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    What's that line in Machine Gun, I can't quite make out the word, something like: "...over yonder stands a women __________ bones to the sun, we don't make no child to fight your war..."

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    Re: Machine Gun

    ^
    Which version? (there are around 40!)
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    Re: Machine Gun

    "Over yonder stands a woman, selling clothes in the sun to fight your war."

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    Re: Machine Gun

    Quote Originally Posted by Voodoo Kush View Post
    "Over yonder stands a woman, selling clothes in the sun to fight your war."
    Not sure what version, but it usually goes something like this:
    "Over yonder stands a woman sewin' clothes so her son can fight your war"
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    Re: Machine Gun

    Quote Originally Posted by stplsd View Post
    Not sure what version, but it usually goes something like this:
    "Over yonder stands a woman sewin' clothes so her son can fight your war"

    That would make more sense. 'Sewing clothes'

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    Re: Machine Gun

    Quote Originally Posted by gunther View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by stplsd View Post
    Not sure what version, but it usually goes something like this:
    "Over yonder stands a woman sewin' clothes so her son can fight your war"
    That would make more sense. 'Sewing clothes'
    then explain it to me, because neither 'sewin' or 'sellin' makes any sense to me in the context of 'so HER son can fight YOUR war'.

    (oh, gunther - which version was this from?)
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    Re: Machine Gun

    Quote Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
    then explain it to me, because neither 'sewin' or 'sellin' makes any sense to me in the context of 'so HER son can fight YOUR war'.

    (oh, gunther - which version was this from?)
    I dunno what version. Jimi has variations on it whenever he remembered to sing another verse :-) Maybe the Berkeley version, (2nd set) I'm pretty sure he sings it on that one.


    And yeah, sewin still doesn't make much sense with the next line, "so he can fight......etc"

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    Re: Machine Gun

    Ok, I got it now. It's a reference to Collette.

    Attended by Devon Wilson & Collette Mimram (Devon was Jimi’s “woman” and Collette was his clothing designer and one of his “amours”, she was his companion on his visit to Morocco)

    "...sewin clothes..." "....for the son..." "....we don't make no child to fight in none a yall's wars..." or words to that effect :-)

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    Re: Machine Gun

    Now I'm not sure about it being a reference to Collette.


    Berkekey 1st set:

    Over yonder stands a woman, _____ing bones to the son to fight your war, but I'm her lover, I'm her lover and we don't make no child to fight in any a yall's wars... so let your bullets fly like rain....

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    Re: Machine Gun

    ^ great find!

    But the question now of course is, does Colette have a son? Or even with Jimi??? Or is it only a figure of speech? As far as I know, Colette is super-silent on her life with Jimi, so we might never know.

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    Re: Machine Gun

    I'm sure Jimi says "Over there stands a Mother, serving clothes to the sons to fight their war".

    Anyway, I came to this page to post this:



    This was a hit in the California region in 1959 for The Riptides (also known as Johnny Hudson & The Riptides).

    Perhaps Jimi knew this snappy little guitar/sax instrumental with a Bo Diddley feel and got the idea for the staccato snare of his own "Machine Gun".

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    Re: Machine Gun

    Hendrix often 'forgot' lyrics/words and often created new ones in real-time! He also purposely changed lyrics as well, ... "kiss this guy", "the pig put a spell on me" etc.
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    Re: Machine Gun

    Quote Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
    Hendrix often 'forgot' lyrics/words and often created new ones in real-time! He also purposely changed lyrics as well, ... "kiss this guy", "the pig put a spell on me" etc.
    Yup. Just listened to Little Miss Lover from Toronto. He remembers the first verse but not the second so he makes up a new one on the spot.

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    Re: Machine Gun

    Quote Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
    then explain it to me, because neither 'sewin' or 'sellin' makes any sense to me in the context of 'so HER son can fight YOUR war'.

    (oh, gunther - which version was this from?)
    Women sewing soldiers' garnement as part of the war effort > Her son gets drafted > she just sewed clothes for HER son so he can fight THEIR (the govt's) war.

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    Re: Machine Gun

    One doesn't stand while sewing. It's "serving".

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    Re: Machine Gun

    Machine Gun's lyrics are 1st person so Hendrix sings as a narrative, the soldier. "I pick up my axe (his weapon) and fight ...".

    From Berkeley 1st set I hear :

    over yonder stands a woman

    self-made clothes*, as I stop to fight the war

    over yonder stands a woman

    sellin' love as I stop to fight the war

    but I'm her lover, i'm her lover

    and we'll make a child to fight any of you all's war


    * = poor guess
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    Re: Machine Gun

    Attachment 15684
    from 9 page RTF of lyrics and spoken dialogue....
    http://jpio.weebly.com/uploads/2/7/5...r_2nd_show.rtf

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    Re: Machine Gun

    Something to always consider. Regardless of any published lyrics, official or not (my interpretation included), our minds are wired to believe what we 'hear' to be the final determination (The Kingsmen's 'Louie, Louie' anyone?). And sometimes, we may never hear what something really is (in my case, at least, going on +40 years I still have not a clue what Hendrix is mouthing in the previously & much debated portion of AATW - I have resigned myself to the belief that it is NOT what Dylan wrote and that Hendrix either forgot the phrase & simply mouthed something incoherently or just accidentally mucked it, you know, like on those bloopers).

    carry on
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    Re: Machine Gun

    The line "pick up an ax and fight like a farmer" used to confuse me...what farmer fights with an ax? But then I saw the movie "The Magnifecent Seven" made in 1960. There is a scene in the movie where farmers fight the bad guy with axes. I'm sure Jimi saw the movie and got that line from the scene!!!

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    Re: Machine Gun

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark7 View Post
    what farmer fights with an ax?
    One that doesn't have a gun?
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