Witch Hunt is a Parody of the Frank Sinatra hit “Witchcraft.” Witchcraft was written by Carolyn Leigh (lyrics) and Cy Coleman (music). Lyrics for the parody were provided by Greg Trafidlo. Performance by Don Caron
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LYRICS to WITCH HUNT
Hides folders in the stall
Throws ketchup ‘gainst the wall
And then he has the gall
To cry “Witch Hunt”
Master at self projectioning
He planned the insurrectioning
Then tried to rig electioning too
It’s a “Witch Hunt”
Always “Witch Hunt”
Or he croaks “It’s a Hoax” or “That is not true”
While minions pin their hopes on him
He thinks we’re all just dopes like him
And yells “It’s rigged” as if it’s on cue
It is such a well-worn pitch
from the fascist despot nicheHe could try to stage another coup
He says, “Witch Hunt”
“A crazy witch hunt”
and that is the line he chooses to spew
Once you arouse the fear in him
The crazy stunts appear in himHe doesn’t seem to know what to do
Witch-hunt’s a Trumpy myth
Wait ‘til he meets Jack Smith
And justice drops the other shoe.
ABOUT THE ORIGINAL MATERIAL
“Witchcraft” is a popular song from 1957 composed by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh.
Frank Sinatra recorded “Witchcraft” three times in a studio setting. The first recording was in 1957, for his single release, and was later released on his compilation album All the Way (1961). Sinatra re-recorded “Witchcraft” for 1963’s Sinatra’s Sinatra, and finally recorded it as a duet with Anita Baker for Duets (1993).
“Witchcraft” has been recorded by many other artists, including Chris Connor, as the title track of her 1959 album, Sarah Vaughan, on her 1962 album You’re Mine You, Ella Fitzgerald, on Ella Returns to Berlin (1961), and Bill Evans on Portrait in Jazz (1959). Bing Crosby recorded the song in 1958 for use on his radio show and it was subsequently included in the CD Bing Sings the Sinatra Songbook (2011). Another version by Joe Malone was featured in the 1993 movie Hocus Pocus. Siouxsie Sioux performed it in concert with her second band The Creatures and a brass section in 1998: it was then included on their live cd, Zulu. Robert Smith of The Cure recorded a version of the song for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie Unleashed!, a 14-track collection of songs “inspired by” the filmmaker’s stop-motion creation Frankenweenie, released on 25 September 2012. Anthony Strong released a version of the song on his 2013 album Stepping Out.
At the 1st Grammy Awards, Frank Sinatra was nominated for six Grammy awards, with Sinatra’s recording of “Witchcraft” being nominated for the Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and Nelson Riddle’s arrangement nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement. Sinatra had two albums nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and won the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package.
This song was also sung live by Peggy Lee.
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