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House Burning Down

This song is by The Jimi Hendrix Experience and appears on the album Electric Ladyland (1968).

Yeah, said hey
Hey said that, hey

Look at the sky turn a hellfire red
Somebody's house is burnin' down, down, down, down
Down, down, yeah

Well I asked my friend, "Where is that black smoke comin' from?"
He just coughed and changed the subject and said, "Uh, well I think it might snow some"
So I left him sippin' his tea and I jumped in my chariot and rode off to see
Just why and who could it be this time, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Sisters and brothers daddies mothers standin' around cryin'
When I reached the scene the flames were making a ghostly whine
So I stood on my horse's back and I screamed without a whack
I say, "Oh baby why did you burn your brother's house down?"

Hey, hey
Hey, go get me something, hey

Look at the sky turn a hellfire red, Lord
Somebody's house is burning down, down, down, down
Look at the sky turn a hellfire red, Lord
Somebody's house is burning down, down, down, down

Well someone stepped from the crowd, he was nineteen miles high
He shouts we're tired and disgusted so we paint red through the sky
I say the truth is straight ahead so don't burn you self instead
Try to learn instead of burn, hear what I say, yeah yeah

So I finally rode away but I'll never forget that day
'Cause when I reached the valley, I looked way down 'cross the way
A giant boat from space landed with eerie grace
And came and take all the dead away

Hey, hey
Hey, hey what'd I say?

Look at the sky turn a hellfire red, Lord
Somebody's house is burning down, down, down, down
Look at the sky turn a hellfire red, Lord
Somebody's house is burning down, down, down, down
Look at the sky turn, look at the sky turn a hellfire red

Come on baby

Written by:

Jimi Hendrix