Some Spooky Psychedelia | “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” by Jimi Hendrix


Gracie Oldenburg, Writer/Volunteer

As spooky season chugs on and Halloween draws closer, songs of superstition, witchcraft and black magic appear more frequently in my Spotify queue. A staple of my late October listening is the great Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”

Appearing on Hendrix’s final album, Electric Ladyland — which was released in 1968 — this intense track features mysterious lyrics, powerful drums and legendary riffs. After all, would it really be a Hendrix track without absolutely incredible guitar? The album features various other songs that foster an atmosphere of eeriness, including “Burning of the Midnight Lamp” and “1983…(A Merman I Should Turn to Be).”

Hendrix’s 1970 performance of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” in Maui is one that I think best displays just how incredible and hypnotizing this track is. The audience was absolutely mesmerized by the magical whining of the iconic white Fender Stratocaster.

With quite possibly the spookiest lyric in the five minutes and 13 seconds we get to accompany Hendrix on this spiritual journey, he says:

If I don’t meet you no more in this world then uh /

I’ll meet ya on the next one.”

And boy, I hope I do.