Black Magic Woman

Album: Abraxas (1970)
Charted: 4
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  • Got a black magic woman
    Got a black magic woman
    I've got a black magic woman
    Got me so blind I can't see
    That she's a black magic woman
    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
    Stop messing 'round with your tricks
    Don't turn your back on me, baby
    You just might pick 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 Writer/s: Peter Alan Green
    Publisher: BOURNE CO.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 25

  • Stefan from Eden, NyAnd of course Peter Green wrote another famous song with a color in the title, which... like Black Magic Woman... became even more famous when another band covered it. Judas Priest put their own spin on Peter Green's Green Manalishi (with the two-pronged crown).
  • Glenda Barton from El Verano, CaYes Carlos Santana, I believe, played in that famous version of "Sauvecito" with his relative who formed the band Malo. I used to live upstairs from Malo in the Mission and hear them practice all the time.
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, Mn I have heard Santana's version many times and to me it's a prime example of Carlos Santana's outstanding guitar work. Today, it is a memory of Peter Green, who wrote the song when he was an original member of Fleetwood Mac.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaStratis, I've been know to feel that way about a cool looking car and I don't consider myself materialistic.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 10th 1971, "Black Magic Woman" by Santana peaked at #4 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 8th, 1970 and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100 (and 7 of those 13 weeks were on Top 10)...
    Was track two of side one on the group's 2nd studio album, "Abraxas", and on October 8th, 1971 the album reached #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    One other track from the album also made the Top 100, "Oye Como Va"; it peaked at #13 and stayed on the Top 100 for 10 weeks...
    Carlos Santana will celebrate his 67th birthday this coming July 20th.
  • Eric from Nyc, Ny@- wyatt, anywhere, United States

    Santana sued Budweiser because they copied his arrangement of Black Magic Women. Two people can record a song and have it come out very different. I was watching a show years back were a band played country songs in a blues style and blues songs in a country style. It was very enlightening.

    A modern example of this is Hayseed Dixie's covers of heavy metal songs in a bluegrass arrangement.

  • Barry from New York, NcSantana has played this song just about every concert since 1970. One day there might be a concert where Carlos Santana will throw down his guitar, yell "I CAN'T STAND THIS %!@$!$ SONG ANYMORE!!!" and leave the stage in a fit. I bet he loathes the moment in the show when it's time to play "Black Magic Woman" for the millionth time!!!
  • Larry from Los Angeles, CaThe outro section features a smoking timbale solo by Santana percussionist extraordinaire Jose "Chepito" Areas.
  • Ryan from Anahola, HiThis song is in Guitar Hero: On Tour and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
  • Bill from Mill Valley, CaWhen Peter Green's Splinter Group did a show at Bimbo's in San Francisco about ten years ago, Carlos joined them on stage for "BMW".
  • Jennifer from Nashville, TnSantana's cover was decent, but I've always preferred the original by Fleetwood Mac. I love the Blues sound it has.
  • Timothy Day from Norman, OkBarry NYC, Mick Fleetwood has the original version. And, having seen both versions live, the Santana version took not just one drummer to cover Fleetwoods work. I thoroughly enjoyed both versions. It's also interesting that Peter green moved towards some more 'Latin' beats after he left Mac.
  • Barry from New York, NcI think Mick Fleetwood's drumming in the original "Black Magic Woman" is all wrong for the song. Mike Shrieve of Santana does a subtler job.
  • Wayne from Salem, VaThis was an original Fleetwood Mac song written by Peter Green. It was on their "English Rose" album. Which is now titled "The Pious Bird Of Good Omen".It was just a basic track for them. A short and sweet rock song. Santana took it and expanded on Peter Green's hauntingly beautiful guitar chords. Santana did a great job on it. And strangely enough it is their most well-known and popular song. Give a listen to Peter Green's Original Fleetwood Mac do this live. It is on their "Live At The Boston Tea Party"-Vol.1 cd. They really rock it! Much more so than their original album version. The Live At The Boston Tea Party series by the way is 3-cds.It is all good.To get the full length Santana version of "Black Magic Woman" by Abraxas over any of their Best Of collections.
  • Edwin from Vancouver, BcEverytime I hear this song I am reminded how bad some of his newer material is in comparison. This is one of the sexiest tunes ever recorded.
  • Francis L. Vena from New York City,, NyVintage Santana at his best- the solo at the end
    is mezmerising- it sounds like a Santeria ceremony- By the way Santana had a relative of
    his form a band called Malo- there song
    Sauvecito is a beautiful latino rock song-flv
  • Wyatt from Anywhere, United StatesGood to see Peter is getting credit for his work here, he was and still is a great player, though I think he's probably happier now that he can play without all that pressure to be comercial. I could never decide who is the best but he feeling Peter put into his music is something that always send shives up and downmy spine. I saw him not too lang ago ina club in San Francisco and he's still good, though not much cansurpas his early days with Fleetwood Mac. I have to admit I was rather irritated when Santana tried to sue, I think it was budwieser, for the use of this song when it wasn't even his to sue over, seemed arrogant to me. I don't know of any band I wish lasted longer than Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green, but I'm glad he quit as I wouldn't wish him any more pain for all the songs in the world.
  • Echooes from Atlanta, GaInteresting to know that it was originally by the Fleetwood Mac...up until now I've always thought it by Santana!
    I still prefer Santana's 70s/80s stuff way more than the "Maria Maria" shiet ... A few weeks ago one of my co-worker told me that she had heard some girl saying "there is a new band called Santana and the track Maria Maris sounds very cool". Hahaha...
  • Stratis from Brighton, EnglandTo my knowledge the song was written by Peter Green for a black BMW that caught his eyes. Known for his strong feelings against a materialistic world this desire might have been a problem for Green.
  • Ralph from Phoenix, AzCarlos Santana heard Peter Green perform "Black Magic Woman" at The Alembic Auditorium in San Francisco, in 1969. I was there. The band was billed as "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac."

    It's unfortunate that Peter seldom gets credit for writing "such a ledgendary song." I hope he gets the royalties, at least.

    When Fleetwood Mac returned in 1970, Peter had gone and Christine Perfect had joined the band. Didn't see Peter again until Christine's (2nd) wedding in the late '70s.
  • Pat from Albuquerque, NmI've seen Fleetwood Mac perform Black Magic Woman live, back duing the Rumours tour. It's indeed a lot like Santana's version, but with Lindsey Buckingham playing lead of course. Great performance; hope the Mac still play it in concert.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaAwesome thing about Fleetwood Mac, Jim. And K-Earth 101 doesn't play both!!! Stupid K-earth. Since you live kinda near me you might pick it up sometime. i wish people were more like you and submitted songs.
  • Jim from Oxnard, CaGregg Rolie played keyboards and sang on Santana's first three albums. After he left, Santana hired Greg Walker to replace him, until Walker left in the late 70s.
  • Richard from Louisville, KyCarlos Santana has used many different vocalist on his albums. I believe Greg Rolie (who later went on to form Journey)is the vocalist and keyboard player on Black Magic Woman but not sure. Does anybody know for sure?
  • Jim from Oxnard, CaIt's surprising, actually. When I first signed on to this site, "Maria Maria" was the only Santana song listed. I submitted the other Santana songs.
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