Welcome to my Hey Joe chords and lyrics song page by Billy Roberts where you'll find my partial acoustic guitar demo, purchase link for a full lesson, the lyrics to the song as well as a free .pdf sheet you can download and some rhythm tips.
Many people know this song from the Jimi Hendrix version from 1966, but the song which was written by music artist Billy Roberts, was copyrighted back in 1962. But many believe he lifted the song from his girlfriend who had written a song called "Baby Please Don't Go To Town".
The first recording of the song was by The Leaves in Nov 1965 and two more times before Apr 1966, when they managed a #31 charting of the song. The Byrds recorded a version in the summer of 1966 and then Jimi Hendrix released his version in Dec 1966 and had a #6 hit in the UK.
This was also the last song played at the Woodstock Festival in 1969.
Hey Joe Chords And Lyrics Demo, Tips & Pdf
Drop D Tuning = No
Capo = No
Rhythm = root root down down up blending in hammer ons and riffs
Picking = Yes .. mainly some bass runs and hammer-ons
Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun in your hand?
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.
I'm goin' down to shoot my old lady - You know I caught her messin' 'round
With another man - And that ain't too cool.
Uh, hey Joe, - I heard you shot your woman down - You shot her down now.
Uh, hey Joe,- I heard you shot you old lady down - You shot her down to the ground.Yeah!
Yes, I did, I shot her - You know I caught her messin' 'round -- messin' 'round town.
Uh, yes I did, I shot her - You know I caught my old lady - messin' 'round town
And I gave her the gun - and I shot her!
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