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Windows Phone 7 Commercial -- What's the Song?

The recent commercial for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 portrays a world that needs to be rescued from ordinary cell phones with the musical help of Donovan's haunting classic 'Season of the Witch.'

The track comes from the psychedelic folk pioneer's much heralded 1966 album 'Sunshine Superman.'

The song's foreboding, jangling electric guitar riff begins as the commercial pans across a city block filled with people oblivious to life around them, including a recent car crash, because they are so shackled by their cell phones.

More than 40 years after he wrote them, Donovan's lyrics seem to serve as commentary on the technologically dependent society pictured in this commercial:

"When I look out my window / Many sights to see / And when I look in my window / So many different people to be / That it's strange / So strange / You've got to pick up every stitch / Must be the season of the witch."

Another Donovan song, 'Catch the Wind,' was recently featured in a commercial for MassMutual. He has just released a brand-new double album, 'Ritual Groove,' which is available on his own website.

Watch the world stand still to the sounds of Donovan's 'Season of the Witch' in the Windows Phone 7 commercial below, and listen for it and other great Donovan songs on AOL Radio's Songwriters station.

Filed under: Rock, What's The Song

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