Jimi Hendrix — All Along The Watchtower
Album: Electric Ladyland
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Released: 1968
Length: 3:57
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There must be some kind of way out of here
Said the joker to the thief
There's too much confusion
I can't get no relief
Businessmen, they drink my wine
Plowmen dig my earth
None will level on the line
Nobody offered his word, hey!

No reason to get excited
The thief, he kindly spoke
There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke, but, uh
But you and I, we've been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now
The hour's getting late, hey!

Hey

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Barefoot servants too
Well, uh, outside in the cold distance
A wild cat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl, hey!

All along the watchtower
All along the watchtower
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Ha !  Just got done playing the whole album on vinyl.

Thank you Jimi Hendrix
for  All Along The Watchtower
 for me  9- Outstanding

TY RP 


 thewiseking wrote:

agreed, but that opening riff is a huge hook{#Bananajam}
Wonder why CLASSIC ROCK chose this one over all the others? So many better offerings from Jimi yet it was this they chose to kill

 


I have this sudden urge to watch "Watchmen" all over again.

When this was a current hit, we often went to our local Boston Pizza after a night of partying.  They had a juke box with great sound and had the volume cranked – this song was always played - bliss!

Here’s something I noticed while listening to a tribute album to Hank Williams:

Williams lyrics from “Alone and Forsaken”:

The darkness is falling, the sky has turned gray
A hound in the distance is starting to bay

Dylan lyrics from this song:

Outside in the cold distance 
A wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl

Maybe another example of one great artist taking something very good and making it even better?


 slikr wrote:
best cover ever?
 
  yes... and godlike at that.. {#Cheers}
Wonder why CLASSIC ROCK chose this one over all the others? So many better offerings from Jimi yet it was this they chose to kill


                                         The only studio recording that Jimi played any slide guitar on.
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                                                                           SEATTLE'S OWN. 



Thank you Jimi Hendrix
for  All Along The Watchtower

For me  9- Outstanding


goosebumps... bumping from 9 to 10
 Skydog wrote:
still the number one rated RP song 

 
Which one is in last?
best cover ever?
I think this guy would have went places.
 westslope wrote:

Yes, I believe that he was right about the 'application'.  Dylan must find that amusing.  

 
But this is the most excellent cover by far!


Ok. Enough of the silliness. Give it a 10 and move along.
 unclehud wrote:
Was at a college baseball game last week when this came on.  Turned my my grad school buddy (son of a Navy colleague who's at school in town) and asked, "Do you know this song?"

"Sure, man.  Hendrix.  All Along the Watchtower.  Always comes on in a war movie when the shit's about to come down."

Well, he's sho'nuff right about the title and artist, and he may be right about the application.

 
Yes, I believe that he was right about the 'application'.  Dylan must find that amusing.  
Was at a college baseball game last week when this came on.  Turned my my grad school buddy (son of a Navy colleague who's at school in town) and asked, "Do you know this song?"

"Sure, man.  Hendrix.  All Along the Watchtower.  Always comes on in a war movie when the shit's about to come down."

Well, he's sho'nuff right about the title and artist, and he may be right about the application.
Nothing better!
Filmore East, New Years Eve 1969, pitch black and at the stroke of midnight, Jimi starts this song. Burned in my memory. I had a mind before then.
 SuperWeh wrote:

no amount of radio play will ever be able to kill the genius of this piece.

 
Right! And there are not many other songs in that league.