Song of the Day #3,822: ‘I Put a Spell On You’ – Nina Simone

‘I Put a Spell On You’ was written and originally recorded by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956.

Nine years later, Nina Simone recorded her version and had a minor hit on the R&B charts with it. The song was the lead-off track on an album also titled I Put a Spell On You — an album notable for also including the classic ‘Feeling Good.’

This song inspired John Lennon’s contribution to the Beatles hit ‘Michelle’: “I had been listening to Nina Simone – I think it was ‘I Put A Spell On You’. There was a line in it that went: ‘I love you, I love you.’ That’s what made me think of the middle eight for ‘Michelle’: ‘I love you, I love you, I l-o-ove you.'”

Hope you enjoyed this week of Nina Simone tunes. Thank you to my father for the suggestion. This brief glimpse has convinced me that I should pay a lot more attention to this extraordinary woman and her music.

I put a spell on you
‘Cause you’re mine

You better stop the things you do
I ain’t lyin’
No, I ain’t lyin’

You know I can’t stand it
You’re runnin’ around
You know better daddy
I can’t stand it cause you put me down
Yeah, Yeah

I put a spell on you
Because you’re mine
You’re mine

I love ya
I love you
I love you
I love you anyhow
And I don’t care
If you don’t want me
I’m yours right now

You hear me
I put a spell on you
Because you’re mine

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,822: ‘I Put a Spell On You’ – Nina Simone

  1. Peg Clifton says:

    Thank you for featuring Nina Simone this week! She truly was extraordinary and it was interesting to learn about how her songs were used in film and by other musicians.

  2. Dana M. Gallup says:

    Interesting tidbit about the influence on John Lennon, though I still don’t think the inclusion of that part saves “Michelle.”

  3. Doug says:

    You learn something evert day. The week’s run on Nena was a real treat. Thanks for pulling it together.

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