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01-18-18, 01:35 PM
VOODOO CHILD (Slight Return) Session
Session filmed by ABC TV, later stolen and lost.

Take 1

[false start]

Engineer: ? E R roll number two
Jimi: Ha-ha-ha

Take 2

Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And chop it down with the edge of my hand

Jmi: Now let’s get tooned up

Take 3

Well, I stand up next to a mountain
Chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I stand right next to a mountain
And chop it down with the edge of my hand, yeah, yeah
I take up all the pieces and make me an island-uh
Might even ‘raise a little sa-and’ *
Oh yeah

Well, I stand up next to a mountain
Chop it down with the back of my hand
Well, I pick up all the pieces
Might even ‘raise a little sand’*

*‘Raise sand’ - expression meaning to cause a disturbance, etc.

Jimi: We’ll take one more time then, okay…what? [tuning]
Engineer: Take five
Jimi: Wait, wait a second…

Take 5

[false start]

Take 6

Yeah
Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And…

Take 7

Jimi: …time, okay

Take 8

Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And chop it down with the edge of my ha-and
Yeah
Well, I stand up next to a mountain
An’ chop it down with the ledge of my hand
Well I pick up all the pieces an’-uh…

Jimi: I fucked it, wait, wait, wait… One more time…

Take 9

Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And chop it down with the edge of my hand...yeah
Well, I stand up next to a mountai-ain
And chopped it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an island
Might even ‘raise a little sa-a-and’*
‘Cause I’m a Voodoo chi-i-ild
Lord kno-ows I’m a Voodoo chi-ile…

*‘Raise sand’ - expression meaning to cause a disturbance, etc.

Jimi: What? Okay…

Take 10

[false start]

Take 11

[false start]

Take 12

Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And chop it down with the edge of my hand
Say, I stand up next to a mountai-ain
And chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I take up all the pieces and make an island
Might even ‘raise a little sand’*
Who knows, baby?
Yeah
‘Cause I’m a Voodoo chi-ild
Lord kno-ows I’m a Voodoo chile

*‘Raise sand’ - expression meaning to cause a disturbance, etc.

Eddie: How much Jimi?

Jimi: Yeah just only on the bass drum, don’t even do that cymbal part…Okay, ready. Hah?

Take 13

[false start]

Jimi: Okay, one more time, one more time, one more time. An’ what I do is come in the first time then…

Take 14

Yeah

Jimi: Fuck off to Hell. Well, come in bigger things, ‘cause I can’t do it all by myself, come in on big crash and then sligh-slightly bring it down when I get ready to sing…

Okay. One…

Take 15

Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And chop it down with the edge of my hand...hey
Well, I stand up next to a mountain
Chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I take up all the pieces and make an island
Might even ‘raise a little sand’ *, hey
‘Cause I’m a Voodoo chi-ild
Lo-ord knows, I’m a Voodoo chi-ile…

*‘Raise sand’ - expression meaning to cause a disturbance, etc.

Jimi: Yeah, one more time…

Take 16

Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And chop it down with the edge of my hand
What’d I say
Well, I stand up next to a mountain
Chop it down with the side of my hand
Tell me
Well, I take the pieces and make an island-uh
Might even ‘raise a little sand’, yeah
What’d I say now
You know, I’m a Voodoo chile
Lord kno-ows, I’m a Voodoo chi-ile, yeah

Right now I have a confession to make, yeah-ha-ha

I didn’t mean to take up all your sweet time
I’ll give it right back to you, one of these days
I didn’t mean to take up all your time
I’ll give it right back one of these days yeah
If I don’t see you no more this year…

Jimi: One more time, one more time…
Engineer: Eddie thinks you wanna break
Jimi: Same here

Take 17

[breakdown]


Take 18

Yeah

Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And chop it down with the edge of my hand

Jimi: Yeah we’re getting’ too fast, we’re getting’ too fast, we’re getting’ faster and faster …

Take 19

Yeah

Jimi: Hey! Watch the cymbals, you’re going to fast, started jitterbuggin’?
Mitch: No

Take 20 [LP Master with shaker overdub]

VOODOO CHILD (Slight Return)

Well, I stand up next to a mountain1
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand...yeah-heah
Well, I stand right next to a mountai-ain
And chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an island
Might even ‘raise a little sand’2, yeah
‘Cause I’m a Voodoo chi-ile
Lord knows, I’m a Voodoo chi-ile, baby

[Solo]

I wanna say one more last thing

I didn’t mean to take up all your sweet time
I’ll give it right back to you, one of these days ha-ha-ha
I said I, didn’t mean to take up all your sweet ti-ime
I’ll give it right back one of these days, yeah
If I don’t meet you no more in this world, then I’ll,
I’ll meet you on the next one3 and don’t be la-ate, don’t be late
‘Cause I’m a Voodoo chile, Voodoo chile
Lord knows, I’m a Voodoo child, hey, hey, hey

I’m a Voodoo chile, baby

I don’t take “nothin’” for an answer

Questions, no

1Jimi as a God destroying the face of the world and recreating it, in an oceanic setting. Hopi creation myth: “Sokutnang then he began to create the Second World. He changed it’s form completely, putting land where the water was and water where the land had been, so the people upon their emergence would have nothing to remind them of the previous wicked world.” See: ‘If 6 was 9’, ‘Bold As Love’, ‘Valleys Of
Neptune’, 1983…. Etc.
2‘Raise sand’ - expression meaning to cause a disturbance, etc.
3ie The Hopi view of the World being changed periodically.


VOODOO CHILD (Slight Return)

Official lyric as supplied by Bella Godiva (ie as interpreted by Michael Jeffery’s assistant Kathy Eberth) to A. Schroeder Music Publishing Co. Ltd. London for their published ‘Electric Ladyland’ song book.
© 1968 Bella Godiva c/o Arch Music Co. Inc. A division of A. Schroeder Music Publishing Co. Ltd. London

Well, I stand up next to a mountain,
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand...
Well, I stand up next to a mountain,
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand...
Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an island, might even raise a little sand.
‘Cause I’m a voodoo child,
Lord, knows, I’m a voodoo child, baby

I didn’t mean to take up all your sweet time
I’ll give it right back to you one of these days.
I didn’t mean to take up all your sweet time
I’ll give it right back one of these days.
And if I don’t meet you no more in this world;
Then I’ll meet you in the next one, so don’t be late, don’t be late.
‘Cause I’m a voodoo child, (voodoo child)
Lord knows, I’m a voodoo child.