Electric Church Red House
Jimi Hendrix Lyrics


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Yeah
Yeah
Yeah it's about the time we'd like to present you to the electric church
And baby if you would you all listen to our notes
Here here in our seens, playin'
Instead of rappin' like I am now
Then maybe I'll well maybe this is good enough
What ya think we stick with songs
It's all freedom

There's a red house, over yonder baby
That's where my baby stays
Lord there's a red house over yonder, baby
Lord that's where my baby stays

I ain't been home to see my baby
In about a ninety-nine and one half days
It's about time to see her
Wait minute something's wrong, babe
Lord have mercy this key won't unlock this door

Wait a minute something's wrong,
Wait a minute something's wrong baby,




Wait a minute something's wrong baby,
Lord have mercy the key won't unlock this door

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Church Red House are an invitation to his listeners to immerse themselves in the music about to be presented, and to pay attention to the sounds and notes being played. He notes that he could have been rapping instead of singing, which suggests his versatility and willingness to try new things. But ultimately, he decides to stick to singing songs and expressing his freedom through this form of artistic expression.


The rest of the song speaks specifically about a red house where Hendrix's baby lives. He has been away from her for almost 100 days and is eager to see her again. However, when he tries to enter the house using his key, it doesn't work. This realization dawns on him slowly, as he repeats "wait a minute, something's wrong" several times.


The symbolism of the red house is somewhat ambiguous, but could represent a variety of things: a place of love and comfort, a place where one's heart is, or simply a physical location where someone important resides. The unsuccessful attempt to enter the house could represent a sense of being shut out, of not being able to access something that is desired.


Overall, Hendrix's Electric Church Red House is a bluesy, soulful song that speaks to the desire for connection, love, and freedom, as well as the difficulties that can come with trying to access those things.


Line by Line Meaning

Yeah
Expressing excitement and eagerness to introduce the concept of the electric church.


Yeah
Reiterating the enthusiasm to start talking about the electric church.


Yeah it's about the time we'd like to present you to the electric church
It is time to introduce the concept of the electric church to the audience.


And baby if you would you all listen to our notes
If the audience agrees to listen, we will play our music for them.


Here here in our seens, playin'
We are here performing for you, playing our music.


Instead of rappin' like I am now, Then maybe I'll well maybe this is good enough
I could try to rap, but maybe performing music like this is good enough.


What ya think we stick with songs
We should continue playing songs instead of trying new things like rapping.


It's all freedom
Playing music represents freedom of expression and creativity.


There's a red house, over yonder baby, That's where my baby stays
Referring to a specific location where the singer's loved one resides.


Lord there's a red house over yonder, baby, Lord that's where my baby stays
Reiterating the location of the singer's loved one's whereabouts.


I ain't been home to see my baby, In about a ninety-nine and one half days
It has been almost 100 days since the singer has seen their loved one.


It's about time to see her
The singer is overdue for a visit to their loved one.


Wait minute something's wrong, babe
Something is not right regarding the situation with the singer's loved one.


Lord have mercy this key won't unlock this door
The singer is having trouble opening the door to their loved one's residence, suggesting a troubling situation.


Wait a minute something's wrong, Wait a minute something's wrong baby, Wait a minute something's wrong baby, Lord have mercy the key won't unlock this door
Repeating the previous lines to emphasize the severity of the situation and the difficulty the singer is experiencing.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jimi Hendrix

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