Jimi Hendrix – “Gypsy Eyes” (RARE!)

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Jimi Hendrix Jams At Home!

Home recordings are amazing. You can hear every little nuance that makes rockstars seem human because you can relate to them somehow. In this rare home recording of Jimi Hendrix performing ‘Gypsy Eyes’, you can actually hear his telephone ringing in the background!

We wonder who was calling…

The home recording actually serves a purpose:

Jimi wrote ‘Gypsy Eyes’ in the style of work songs sung on plantations by slaves. This explains why ‘Gypsy Eyes’ is played in his home on an acoustic guitar and feels more like an impromptu jam session meant more to pass time than anything else.

While the acoustic version in his home is simple and sounds more like an impromptu jam session, the studio version wasn’t. It took roughly 40 takes before Jimi got to the version we love today!

During the recording of ‘Gypsy Eyes’, Hendrix did pretty much everything himself, including playing bass.

What a musical genius! I guess when you’re pulled by the vision of how you want a song played and recorded the way you hear it in your head, you have to do it yourself. Great move, Jimi!

+ Gypsy Eyes lyrics +

Well I realize that I’ve been hypnotized,
I love your gypsy eyes
I love your gypsy eyes


Way up in my tree I’m sitting by my fire
Wond’rin’ where in this world might you be
And knowin’ all the time you’re still roamin’ in the country side
Do you still think about me?
Oh my gypsy.

Well I walked right on to your rebel roadside
The one that rambles on for a million miles
Yes I walk down this road searchin’ for your love and ah my soul too
But when I find ya I ain’t gonna let go.

I remember the first time I saw you
The tears in your eyes look like they’re tryin’ to say
Oh little boy you know I could love you
But first I must make my get away
Two strange men fightin’ to the death over me today
I’ll try to meet cha by the old highway.

Well I realize that I’ve been hypnotized, I love your gypsy eyes
I love your gypsy eyes
I love your gypsy eyes
I love your gypsy eyes

I’ve been searchin’ so long my feet have made me lose the battle
Down against the road my weary knees they got me
Off to the side I fall but I hear a sweet call
My gypsy eyes is comin’ and I’ve been saved.

Oh I’ve been saved
That’s why I love you uh
Said I love you
Love you uh
Lord I love you

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