This Day in Rock History – “Hey Joe”



jimihendrixOn this day in 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience blessed the world with their timeless cover of “Hey Joe,” which also happened to be the band’s debut single. The song was first released in the United Kingdom, then released as a single in the United States on May 1, 1967.

With backing vocals by the Breakaways, the song peaked at No. 6 on the U.K. singles chart but didn’t chart in the U.S. It was also the final song performed at Woodstock in 1969 and has been hailed as one of the greatest rock songs and greatest covers of all time since then.

It’s debated who exactly first wrote the song, but there’s no question The Experience’s version is the most famous. It’s been covered by a long list of famous artists in addition to The Experience — Deep Purple, Cher, Patti Smith, The Byrds, Wilson Pickett, to name a few — but all of them would probably admit that it’s this version that remains the best.

Sponsored link (story continues below)

LYRICS:

Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that gun of yours?
Hey Joe, I said where you goin’ with that gun in your hand, oh
I’m goin’ down to shoot my old lady
You know I caught her messin’ ’round with another man
I’m goin’ down to shoot my old lady
You know I caught her messin’ ’round with another man
And that ain’t too cool
Huh, hey Joe, I heard you shot your mamma down
You shot her down now
Hey Joe, I heard you shot your lady down
You shot her down in the ground, yeah
Yeah
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’ ’round town
And I gave her the gun
And I shot her
Alright
Shoot her one more time again, baby
Yeah
Oh, dig it
Oh, alright
Hey Joe
Where you gonna run to now, where you gonna go?
Hey Joe, I said
Where you gonna run to now, where you gonna go?
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 hang-man 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
Goodbye everybody

Related Posts

2 comments on “This Day in Rock History – “Hey Joe”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *