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All Along the Watchtower

All Along the Watchtower

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Song Meaning & Background to All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix

In 1968, Hendrix started modifying "All Along the Watchtower" at Electric Lady Studios in New York.

The song had just been released on Dylan's John Wesley Harding. Hendrix built a turbulent four-part solo using the lyric "And the wind began to howl" as a jumping-off point, turning Dylan's succinct foreboding into an electric hurricane.

Dylan recognised Hendrix's genius: Dylan's later renditions of "All Along the Watchtower," such as the one he performed with the Band during their reunion tour in 1974 and on the live album Before the Flood, imitated Hendrix's cover.

Guitar Chords and Lyrics to All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix



(chord hits)

B B C#m C#m C#m C#m    B B A A A A    x2


B ,

C#m     B  A     B  x2


[Verse 1]


C#m      B         A            B

There must be some kind of way out of here

C#m        B            A    B

Said the joker to the thief

C#m          B       A     B

There's too much confusion

C#m      B       A     B

I can't get no relief

C#m       B         A        B

Business men they drink my wine

C#m      B       A     B

Plowmen dig my earth

C#m       B      A          B

None will level on the line

C#m    B            A    B

Nobody offered his word


[Verse 2]


C#m        B        A    B

No reason to get excited

C#m            B      A     B

The thief he kindly spoke

C#m         B         A      B

There are many here among us

C#m            B             A     B

Who feel that life is but a joke

C#m         B        A            B

But you and I we've been through that

C#m          B       A     B

And this is not our fate

C#m        B          A        B

So let us not talk falsely now

C#m          B       A     B

The hour's getting late


[Verse 3]


C#m    B          A      B

All along the watchtower

C#m      B        A     B

Princes kept the view

C#m             B     A       B

While all the women came and went

C#m         B      A    B

Barefoot servants too

C#m     B              A     B

Outside in the cold distance

C#m     B        A     B

A wild cat did growl

C#m          B       A      B

Two riders were approaching

     C#m       B       A    B

And the wind began to howl

Release Date



Bob Dylan


Jimi Hendrix


Reprise (US), Track (UK)

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