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Jimi Hendrix — Fire
Album: Are You Experienced?
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8.3

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Total ratings: 1161









Released: 1967
Length: 2:30
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Alright,
Now dig this, baby

You don't care for me
I don'-a care about that
You got a new fool, ha!
I like it like that

I have only one burning desire
Let me stand next to your fire

Let me stand next to your fire
Let me stand next to your fire
Let me stand next to your fire
Let me stand next to your fire

Yeah, baby

Listen here, baby
And stop acting so crazy
You say your mum ain't home,
It ain't my concern,
Just play with me and you won't get burned

I have only one itching desire
Let me stand next to your fire
Let me stand next to your fire
Let me stand next to your fire
Let me stand next to your fire

Oh! Move over, Rover
And let Jimi take over

Yeah, you know what I'm talking 'bout
Yeah, get on with it, baby

That's what I'm talking 'bout
Now dig this!
Ha!
Now listen, baby

You try to gimme your money
You better save it, babe
Save it for your rainy day

I have only one burning desire
Let me stand next to your fire

Let me stand next to your fire
Let me stand next to your fire
Let me stand next to your fire
I ain't gonna do you no harm
Let me stand next to your fire

You better move over, baby
I ain't gonna hurt you, baby
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I can never forget a special weekend camping trip in late summer of '84 with my buddy Mike up into The Elks Range near Pyramid Pass, way up along Castle Creek, a stream so famously pure we filled our jugs and drank gallons of it... We also had some awesome windowpane, lots of beer and weed, and a big chunk of killer hash. I recall putting the cassette of "Are You Experienced" into the boombox shortly after our afternoon arrival. Somehow, it remained there for hours as we were challenged and overwhelmed by dozens of tasks we started simultaneously but got lost in the doing of -- and totally apropos, every time this song came on, we instinctively gravitated over to the campfire, only to realize that the tent was still NOT set up -- the array of aluminum poles and cords and stakes was just far too interesting to look at and touch and contemplate in various configurations as they lay this way or that on the ground -- and the steaks were still NOT cooked nor even pulled out of the cooler, and we just couldn't bring ourselves to change the tape, despite having an open case full of them nearby. We saw meteors that seemed to come so close that we braced ourselves for explosions, we saw trout watching us watching them as we scooped and drank jug after jug of sweet melted snow from the creek, and we saw foxes and marmots and all manner of patterns and messages in all the rocks, leaves, and lichen. We wandered within range of the music. We scaled ridges. We descended drops. The slightest thing would make us laugh so hard it felt like we'd done endless sit-ups. The song would call, and we'd find ourselves back over by the fire, saying, "Damn. We really oughtta cook up those steaks..." or "Think we can get the tent put together yet?" or "Every time this song comes around again, it sounds different! Not necessarily STONED, but ahh, BEAUTIFUL..." It was well after midnight and the chilly mountain air was so cold that our teeth were chattering when the tent poles finally aligned into the proper crystalline lattice and we climbed inside to sit and eat those fabulous steaks that we somehow finally got cooked. The sky was like a carpet woven of LED lights, and each one had colors that spoke to us. Jimi Hendrix was such an essential part of that whole experience!
 nicknt wrote:


In fact Jimi didn't really like the way Noel played bass and he very often in studio sessions played bass parts himself (yes, Jimi was a great bass player as well).


Noel was a guitar player who switched to bass to play for JHE.
And why the fuck not?
nmb wrote:
 
 

 beelzebubba wrote:

Don't get me wrong, Jimi is a guitar god, but on many of his songs, such as this one, I'm just as, if not more, captivated by the 

Noel Redding's bass riffs.



This song is all Mitch brilliance
 beelzebubba wrote:

Don't get me wrong, Jimi is a guitar god, but on many of his songs, such as this one, I'm just as, if not more, captivated by the 

Noel Redding's bass riffs.



In fact Jimi didn't really like the way Noel played bass and he very often in studio sessions played bass parts himself (yes, Jimi was a great bass player as well).
Well this song is ok but nothing in the neighborhood of 8 or 9. I think lots of listeners gave it a Jimi-bonus.
 Smetak wrote:

Exactly! Great insight. 


Mitch ain't no slacker either!
Best MAN  evrey time!!!! I miss him 
 beelzebubba wrote:
Don't get me wrong, Jimi is a guitar god, but on many of his songs, such as this one, I'm just as, if not more, captivated by the 
Noel Redding's bass riffs.

 
Who do you think wrote the bass riffs?
Redding had never played the bass before meeting Jimi and just played what he was told.

By Electric Ladyland and even prior a lot of the basslines were played by Jimi and Redding was just used onstage.
 Over 75% of the ratings are higher than an 8 !!!
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
Our favorite camping song.
 
LOL, that's awesome!   Move over rover and let Jimmy take over...
The fast Chili Peppers version has spoiled this for me. This is crawling.  
Our favorite camping song.
   
That pickup line has worked for me more than once: "My name's _____.  Let me stand next to your fire."

Jimi's "support group" on this album is incredible!  Here's to Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell!
your on fire with this sequence Bill, my 5th 8+ on a row
I am digg'n alright!
No comment needed 10+
Took my parents detachable 7" speakers from their "console", lay on the living room floor, put a speaker on each side of my head, turn it way up.  My folks knew it was game over right then.
First rock album I ever owned.  I didn't understand it when I first listened to it, so I kept at it until one fateful evening when a light lit up in my head.  Wow.  Never looked back.  What a guy he was.
 beelzebubba wrote:
Don't get me wrong, Jimi is a guitar god, but on many of his songs, such as this one, I'm just as, if not more, captivated by the 
Noel Redding's bass riffs.


 
Exactly! Great insight. 
Don't get me wrong, Jimi is a guitar god, but on many of his songs, such as this one, I'm just as, if not more, captivated by the 
Noel Redding's bass riffs.

{#Drummer} WOW
 dsd wrote:
Oh, Mitch, you were something special.

 
Those drums cause me to rate this tune a 9 instead of an 8! 

(The cool story of how the song came about is why it's an 8 and not a 7)


Cannot pick a favorite Hendrix song, But this one would be right in there if I had to. Long live Jimi ! Long live the King ! {#Notworthy}
Oh, Mitch, you were something special.
Every time I hear this I turn it up.  Loud.  Kind of going for the Woodstock effect.  :)
This song still melts my speakers.   
 xnavy wrote:
This cover does not look Axis Bold as Love

 
...and this song is not on Axis Bold as Love? (Are You Experienced?)
Drumming, bass riffs make this song {#Fire}
 OceanBlue wrote:
Absolute favorite Hendrix song, for the drumming oddly enough. Just SO on point.

 
This is my unquestionable favorite JH tune as well...
This cover does not look Axis Bold as Love
{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}
 shellbella wrote:
I don't always listen to Hendrix, but when I do...  {#Hearteyes}

 
same mood for me 
  Far wrote:
Please no more Hendrix forever.

 
oldfart48 wrote:
devourer excrement and expire......

 
{#Roflol}

Jimi Rox
My dial needs an 11. 
Absolute favorite Hendrix song, for the drumming oddly enough. Just SO on point.
Move over, Rover. {#Cowboy}
 just pure BADASS. .{#Cheers}
My speakers are on fire. This song still smokes after so many plays.  Amazing.
Can only be a 10. 
Not one of my Hendrix favs, its ok.
{#Notworthy}
I don't always listen to Hendrix, but when I do...  {#Hearteyes}
 Far wrote:
Please no more Hendrix forever.

  devourer excrement and expire......



Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
I've always dug it,   baby!
 dsd wrote:
I feel like Mitch is one of the few drummer who knows how to overplay properly —Man I love that guy's work.

 
I know what you mean; there aren't many drummers who could play that busily without the performance sounding sloppy or overworked.
Yeah baby!!!
Still standing next to his fire after all these years.
Thanks Jimmy!!! 
 dsd wrote:
I feel like Mitch is one of the few drummer who knows how to overplay properly —Man I love that guy's work.
  Agreed - for a great experience listen to these songs and concentrate on the drums. Mitch had a definite jazz flavor to his playing which I think worked better with Hendrix than a straight rock drummer would have.
 jimj wrote:

"Fire" was on the original "Are You Experienced" album issued in 1967. The album "Ultimate Experience" was a 1992 posthumous UK issue using the original masters. 
 
 
1967, I was 14 and saw Jimi at the Bank Street Theatre in Ottawa that winter. Soft Machine was opening act. Got home late and was grounded for a week. 
An explosion of noise, frenzy of instruments, voice and sound.....all in a chaotic 2:47 assault of pure bliss!!  {#Jump}
I feel like Mitch is one of the few drummer who knows how to overplay properly —Man I love that guy's work.
Please no more Hendrix forever.
I can never forget a buddy and I trying so hard to get a tent set up, in the dark, while on really good 'cid, up near the Maroon Bells, at Castle Creek, a stream so pure (in 1984, anyway) that you could DRINK IT, and this tape was firmly wedged on auto-reverse in the cassette deck...and for some reason, whenever THIS SONG came back around, it kept reminding us that we should leave the fire alone and get back to setting up the tent! It took HOURS; laughing our butts off every 5 minutes, and then after, down at Steak Level, as the meat sizzled on the grill, we realized, Oh, I suppose we COULD change the tape...but...we just let it play all night; it was just way too good; every song spoke volumes and more, and uhh...are you EXPERIENCED?  Not necessarily STONED but ahh — BEAUTIFUL!  
Jimi was THE SOUNDTRACK to some of the BEST TRIPS!
danke R.P.  gute klassiker heute  !!
 kurtster wrote:

I'm pretty sure this was 1967. 

No matter, a 10.  Still love hearing it.

 
"Fire" was on the original "Are You Experienced" album issued in 1967. The album "Ultimate Experience" was a 1992 posthumous UK issue using the original masters. 
 
Move over Rover. (oh I see someone already said that)
 
That year I had taken a one-time date to an Association concert. (I was 15, so I think we went by school bus.) I remember talking to her about this guy/group and wondering out loud if I should invest in the group's debut LP. I took the gamble and never looked back. I don't think I ever listened to the Association again, until recent years when I included them in a nostalgia mix.

Oh, and it was most certainly '67.

I'm pretty sure this was 1967. 

No matter, a 10.  Still love hearing it.


Ah, what a wonderful way to get through being at work! Good thing most people are away on their holidays. I can crank this right up! 

Jimi, you can always take over!
{#Dancingbanana_2} 
Move over, Rover..... and let Jimi take over.... {#Dancingbanana_2}
A classic song.

Would love to hear Manic Depression from the same album.
Oh yes!  I can't hardly believe this wasn't on RP before now...