|"Belly Button Window"|
|Original album||The Cry of Love|
|Recording date(s)||August 22nd, 1970|
|Recording location(s)||Electric Lady Studios|
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"Belly Button Window" is a song by Jimi Hendrix, originally released on his 1971 posthumous album The Cry of Love. The song was written by Hendrix and recorded at Electric Lady Studios on August 22nd, 1970.
"Belly Button Window" is an autobiographical song by Jimi, describing his unhappy childhood in a broken home. The song is a way for Jimi to imagine having the chance to ask his parents, from his mother's womb, whether or not they actually want Jimi to be born. The phrase "you only got two hundred days" lead some to believe that Jimi was warning people of his future death, though it is much more feasible that it means "you've only got six months [until I'm born]", which is approximately two hundred days (despite that 200 days is 7 lunar months and 4 days).
"Belly Button Window" is a country blues song, and features Jimi alone playing a couple of guitars and singing. The song is extremely relaxed and the composition is eerie and possibly gives the impression of actually being inside a womb.
Well I'm up here in this womb, I'm looking all around. Well I'm looking out my belly button window, And I see a whole lot of frowns. And I'm wondering if they don't want me around. What seems to be the fuss out there? Just what seems to be the hang? 'Cause you know if ya just don't want me this time around, Yeah I'll be glad to go back to Spirit Land. And even take a longer rest, Before coming down the chute again. Man, I sure remember the last time, baby, They were still hawkin' about me then. So if you don't want me now, Make up your mind, where or when. If you don't want me now, Give or take, you only got two hundred days. 'Cause I ain't coming down this way too much more again. You know they got pills for ills and thrills and even spills, But I think you're just a little too late. So I'm coming down into this world daddy, Regardless of love and hate. And I'm gonna sit up in your bed mama, And just a-grin right in your face. And then I'm gonna eat up all your chocolates, And say "I hope I'm not too late." So if there's any questions, Make up your mind, 'Cause you better give or take. Questions in your mind, Give it a take, You only got two hundred days. Way up into this womb, Looking all around. Sure's dark in here. And I'm looking out my belly button window, And I swear I see nothing but a lot of frowns. And I'm wondering if they want me around.
- 1971: The Cry of Love
- Jimi Hendrix – guitars, vocals, whistles
- ↑ August 22-23, 1970. The Jimi Hendrix Encyclopedia. JimiHendrix.com. Retrieved on June 24th, 2008.
- ↑ Foley, Randy. Jimi Hendrix Recording Chronology. Rockmine.com. Retrieved on June 17th, 2008.
- ↑ Shapiro, Harry; Glebbeek, Caesar [September 17th, 1990] (August 15th, 1995). "Appendix 1: Music, Sweet Music: The Discography", Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy, 2nd Edition, New York: St. Martin's Griffin, p. 538. ISBN 978-0-3121-3062-6.
- ↑ Shapiro, Harry; Glebbeek, Caesar [September 17th, 1990] (August 15th, 1995). "Chapter Thirteen: New Rising Sun", Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy, 2nd Edition, New York: St. Martin's Griffin, p. 440. ISBN 978-0-3121-3062-6.
- ↑ Shapiro, Harry; Glebbeek, Caesar [September 17th, 1990] (August 15th, 1995). "Chapter Thirteen: New Rising Sun", Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy, 2nd Edition, New York: St. Martin's Griffin, p. 441. ISBN 978-0-3121-3062-6.
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|First Rays of the New Rising Sun|
1. "Freedom" • 2. "Izabella" • 3. "Night Bird Flying" • 4. "Angel" • 5. "Room Full of Mirrors" • 6. "Dolly Dagger" • 7. "Ezy Ryder" 8. "Drifting" • 9. "Beginnings" • 10. "Stepping Stone" • 11. "My Friend" 12. "Straight Ahead" • 13. "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)" 14. "Earth Blues" • 15. "Astro Man" • 16. "In From the Storm" • 17. "Belly Button Window"