
Lonely is the ward

Father we are waiting
For you to appear
Do you feel the panic
Can you see the fear ?
Mother we are waiting
For you to give consent
If there's to be a marriage
In the eve's contemp

Danger is great joy
Dark is bright as fire
Happy is our family
Lonely is the ward

La da da da da da, la la la la la
La da da da da da, la la la la la
La da da da da da, la la la la la
La da da da da da, la la la la la
Remember death is far away and life is sweet
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I used to be the doorman at Largo - a club in LA - home to a lot of great singer songwriters and I had the privilege to be feet away from some incredible shows. Ms. Faithful showed up one night to watch Jon Brion - a LA fav. She bypassed the line and literally moved a guy in a wheelchair who was talking to me out of the way so she could see if she was on the guest list that night. Never meet your idols.
Delon, Marianne & Jagger
Marianne et Alain Delon 
This stands up on its own.  Sounds better with subsequent listens.
It's funny -- I absolutely detested Broken English (from this album) when it came out, probably because it was overplayed on FM radio. Now I'm hearing Marianne's voice in other songs (the one about the housewife is hypnotic), and I'm hooked. I may have to get this recording.

Wait .. I think I have to get a CD player first. I have one in the car, but I don't use it much because of the pandemic. Funny that.
1979 was when the journey Marianne Faithful made since the early 60's and the journey music made since the early 60's intersected.
"There you see her
Sitting there across the way
She don't got a lot to say
But there's something about her
And you don't know why
But you're dyin' to try
You wanna kiss the girl"

I wonder if someone at Disney had been listening to Marianne Faithfull?
 Spuck wrote:
Wow! Lots of judgmental people who probably can't put lyrics or a tune together themselves but love to trash those they can't understand.

I bought this album when it came out. Lots of history there. All I can say is, like so many things, I guess you had to be there to understand.
 
Agreed... I found this album in my collection about two weeks ago, ha.. forgot i owned it.  Took it upstarts for a revisit and thought, I know this song..    Treasures everywhere!     
 Spuck wrote:
Wow! Lots of judgmental people who probably can't put lyrics or a tune together themselves but love to trash those they can't understand.

I bought this album when it came out. Lots of history there. All I can say is, like so many things, I guess you had to be there to understand.
 
Why'd you do what you did?
Her voice grinds on me ever so slightly, but the song itself is quite good, weak 7
she has a spectacular voice
Wow! Lots of judgmental people who probably can't put lyrics or a tune together themselves but love to trash those they can't understand.

I bought this album when it came out. Lots of history there. All I can say is, like so many things, I guess you had to be there to understand.
Read Bruce Cockburn comment.  Same applies to you, dear.
Well I love this track and the whole album.
Bought the LP when it came out. Brings back old memories of my childhood room. Great song. 
Sounds like she has a Mars bar stuck in her... throat, at times 
6 ->2 becaus i used to love her, but it's all over now...
Yes!
 

xray38 wrote:
Takes me back..listened to this album a lot. "Why'd you do what you did?" always comes to mind for some reason. (I mean, you NEVER heard a song like that at the time).
And The Ballad of Lucy Jordan.
 

Takes me back..listened to this album a lot. "Why'd you do what you did?" always comes to mind for some reason. (I mean, you NEVER heard a song like that at the time).
And The Ballad of Lucy Jordan.
A classy act! It either strikes a cord or it doesn't… For me it's GREAT!
It's obvious that some don't get it, but I'm happy to include myself among the ones that do ...

Rock on Marianne. 
I can't believe I gave this a '2' before.  Now rescored to '1' (I don't give many of those out, but I dislike this so much...).
How did this woman become popular? It's like listening to a frog choking on a cancer stick.
Hmmmmm...I've got it. "Kiss the Girl"! I had no idea Sebastian the Crab was channeling Marianne Faithfull.
Delightful. 
This was my favorite album when it came out.... on cassette playing in my 69 Falcon.{#Bananajam}
Broken voice 
Sounds a bit like someone being strangled in water .... oh wait. 
my husband is in the other room imitating Marianne - hilarious.
This could easily be a RP only play.  Not that I am complaining. Wife is a big fan. 
Love and Strength to my English neighbors

As Tears Go By
Loved this album—which I haven't played in a long time. Thanks for bringing back this memory.
fabulous morning song thanks 


Only for the faithfull..
Bro-ooo-ooo-ken English.....