Jimi Hendrix- Crosstown Traffic Official Music Video

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It’s Crosstown Traffic, Baby!

Crosstown Traffic was released in 1968 and written by Jimi Hendrix and is one of his more popular songs. It was actually the second single released from the album Electric Ladyland and hit some pretty high levels on the Billboard charts at the time. We’re talking about the number 37 spot in the U.K….a country Jimi would frequent a lot. In fact, he actually had a place there and recorded much of his career there as well.

One thing that’s pretty interesting is that he utilizes a kazoo with line with his guitar. That’s the distinct sound you hear towards the beginning of the song. This was at the expense of a comb and piece of tissue paper. Yes, that’s right.

What Does This Song Mean?

Well, judging from the lyrics and metaphors, and there are a lot, you could conclude it is mostly about sex! In particular, it seems Hendrix is trying to convey a scenario of confusion and chaos, trying to get rid of a girl who isn’t in to it! The “crosstown traffic” reference could mean that it’s hard “to get through to her” meaning, she’s just not that into it, and he’s saying that she better, or else he’s gonna leave!

+ Lyrics +

You jump in front of my car when you,
you know all the time
Ninty miles an hour, girl, is the speed I drive
You tell me it’s alright, you don’t mind a little pain
You say you just want me to take you for a driveYou’re just like crosstown traffic
So hard to get through to you
Crosstown traffic
I don’t need to run over you
Crosstown traffic
All you do is slow me down
And I’m tryin’ to get on the other side of townI’m not the only soul who’s accused of hit and run
Tire tracks all across your back
I can, I can see you had your fun
But, darlin’ can’t you see my signals turn from green to red
And with you I can see a traffic jam straight up aheadYou’re just like crosstown traffic
So hard to get through to you
Crosstown traffic
I don’t need to run over you
Crosstown traffic
All you do is slow me down
And I got better things on the other side of town

 

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