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    Voodoo Child (slight return) or Voodoo Chile (slight return)?

    After I've corrected the cover for Stuttgart and Copenhagen, firstrays wrote "I always thought it was Voodoo Chile anyway".
    I've checked few other collector disc and some official releases and now I'm complete confused.
    Some have ...Chile and some ...Child
    I've also checked some books and magazines (Ultimate Hendrix, Jimpress & Univibes for example).
    Jimpress (FTBFS) used Voodoo Chile (slight return), and Ultimate Hendrix and Univibes used Voodoo Child (slight return).
    From where come the two spellings?

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    Re: Voodoo Child (slight return) or Voodoo Chile (slight return)?

    Quote Originally Posted by okla70homa View Post
    After I've corrected the cover for Stuttgart and Copenhagen, firstrays wrote "I always thought it was Voodoo Chile anyway".
    I've checked few other collector disc and some official releases and now I'm complete confused.
    Some have ...Chile and some ...Child
    I've also checked some books and magazines (Ultimate Hendrix, Jimpress & Univibes for example).
    Jimpress (FTBFS) used Voodoo Chile (slight return), and Ultimate Hendrix and Univibes used Voodoo Child (slight return).
    From where come the two spellings?
    I go by 'Chile' as to the slow blues version...'Chile' is kind of 'southern US black' slang for 'child'...being it's about the birth of a baby under unusual and superstitious circumstances...the mother would 'cry out'...'Lord he's a voodoo chile!'...
    (Voodoo Child seems to have sprung from 'Catfish Blues', a southern US blues tune....Voodoo is still alive and kicking in the far south US)
    there's also native American and astrological references in there(maybe more)
    Voodoo Child would seems to me to represent the grown up 'chile' into 'adult' figure...ready for all the challenges the world throw at him.
    ex:'I stand up next to a mountain and chop it down with the edge of my hand'.
    'Chile' for the soft
    'Child' for the hard
    PS: just my take on it
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    not positive but I think I remember seeing some JH hand written lyrics to bear this out..
    maybe?
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    Re: Voodoo Child (slight return) or Voodoo Chile (slight return)?

    check the recent Janie lyric's book. we do get a difference but i think Jimi makes it clear here what it is.
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    Re: Voodoo Child (slight return) or Voodoo Chile (slight return)?

    Quote Originally Posted by J.Lucas View Post
    I go by 'Chile' as to the slow blues version...'Chile' is kind of 'southern US black' slang for 'child'...being it's about the birth of a baby under unusual and superstitious circumstances...the mother would 'cry out'...'Lord he's a voodoo chile!'...
    (Voodoo Child seems to have sprung from 'Catfish Blues', a southern US blues tune....Voodoo is still alive and kicking in the far south US)
    there's also native American and astrological references in there(maybe more)
    Voodoo Child would seems to me to represent the grown up 'chile' into 'adult' figure...ready for all the challenges the world throw at him.
    ex:'I stand up next to a mountain and chop it down with the edge of my hand'.
    'Chile' for the soft
    'Child' for the hard
    PS: just my take on it
    ----
    not positive but I think I remember seeing some JH hand written lyrics to bear this out..
    maybe?
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    Thanks J.Lucas, this is a good explanation why one track is named Voodoo Chile and the other Voodoo Child.
    So, Voodoo Chile (slight return) is not correct and was used long time on some record cover incorrectly.

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    Re: Voodoo Child (slight return) or Voodoo Chile (slight return)?

    Quote Originally Posted by okla70homa View Post
    Thanks J.Lucas, this is a good explanation why one track is named Voodoo Chile and the other Voodoo Child.
    So, Voodoo Chile (slight return) is not correct and was used long time on some record cover incorrectly.
    Well....I myself can not say what is 'correct'...I was merely giving an idea of how I see the song difference....
    I mean the word 'Chile' and 'Child' are the same word....one is just slang...
    do we have JH handwritten track listing for EL?
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    Re: Voodoo Child (slight return) or Voodoo Chile (slight return)?

    Yes, the track listing exist. Jimi himself corrected Voodoo Chile to Voodoo Child (Page 3).
    On page 1 is the slow blues version named Voodoo Child, but on page 2 changed to Voodoo Chile.
    I don't know, if this was the final version for the record company:

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    Re: Voodoo Child (slight return) or Voodoo Chile (slight return)?

    Quote Originally Posted by okla70homa View Post
    Yes, the track listing exist. Jimi himself corrected Voodoo Chile to Voodoo Child (Page 3).
    On page 1 is the slow blues version named Voodoo Child, but on page 2 changed to Voodoo Chile.
    I don't know, if this was the final version for the record company:

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    Fantastic!......thanks for posting the images...
    I couldn't find them myself...
    JH own handwriting....
    that's good enough for me
    PS:where are those from?
    the newer Janie book of complete lyrics?
    I don't see them in the 'Cherokee Mist' book
    PSS: Wait a minute.....you made the original post asking about it...
    why didn't you just look at what JH wrote?
    lol
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    Re: Voodoo Child (slight return) or Voodoo Chile (slight return)?

    They are from the ELL (vinyl) booklet.

    Most of the old european official Records and CD's (Polydor, Barcley, Track-Records) used the wrong spelling (Voodoo Chile (slight return)) almost thirty years.
    I'm surprised something.

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    Re: Voodoo Child (slight return) or Voodoo Chile (slight return)?

    These photocopies are in the ELL cd booklet too, since MCA edition.

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    Re: Voodoo Child (slight return) or Voodoo Chile (slight return)?

    But how do we know it was Jimi who changed Chile to Child? It looks like the darker ink of the person who has added 'and well everyone' at the bottom

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    Re: Voodoo Child (slight return) or Voodoo Chile (slight return)?

    From Janies recent lyrics book.
    We have this listed as Voodoo Chile slight return and Voodoo Child (slight return).
    The latter appears to be his notes for studio, making them the final? top left of notes "E key of".

    Can we all agree on Voodoo Child (slight return)?
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    Re: Voodoo Child (slight return) or Voodoo Chile (slight return)?

    Yes, why not?!

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    Re: Voodoo Child (slight return) or Voodoo Chile (slight return)?

    Voodoo Chile SR is softer than Voodoo Child SR live, after RAH 24 febr 1969.
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