Voodoo Child
Jimi Hendrix Lyrics


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Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I stand up next to a mountain
Chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an island
Might even raise a little sand, yeah
'Cause I'm a voodoo child
Lord knows I'm a voodoo child, baby

Want to say one more last thing

I didn't mean to take - up all your sweet time
I'll give it right back to you one of these days
I said, I didn't mean to take up all your sweet time
I'll give it right back one of these days, yeah
And if I don't meet you no more in this world
Then I'll, I'll meet you in the next one
Now don't be late, don't be late
'Cause I'm a voodoo child, voodoo child
Lord knows I'm a voodoo child, hey, hey, hey

I'm a voodoo child, baby




I don't take no for an answer
Just want you to know

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child are full of metaphorical language that highlights the power and confidence of the singer. The lines "Well, I stand up next to a mountain/And I chop it down with the edge of my hand" showcase the singer's strength and prowess, as they can literally conquer a mountain with their bare hands. The following line, "Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an island/Might even raise a little sand," demonstrates the singer's ability to not only conquer but to create something new out of the rubble.


The singer refers to themselves as a "voodoo child," implying a connection to mystical and supernatural forces that give them their power. This brings to mind the concept of voodoo magic, which is often associated with the manipulation of the natural world and the ability to control one's destiny. The singer reminds the listener that they cannot be held back, stating "I don't take no for an answer/Just want you to know."


The final lines of the song take a more somber tone, with the singer acknowledging their mortality and suggesting that they may not see the listener again in this life. However, they still exude confidence, promising to meet in the next world and urging the listener not to be late.


Overall, Voodoo Child is a song about power, confidence, and a belief in one's ability to control their own destiny.


Line by Line Meaning

Well, I stand up next to a mountain
I am a powerful force that can stand up next to any obstacle


And I chop it down with the edge of my hand
I have the ability to overcome any challenge with ease


Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an island
Even after overcoming challenges, I am able to create something new and beautiful


Might even raise a little sand, yeah
I am not afraid to stir things up and create change.


'Cause I'm a voodoo child
I possess mystical powers that set me apart from others


Lord knows I'm a voodoo child, baby
I am special and unique, with abilities that defy explanation


I didn't mean to take - up all your sweet time
I apologize if I have been taking up too much of your time or attention


I'll give it right back to you one of these days
I promise to make it up to you and return the favor


And if I don't meet you no more in this world
Even if we do not meet again in this life


Then I'll, I'll meet you in the next one
We will meet again in another life or place


Now don't be late, don't be late
Be prepared and ready for our next meeting


'Cause I'm a voodoo child, voodoo child
My mystical powers make me a unique and special individual


Lord knows I'm a voodoo child, hey, hey, hey
I am someone who defies explanation and possesses mystical abilities


I'm a voodoo child, baby
I am a unique and special individual with abilities that set me apart


I don't take no for an answer
I am determined and will not be deterred or discouraged


Just want you to know
I want to be sure that you understand and are aware of my abilities and determination




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Jimi Hendrix

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Enjoy a rare video of Jimi on acoustic guitar! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P701paKEMXs

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@truejohnsolo

I think Joe Satriani said it best of this song: "It's just the greatest piece of electric guitar work ever recorded. In fact, the whole song could be considered the holy grail of guitar expression and technique. It is a beacon of humanity."

@stevemundy9886

I like reading what people say about jimi when you listen to him play man my body just feels a euphoria I can’t explain it moves me to here this man play

@74lisaj

I could read this on vinyl, has to be 67 san fran cisco live recording, used to make me go cross eyed and dribble as a child... I think it was played a lot whilst i was in utero. This piece is the most profound piece of music that heals me, just as Jimi intended, healing the world in sound....

@fwh2789

@@stevemundy9886 Me too!

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