"I Put a Spell on You" is a 1956 song written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, whose recording was selected as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It was also ranked #313 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of 'The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time'.

It was performed twice in the 1993 Disney fantasy comedy film Hocus Pocus, once by a band-singer with the same lyrics and once Bette Midler sang a cover of this song, albeit with different lyrics.

Lyrics

I put a spell on you
And now you're mine
You can't stop the things I do
I ain't lyin'

It's been three hundred years
Right down to the day
Now the witch is back
And there's hell to pay

I put a spell on you
And now you're mine!

Hello, Salem!
My name's Winifred!
What's yours?

I put a spell on you
And now you're gone
(Gone, gone, gone, so long!)
My whammy fell on you
And it was strong
(So strong, so strong, so strong!)

Your wretched little lives
Have all been cursed
'Cause of all the witches working
I'm the worst

I put a spell on you
And now you're mine

(Watch out! Watch out! Watch out! Watch out! She ain’t lyin’)

If you don't believe,
You better get superstitious
Ask my sisters

Sarah: "Ooh, she's vicious!"

I put a spell on you...
I put a spell on you...
Sisters!

Winnie: "Ah say into pi, alpha maybe upendi!"

Party guests: (repeating) Ah say into pi, alpha maybe upendi!

Winnie: "In comma-coriyama"

Party guests: In comma-coriyama

Winnie: "Hey hi, say bye-bye-i-i-i-i-i-i-i"

"Bye, bye"

Trivia

  • During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom, a pop version of the song can be heard during exit of the HalloWishes fireworks show. The song is also sung by the Sanderson Sisters and various Disney Villains during the finale of the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.
    • Due to the more family-friendly nature of the show, the line "there's hell to pay" is changed to "there's heck to pay".
  • During "Haul-O-Ween" at Cars Land, the sunset neon lighting ceremonies that normally recreate the "Sh-Boom" scene from the Cars film are instead interrupted by technical glitches that cause the original recording of "I Put a Spell on You" to play instead.
  • At one point, Winnifred says, "Hello, Salem! My name is Winifred! What's yours?" This is a reference to the musical Gypsy: A Musical Fable, where the vaudeville act Mama Rose put on had a character (June, Louise, and finally Rose herself) say something similar. Midler played Mama Rose in the 1993 made-for-TV production.


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Media
Hocus PocusDisney Emoji BlitzHocus Pocus & the All-New SequelHocus Pocus 2
Disney Parks
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
Characters
Winifred SandersonMary SandersonSarah SandersonMax DennisonDani DennisonAllisonThackery BinxBilly ButchersonDave DennisonJenny DennisonEmily BinxErnieJay TaylorMiss Olin
Songs
Come Little ChildrenI Put a Spell on You
Locations
MassachusettsSanderson Sisters' CottageOld Burial Hill
Objects
Black Flame CandleManual of Witchcraft and AlchemyLife Potion
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