Red House

Jimi Hendrix

About Red House

"Red House" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and one of the first songs recorded in 1966 by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It has the musical form of a conventional twelve-bar blues and features Hendrix's guitar playing. He developed the song prior to forming the Experience and was inspired by earlier blues songs. "Red House" was first released on the British edition of Hendrix's debut album Are You Experienced in May 1967 (for the American album release, previously released Experience singles were used in its place). A second similar take was eventually released in the US in July 1969 on the American Smash Hits compilation. The song was a fixture of Hendrix concerts throughout his career. Although the lyrics and basic structure were followed, his performances usually varied from the original recording. Many were recorded and continue to be released officially for the first time, including on Miami Pop Festival (2013) and Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival (2015). "Red House" has also been performed and recorded by a variety of blues and other artists. 


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Ah yeah!
There's a red house over yonder,
That's where my baby stays
Lord, there's a red house over yonder
Lord, that's where my baby stays
I ain't been home to see my baby
In ninety nine and one half days

Wait a minute, something's wrong here
The key won't unlock this door
Wait a minute, something's wrong, lord, have mercy
This key won't unlock this door,
Something's goin' on here
I have a bad bad feeling
That my baby don't live her no more

Well, I might as well go back over yonder,
Way back up on the hill
That's something to do
Lord, I might as well go back over yonder,
Way back yonder cross the hill
'Cause if my baby don't love me no more
I know her sister will

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Jimi Hendrix

James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. Despite a limited mainstream exposure of four years, he is widely considered to have been the greatest electric guitarist in the history of popular music, and one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. more »

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Written by: Jimi Hendrix

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13 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Red House" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and one of the first songs he learned to play.
Album Inclusion
It is one of the defining tracks of Hendrix's debut album, "Are You Experienced".
Genre Classification
The song belongs to the blues genre and is a classic 12-bar blues track.
Recording Details
The song was recorded in December 1966 and was released in 1967.
Live Performances
"Red House" enjoyed regular appearances in Hendrix's live performances, and there are numerous live versions of the song with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Band of Gypsys.
Artistic Inspiration
The song's lyrics were inspired by Jimi Hendrix's high school girlfriend, Betty Jean Morgan.
Best Version
"Red House" was recorded several times by Hendrix, but the best-known version is from the 1967 UK "Are You Experienced" album.
The track is often considered one of the greatest ever blues rock tracks.
Iconic Feature
Hendrix's guitar solo in "Red House" is usually considered as one of the finest in his recording career.
Improvisations and Variations
Since the song is a blues one, Hendrix often used it as a platform for guitar improvisation, and as a result, no two versions of the song performed by him are completely alike.
Cover Versions
Many artists have covered "Red House" over the years, such as Buddy Guy, Richie Sambora, and The Hamsters.
Limited Availability
"Red House" was not included in the original United States version of "Are You Experienced", it was only on the United Kingdom version. It was however included in subsequent re-releases.
Cultural Impact
The song is seen as a key text in the development of Hendrix's songwriting, and it is often used by other musicians for improvisation and interpretation due to its classic 12-bar blues form.

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