Jimi Hendrix: Hey Joe Meaning
Song Released: 1966
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Hey Joe Lyrics
Hey Joe, I said where you goin' with that gun in your hand?
Alright. I'm goin down to shoot my old lady,
you know I caught her messin' 'round with another man.
Yeah,! I'm goin' down to...
anonymous May 18th, 5:36pm report
The lyrics are pretty simple, Joe's girl cheats on him and then He kills her and runs away to Mexico. The act itself is not simple at all though. I mean, killing your partner and running away to start a new life, that is a HUGE ordeal. So, we would expect Joe to grieve, to regret, to fear or at least be angry and yet, He tells us the story very casually.
Well, It always seems to me that the reason for this is because Joe has gone completely mad because of this girl and the act of cheating on him, He's beyond emotions and rationality. He didn't feel like he had any other choice but to kill her.
haven't you ever loved madly someone that didn't love you back as much? I bet you have, and I bet you would have done some crazy shit because of that (hopefully not killing anyone)
So before you judge Joe for being a misogynist, although he might be, have some sympathy for the guy.
anonymous Mar 20th, 2018 3:50pm report
This is pretty simple. Joe lives in a simple, direct and violent world. Depending on the version of the lyrics, his woman (old lady, mama) sleeps with (messes with, is seen with) another man. All are indications of infidelity and Joe does not see any choice but to kill her for breaking the rules as he knows them. And he does kill her, gives her the gun!
The narrator asks where he is going now, and Joe just says South, to Mexico, where I can be free.
If Camus can kill an Arab on the beach as an existential act, Joe seems perfectly understandable. It’s not like he enjoyed the act of having to go up close and personal and shooting her. Think of him as a Clint Eastwood character.
anonymous Feb 17th, 2012 2:11am report
This is a male-oriented sexist song. The gun is his penis, his shot is his ejaculant. His women is messed up by another man and no longer a virgin. The implication is that this gives him permission to go down south to shape of Mexico and ejaculate without a condom (noose around the neck). The dialogue between the two men in the song is male banter, boasting about sex.
anonymous May 3rd, 2011 5:08pm report
jimi covered this song,the original was
written by billie roberts so any interpretation on jimis part would be pointless.
anonymous Jan 31st, 2011 1:46am report
This song is about an ex-soldier who cannot deal with a problem in a normal way anymore. There were plenty of them in the US during the Vietnamwar.
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