Brewer & Shipley — Witchi-Tai-To
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Released: 1969
Length: 6:48
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What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

Singin' what a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Ah....Ah....

[Begin Singing Round]
What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead
[End Singing Round]

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Ah....Ah....Ah....

What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

Singin' what a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Witchi Tai Tai, kimarah
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Whoa Ron-nee Ka
Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah

Ah....Ah....Ah....
Comments (227)add comment
Holy Sweet Jane Batman...

"Hey-ney, hey-ney, no-wah" is a pretty negative message.

But it's catchy and you can dance to it => 6


This kind of obscurity is the biggest reason I enjoy RP. 
 Proclivities wrote:

"Sweet Jane" has a different chord progression.  It is from the same year, though, but somehow I don't imagine Lou Reed would have ever listened to this, or at least not for very long.

 

Jim Pepper - Witchi Tia To is muccccchh bettter
...to have heard this written and sung by Buddy Holly.
Ah....the band from northwest Missouri. Near Tarkio,
Shades of Pat Boone singing 'Tutti Frutti'!
Seems to me that if one wanted to hear some Native American music they could find a better source than Brewer & Shipley(?).
As I recall this was a cover.  The first airplayed version  a more Indian flavor. Sorry, can't remember them
Ah, i have long loved this. someone recently played me some of the original native music this is derived from.
Never heared this before!!
nope, no, na-na
 kctomato wrote:
May I borrow your chord changes for "Sweet Jane"?

 
"Sweet Jane" has a different chord progression.  It is from the same year, though, but somehow I don't imagine Lou Reed would have ever listened to this, or at least not for very long.
May I borrow your chord changes for "Sweet Jane"?
Love this. Great fun and very spirited. Love the jangling guitars.
As one who is fighting cancer this song is truly inspiring.
Indeed a beautiful and blessed thing to be alive.

Go in peace and share your love - we only go around once. 
 owchita wrote:
Never heard this (or them) before. Lovely.

 
I'm convinced that if you listen to RP long enough, you will hear every song ever recorded at least once.

As far as I'm concerned, Bill can play this one as much as he likes.
 Proclivities wrote:
The "Best" of Brewer & Shipley?  I'd have to keep that next to the "Best of Mouth & MacNeal" or "Jigsaw's Greatest Hits".  I guess I've heard worse, but this is generously unpleasant, in a almost amusing way.
vw

 
"generously unpleasant"....  {#Roflol}

I don't agree with you but I love the phrase. 

As I'm listening to this I'm finishing up Joan Didion's "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" (have never read it before) and the song fits the drug-filled innocent rebellion and escape of the essay's take on '67 San Francisco. The pic of the tripped-out Bug works too.  
Love this song!!!!
Mwah. Is this a Kids song?
Smile is permanently attached to my face.
Can t stop dancing!
The boys from Tarkio MO...up in NW Missouri.

Check that out on a map. 
this beautiful song changed me when I first heard it as a kid, good strong spirit to it imo  : )  peace 
Beautiful harmony, voices and guitar...nicely upbeat.
What a lovely song!  I would never have found this one without RP, that's for sure!   THANKS!
               {#Bananapiano}......good times !
Memories of dancing around a fire, high, with good friends, bright stars overhead... aaahhhh...
 heathenchild wrote:
 hagz21 wrote:
Maybe it's just because I'm Canadian, but I hear "sweet jane" is this song.
 
 Me too....

 
Me three, and not Canadian...
 hagz21 wrote:
Maybe it's just because I'm Canadian, but I hear "sweet jane" is this song.
 
 Me too....


Never heard this (or them) before. Lovely.
Maybe it's just because I'm Canadian, but I hear "sweet jane" is this song.
This, followed immediately by Paul Simon's "Proof" was a nice juxtaposition this morning.
 treatment_bound wrote:

Except this came out a year before the Velvets "Loaded" (which included Sweet Jane) was released.  

You don't think Lou Reed was a Brewer and Shipley fan, do you?
 
It's a different chord progression and a different key.  "Sweet Jane" has a four-chord progression, featuring a minor chord (Bm); this song has a three-chord progression (I - IV - I - V -with no minor chord).  Also, a live version of "Sweet Jane" was recorded 1969, but not released until 1974.  I wonder is he was a fan of Brewer & Shipley - doesn't seem likely but ya' never know.
Thanks for playing my Missouri boys, gave me a big smile!
I loved this back then ->->
 LeftShoe wrote:
The guitar sounds like Lou Reed Sweet Jane
 
Except this came out a year before the Velvets "Loaded" (which included Sweet Jane) was released.  

You don't think Lou Reed was a Brewer and Shipley fan, do you?
It s been raining here all week, enough already.
It s hard to cook breakfast and rain dance at the same time. Rating 8.
 
What a spirit spring is bringing round my head
Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead

big smile
The original was bad. This is terrible. {#Ass}

Where's the PSD button?
The guitar sounds like Lou Reed Sweet Jane
wow flash-back tune!  WLIR late night had played some engrossing musicians through those trippy days  : )
Sheer joy.
I think the 1971 version "Everything is Everything," by Donny Hathaway is better. It has more hint of authenticity in the sound. Although it is still not a Native American version. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAMKL2KKumo

There' springs in my head.
OMG!!! HAPPY SONG!!!! WHEEEEEEEEEE{#Dancingbanana}
 ThePoose wrote:
Did they write any of their own material? Or were they like Elvis: an interpreter of other's creations?

 
If I'm not mistaken, they wrote quite a bit of their stuff.

dorky ass song
 aarrgho wrote:
say what you will, but this song (and several others from Brewer and Shipley) had a pretty big impact on me in the late 60's early 70's as I was struggeling to be a good hippie in the midwest usa.

they did a bunch of good songs......one of which, "Brain Damage", my band pertormed years later.
"Oh Mommy" is another that never gets played but is still relevant today....
 
I'd love to hear Oh Mommy or Fly, fly fly.  And you're right...as I look over their discography, I'm reminded that they were a prolific and well-liked band in their day.


Great, thanks!