That Old Black Magic
Frank Sinatra Lyrics


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That old black magic has me in its spell
That old black magic that you weave so well
Those icy fingers up and down my spine
The same old witch craft when your eyes meet mine
The same old tingle that I feel inside
And then the elevator starts it's ride

And down and down I go
'Round and 'round I go
Like a leaf that's caught in a tide
I should stay away but what can I do
I hear your name and I'm a flame

A flame with such a burning desire
That only your kiss can put out the fire
'Cause you are the lover I have waited for
The mate that fate had me created for
And every time your lips meet mine

Darling, down and down I go
'Round and 'round I go




In a spin, loving the spin I'm in
Under that old black magic of love

Overall Meaning

In the lyrics of Frank Sinatra's song "That Old Black Magic," he describes how he is under the spell of his lover's enchanting power. The first line of the song portrays the effect of this "old black magic," which has him trapped in its spell. He sings about how well his lover, through her witchcraft, weaves this spell that has him enamored. The icy fingers up and down his spine indicate the tantalizing feeling that he gets when he is around her. He is caught in the same old tingle that he feels inside, and every time their eyes meet, the elevator of emotions starts its ride.


The chorus in the song is where he explains the intensity of his feelings for his lover. He cannot resist the force of the magic that surrounds her, and he is under her complete control. The lyrics "And down and down I go, 'Round and 'round I go, Like a leaf that's caught in a tide, I should stay away but what can I do" represent the powerlessness that Frank feels in front of his lover's enchantment. He can feel the euphoria building inside him as he hears her name and is engulfed in a flame with a burning desire. He is helpless, and only her kiss can extinguish his love's fire. He cannot escape the magic of their connection, and they are the perfect pair created by fate.


Line by Line Meaning

That old black magic has me in its spell
The powerful emotion of love and attraction has fully taken control of me.


That old black magic that you weave so well
You have a charm and allure that is irresistible and capable of casting a love spell on me.


Those icy fingers up and down my spine
My intense feelings of infatuation and desire have caused a physical reaction within me.


The same old witch craft when your eyes meet mine
Whenever I gaze into your eyes, I feel the same magical and irresistible feeling that I've always felt for you.


The same old tingle that I feel inside
Whenever I am near you or think about you, I experience the same thrilling sensation of excitement and anticipation.


And then the elevator starts it's ride
My heart starts to race and my feelings intensify as we begin our intimate encounter.


And down and down I go
My emotions continue to intensify and consume me with each passing moment.


'Round and 'round I go
My mind is constantly consumed with thoughts of you and our love, causing me to feel dizzy and unable to focus on anything else.


Like a leaf that's caught in a tide
I have no control over my emotions and am helplessly swept up by the overwhelming power of my love and desire for you.


I should stay away but what can I do
I know that I should keep my distance, but I am unable to resist the strong pull of my feelings for you.


I hear your name and I'm a flame
The mere mention of your name or the thought of you causes my passion and desire to ignite once again.


A flame with such a burning desire
My feelings of love and desire for you are intense, passionate, and all-consuming.


That only your kiss can put out the fire
Only your touch and your love can satisfy my overwhelming desire for you and quell the intensity of my emotions.


'Cause you are the lover I have waited for
You are the only one who can fulfill my deepest desires and make me feel complete.


The mate that fate had me created for
Our love was destined by fate and we are meant to be together.


And every time your lips meet mine
Whenever we kiss or touch, my emotions and desires become even stronger and more powerful.


Darling, down and down I go
My love and desire for you continue to deepen and grow with each passing moment.


'Round and 'round I go
My thoughts and emotions are consumed with love for you and I am unable to think of anything else.


In a spin, loving the spin I'm in
Despite the overwhelming nature of my emotions, I am enamored with the feeling of being in love and am unable to resist its power.


Under that old black magic of love
I am helpless to resist the power and allure of my love for you, which feels like a magical force that has taken control of me.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer

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@rogeralbors4886

That old black magic's got me in its spell
That old black magic that you weave so well
Those icy fingers
Up and down my spine
The same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine
The same old tingle that I feel inside
And when that elevator starts its ride
Darling down and down I go, round and round I go
Like a leaf that's
Caught in the tide
I should stay away but what can I do
I hear your name, and I'm aflame
Aflame with
Such a burning desire
That only your kiss can put out the fire
You're the lover
You're the lover
You're the lover
You're the lover
I have waited for
The mate that fate had me created for
And everytime your lips meet mine
Darling down and down I go,
Round and Round I go
In a spin, I'm loving the spin that I'm in
I'm Under that old black magic called love
Yes I'm in a spin, I'm loving the spin I'm in
I'm under that old black magic called love
Got me spinning and spinning and spinning around
Like an elevator's going down
In this magic, black magic called love



@alexmm1902

Esa vieja magia negra me tiene en su hechizo
That old black magic's got me in its spell

Esa vieja magia negra que tan bien tejes
That old black magic that you weave so well

Esos dedos helados
Those icy fingers

Arriba y abajo de mi columna
Up and down my spine

La misma vieja brujería cuando tus ojos se encuentran con los míos
The same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine

El mismo cosquilleo que siento por dentro
The same old tingle that I feel inside

Y cuando ese ascensor comience a andar
And when that elevator starts its ride

Cariño, hacia abajo y hacia abajo, voy, vueltas y vueltas
Darling down and down I go, round and round I go

Como una hoja que es
Like a leaf that's

Atrapado en la marea
Caught in the tide

Debería alejarme, pero ¿qué puedo hacer?
I should stay away but what can I do

Escucho tu nombre y estoy en llamas
I hear your name, and I'm aflame

Ardiendo con
Aflame with

Un deseo tan ardiente
Such a burning desire

Que solo tu beso puede apagar el fuego
That only your kiss can put out the fire

Tu eres el amante
You're the lover

He esperado por
I have waited for

La pareja para la que el destino me había creado
The mate that fate had me created for

Y cada vez que tus labios se encuentran con los míos
And everytime your lips meet mine

Cariño, hacia abajo y hacia abajo, voy
Darling down and down I go,

Vueltas y vueltas voy
Round and Round I go

En un giro, me encanta el giro en el que estoy
In a spin, I'm loving the spin that I'm in

Estoy bajo esa vieja magia negra llamada amor
I'm Under that old black magic called love



@rogeralbors4886

That old black magic's got me in its spell
That old black magic that you weave so well
Those icy fingers
Up and down my spine
The same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine
The same old tingle that I feel inside
And when that elevator starts its ride
Darling down and down I go, round and round I go
Like a leaf that's
Caught in the tide
I should stay away but what can I do
I hear your name, and I'm aflame
Aflame with
Such a burning desire
That only your kiss can put out the fire
You're the lover
You're the lover
You're the lover
You're the lover
I have waited for
The mate that fate had me created for
And everytime your lips meet mine
Darling down and down I go,
Round and Round I go
In a spin, I'm loving the spin that I'm in
I'm Under that old black magic called love
Yes I'm in a spin, I'm loving the spin I'm in
I'm under that old black magic called love
Got me spinning and spinning and spinning around
Like an elevator's going down
In this magic, black magic called love



All comments from YouTube:

@coralwilson9879

Listening to this with my 94 year old gran is rather a special moment ❤😊

@daysturn1971

His voice is so rich and smooth-like black coffee.

@deonreed725

Black coffee is bitter as fuck

@maryspinker

hello, daddy....not sure why this song was so special to you and its none of my business... but here you go, again....i miss you and i'm glad you got to do it you way. i'm honored that you chose me and trusted me to make it happen....

@pamelacioci6875

Seamus heffernan. I love you old black macic ypu have me in🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒😴😴😴😴

@STONECOLD1987

Untouchable Sinatra....man was a legend

@maryspinker

my parents....it's 1962, daddy has just mowed the grass, there's pot roast in the oven for sunday dinner...god was in his heaven and all was right with the world....these days are where i go when i need to remember happy days.

@epic0417

That's a nice memory Mary

@Soundchaser2010

Singer Extraordinaire

@purpleladytoo23

One take frankie ....!..magic!

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