#25 Hey Joe

#25 Hey Joe – Jimmi Hendrix

According to “Gary from Thetford”, Hey Joe has never successfully been copyrighted and is, therefore, considered “traditional”. Hendrix himself credited it to Bobby Roberts. It was performed by Hendrix (et al) at Woodstock, although as it was around 9 ayem on the morning after the weekend, many festival-goers had already gone. The performance was, however, legendary.

Chas Chandler (a man who must have had a very interesting life

Jimi and the boys

indeed) produced the single which was released in ’66. You just have to like the backing vocals …

Lyrics

Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that gun in your hand
Hey Joe, I said where you goin’ with that gun in your hand

I’m going down to shoot my old lady
You know, I’ve caught her messin’ around with another man
I’m going down to shoot my old lady
You know, I’ve caught her messin’ around with another man
And that ain’t too cool

Hey Joe, I’ve heard you shot your woman down,
shot her down, now
I said I’ve heard you shot your old lady down,
You shot her down to the ground

Yes I did, I shot her
You know, I caught her messin’ round, messin’ round town
Yes I did, I shot her
You know, I caught my old lady messin’ around town
And I gave her the gun
I SHOT HER!

Hey Joe, alright
Shoot her one more time, baby

Hey Joe, said now
Where you gonna run to now?
Where you gonna run to?
Hey Joe, I said where you gonna run to now?
Where you, where you gonna go?
Well, dig it

I’m goin’ way down south,
Way down to Mexico way
Alright!
I’m goin’ way down south,
Way down where I can be free
Ain’t no one gonna find me

Ain’t no hangman gonna,
He ain’t gonna put a rope around me
You better believe it right now
I gotta go now
Hey Joe, you better run on down
Good by everybody
Hey Joe, uhh
Run on down

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