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Jimi Hendrix

I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (27 November 194218 September 1970), born Johnny Allen Hendrix, was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter.

QuotesEdit

We want our sound to go into the soul of the audience, and see if it can awaken some little thing in their minds... 'Cause there are so many sleeping people.
I don't really live on compliments. As a matter of fact, they have a way of distracting me.
  • Sorry for the tune up between time, but what the hell, cowboys are the only ones who stay in tune, anyway...
    • Performance at Woodstock, 1969.
  • Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.
    • As quoted in Crosstown Traffic (1989) by Charles Shaar Murray

Dick Cavett interview (1969)Edit

Quotes from The Dick Cavett Show (9 September 1969)
  • I try to get up every day.
    • When asked if he considered himself "a disciplined guy — do you try to get up every day and work?" - YouTube clip
  • Definitely, and it's getting more spiritual. Pretty soon I believe people will have to rely on music to get some kind of peace of mind, or satisfaction, or direction, actually. More so than politics, the big ego scene. You know it's an art of words... Meaning nothing. Therefore you will have to get an earthier substance, like music or the arts.
    • When asked if music has a meaning
  • We want our sound to go into the soul of the audience, and see if it can awaken some little thing in their minds... 'Cause there are so many sleeping people.
  • I don't really live on compliments. As a matter of fact, they have a way of distracting me. I know a whole lot of musicians, artists out there who hears the compliments and thinks "wow, I must have been really great" and so they get fat and satisfied and they get lost and forget about their actual talent and start living in another world.

Song lyricsEdit

I got a bad, bad feeling my baby don't live here no more...
But that's alright i still got my guitar.
Have you ever been experienced?
Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful.
Purple haze, all in my brain
Lately things just don't seem the same
Acting funny, but I don't know why,
Scuse me while I kiss the sky.
Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?
I used to live in a room full of mirrors,
All I could see was me.
I take my spirit and I smash my mirrors,
And now the whole world is here for me to see,
Now I'm searching for my love to be.

Are You Experienced? (1967)Edit

  • I got a bad, bad feeling my baby don't live here no more...
    But that's alright i still got my guitar.
  • Waterfall, nothing can harm me at all
    My worries seem so very small
    With my waterfall.
    • May This Be Love
  • Listen here, baby
    And stop acting so crazy
    You say your mum ain't home,
    it ain't my concern,
    Just play with me and you won't get burned.
    I have only one itching desire:
    Let me stand next to your fire.
  • We’ll hold hands and then we’ll watch the sunrise
    From the bottom of the sea
    But first, are you experienced?
    Uh-have you ever been experienced? Well, I have
  • Have you ever been experienced?
    Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful.
    • Are You Experienced?
  • Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun in your hand?
    Hey Joe, I said where you goin' with that gun in your hand?
    Alright. I'm goin down to shoot my old lady,
    You know I caught her messin' 'round with another man.
    Yeah,! I'm goin' down to shoot my old lady,
    You know I caught her messin' 'round with another man.
    Huh! And that ain't too cool.
  • Purple haze, all in my brain
    Lately things just don't seem the same
    ,
    Acting funny, but I don't know why,
    'Scuse me while I kiss the sky.
    • Purple Haze
    • kiss the sky is often misheard by listeners as kiss this guy (see wikipedia mondegreen). Aware of that, in concerts, Jimi sometimes sang "'Scuse me while I kiss THAT guy".
  • You got me blowin, blowin my mind,
    Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?
    • Purple Haze
  • The traffic lights, they turn a blue tomorrow
    And shine their emptiness down on my bed
    The tiny island sags on downstream
    Cause the life it lived, is, is dead

Axis: Bold as Love (1967)Edit

  • Well she's walking through the clouds
    With a circus mind, that's running round.
    Butterflies and Zebras, and moonbeams, and fairytales-
    That's all she ever thinks about. Riding with the wind.
  • White collar conservative flashin' down the street,
    Pointing that plastic finger at me,
    Hoping soon my kind will drop and die,
    But I'm gonna wave my freak flag high.
  • I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.
    • If 6 Was 9
  • Anger he smiles towering in shiney metallic purple armour,
    Queen jealousy envy waits behind him,
    Her fiery green gown sneers at the grassy ground.

Electric Ladyland (1968)Edit

  • You're just like crosstown traffic
    So hard to get through to you.
    Crosstown traffic.
    I don't need to run over you.
    Crosstown traffic.
    All you do is slow me down.
    And I'm tryin' to get on the other side of town.

Rainbow Bridge (1971)Edit

  • I used to live in a room full of mirrors,
    All I could see was me.

    Then I take my spirit and I smash my mirrors,
    And now the whole world is here for me to see,
    Now I'm searching for my love to be.
    • Room Full Of Mirrors


DisputedEdit

  • When the power of love overcomes love of power the world will know peace.
    • This quote has been attributed to Hendrix on the internet, and is flatly denied to have ever been said by him, without presenting any evidence as to why, beyond such unsupported, derisive and denigrative statements such as the author rants about others making in "WHAT HENDRIX NEVER SAID : They Don't Want to Know What He Really Said and Demand a Slacker Fantasy Instead" (22 March 2010) by Michael Fairchild, at rockprophecy.com. Whether or not he ever spoke them, they are very similar to those reportedly of British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, quoted in The Forbes Book of Business Quotations (1997) edited by Edward C. Goodman and Ted Goodman, p. 639: "We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace." A similar quotation he provides of Sri Chinmoy predates any currently located source of either the Hendrix or Gladstone attributions, yet he accuses Chinmoy of simple plagiarism of Gladstone (or "Gladwell" at one point). From Chinmoy's book My Heart Shall Give A Oneness-Feast (1993) he quotes: "My books, they all have only one message: the heart's Power Of Love must replace the mind's Love Of Power. If I have the Power Of Love, then I shall claim the whole World as my own … World Peace can be achieved when the Power Of Love replaces the Love Of Power." An even earlier statement of Chinmoy is found in Meditations: Food For The Soul (1970): "When the power of love replaces the love of power, man will have a new name: God."
  • There's so many tight-lipped ideas and laws around, and people put themselves in uniforms so tightly, that it's almost impossible to break out of that. Subconsciously, what these people are doing, they're killin' off all these little flashes they have, cutting off the idea of wanting to understand. They forgot, didn't believe, or just snuffed the feelings or thoughts off to continue with their crazy soul. They don't have the patience to really check out what's happenin' through music, theater and science. It’s like a spaceship. If a spaceship came down and you know nothin’ about it, the first thing you’re going to think about is shooting it. In other words, you get negative in the first place, which is not really the natural way of thinking. It’s like shooting at a flying saucer as it tries to land without giving the occupants a chance to identify themselves.
    • As quoted in "WHAT HENDRIX NEVER SAID : They Don't Want to Know What He Really Said and Demand a Slacker Fantasy Instead" (22 March 2010) by Michael Fairchild, at rockprophecy.com; the author does not provide any sourcing for this statement, beyond his assertion that his authority and expertise should be trusted because: "I was assigned to compile all known quotes of Jimi Hendrix and edit this text into the "autobiography" of Jimi, in his own words. That book has been censored/suppressed by all world publishers for two decades now, but it's where I became familiar with Jimi's unique syntax, vernacular, and habits of thought."

Quotes about HendrixEdit

Individual is unable to conform to military rules and regulations. ~ U. S. Army report
You never told me he was that fucking good. ~ Eric Clapton
I dreamed about Jimi Hendrix
he came back for one day
was born weepin' out of an egg the mid-wife said … ~ Mike Scott
He played my guitar like a lightning storm
like twirlin' feathers in the wind
he could make it sound like the end of the world
a fire, the flick of a knife… ~ Mike Scott
He stopped every clock in New York state and every heart that heard him
and time itself was beaten and confused and fell lamb-like under the spell of his fabulous flashing fingers … ~ Mike Scott
  • I want him to be remembered for what he was – not this tragic figure he has been turned into by nit-pickers and people who used to stalk us and collect photographs and 'evidence' of what we were doing on a certain day. He could be grumpy, and he could be terrible in the studio, getting exactly what he wanted – but he was fun, he was charming. I want people to remember the man I knew.
  • When you listen to Hendrix, you are listening to music in its pure form … The electronics we used were 'feed forward', which means that the input from the player projects forward – the equivalent of electronic shadow dancing – so that what happens derives from the original sound and modifies what is being played. But nothing can be predictive – it is speed-forward analogue, a non-repetitive wave form, and that is the definition of pure music and therefore the diametric opposite of digital.
    Look, if you throw a pebble into a lake, you have no way of predicting the ripples – it depends on how you throw the stone, or the wind. Digital makes the false presumption that you can predict those ripples, but Jimi and I were always looking for the warning signs. The brain knows when it hears repetition that this is no longer music and what you hear when you listen to Hendrix is pure music. It took discussion and experiment, and some frustrations, but then that moment would come, we'd put the headphones down and say, "Got it. That's the one."
    • Roger Mayer, as quoted in "Jimi Hendrix: 'You never told me he was that good'" by Ed Vulliamy in The Guardian (8 August 2010)
  • I dreamed about Jimi Hendrix
    he came back for one day

    was born weepin' out of an egg
    the mid-wife said
    and straight away began to pray
    with lifted head
  • He was young and black and beautiful
    big eyed, perfect skin an'
    he played my guitar like a lightning storm

    like twirlin' feathers in the wind
    he could make it sound like the end of the world
    a fire, the flick of a knife
    he could squeeze it slow and masterful
    like the hand that brought the world to life
  • He made all Manhattan shake
    and every street and sidewalk quake

    his stratocaster caused the mighty Empire State
    to vibrate
  • He did a forty-two minute
    cosmic rise in future shocks

    Star Spangled Banner
    in the back of CBGB's

    He stopped every clock in New York state
    and every heart that heard him
    and time itself was beaten and confused
    and fell lamb-like under the spell of his
    fabulous flashing fingers

    He played an encore at the Bitter End
    a heartburst Little Wing
    even the waiters cried
    and then we fell outside
    and in the dusty dawn of Bleeker street
    a sweet rain fell
    and Jimi died.

  • I recorded "…Moon" on my own with a drum machine, then brought musicians in as they were needed. It's about a person who has a spectacular, meteor-like rise, but burns out or dies young. Though the song ain't about him, the nearest equivalent would be Hendrix.

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