Jethro Tull - The Witch's Promise / Teacher 7" (1970)

This is maybe my fave Tull's song, at least one of my faves, the melody is total magic, the instrumentation (this mellotron, this flute) classy as few are, and Ian Anderson sings it without the somewhat pretentious tone he will adopt the following year for the rest of his career. The song was a hit in UK (n°4). Released in January 1970, 3 months prior to Benefit was issued, it was a sign that the success of the Stand Up LP and the Sweet Dream single was not an ephemere phenomenon. On the B-side, there is Teacher, here in its first UK mix, maybe the version on the B-side of the single but I'm not quite sure. The thing is that it allows to propose a rare version of the song and not the trad. LP one (it is to note that this version is available only on the 20 years with Jethro Tull 3CD but not on the bonus tracks of Benefits, contrary to what is written on the rear cover). So here it is really the original UK mix. Enjoy this single here. Below some TV appearances during which Ian Anderson doesn't really try to mimic the playback but he sures likes mimics. The band was at these times fucking charismatic.

Witch's Promise. Lend me your ear while I call you a fool.You were kissed by a witch one night in the wood,and later insisted your feelings were true.The witch's promise was coming,believing he listened while laughing you flew.Leaves falling red, yellow, brown, all are the same,and the love you have found lay outside in the rain.Washed clean by the water but nursing its pain.The witch's promise was coming, and you're looking elsewhere for your own selfish gain.Keep looking, keep looking for somewhere to be, well, you're wasting your time, they're not stupid like he is. Meanwhile leaves are still falling, you're too blind to see. You won't find it easy now, it's only fair. He was willing to give to you, you didn't care. You're waiting for more but you've already had your share.The witch's promise is turning, so don't you wait up for him, he's going to be late.


ufasas said...

just total amazing, and i am listening to brutal technical metal very heavy, but this is just amazing too, damn i wrote this post in other topic too, accidently

dkelvin said...

Funny since I don't know if your comment is about this single or Walk Through Fire one. It could fit with each of them. I will consider it's for Jethro Tull cos' it's weirder.

ufasas said...

It's more for Jethro :>> but fits for both

Laurence said...

Although I'm not really into metal, I appreciate the purpose of your site, and this post.

Most people don't realize that in the 60s, non-album singles were an important part of a bands output, especially in England. If you told someone that Hey Jude, for example, was a non-album single (not to mention that Revolution was the b-side!) I think they would be surprised. Bands back then thought that fans would consider it a rip-off to go out and buy a single, and then find the same song on the album a few months later, imagine that! That left more room on the album for other songs, and we were all the richer for it.

The Witch's Promise sure is a standout track, and like Living in the Past before it, had it's own identity outside of any Tull album, at least for me. My thanks to you for posting it.

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