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    Pop North lyric variations

    30 January 1967, Studio S2, BBC Broadcasting House, London
    Insert for ‘Pop North’, broadcast 9 February from BBC Hulme, Playhouse Theatre, Manchester.
    Host: Ray Moore
    Producer [unknown]
    Hey Joe (83), Rock Me Baby (09i), Foxy Lady (lost)

    RM: Right now we’ve got one of the greatest-eh, new sensations to hit the scene in a long, long time. They’re the third of this week’s special guests and they’re known as, ‘The Jimi Hendrix Experience’.
    Aud: [cheers]

    HEY JOE* (Billy Roberts)

    Hey-hey Joe, where you goin’ with that gun in your hand?
    Hey-hey Joe, I said now, where you goin’ with that gun in your hand?
    I’m goin’ down to shoot my ol’ lady
    You know, I caught her messin’ ‘round, messin’ ‘round another man
    Yeah, better put her down
    You know I’m goin’ out to shoot my ol’ lady
    You know, I caught her messin’ ‘round another man
    An’-uh, that ain’t too cool

    Hey-ey Joe, I said now, I heard you shot your woman down
    Shot her down now
    Hey-hey Joe, I said, I heard you shot your woman down
    You shot her down to the ground
    [...? what he said?]
    Yes, I did, I shot her
    You know, I caught her messin’ ‘round, messin’ around town
    [Shoot her when you know?]
    Yes, I did, I shot her
    You know, I caught her messin’ ‘round, messin’ around town
    And I gave her the gun, huh, I shot her

    [Solo]

    Yeah, shoot her again now

    Oh, Yeah

    All right

    Hey-hey Joe, I said now, heh-heh
    Oh-Where you gonna run to now, where you gonna go?
    [Right now?]
    Hey-ey Joe, I said, where you gonna run to now?
    Where you goin’ to go?
    Ah, let me tell you, I got to split
    I’m goin’ way down south, way down to Mexico way
    Yeah, got to make it
    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
    He ain’t gonna put a rope around me, baby
    You better believe, babe
    Oh, yeah, now
    Goin’ way down south
    Way down where I can be, I can be free
    Oh, let me tell you now, ow!
    Yeah
    Goodbye, baby

    * Hendrix acknowledged that he used Tim Rose’s uniquely slower arrangement, including his
    lyric changes and the addition of harmony backing vocals. Previous releases by ‘The Leaves’,
    ‘Love’ and ‘The Byrds’ were very much faster, had slightly different lyrics and didn’t feature,
    harmony vocals.

    Aud: [cheers]
    RM : Yeah, Hey Joe, the fantastic chart smash there. And we’ll be having that experience again in Pop North later.
    [...]
    RM: The very best of them now as we cut loose again with the fantastic ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’
    Aud: [cheers]

    ROCK ME BABY ((Riley) ‘BB’ King*, but at double speed)

    Yeah
    Rock me, baby, rock me all night long
    Yeah
    Rock me, baby, rock me all night long
    Yeah
    Rock me, baby, rock me all night long
    Oh, shit
    Roll me, ba-aby, like a wa-agon wheel
    Ow!
    Roll me, ba-aby, like a wa-agon wheel
    Hey
    Roll me, baby
    You don’t know how good you make me feel
    Awe, shucks

    Ow!

    [Solo]

    Pull back[?]

    Yeah

    [Tape finishes]

    *Hendrix played on the ‘Chitlin’ Circuit’ with BB on the bill and also jammed with him later several times.
    ‘BB’s song '
    Rock Me Baby’ was the musical basis for his later song ‘Lover Man’.
    Frank Zappa: "Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read."

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