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


My Morning Jacket will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album with the release of The Tennessee Fire: Deluxe Edition on August 2 via Darla Records. The band unveiled “John Dyes Her Hair Red,” one of 16 previously unreleased demos, outtakes, alternate versions and more included in the set along with all 16 original tracks.

Here’s what MMJ frontman Jim James wrote 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?”

Listen to “John Dyes Her Hair Red” below:

MMJ returns to the stage on August 2 and 3 with two sold-out concerts at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Then, the band heads to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York for “My Morning Jacket Presents: A Tennessee Fire 20th Anniversary Celebration” before wrapping up the brief run at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City on August 10.