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"Fire"
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Song Details
Album (track #) Are You Experienced (8[1])
Length 2:43
Writer(s) Jimi Hendrix
Recorded January 11th, 1967
February 3rd, 1967
Studio(s) De Lane Lea Studios
Olympic Studios
First live performance March 18th, 1967
Last live performance September 3rd, 1970
Single Details
Released UK: November 14th, 1969
Publisher(s) UK: Track Records
B-side(s) UK: "Burning of the Midnight Lamp"
Charts N/A
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"Fire" (also known as "Let Me Light Your Fire") is a song by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, originally released on their 1967 debut album Are You Experienced. The song was written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded at De Lane Lea Studios on January 11th, 1967 and Olympic Studios on February 3rd, 1967.[2][3]

"Let Me Light Your Fire" was released as a single in the United Kingdom on November 14th, 1969, and was backed with "Burning of the Midnight Lamp".[4]

HistoryEdit

AnalysisEdit

MeaningEdit

The idea behind "Fire" is simple; when Jimi arrived at Margaret Redding's house at Christmas 1966, he asked if he could stand in front of the fire as, underdressed as always, he was cold. Redding's German Sheperd dog was in the way, which created the inspiration for one of Jimi's most famous lyrics: "Move over, Rover, and let Jimi take over."[5]

StyleEdit

"Fire" is a funky song featuring a gripping R&B hook riff. Mitch Mitchell pulls out all the stops in the song with exquisite drum fills here and there, and he and Noel Redding provide backing vocals of "let me stand next to your fire" in the chorus. The solos are well-placed and controlled, eventually fading out at the end of the song.

LiveEdit

When played live, "Fire" was not often changed drastically. Occasionally sped up, the song was a live staple throughout the career of Hendrix. The main change was to the solo at the end, and sometimes the one in the middle, which were often extended in classic Jimi fashion. In the verse, guitar was also improvised on slightly.

LyricsEdit

Lyrics in (brackets) are backing vocals. Backing vocals preceded by a '+' indicate that they are sung at the same time as the previous line.

nipples

AppearancesEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Live albumsEdit

Compilation albumsEdit

Track listingsEdit

Side 1Edit

  1. "Let Me Light Your Fire" – 3:24

Side 2Edit

  1. "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" – 3:39

CreditsEdit


Release detailsEdit

Country
Date
Format
Record label
Catalogue
number
Sources
GER Germany November 14th, 1969 7" vinyl Polydor 59375
UK United Kingdom November 14th, 1969 7" vinyl Track 604003

Gallery of artworkEdit

Media usageEdit

FilmsEdit

Cover versionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. iTunes - Music - Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  2. 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. 525. ISBN 978-0-312-13062-6.
  3. Foley, Randy. Jimi Hendrix Recording Chronology. Rockmine.com. Retrieved on June 27th, 2008.
  4. 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. 533. ISBN 978-0-312-13062-6.
  5. Shapiro, Harry; Glebbeek, Caesar [September 17th, 1990] (August 15th, 1995). "Chapter Three: Are You Experienced?", Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy, 2nd Edition, New York: St. Martin's Griffin, pp. 176-177. ISBN 978-0-312-13062-6.

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Are You Experienced (UK)

Original tracks: 1. "Foxy Lady" • 2. "Manic Depression" • 3. "Red House" • 4. "Can You See Me" • 5. "Love or Confusion" • 6. "I Don't Live Today" • 7. "May This Be Love" • 8. "Fire" • 9. "Third Stone From the Sun" • 10. "Remember" • 11. "Are You Experienced?"

Bonus tracks: 12. "Hey Joe" • 13. "Stone Free" • 14. "Purple Haze" • 15. "51st Anniversary" • 16. "The Wind Cries Mary" • 17. "Highway Chile"

Are You Experienced (US)

Original tracks: 1. "Purple Haze" • 2. "Manic Depression" • 3. "Hey Joe" • 4. "Love or Confusion" • 5. "May This Be Love" • 6. "I Don't Live Today" • 7. "The Wind Cries Mary" • 8. "Fire" • 9. "Third Stone From the Sun" • 10. "Foxey Lady" • 11. "Are You Experienced?"

Bonus tracks: 12. "Stone Free" • 13. "51st Anniversary" • 14. "Highway Chile" • 15. "Can You See Me" • 16. "Remember" • 17. "Red House"

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