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Machine Gun
Tearing my body all apart

Machine Gun, yeah
Tearing my body all apart

Evil man make me kill ya
Evil man make you kill me
Evil man make me kill you
Even though we’re only families apart

Well I pick up my axe and fight like a bomber
(You know what I mean)
Hey! And your bullets keep knocking me down

Hey, I pick up my axe and fight like a bomber now
Yeah, but you still blast me down to the ground

The same way you shoot me down, baby
You’ll be going just the same
Three times the pain,
and your own self to blame
Hey, Machine Gun

I ain’t afraid of your mess no more, babe
I ain’t afraid no more
After a while, your, your cheap talk don’t even cause me pain,
so let your bullets fly like rain

’Cause I know all the time you’re wrong baby
And you’ll be going just the same
Yeah, Machine Gun
Tearing my family apart
Yeah, yeah, alright
Tearing my family apart

(Don’t you shoot him down)
(He’s ’bout to leave here)
(Don’t you shoot him down)
(He’s got to stay here)
(He ain’t going nowhere)
(He’s been shot down to the ground)
(Oh where he can’t survive, no, no)

Yeah, that’s what we don’t wanna hear anymore, alright?
(No bullets)
At least here, huh huh
(No guns, no bombs)
Huh huh
(No nothin’, just let’s all live and live)
(You know, instead of killin’)

May this be
Love or just
Confusion Born out of
frustration wracked
feelings - of not
being able to
make true physical
love to the
Universal gypsy Queen
True, free expressed music
Darling guitar please
rest. Amen


  1. Hendrix For Everyone - M&I
    3.15. Machine Gun
  2. Loaded Guitar (1967/69)
    03. Machine Gun
    "Dick Cavett Show", ABC TV Studio, New York City 09.09.69
  3. Soundtrack Recordings from the Film Jimi Hendrix (1967/70)
    A3. Machine Gun
    (Machine Gun I)
  4. C2. Machine Gun
    (Machine Gun II)
  5. The First Rays Of The New Rising Sun (1967/70)
    1.02. Machine Gun
    1|5: [S974] Hit Factory, 8/29/69, with Billy Cox (b), Buddy Miles? (d), Larry Lee (rhythm g), Juma Sultan? (cow-bell), Jerry Velez (pe), and unknown (ta); unaltered version of official track; as on BAND OF GYPSIES VOL. 3.
  6. Mixdown Master Tapes (1967/70)
    1.06. Machine Gun
  7. Moons and Rainbows (1968/70)
    03. Machine Gun
  8. Gypsy on Cloud Nine (Collectors' Disc) (1968/70)
    09. Machine Gun
    (Izabella / Machine Gun) [S719] Hit Factory, 8/29/69, with Billy Cox (b), Buddy Miles? (d), Larry Lee (rhythm g), Juma Sultan? (cow-bell), Jerry Velez (pe), and unknown (ta); unaltered version with 2 vocals; as on MIDNIGHT LIGHTNING (bootleg)
  9. Gypsy Sun & Rainbows - New York City (1969)
    2.205. Machine Gun
    1969-08-29 / Machine Gun: (1) and (2) are distinct takes, with notably sparse vocals. Interestingly McDermott only mentions one take in his book. Both of these takes seem to be basic tracks presented with minimal overdubs
  10. 2.206. Machine Gun
  11. 2.209. Machine Gun
    1969-08-29 / Things get more interesting with Machine Gun composites (3) and (38), which feature two vocal tracks and guitar overdubs. There are parts from both (1) and (2) in these composites, but there are also overdubs which are not present on (1) and (2). It may be that (3) and (38) include various overdubs that were recorded for (1) and (2); it may also be that another take exists, and parts from that were used for the composites
  12. 2.210. Machine Gun
  13. 2.211. Machine Gun
    1969-08-29 / Machine Gun (39) is a shortened mono composite, this time with only one vocal track and (in most places) only a single lead guitar track. On this one also, most of Larry's guitar parts can only be heard very faintly. This version is interesting because it's the basic track for the official overdubbed 1975 version. It's exactly the same edit, but prior to posthumous overdubs. That official version (Machine Gun (4)) is not included here since there's nothing unique on it
  14. 2.212. Machine Gun
    1969-08-29 / Machine Gun (40), also mono, is a short middle section from the same composite, but with some different guitar overdubs
  15. Gypsy Sun & Rainbows New York City (1969)
    2.05. Machine Gun
  16. 2.06. Machine Gun
    (alternate take)
  17. 2.09. Machine Gun
  18. 2.10. Machine Gun
  19. 2.11. Machine Gun
  20. 2.12. Machine Gun
  21. Gypsy Sun & Rainbows - New York City (1969-08-28/1969-09-15)
    2.05. Machine Gun
    [Machine Gun(1)]
  22. 2.06. Machine Gun
    [Machine Gun(2)] (alternate take)
  23. 2.09. Machine Gun
    [Machine Gun(3)] (composite, incomplete, narrow stereo)
  24. 2.10. Machine Gun
    [Machine Gun(38)] (composite, wider stereo)
  25. 2.11. Machine Gun
    [Machine Gun(39)] (edited composite, mono, no overdubs)
  26. 2.12. Machine Gun
    [Machine Gun(40)] (incomplete portion, alternate mix)
  27. Box of Gypsys Vol.1 - Revised (1969-12-31)
    1.107. Machine Gun
  28. 2.208. Machine Gun
  29. Machine Gun (1969-12-31)
    06. Machine Gun
  30. Box Of Gypsys (1969-12-31/1970-01-01/1970-01-28)
    1.07. Machine Gun
  31. 2.08. Machine Gun
  32. 4.02. Machine Gun
  33. 5.06. Machine Gun
  34. Band Of Gypsies (1969-12-31/1970-1-1)
    2. Machine Gun
  35. Live At The Fillmore East (1969-12-31/1970-1-1)
    1.05. Machine Gun
  36. 2.04. Machine Gun
  37. Zomby Blues - Bob Terry Tape #19 (1969/1969-12-18/19)
    3. Machine Gun
    [Izabella (Machine Gun)]
  38. Midnight Lightning Revisited (1969/70)
    06. Machine Gun
  39. Soulful Sessions (1969/70)
    2.205. Machine Gun
    [S974] Hit Factory, 8/29/69, with Billy Cox (b), Buddy Miles? (d), Larry Lee (rhythm g), Juma Sultan? (cow-bell), Jerry Velez (pe), and unknown (ta); unaltered version of official track; as on BAND OF GYPSIES VOL. 3
  40. 2.208. Machine Gun
    Hit Factory, 8/29/69, with Billy Cox (b), Buddy Miles? (d), Larry Lee (rhythm g), Juma Sultan? (cow-bell), Jerry Velez (pe), and unknown (ta); unaltered version with 2 vocals and different and more 2nd (g); as on GYPSY ON CLOUD NINE, but complete
  41. 2 Nights at the Fillmore East (1969/70)
    107. Machine Gun
  42. 208. Machine Gun
  43. 402. Machine Gun
  44. 506. Machine Gun
  45. Scandinavia Vol.2 (1969/70)
    5.02. Machine Gun
  46. 6.01. Machine Gun
  47. The Berkeley Concerts 2 - The Soundchecks (1970)
    09. Machine Gun
    Berkeley Community Theatre, May 30, 1970, rehearsals
  48. Live At The Fillmore East - Early Show (1970-01-01)
    02. Machine Gun
  49. 15. Machine Gun
  50. Box of Gypsys Vol.2 - Revised (1970-01-01 / 1970-01-28)
    1.402. Machine Gun
  51. 2.506. Machine Gun
  52. L.A. Forum 04-25-70 (1970-04-25)
    1.8. Machine Gun
  53. Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky (1970-04-25)
    08. Machine Gun
  54. The Forum 1970 (1970-04-25)
    1.11. Machine Gun
  55. University Of Oklahoma, 1970-05-08 (1970-05-08)
    03. Machine Gun
  56. Berkeley Community Centre 1970-05-30 (1970-05-30)
    1.05. Machine Gun
  57. 2.07. Machine Gun
  58. Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley California, May 30th 1970 (1970-05-30)
    1.10. Machine Gun
  59. 2.02. Machine Gun
  60. 3.07. Machine Gun
  61. Riots In Berkley (1970-05-30)
    07. Machine Gun
  62. Protest Songs From Berkeley (Soundcheck) (1970-05-30)
    11. Machine Gun
  63. Live at Berkeley (1970-05-30)
    08. Machine Gun
  64. Live At Berkeley - 2nd Show (1970-05-30)
    08. Machine Gun
  65. Baltimore Civic Centre, June 13, 1970 (1970-06-13)
    03. Machine Gun
  66. 70-07-26 - Sicks Stadium, Seattle WA (1970-07-26)
    04. Machine Gun
  67. Live Isle of Wight '70 (1970-08-30)
    5. Machine Gun
  68. Berlin Germany 09-04-70 (1970-09-04)
    06. Machine Gun
  69. Midnight Lighting (1975)
    6. Machine Gun
  70. Voodoo Child - The Jimi Hendrix Collection (2001)
    2.06. Machine Gun
    1970/01/01, Fillmore East, NY
  71. Rare (2002)
    12. Machine Gun
  72. Voodoo Child - The Jimi Hendrix Collection (2002)
    2.06. Machine Gun