My Morning Jacket Shares ‘John Dyes Her Hair Red’ Outtake

My Morning Jacket will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the debut album Together with the release of The Tennessee Fire: Deluxe Edition on August 2 Through Darla Records. The band introduced “John Dyes Her Hair Red,” among 16 previously unreleased demos, outtakes, alternative versions and more included in the collection together with most of 16 original tracks.

This ’s what MMJ frontman Jim James wrote of “John Dyes Her Hair Red”:

“that is only one of the first song poems I wrote- I always liked the idea of a song being this small picture or puzzle, rather than necessarily needing to “mean” something or be on some large story or have tons of lyrics that are linear, but just painting a weird little spectacle. I have always tried to create my music gender neutral in regards to love or love for the most part, so that a person of any gender could encounter a song, not feel excluded if I had been using “he’s” or even “she’s” or whatever and that is a historical experiment with that, of a person named john, that is traditionally a “male” title, who’s dying her hair red and sitting at the shower til it all turns back brown- and one would believe – “well why did she even dye her hair red in the first place? ”

Listen John Dyes Her Hair Red” below:

MMJ yields to the stage on August 3 and 2 with two concerts at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Afterward, the band heads into The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York to get “My Morning Jacket Presents: A Tennessee Fire 20th Anniversary Celebration” before rolling up the brief jog at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City on August 10.

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