Santana - Black Magic Woman - Live 1971





This was a hit for Santana, but few people know that this song is actually a cover of a 1968 Fleetwood Mac song that hit #37 in the UK. Peter Green, who was a founding member of Fleetwood Mac, wrote the lyrics.


Many also don't know that Santana started out as a blues band, just like Fleetwood Mac. "I used to go to see the original Fleetwood Mac, and they used to kill me, just knock me out," Carlos Santana said in the book The Guitar Greats. "To me, they were the best blues band."


Santana put their own spin on the song, incorporating Latin textures, but they kept the basic sound from the original intact.

Santana's version, recorded in 1970, is a medley with Gábor Szabó's 1966 instrumental "Gypsy Queen", a mix of jazz, Hungarian folk and Latin rhythms. The song became one of Santana's staples and one of their biggest hits, with the single reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1971. Abraxas reached number one on the charts and hit quadruple platinum in 1986, partially thanks to "Black Magic Woman".







Lyrics


I got a Black Magic Woman.

I got a Black Magic Woman.

I got a Black Magic Woman,

She's got me so blind I can't see;

But she's a Black Magic Woman and

she's trying to make a devil out of me.


Don't turn your back on me, baby.

Don't turn your back on me, baby.

Yes, don't turn your back on me, baby,

Don't mess around with your tricks;

Don't turn your back on me, baby,

'cause you might just wake up my magic sticks.


You got your spell on me, baby.

You got your spell on me, baby.

Yes, you got your spell on me, baby,

Turnin' my heart into stone;

I need you so bad,

Magic Woman I can't leave you alone.




Songwriter(s): Peter Green / Gábor Szabó




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