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...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous May 3rd 2011 report
jimi covered this song,the original was
written by billie roberts so any interpretation on jimis part would be pointless.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jan 31st 2011 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.
anonymous Sep 5th 2022 report
Joe is every American soldier in Vietnam. Today we would say he had post traumatic stress disorder. Having participated in the horror of war, of killing men, women, and children on orders, his values upon returning to the US are skewed. He understands rules, and violence and this is his whole world. He is still operating in this space. The song is an unflinching commentary on the loss of our humanity, that arose from the Vietnam war.
anonymous May 18th 2019 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 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.
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