All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix (official video) is a classic rock song. Bob Dylan, the composer/lyricist of the original version, was so impressed, that he has since used Jimi Hendrixs arrangement in live performances.
Commentary: It overwhelmed me, really. He had such talent, he could find things inside a song and vigorously develop them. He found things that other people wouldnt think of finding in there. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using. I took license with the song from his version, actually, and continue to do it to this day.Bob Dylan
I liked Jimi Hendrixs record of this and ever since he died Ive been doing it that way Strange how when I sing it, I always feel its a tribute to him in some kind of way.Bob Dylan
All those people who dont like Bob Dylans songs should read his lyrics. They are filled with the joys and sadness of life. I am as Dylan, none of us can sing normally. Sometimes, I play Dylans songs and they are so much like me that it seems to me that I wrote them. I have the feeling that Watchtower is a song I could have come up with, but Im sure I would never have finished it. Thinking about Dylan, I often consider that Id never be able to write the words he manages to come up with, but Id like him to help me, because I have loads of songs I cant finish. I just lay a few words on the paper, and I just cant go forward. But now things are getting better, Im a bit more self-confident.Jimi Hendrix
Traffic guitarist Dave Mason talked to Jimi Hendrix at a party and discussed the then recent Bob Dylan release, John Wesley Harding, leading to the Jimi Hendrix recording of this song.
Translations courtesy of Apple and Google.
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Avni: I love Jimi Hendrix.
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