(c)1965 Words & Music by John B. Sebastian
Track #1 on L. S.´s album "Do You Believe In Magic"
Arr. stagwolf [Played in the key of G, Capo 2nd fret, sounds in the key of A, Original key=C
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 that'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,
That won't wipe off your face no matter how hard you try.
Your feet start tappin´ and you can't seem to find
How you got there, so just blow your mind.. [Bluesharp
If you believe in magic, come along with me!
We'll dance until mornin´ 'til there's just you and me;
And maybe, if the music is right,
I'll meet you tomorrow, sort of late at night.
We'll go out 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! Wooh..
Do you believe in magic? Do you believe in magic?
Do you believe in magic? Do you believe in magic? [Bluesharp to fade
Bluesharp Key of A
This guy inspired me to do it
The first single by the Lovin' Spoonful went Top 10 and, in a sense, never went away. While rehearsing the song, Sebastian affixed a contact mike to his autoharp, and in combination with Zal Yanovsky's electric guitar, they hit on a unique sound. Sebastian said "Magic" was rooted in "the chord progressions coming out of Motown at the time." [#218 in Rolling Stone´s Collector´s Edition: 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, page 70 (2004/2009)
In 1965, the group The Lovin' Spoonful released the song as the first single from their debut studio album ´Do You Believe in Magic´.
The single was well received by the public and became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 9. According to the lyrics, the magic referenced in the title is the power of music to supply happiness and freedom to both those who make it and those who listen to it. Session drummer Gary Chester played tambourine on the track. The Lovin' Spoonful's version was ranked number 216 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
In a 2007 DVD entitled The Lovin' Spoonful with John Sebastian - Do You Believe in Magic, author Sebastian illustrates how he sped up the three-chord intro from Martha and the Vandellas' "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" to come up with the intro to "Do You Believe in Magic".
The song is also significantly featured in the Jim Sheridan movie In America, as an Irish-immigrant family, having entered the U.S. on false pretenses, enter New York City for the first time.
"Do You Believe in Magic" was featured in The Parent Trap, American Pie, Date Movie, Temple Grandin, and Rolie Polie Olie. The original version was also the theme song for the short-lived TV series State of Grace.
In 2012, the Lovin' Spoonful's version was used in the official "Meet the Pyro" trailer for the first-person shooter video game, Team Fortress 2. [wiki