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    11. HIGHWAY CHILE (1)

    HIGHWAY CHILE*(ie ‘Child’) [B side of Wind Cries Mary, allegedly mixed into stereo by Kramer,
    just sounds like clearer mono?

    Yeah, his guitar slung across his back1-uh
    His dusty boots is his Cadillac
    uh-Framed in’2 hair just-uh blowin’ in the wind
    Ain’t seen a bed in so long it’s a sin
    He left home when he was seventeen
    The rest of the world he had longed to see-uh
    And everybody knows, boss-uh
    A rollin’ sto-one gathers no moss

    Now, you’d probably call him a tramp
    But it goes a little deeper than that
    He’s a… highway chile. . . yeah

    Now, some people say he had a girl back home
    Who messed around and did him pretty wrong
    They tell me it kind o’ hurt him bad
    Kind o’ made him feel pretty sad
    I couldn’t say what [he] went through was fine3

    Anyway he left the world behind-uh
    Well, everybody knows the same old story
    And love or war you can’t lose with glory4

    Now, you’d probably-uh call him a tramp but-uh
    I know it goes a little deeper than that
    He’s a. . . highway chile
    Walk on brother
    Yeah… whoa… yeah

    [Solo]

    Walk her on down the highway

    His old guitar slung across his back
    His dusty boots is his Cadillac
    Framed in hair just a blowin’ in the wind
    Ain’t seen a bed in so long it’s a sin
    Now, you may call him a tramp
    But I know it goes a little deeper than that
    He’s a… highway child
    Walk on brother, don’t let no one stop you
    Highway chile, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Highway chile, rollin’ stone
    Goin’ on down the highway, go ahead on

    Highway chile, yeah, yeah

    Highway chile, yeah, ooh-ooh
    Ow!

    Eddie: Come on in an’ hear it
    [only on the extended “stereo” mix from the 4 CD box.]


    *Jimi?
    1‘Melanie’ reminiscing on her Greenwich Village days in the early ‘60’s: “You know people walked around
    with guitars hanging on their backs. People didn’t have guitar cases; that was just, that was, that would, that
    was unthinkable. You don’t, you just didn’t have a guitar case. A guitar case was for people who graduated
    Julliard.”
    2‘Flamin’ !?? I think maybe not, if not, it is ‘Framed in’, which in the 2nd chorus it especially sounds like?
    But, strongly supporting “flamin’” is — Jimi being Clapton’s only challenger to “GOD” title and admitted fan
    of and ‘friend’ of his — the 21-01-67 Disc & Music Echo article, “‘ME’, Eric Clapton talks to Mike
    Ledgerwood”: [...] LIKES: “Hair. I like Dylan’s hair. And Jimi Hendrix. Hair that doesn’t look like hair.
    Looks more like flames. I also like animals.”
    Of course Clapton’s comment was made a good while before Jimi’s lyric was recorded. Jimi was maybe
    having a sly fun with this, ie playing a ‘double game’, playing with the word, actually saying ‘framed’ in, but
    slurring it slighly?
    Definitely not Eberth’s, “A pavement here,” though!
    Then theres this, a good while after:
    Saturday 23 December 1967
    UK
    FABULOUS 208(page 9) [B&W photo of JH smiling (Denmark)] Readers Write Jill Roberts of Lingard Street, Barnsley, Yorks, tells us about the time she saw Jimi Hendrix on stage.
    “The violent colours of the spotlights paled into insignificance beside the colour of the man beneath them. He stood there, tall and slim, surveying his followers. His long, upstanding hair framedthe beautiful, sensitive face and I longed to reach him. […etc.]


    3When entirely separated, slowed down etc., it still sounds a lot like he’s rushed the vocal here and elided
    the ‘he’, as in, “...[he] went through was fine,” but it’s possible it’s just a fluffed, “his mind”. But, audibly,
    definitely not Eberth’s, “through the fire,” which as well as being wrong doesn’t make sense either.
    4The ‘t’ in “can’t” isn’t clear. But “can” renders this ludicrous. It is clearly not. Anyway, one of Jimi’s best lyrics
    and very popular – once the USA got to hear of it. [UK like to whine].


    HIGHWAY CHILE

    Official lyric interpreted and supplied by Michael Jeffery’s assistant (New York) Kathy Eberth to Jimi’s publishing company, ‘Bella Godiva’ & published through it
    © 1970 Bella Godiva c/o Arch Music Co. Inc. A division of A. Schroeder Music Publishing Co. Ltd. London


    (Spoken)
    His guitar swung across his back,
    His dusty boots, and it’s his Cadillac
    A pavement here jus a-blowing in the wind,
    Ain’t seen a bed in so long it’s a sin,
    He left home when he was seventeen
    The rest of the world he longed to see,
    And everybody knows, boss, a rolling stone gathers no moss!

    Now you probably call him a tramp, but it goes a little deeper than that!
    He’s a, Highway Chile!

    Now some people say he had a girl back home
    Who messed him around and did him pretty wrong
    They tell me it kind of hurt him bad
    Kinda made him feel pretty sad.

    I couldn’t say what he went through the fire
    Anyway, he left the world behind
    Well everybody knows the same old story:
    Another war you can’t lose in glory.

    Now you probably call him a tramp, but it goes a little deeper than that!
    He’s a, Highway Chile!
    Last edited by stplsd; 02-10-19 at 06:02 PM.
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    Re: 11. HIGHWAY CHILE (1)

    I always thought it was 'raven' hair.

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    Re: 11. HIGHWAY CHILE (1)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rupe View Post
    I always thought it was 'raven' hair.
    Does that mean: "I think it is 'raven' hair." Go for it
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    Re: 11. HIGHWAY CHILE (1)

    It means I always have thought it was, but I'm not necessarily right!

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    Re: 11. HIGHWAY CHILE (1)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rupe View Post
    It means I always have thought it was, but I'm not necessarily right!
    It's whatever you think His lyrics are great though eh?
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    Re: 11. HIGHWAY CHILE (1)

    Any problems?
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