"I'd Rather Be Burned As A Witch"

| No Comments

Just in time for Halloween we have a devilish song by Eartha Kitt: "I'd Rather Be Burned As a Witch (Than Never Be Burned At All)."

In an era that idolized safe, girl-next-door women like Doris Day and Donna Reed, Eartha Kitt was the queen of overt, even aggressive sexuality. Her sensuous onstage persona was about as far from the "girl next door" as it's possible to get.

With lyrics like this, "I'd Rather Be Burned as a Witch" is a perfect song for Eartha:
Do you want a gal who would be a pal, who would never look at another?
Who'd be good and true and take care of you? Sorry, you want another!

At 82 years old Eartha Kitt is still going strong, performing at the Cafe Carlyle in New York until October 27, and knocking audiences out with her powerful voice and sexy ontage banter.

Click here to hear a clip from "I'd Rather Be Burned As a Witch"

Click here to read a review of Eartha Kitt's Cafe Carlyle show in the New York Times (registration required)

Lyrics to "I'd Rather Be Burned As a Witch":

They say that I'm a witch
and that I weave a spell
[laughing] Well...

I'll use my eyes to invite you
My lips to delight you
And all the charms of the feminine wiles to excite you

They say that I'm a witch
and that I weave a spell
Well I'll be a son of a --
And a what the --
Well, let me tell you brother
I'd rather be burned as a witch
Than never be burned at all

I'll use my songs to entice you
With verses to vice you
And all of my bags of tricks to shoes and rice you

They say that I'm a witch
and that I weave a spell
Well I'll be a son of a --
And a what the --
Well, let me tell you brother
I'd rather be burned as a witch
Than never be burned at all

Do you want a gal who would be a pal,
who would never look at another?
Who'd be good and true and take care of you?
Sorry, you want another!

I'll use my charms to undo you
My arms to unglue you
And all of the hex of the weaker sex to voodoo you

They say that I'm a witch
and that I weave a spell
Well I'll be a son of a --
And a what the --
Well, let me tell you brother
I'd rather be burned as a witch
Than never be burned at all

Do you want a love who's a turtle dove,
who will bring you life's little joys?
Who is sweet and shy, with a gentle eye?
I'll take the men not the boys!

I'll use my eyes to invite you
My lips to delight you
And you never can tell when I'll use my teeth to bite you

They say that I'm a witch
and that I weave a spell
Well I'll be a son of a --
And a what the --
Well, let me tell you brother
I'd rather be burned as a witch
Than never be burned at all

Leave a comment