Do You Believe In Magic?

Album: Do You Believe In Magic (1965)
Charted: 9
  • Do you believe in magic in a young girl's heart
    How the music can free her, whenever it starts
    And it's magic, if the music is groovy
    It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie
    I'll tell you about the magic, and it'll free your soul
    But it's like trying to tell a stranger 'bout rock and roll

    If you believe in magic don't bother to choose
    If it's jug band music or rhythm and blues
    Just go and listen it'll start with a smile
    It won't wipe off your face no matter how hard you try
    Your feet start tapping and you can't seem to find
    How you got there, so just blow your mind

    If you believe in magic, come along with me
    We'll dance until morning 'til there's just you and me
    And maybe, if the music is right
    I'll meet you tomorrow, sort of late at night
    And we'll go dancing, baby, then you'll see
    How the magic's in the music and the music's in me

    Yeah, do you believe in magic
    Yeah, believe in the magic of a young girl's soul
    Believe in the magic of rock and roll
    Believe in the magic that can set you free
    Ohh, talking 'bout magic

    Do you believe like I believe (Do you believe in magic)
    Do you believe like I believe (Do you believe, believer)
    Do you believe like I believe (Do you believe in magic) Writer/s: John Sebastian
    Publisher: Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs, BMG Rights Management, CARLIN AMERICA INC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 30

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaI Believe In Magic. Thanks guys.
  • Mavis from Upper MidwestCamille in Toronto, I was 13 that summer. Remember it well.
  • Jessica from UsaThis song was used in a rather horrifying way in Valve's "Meet the Pyro" video. Basically, this song is playing in the happy, love-filled, rainbow world of Pyro's imagination. But back in reality...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUhOnX8qt3I
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 28th 1965, the Lovin' Spoonful performed "Do You Believe in Magic" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time of this appearance on 'Bandstand' the song was at #79 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and forty-three days later on October 10th, 1965 it would peak at #9 {for 1 week}...
    {See next post below}...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 15th 1965, "Do You Believe In Magic" by the Lovin' Spoonful entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #96; and on October 10th, 1965 it peaked at #9 {for 1 week} and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #3 on the Canadian RPM 100 singles chart...
    Was their debut record on the Top 100 and started the string of seven straight Top 10 records, next came "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" {#10}, "Daydream" {#2}, "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" {#2}, "Summer in the City" {#1}, "Rain on the Roof" {#10}, and "Nashville Cats" {#8}...
    Shaun Cassidy's covered version stayed on the Top 100 for 10 weeks, peaking at #31 {for 1 week} on May 7th, 1978...
    Sadly, lead guitarist 'Zal' Yanovsky passed away on December 13th, 2002 at the young age of 57.
  • Terry from Valliant, OkIf you've ever seen "The Jerk" with Steve Martin, you'll remember him trying to dance on the porch with his family, and he's always a beat or two off. He learned that move from me. Not really, but I'm about as horrible at dancing as Martin in that movie. But whenever I'm alone, and "Do You Believe in Magic" comes on, I will get up a hit a lick or two. Maybe one of these days, I'll actually be hitting those licks in time with the song.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhDefinitely deserves to be on that Rolling Stone list of the 500 greatest songs. The lyrics capture exactly what was happening on the music front in the mid 60s: magic. You only had to believe and you could be transported. I love how there's really no refrain. Catchy, easy to sing along with words. Many of us have truly seen the "magic in a young girl's heart; how the music can free her whenever it starts". Do you believe, like I believe?
  • Jim from Morgantown, WvJulia Nunes does a wonderful ukulele version of this on YouTube. It's worth searching for.
  • Fred from Laurel, MdFirst, on the topmost Songfact on this page, I would like to add that all this, and more, is chronicled in the M&P song, Creeque Alley (1967). **** Second, to Sean in Toronto -- How Sweet It Is (TBLBY) was *covered* by James Taylor in 1975; the original was a Motown hit by Marvin Gaye in 1964, written by the legendary Motown hit machine, Holland-Dozier-Holland. That said, JT did a superb rendition. **** Finally, I have to agree with all here who say that this song, as well as the whole LS sound, is magic. I still enjoy playing this song solo on an acoustic 12-string; it works remarkably well that way, as do all their 1965-1968 material. I particularly loved their 2nd single, which bombed on the charts, "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice." "Magic" (1st single), and "Daydream" (3rd single) blew it away in sales. I adore all 3 of these, and most of the rest of their songs.
  • Joe from Cleveland, OhI saw the Spoonful perform this live in 1965, and I can tell you this--they were LOUD! If you watch the DVD called The Big TNT Show, you can get an idea of how exciting the Spoonful were as a live band.
  • Jared from Perth, Australiathis is one of the greatest songs of all time because it perfectly encapsulates the effects that music can have on people i.e. music is the magic that can turn sad into happy
  • Kenny from Clydebank, ScotlandIt's a great upbeat song. It's magic! I remember seeing John Sebastian on a rockumentary talkin' bout Bob Dylan, how Bob took it upon himself to tell the world in his songs what it was doing wrong. That was funny. It summed up an aspect of Bob's stance as a songwriter. But 'Do you Believe in Magic' is a pleaser, and we need more of these songs that put a smile on your face. It's a kind of magic making people happy.
  • Meredith from Wauwatosa, WiFun fact: Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz from I Love Lucy) was John Sebastian's godmother. This is my absolute FAVORITE Lovin' Spoonful song!!!!!!
  • Tina from Norcross, GaA "oldies" radio station in Miami, Florida, WMXJ, Magic 102.7, used this song as their theme song.
  • William from Glasgow, ScotlandAnother movie it features in is "In America", directed by Jim Sheridan. It's about an Irish-immigrant family who come to America illegally after the death of one of their children. There's a great scene as they enter the city at nighttime with the streets lit up and 'Do You Believe ...' is on the car radio. An incredible movie moment. Awesome song.
  • Brandon from Peoria, IlThis song was used in the 1980's McDonald's commercials (before they went all ghetto). Remember...Grimace, Birdie, the Fry Kids, and of course Ronald McDonald. (Those were the days). The song went "Do you believe in magic, and i hope you do. You'll always see a friend in big red shoes..." Every time now that i hear the real song, i briefly think about that commercial.
  • Cameron from Koroit, Australiaapart from appearing in the abovementioned movies this song also featured in a movie called "magic in the water" about a young girl and a magical sea creature. Its an unreal song! Rock on!
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesThe reason that they perceived a change in their audience from the fact that they saw a 16-year-old dancing to their music was that their previous audience had been, as is stated, jazz-scene types -- chess players, "finger-poppers", beatniks -- this demographic is somewhat older, college or graduate student age, 20s-30s. She would have been eight to ten years younger than many of these fellows. To see her dancing to their music would have been an enormous contrast at the time, relatively speaking.
  • Sean from TorontoIn "American Pie", Chris Klein's actually not singing that particular song in the sauna room. He sings one line (actually, just the title) of "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" by James Taylor. However, "Do You Believe In Magic" is sung at the choir rehearsal.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoI saw Sebastion on some rockumentary saying this song was about rock taking over from the folk scene. Amazing that seeing a 16 year-old dancing told them that the winds were changing, and they were right! No one would see a teenager dancing as much of an omen nowadays.
  • Barry from Lakeland, FlJohn Sebastian played autoharp on "Do You Believe in Magic." It's clearly heard on the single, and I remember seeing him play it when the group performed the song on "American Bandstand." Plus he's playing autoharp on the album cover for "Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful."
  • Mitchell from Auckland, New ZealandThis is a cool song, a remake of it appeared in Disney's "Now You See It..."
  • Rick from San Juan, United StatesI remember John Sebastian strumming a dulcimer while he performed "Do You Believe In Magic" with The Lovin' Spoonful.
  • James from Glasgow, ScotlandJOHN SEBASTIAN WAS IN THE SAME CLASS AS PAUL SIMON AS A SINGER/SONGWRITER. HE WAS TRULY MAGIC, I BELIEVE

    JAMES, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
  • Barry from New York, NcOn the marker/monument that was erected on the site of the Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York, John Sebastian (author of "Do You Believe In Magic" and the other Spoonful classics) is spelled incorrectly. On the marker, it reads: "John Sabastian." This isn't the only error. They forgot to include Bert Sommer, Quill, and the Keef Hartley Band, other acts that performed on Woodstock's main stage.
  • Ross from Independence, MoThere should be more comments. I mean this was a great song.
  • Ross from Independence, MoThis is #215 in Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest songs.
  • Kristen from Campbellville, CanadaI love this song especially the ending, and I was born in the 80s
  • Brandon from Seattle, WaThe Turtles did not record this. Although, it would seem like a song the Turtles would be influenced by. But, they did not cover a version.

    And, to all music experts: the Turtles' "You Baby Nobody But You" is not the same song as the Lovin' Spoonful's song: "You Baby."
  • Sarah from Ottawa, CanadaThis song is awesome! It had such a 60's beat to it. There were a lot of people that covered it too.
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