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My Morning Jacket share unreleased Tennessee Fire track “john dyes her hair red”: Stream

on July 26, 2019, 11:22am

On August 2nd, My Morning Jacket will mark the 20th anniversary of their debut album, The Tennessee Fire, by releasing a deluxe reissue.

The package boasts the original 16-song Tennessee Fire LP alongside a bonus disc featuring 13 previously unreleased songs. Today, MMJ has shared one of those unreleased tracks, “john dyes her hair red”. Take a listen below.

In a statement, frontman Jim James says of “john dyes her hair red”:

“this is one of the first song poems i ever wrote- i always liked the idea of a song being this little picture or puzzle, and not necessarily having to ‘mean’ something or be about some big story or have tons of linear lyrics, but more just painting a weird little scene. i have always tried to make my music gender neutral when it comes to love or romance for the most part, so that a person of any gender could experience a song and not feel excluded if i was using ‘he’s’ or ‘she’s’ or whatever and this is an early experiment with that, of a person named john, which is traditionally a ‘male’ name, who is dying her hair red and sitting in the shower til it all turns back brown- and maybe one would think- ‘well why did she ever even dye her hair red in the first place?’

Pre-orders for The Tennessee Fire: Deluxe Edition are now ongoing. Next month, MMJ will play shows at Rock Rocks in Morrison, CO; the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY; and Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. Get tickets here.