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01-15-18, 07:09 PM
HEY JOE* (1) (William ‘Billy’ Roberts)
[Solo][/I]

(Hey-ey-Joe, where you gonna go?- Joe)
All right, shoot her one more time again for me
(Hey-ey-ey-ey Joe)
Yeah, oh, dig it now, ah, ah…all right then
(Hey-ey Joe where you gonna go?)

Hey-ey Joe, I said now
(Hey-ey Joe where you gonna go?)
uh-Where you gonna run to now, where you gonna run to, mama?
Hey-ey Joe, I said, where are you gonna run to now?
(Hey-ey-ey-ey Joe)
Where you, where you gonna go, boy
(Hey-ey-ey-ey Joe)

Well, dig, I’m goin’ way down south
Way down to Mexico way
(Hey-ey Joe where you gonna go)
All right
I’m going way down south, way down where I can be free
Ain’t no one gonna find me, ain’t no hangman gonna
(Hey-ey Joe where you gonna go?)
He ain’t gonna put a rope around me
You’d better believe it, right now, I got to go now
(Hey-ey Joe where you gonna go?)
Hey, hey-ey Joe, you better run o-on down
Goodbye everybody, ow!
Hey, hey-ey Joe, run o-on down [on longer USA stereo mix fade out]

*‘Mistakenly’? (or a royalty scam?) credited as, ”Trad. arr. Hendrix” on the Polydor hit single, on which early
copies have the artist as just ‘Jimi Hendrix’, no ‘Experience’, as it was listed on almost all charts at the time.
The full title ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’ only being used on the charts for ‘Purple Haze’.
Later in 1968 many copies of Track Records’ LP ‘Jimi Hendrix: Smash Hits’ have it by ‘Dino Valenti’.
Composer credit has always legally & morally been (William) ‘Billy Roberts’.
Hendrix publicly acknowledged that he used Tim Rose’s unique arrangement (which Rose falsely claimed as
“Trad. arr. Rose”). Rose’s arrangement included slowing the tempo dramatically, the addition of harmony
backing vocals and some lyric changes.
Previous, ‘garage band’ style releases by ‘The Leaves’, ‘Love’ and ‘The Byrds’ etc.were very much faster,
had slightly different lyrics and didn’t feature harmony vocals.

HEY JOE (William ‘Billy’ Roberts)

The original lyrics, © copyright 1962 by Third Story Music. New York (originally credited to Billy’s “friend” Dino
Valenti by Third Story Music, but Billy’s earlier copyright entitled him, and was upheld by them). It has to be
said that Billy’s ex-girlfriend, Niela Halleck’s (copyrighted as ‘Miller’) 1955 song “Baby, Don’t Go To Town” has
lyrics that are very similar, and it mentions a woman being killed by a jealous man, although not the main focus.
The music and arrangement are near identical. The concentration on this violent act, adding details and an
escape story by Robert’s have a similarity to Clarence Ashley’s 1962 version of the folk song “Little Sadie”
(covered by Bob Dylan and others), but only in that a man shoots a woman with a .44 and runs away (but after
spending the night at home in bed), but he’s caught in Jericho (rhymes with Mexico;)) and sent to jail, though
not hung. In Billy’s song he crosses the border and avoids capture. It’s so close to Miller’s song she should at
least have had co-composer credit, but was put off claiming through the expense, due to legal complications,
mostly due to Dino Valenti being temporarily assigned as the composer.

Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that money in your hand?
Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that money in your hand?
Chasin’ my woman, she run off with another man.
Goin downtown, buy me a Forty Four.
Goin downtown, buy me a Forty Four.

When I get through that woman won’t run no more.
Hey Joe, what are you gonna do?
Hey Joe, what are you gonna do?
Take my pistol, and kill her before I’m through

Hey Joe, I heard you shot your woman dead.
Hey Joe, I heard you shot your woman dead.
Yes I did, got both of them lying in that bed

Hey Joe, where do you think you’ll go?
Hey Joe, do you think you’ll go?
Leaving here think I’ll go to Mexico.

Yes I’m going, going where a man can be free.
Yes I’m going, going where a man can be free.
’cause ain’t no hangman gonna put no noose on me


BABY, DON’T GO TO TOWN
Copyright 1964 by Niela Halleck (now Miller)
WPVC Music Co.

Baby [[B]Hey Joe], what you gonna do in town?
I said, Baby [Hey Joe], what you gonna do in town?
I’m gonna sit at the bar with my feet tucked in
Drinkin’ all the beer and whiskey and gin
And lookin’ at the young men always hangin’ round.
Lookin’ at the young men always hangin’ round.
Baby, what you gonna do in town?
Hey kid I said, Baby [Hey Joe], what you gonna do in town?
I’m gonna talk to those young men very soon
All tonight till tomorrow noon
And tell ‘em how my man he really puts me down.
[Hey Joe, I heard you shot your woman dead (down).]
Tell ‘em how my man he really puts me down.
Baby, please don’t go to town
I said, Baby please don’t go to town
Cause when you’re flirtin’and full of gin
[Chasin’ my woman, she run off with another man.]
One of those boys is gonna do you in
[Take my pistol, and kill her before I’m through]
And your man, he won’t be around.
[Yes I’m going, going where a man can be free.]
Your own man, he won’t be around.

Clarence Ashley’s “LITTLE SADIE” (Trad.)

Went out last night to take a little round,
I met my Little Sadie and I blowed her down.
I run right home and I went to bed,
A forty-four smokeless under my head.
I begin to think what a deed I done,
I grabbed my hat and away'd I'd run.
I made a good run, just a little too slow,
They overtook me in Jericho [‘Mexico’].
Standing on the corner a-ringing a bell
And up stepped the sheriff from Thomasville,
Says, "Young man, is your name Brown?
Remember the night you blowed Sadie down."
"Oh, yes, Sir, my name is Lee,
I murdered little Sadie in the first degree,
First degree and second degree,
Got any papers, will you read 'em to me?"
Took me downtown and dressed me in black,
They put me on a train and they sent me back,
Had no one for to go my bail,
Crammed me back in the county jail.
Judge and the jury took their stand,
Judge had his papers in his right hand.
Forty-one days, forty-one nights,
Forty-one years to wear the ball and the stripes.


The Leaves HEY JOE WHERE ARE YOU GONNA GO

Now, hey, Joe, where you going
With that gun in your hand
Said, hey, hey Joe, where you going
With that gun in your hand

I'm going after my woman now
She's been running around with
Some other man
I said, I'm going after my woman now
She's been running around with
Some other man

Now, hey, Joe
What are you gonna do
Hey, hey Joe, tell me
What are you gonna do
I guess I'll shoot my woman now
That's what I'll do
Said I guess I'll shoot them both
Before I'm through

Hey, Joe, tell me
What are you gonna do
Hey, Joe, I said
What are you gonna do

Well, I guess I'll go down
To my place in Mexico
Said I guess I'll go down
To where a man can be free

And there ain't gonna be no
Hangman's ropes gonna be
Put around me