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Album: Electric LadylandReleased: 1968Charted:
This song is about a girl who is hard to get rid of. Getting through to her that she's not wanted is like getting through crosstown traffic.
The lyrics are similar to many Blues songs in that they are filled with sexual references in clever metaphors: "I'm not the only soul, who's accused of hit and run, tire tracks all across your back, I can see you've had your fun."
This song includes a famous kazoo riff, which Hendrix originally performed using a comb and a piece of cellophane. Instead of using sounds of car horns like the Lovin' Spoonful did on "Summer In The City
," the kazoo simulated the traffic nicely.
from the group Traffic sang on this. That's him singing the high part on the word "Traffic."
Chas Chandler produced the original tracks, but Hendrix remixed them when he started producing his own music in 1968.