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"Witchcraft" is the seventh single released by the American synthpop band Book of Love. The song was the third, and final single from the band's second album Lullaby, and was released on July 15, 1989. "Witchcraft" was the only single from the album Lullaby that failed to make the Billboard charts. The track samples the classic 60s TV series Bewitched, and also chants the names of the witches/characters from the show..."Enchantra, Endora, Tabitha, Esmerelda, Clara, Hagatha". The song features quirky deadpan rap-style vocals from Susan Ottaviano, Jade Lee, and Lauren Roselli, with a Shakespeare-inspired incanting of ingredients for brewing a love potion. Remixes on the 12" single include samples from the track "Let's All Chant" by Michael Zager Band. The B-side "Enchantra" is a completely different composition, aside from the fact that it uses the chant of Bewitched character names from "Witchcraft". The cover art of the 12" was done by band members Lauren Roselli and Jade Lee. It consists of a picture of a Play-Doh "queen" (done by Lauren Roselli), with refrigerator magnet lettering of the band's name and song title. Female names included as part of the back cover artwork (Enchantra, Hagatha, Clara, Endora, and Esmeralda) come from the song's chorus. The witches named in the song's chorus are all named as a part of the back cover art except Tabitha. The cover sleeve was featured in the 2011 book Put The Needle On The Record by Matthew Chojnacki, which celebrated the vinyl sleeves of records from the 1980s. 


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1988
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I've tried and tried
To capture you
What more can one
Mere mortal do?

My love potion
Boils and bubbles
Poison darts
Red poison apples
Kafe' kasita
Non kafela
Gutrune takes Siegfried
From Brunhilde
Enula compana
On St. James' eve
A dash of orange
And ambergis
Incantate:
Miss Mary Mack
Mack Mack
All dressed in black

My love philtre
Will entrance you
It will pomp and
Circumstance you
Anusin, atelin
Amulet
Angelique takes Barnabas
From Josette
With spiders ten
Frae lockens blue
Eye of newt
Will stew and brew
Incantate
This magic spell
Miss Lucy's in heaven
And the steamboat's in hell

Enchantra Endora Tabitha
Esmerelda Clara Hagatha

My love potion
Boils and bubbles
Poof! goes all my
Toil and troubles
Blueberry wine
And gladiola
Circe takes Glaucus
Away from Sylla
Coriander, vervain
And ginger root
Damiana, henbane
And badger's foot
Incantation
With magic black
And silver buttons
All down her back

Enchantra Endora Tabitha
Esmerelda Clara Hagatha

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Book of Love

Book of Love was, from 1984 to 1993, a popular synthpop and dance music band, alongside Sire Records labelmates Depeche Mode and Erasure. Led by vocalist Susan Ottaviano, the band also included Ted Ottaviano (no relation to Susan), Lauren Roselli and Jade Lee. more »

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