Machine Gun (12:36)

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From Band Of Gypsys and 45 other releases

“Machine Gun” is a song by American musician and singer Jimi Hendrix, featured on his 1970 first live album Band of Gypsys. Although a studio recording was never officially released, there are several live recordings appearing on (among other live albums) Jimi Hendrix: Live at Berkeley, Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight, and most notably the Band of Gypsys LP, the latter often lauded as one of Hendrix’s finest performances, and has even been considered among the finest performances ever with an electric guitar.

“Machine Gun” debuted in September 1969 by Hendrix and his then bandmates drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox as a lengthy, loosely musically defined (jam-based) protest song to the Vietnam War, and was broadcast on the Dick Cavett Show, the week of September 5. The song is long, with most known performances between ten and twenty minutes in length, and each with different music and lyrics, but share the same opening riff and basslines. The song opens with a recognizable, Univibe Pedal based guitar riff intended to mimic the sounds of a firing machine gun. The memorable (and menacing) bass and drum patterns then commence. The rather sparse lyrics, which differ in every performance, are told from the point of view of a soldier fighting in war:

” Machine gun
Tearin’ my body all apart
Evil man make me kill you
Evil man make you kill me
Even though we’re only families apart.
Well, I pick up my axe and fight like a farmer,
You know what I mean?
Hey, and your bullets keep knockin’ me down…”


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  • CactusRocks

    Hey, awesome song (with hear my train a coming) - I really love the atmosphere created with the drums and the bass line (which is godlike). It makes the whole thing : slow, big, powerful and unbreakable. Hendrix also bring the emotion and the drama of this song while singing on his guitar licks. I can't get enough of it!

    23 Jun 11:47am Reply
  • Footshac

    When this song started I was eating a piece of bread. I am now eating toast. [2]

    19 Mar 8:26pm Reply
  • Red_Lefter

    La cumbre de Jimi.

    7 Jan 1:08pm Reply
  • OmegaAbsolution

    A fucking war... Bullets, Guns and Bombs. This is just perfect.

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
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    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Footshac

    DAT 3:38 !

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • srdjstuka

    Crom sits on top of his mountain jamming this song.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • tomrud73

    one of Jimi's BEST TRACKS. so underrated imo.

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • Sooperglitcher

    You probably won't hear a better musical imitation of the sounds and horrors of war. Planes divebombing, generators and engines wailing, young men screaming in terror, explosions and rounds echoing across the futile scene of man's acutest evil. You can here it all and so much more here.

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • rhinowing

    i'm still not sure if the isle of wight version is awesome or terrible

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Postmortem62388

    6:08-6:18 in the isle of wight version is the first black metal drumming ever

    24 Jan 2013 Reply

    Tell us then!....? ↓↓↓ ;)

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • shuvit90

    thanks ben12a!

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • shuvit90

    which live version is this?

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • escarabat94


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  • El_Salvador7

    This is the ultimate showcase of Jimi's incredible talents.

    5 Oct 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    The studio recording was released on Midnight Lightning album. It's a Japanese Polydor release. The sounding and the mastering are absolutely different from the live versions. The lineup also different (read the album's wiki page) >> Here are the Front Cover the CD Image and the Rear Cover

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • d3vil0ck

    the part at 5 minutes makes me freak the fuck out every time, like violent bodily shaking

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
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