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Did You Know? Hey Joe was the last song performed by Hendrix at Woodstock in 1969, as Hendrix was the last performer Hey Joe was the final song of the whole festival.

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Difficulty Level Of Original Recorded Song: Orange Pick

Most Advanced Rhythm: Yellow Pick (White Pick when played with 'Miss 2' throughout)

Most Advanced Chord Change: Yellow Pick (White Pick when played with Django chords only)

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White Pick Level

Hey Joe Chords And Strumming, Jimmy Hendrix

Django Chords: 

C, G, D, A & Em


Key: Em

Strumming:

"Miss 2":

|D    (m)    D    D U |


Tempo:  169 bpm

Verses -


||C - - - |G - - - |D - - - |A - - - |

|Em - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - || x8   

   

(C) Hey (G)Joe, (D) (A)where you goin' with that (Em)gun in your hand? (Em) (Em) (Em)


(C) Hey (G)Joe, (D) I said (A)where you goin' with that (Em)gun in your hand? (Em) (Em) (Em)

(C) I'm goin' down to (G)shoot my old lady, (D)

​you know I (A)caught her messin' 'round with a(Em)nother man. (Em) (Em) (Em)


(C) I'm goin' down to (G)shoot my old lady (D)
you know I (A)caught her messin' 'round with a(Em)nother man. (Em) (Em) (Em)


(C) Uh, hey (G)Joe, (D) I (A)heard you shot your (Em)woman down you shot her (Em)down now. (Em) (Em)


(C) Hey (G)Joe, (D) (A) I heard you shot you old (Em)lady down, you shot her (Em)down to the ground.  (Em) (Em)


(C) Yes, I (G)did, I shot her, (D) you (A)know I caught her messin' 'round (Em)messin' 'round town. (Em) (Em) (Em)


(C)Yes I (G)did, I shot her (D) you know I (A)caught my old lady messin' 'round (Em)town (Em) and I gave her the (Em)gun and (Em)I shot her!



Middle 8 -

 

||C - - - |G - - - |D - - - |A - - - |

|Em - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - || x3 

  


Verses -


||C - - - |G - - - |D - - - |A - - - |

|Em - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - || x6


(C) Hey (G)Joe, (D) (A) where you gonna run (Em)to now, (Em) where you gonna run to? (Em) (Em)

(C) Hey (G)Joe, I said, (D) (A) where you goin' to (Em)run to now, where (Em)you, where you gonna (Em)go? (Em)

(C) I'm goin' (G)way down south,  (D) (A) way down to (Em)Mexico way! (Em) (Em)Alright! (Em)


(C) I'm goin' (G)way down south, (D) (A) way down where I can (Em)be free!  (Em) Ain't no (Em)one gonna find me! (Em)


(C) Ain't no (G)hangman gonna, (D) he ain't gonna (A)put a rope around (Em)me!
You (Em)better believe it (Em)right now! I gotta (Em)go now!


(C) Hey, (G)hey Joe (D) you better (A)run on down! (Em) (Em) Goodbye everybody. (Em) Ow! (Em)

Final Chord Strum: Em

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Orange Pick Level

Hey Joe Chords And Strumming, Jimmy Hendrix

Open Chords: 

C, G, D, A & E Chords

Plus E7: 020100


Key: E


Tempo:  169 bpm

Strumming:

"Miss 2":

|D    (m)    D    D U |


"Everyman*":

|D    D U (m) U D   |

Verses -


||C - - - |G - - - |D - - - |A - - - |

|Riff A  | Riff B | Riff A | Riff B || x8   

   

Riff A & B

    E                            E    E7

e| 0            0    0  0 | 0                        |

b| 0            0    0  0 | 0                        |

g| 1            1    1  1 | 1                        |

d| 2            2    2  2 | 2       0           0   |

a| 2            2    2  2 | 2    2           2      |

e| 0            0    0  0 | 0                        |

  (         Miss 2          |        Everyman*      ) 

  ( D   (m)   D    D U | D    D U (m) U D   )  


(C) Hey (G)Joe, (D) (A)where you goin' with that (Riff A & B)gun in your hand? (Riff A & B)


(C) Hey (G)Joe, (D) I said (A)where you goin' with that (Riff A & B)gun in your hand? (Riff A & B)

(C) I'm goin' down to (G)shoot my old lady, (D)

​you know I (A)caught her messin' 'round with a(Riff A & B)nother man. (Riff A & B)


(C) I'm goin' down to (G)shoot my old lady (D)
you know I (A)caught her messin' 'round with a(Riff A & B)nother man. (Riff A & B)


(C) Uh, hey (G)Joe, (D) I (A)heard you shot your (Riff A & B)woman down you shot her down now. (Riff A & B)


(C) Hey (G)Joe, (D) (A) I heard you shot you old (Riff A & B)lady down, you shot her down to the ground.  (Riff A & B)


(C) Yes, I (G)did, I shot her, (D) you (A)know I caught her messin' 'round (Riff A & B)messin' 'round town. (Riff A & B)


(C)Yes I (G)did, I shot her (D) you know I (A)caught my old lady messin' 'round (Riff A & B)town and I gave her the (Riff A & B)gun and I shot her!



Middle 8 - (Solo Section)

 

||C - - - |G - - - |D - - - |A - - - |

|Riff A  | Riff B | Riff A | Riff B || x2 

 

Riff A & B:   

    E                            E    E7                

e| 0            0    0  0 | 0                        |

b| 0            0    0  0 | 0                        |

g| 1            1    1  1 | 1                        |

d| 2            2    2  2 | 2       0           0   |

a| 2            2    2  2 | 2    2           2      |

e| 0            0    0  0 | 0                        |

  (         Miss 2          |        Everyman*      ) 

  ( D   (m)   D    D U | D    D U (m) U D   ) 



Middle 8 - (Riff Section)

 

e|            |            |            |            |

b|            |            |            |            |

g|            |            |            |            |

d|            |            |            |            |

a| 3         |     2 3 4| 5         |    4 5 6 |

e|    0 1 2 | 3         |    2 3 4 | 5         |

  

Riff A & B*:   

   E                            E    E7                  E                         E    E7

e|               0    0  0 | 0                        | 0           0    0  0 | 0                        |

b|               0    0  0 | 0                        | 0           0    0  0 | 0                        |

g|               1    1  1 | 1                        | 1           1    1  1 | 1                        |

d|               2    2  2 | 2       0           0  | 2           2    2  2 | 2       0           0   |

a|               2    2  2 | 2    2           2     | 2           2    2  2 | 2    2           2      |

e| 0            0    0  0 | 0                        | 0           0    0  0 | 0                        |

  (        Miss 2         |       Everyman*     |       Miss 2          |       Everyman*    )

  ( D   (m)   D    D U | D    D U (m) U D  |D   (m)   D    D U | D   D U (m) U D   ) 


Verses -


||C - - - |G - - - |D - - - |A - - - |

|Riff A  | Riff B | Riff A | Riff B || x6

 

   

Riff A & B:   

    E                            E    E7                

e| 0            0    0  0 | 0                        |

b| 0            0    0  0 | 0                        |

g| 1            1    1  1 | 1                        |

d| 2            2    2  2 | 2       0           0   |

a| 2            2    2  2 | 2    2           2      |

e| 0            0    0  0 | 0                        |

  (         Miss 2          |        Everyman*      ) 

  ( D   (m)   D    D U | D    D U (m) U D   ) 


(C) Hey (G)Joe, (D) (A) where you gonna run (Riff A & B)to now, where you gonna run to? (Riff A & B)

(C) Hey (G)Joe, I said, (D) (A) where you goin' to (Riff A & B)run to now, where you, where you gonna (Riff A & B)go?

(C) I'm goin' (G)way down south,  (D) (A) way down to (Riff A & B)Mexico way! (Riff A & B) Alright!


(C) I'm goin' (G)way down south, (D) (A) way down where I can (Riff A & B)be free! Ain't no (Riff A & B)one gonna find me!


(C) Ain't no (G)hangman gonna, (D) he ain't gonna (A)put a rope around (Riff A & B)me!
You better believe it right (Riff A & B)now! I gotta go now!


(C) Hey, (G)hey Joe (D) you better (A)run on down! (Riff A & B) Goodbye everybody. (Riff A & B) Ow!

Final Chord Strum: E

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