"Red House" as written by David A. King, Chris Scott Wagner, Daniel A. Pinnella and Ric Markmann....
Ah yeah!
There's a red house over yonder,
That's where my baby stays
Lord, there's a red house over yonder
Lord, there's where my baby stays
I ain't been home to see my baby
In ninty nine and one half days

Wait a minute, something's wrong here
The key won't unlock this door
Wait a minute, something's wrong, lord, have mercy
This key won't unlock this door,
something's goin' on here
I have a bad bad feeling
That my baby don't live her no more

Well, I might as well go back over yonder,
Way back up on the hill
That's something to do
Lord, I might as well go back over yonder,
Way back yonder cross the hill
'Cus if my baby don't love me no more...
I know her sister will

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    General CommentFirst off Texas Flood is not a derivation of Red House. Most blues songs have the same basic chord pattern and a rhythm that can be a shuffle, boogie woogie, etc. Red House and Texas Flood are both I-IV-V blues progressions which means you play the I IV and V chord which in the key of E would be E A and B. You can play a I-IV-V in any key you wish to. SRV played Texas Flood in G, which means the chords are G C D. In Red House the chords are B E G. These two songs are also 12 bar blues which means this: you typically play the first chord for for 4 bars, the second for 4 bars, and the third one 4 bars. Texas Flood is also 12 bar. That's why you get the same vibe out of both songs and they sound similar. Get in to blues real big and you will see most of them sound similar, differentiated mainly by the vocals and the individual player's licks. Anyway, the song is about Jimi's girlfriend Betty Jean and how when he came back from the Army she didn't live there anymore. The song strays from reality in the fact that he wasn't blue over her as he didn't want her anymore, and she didn't live in a red house, she lived in a brown house. Red House was one of the first songs Jimi wrote but even then he knew that a song about a red house would sound better and be more popular than brown.
    56stratplayeron June 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about his high school sweet heart, Betty Jean. He named his first guitar after her. Also, her house was actually Brown but Jimi knew "Brown House" isn't a very appealing title. He's talking about how when he came back from the war and she was gone. He's being sarcastic when he talks about her sister.
    Quartermainon May 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe perfect definiton of a blues song
    mulnixon May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHendrix's tribute to blues.
    shiznaz_kurtazon March 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti'd say most blues guitarists then after are at least a slight bit hendrix. you can't be a guitar player and not go through hendrix. can't.
    youenjoymyselfon April 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBlues had a baby and its name was Rock n' Roll!
    Squeegeon October 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentsuuuuuch a bitchin blues solo...the epitome of a blues song. THE EPITOME! long live hendrix and his legacy!
    llamas1234on December 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHendrix was probably a better blues player than he was a rock and roll player. I have 2 of his blues cds and they are mind blowing. I don't know many blues players, but of the handfull i know he is the best by far.
    Prog_Rockeron December 31, 2004   Link
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    General Commentbetween the second and third verse he says "That's alright I still got my guitar Look out now." Jimi was awesome at blues and I wish he had done more.
    Jimi Hendrix ROCKS!!!
    mango5647on March 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentUmmm maybe this is about his mother. His false hope that she was a good mother showed what he thinks might have happened. She had to go away for a reason he didnt know, and when she returned he didnt live there(he lived with his father then after he came back from WWII and after she "left" him with his relitives) And she figures he doesnt love her, so he went and looked for his sister. Sry if i pissed n e 1 off with that i have no idea if he had a sister or not. Dont get mad at me plz.

    (oh and seriously theres no reason to use "fucking greatest guitar solo of all time") FUck is a word used way to often and is pretty pointlsess in my opion.)

    my ramblings are over, thanx 4 ur time
    FloatOn33on March 14, 2005   Link

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