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Witch Doctor
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Single by Freya from the album Arabian Nights
Released 14 October 2014
Format Digital download
Recorded Spring 2014
Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Synthpop • indie pop • New Wave • reggae
Length 3:31
Label Universal Music Group
Writer(s) Freyja Kristjánsdóttir • Delilah Olofsson • Joey De Rijk • Justin Hernandez
Producer(s) Joey De Rijk • Justin Hernandez
Single Chronology
Previous
"Hellfire"
(2014)
Next
"Gently"
(2015)

"Witch Doctor" is a song by Icelandic model and singer-songwriter Freya and the second single from her debut studio album Arabian Nights.

BackgroundEdit

Freya revealed the chorus of the song on 11 August 2014 on Twitter while revealing the track listing for the album. The song retains the 80s influence as seen with the previous single "Hellfire", but also incorporates a reggae beat in addition to using steel drums throughout the chorus. Lyrically, it speaks about how the protagonist regrets their last romance due to not realizing their significant other was not right for them. Many media outlets have suggested the song is inspired by Freya's ex-boyfriend Dirk Diamond.

LyricsEdit

Verse 1:
He wouldn't trade your love in for the things he's never seen
The places he has never been
But then I had to remember he was nothing but a pretender
And he doesn't give his love away for free

Pre-chorus:
I could see it in his eyes
He was the type
To set off in the night

Chorus:
I met him through a pop star
But I didn't know he was a psycho witch doctor
Psycho witch doctor
Didn't know he was a psycho witch doctor

I met him through a pop star
But I didn't know he was a psycho witch doctor
Psycho witch doctor
Didn't know he was a psycho witch doctor

Verse 2:
He wouldn't take your money or the food that's in your hand
But you have to understand that he's a dreamer
Living and laughing in a mind you can’t believe
This place turns honest men into thieves

Pre-chorus:
I could see it in his eyes
He was the type
To set off in the night

Chorus:
I met him through a pop star
But I didn't know he was a psycho witch doctor
Psycho witch doctor
Didn't know he was a psycho witch doctor

I met him through a pop star
But I didn't know he was a psycho witch doctor
Psycho witch doctor
Didn't know he was a psycho witch doctor

I met him through a pop star
But I didn't know he was a psycho witch doctor
Psycho witch doctor
Didn't know he was a psycho witch doctor

I met him through a pop star
But I didn't know he was a psycho witch doctor
Psycho witch doctor
Didn't know he was a psycho witch doctor

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