Born Under a Bad Sign
Jimi Hendrix Lyrics


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Born under a bad sign
Been down since I began to crawl
If it wasn't for bad luck
Wouldn't have no luck at all

Bad luck and trouble
Been my only friend
I've been down ever since I was ten

Born under a bad sign
Been down since I began to crawl
If it wasn't for real bad luck




If it wasn't for real bad luck
I wouldn't have no luck at all

Overall Meaning

Jimi Hendrix's song "Born Under a Bad Sign" is a blues rock standard that sends the message of the struggles of living a tough life. The lyrics are incredibly introspective, focusing on the singer's misfortunes and bad luck throughout their whole life, which is conveyed through the repetition of the first stanza "Born under a bad sign, been down since I began to crawl." Hendrix opens the song with that assertion and consistently emphasizes the hardships, struggles and failures that he has encountered in life despite his sincere attempts of achieving a better life, a better fate, if it wasn't for bad luck. Hendrix's use of figurative speech throughout the lyrics helps better illustrate the turbulent nature of the singer's life experiences, including phrases such as "bad luck and trouble been my only friend," "if it wasn't for real bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all" all further embedding the depressing and bitter nature of the song.


Throughout the song, Hendrix's guitar playing style aligns with the lyrics' message. He injects emotional solos and powerful riffs, pouring his heart and soul, further emphasizing the message that life is hard, there are no guarantees and if you are born under a bad sign such as having terrible luck, life is an uphill struggle. In essence, the song sends a message of hopelessness and despair for those who can relate to the lyrics.


Line by Line Meaning

Born under a bad sign
I feel like everything in my life has gone wrong from the start.


Been down since I began to crawl
I've always been in a state of despair, since I was very young.


If it wasn't for bad luck
All the negative events and situations that have happened in my life that weren't within my control.


Wouldn't have no luck at all
I feel like I don't have any good fortune, everything is always going wrong.


Bad luck and trouble
This is what I associate with my experiences in life, and it's the only thing I feel close to.


Been my only friend
It's the only thing that has consistently been with me throughout my life and experiences.


I've been down ever since I was ten
My troubles in life began early on and never let up.


If it wasn't for real bad luck
If it wasn't for all the extremely unfortunate things that have happened to me.


I wouldn't have no luck at all
I feel like there's no good luck or positive events in my life at all.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Booker T Jones, William Bell

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