Well. I'm up here in this womb
I'm looking all around
Well, I'm looking out my belly button window
And I see a whole lot of frowns
And I'm wondering if they don't want me around

What seems to be the fuss out there?
Just what seems to be the hang?
'Cause you know if ya just don't want me this time around,
yeah I'll be glad to go back to Spirit Land
And even take a longer rest,
before I'm coming down the chute again
Man, I sure remember the last time, baby
They were stlll hawkin' about me then
So if you don't want me now,
Make up your mind, where or when
If you don't want me now,
Give or take, you only got two hundred days
'Cause I ain't coming down this way too much more again

You know they got pills for ills and thrills and even spills
But I think you're just a little too late
So I'm coming down into this world, daddy
Regardless of love and hate
And I'm gonna sit up in your bed, mama
And just a grin right in your face
And then I'm gonna eat up all your chocolates,
and say "I hope I'm not too late"

So if there's any questions,
make up your mind
'Cause you better give or take
Questions in your mind
Give it a take,
you only got two hundered days

Way up into this womb
looking all around
Sure's dark in here
And I'm looking out my belly button window
And I swear I see nothing but a lot of frowns
And I'm wondering if they want me around


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    i believe this song is about an abortion...im kinda lazy right now, but if you look at the lines ' Well, I'm looking out my belly button window And I see a whole lot of frowns And I'm wondering if they don't want me around' its obviously like an unwanted pregnancy'...theres a couple lines like that

    Stringson June 24, 2003   Link
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    Hendrix's bassists' wife was pregnant (I don't think it was Noel Redding, but another one whose name escapes me) and Jimi thought it was like the coolest thing ever, and he was convinced that the fetus could see out through the belly button - hence, "Belly button window." Nothing sinister about it, and a beautiful (if somewhat underproduced, due to his early death) song.

    headlessparroton June 28, 2003   Link
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    It was Mitch Mitchell's (the drummer) whose wife was pregnant. They used to joke in bed about the baby looking out through the belly-button window. Hendrix thought that was great and wrote a song about all the thoughts the fetus must have while looking out.

    As typicaly with Jimi, he took an idea and his own pains enter into it..."'Cause you know if ya just don't want me this time around, yeah I'll be glad to go back to Spirit Land"

    A simple, yet powerful song.

    jersey73on October 01, 2004   Link
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    This song is obviously about an abortion or something of that nature because the original title on Hendrix's handwritten lyrics was "Mr and Miss Carrige".

    andiburnson January 29, 2005   Link
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    first of all this is one of my favorite hendrix songs rite now and second i agree this song is clearly about an abortion "if ya just don't want me this time around, yeah I'll be glad to go back to Spirit Land" " If you don't want me now, Give or take, you only got two hundred days" 200 thats like 8 months about the time u have to decide if u want an abortion or not... to me it seems so obviouse i unno about you guys

    gage1on August 27, 2005   Link
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    For some reason this song took so long for me to think about lyricly, which is a shame. I must have heard it about 15 times before considering the lyrics, then I realised he said 'womb' at the start and really listened. Awesome song. Whenever I hear it I get the image in my head of a lil Jimi in a womb, with a mini fro, and being more level headed and mature than his parents. He seems to be cool with whatever they decide - "I'll be glad to go back to Spirit Land". It's like he's more concerned for his parent's, than his own life being saved, and he just wants to be able to chill out - he doesnt want to go through it all again, as opposed to being scared that he might not live. Really cool song, and one which kinda changes your mind in some ways. Legend.

    norweigan_woodon February 17, 2006   Link
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    Bahah! Norweigan_wood, that is the exact thing I think of when I hear it! The guitar, sounds so...womb-ey.

    GiJofuson September 28, 2006   Link
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    na, its about jimi's mom's mom not wanting him and dissapointed in that she had him.

    the end :)

    xx3nickon June 24, 2008   Link
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    xx3nick probably right. But I like the story about mitch being the inspiration for the song. Hendrix was pretty deep but I don't think as is probably with most people he was dark all the time, just dark moments/periods when he did his writing that were inspirational. The highs and lows of human life make the best songs. Nobody wants to write or hear about an ordinary day.

    Lampenson August 15, 2008   Link
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    I believe this song is a about reincarnation. He had a sense from the womb that he was not all that welcome in this world. He even alludes to not being born at all. "And even take a longer rest, before I'm coming down the chute again Man, I sure remember the last time, baby They were stlll hawkin' about me then" I wonder who he was the last time he was here?

    In one of his other songs he talks about being here before and "I come back to find the stars misplaced". In this song he also talks about not coming down this way too much more again. So he is getting to the "old soul" part of his existence where he will no longer need a physical form. Jimi is still around, folks, and just as special as ever. That's if you believe in reincarnation.

    zophason June 02, 2022   Link

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