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    68-09-14 LOS ANGELES, HOLLYWOOD BOWL

    Saturday 14 September 1968

    Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl, CA.
    Penultimate gig of Jimi's 2nd 1968 US tour. (They had already moved to the West Coast, via Denver, on the 3rd ) they spent the next couple of months based in L.A. (10th Sept - 31 October , from where they only played 5 Californian cities & Honolulu, 6 venues, 11 shows in 52 days/7 weeks, 3 days/ie nearly 2 months)
    Attended by Carmen Borrero and Buddy Miles, and according to Leon, himself and Devon too! Devon was not there.
    There is some partly sound synched colour film

    1. Are You Experienced (9), 2. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (27), 3. Red House (26), 4. Foxy Lady (100), 5. Fire (33), 6. Hey Joe (35), 7. Sunshine Of Your Love (8), 8. I Don’t Live Today (20), 9. Little Wing (10), 10. Star Spangled Banner (6), 11. Purple Haze (46)

    [Aud = Audience]

    MC : ”Ladies and gentlemen… the group that you’ve been waiting for. We’re very proud and priviledged to present them at The Hollywood Bowl, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Aud : [Applause]
    Mitch: Hello. It’s very nice to be back, yeah. Just hold on for a few of minutes ‘cause we have to, like, get our equipment together and tune up and things. All right? So it’ll only take a couple of minutes.
    Jimi : How you all doin’-heh-heh-heh. You okay?
    Aud : [Applause]
    Jimi : Okay then, we’ll see what happens. Eh-dig-ah, uh-whatever you see what’s happening now is part of the show. Nothin’ is rehearsed ha-ha, as you can tell, and, like-uh, I toon up. . .
    Noel: [starts plonking about on bass, interrupting Jimi]
    Jimi: . . .we might be toonin’ up between every single song, that’s because we really care for your ears, that’s why we don’t play so loud
    Noel: Oh-oh. . .
    Aud : [Laughter]
    Noel:. . .Ah.
    Jimi: Just a second, you know. . .
    Noel: One.
    Jimi : You all with the ties, I think it’s. . you know, you should loosen off your tie, and take
    off your wig, or whatever you’ve got on…
    Aud : [Laughter]
    Jimi : … and like, just get into it, man. It’s just a relaxing thing, you know. . . .
    Noel : Cor, I should have brought me flipper’s, cor
    Jimi: . . .don’t feel up-tight,’cause I’m scared as hell-ha-ha.
    Aud: Purple Haze!
    Gerry: All right boys?
    Noel: I think so. Yeah. [tuning]
    Aud: Got to come and do it!
    Jimi: We’ll try
    Noel: [tuning]
    Eric?: Sounds rubbish!
    Noel: [silly Scottish accent]: Get to fuck, hey
    Aud: Bold as love!
    Noel: EY!? Wha-ha-ha-t?
    Aud: Bold as love!
    Noel : Yeah, I am. I don’t know about you [tuning…]
    Aud : Stone Free!
    Noel : [tuning]
    Aud: Fire!
    Noel: [tuning] That’s done by Arthur Brown, innit [tuning…]
    Mitch: [starts bashing about]
    Jimi : [tuning] Uh-gi’me a ‘B’…[tuning]
    Gerry: Let me hear some noise
    Noel: [loud bass]
    Jimi: [chat]
    Noel: Ha-ha-ha
    Jimi: [chat]
    Aud: Bold as love!
    Girl: Jimi we lo-ove you!
    Aud: [cheers]
    Noel: What? What did he do?
    Jimi : [Guitar ‘says’ ‘[?]’… mother fuckerha-ha-ha’] . . .Noel, man. Noel’s up here askin’ us what we’re gonna do. I don’t even know nothin’, man. I don’ know what we’re gonna do.
    Like to open up with a thing that goes-ah, starting off celebrating the call of the Black
    Panther*, which will sound like-uh, try to get that sound together, and then we go to-uh, Are You Experienced, beginning, thank you very much for coming, in the first place
    Noel : And in the second place as well.
    Jimi: Too loud. Not right now

    *2nd direct mention in concert of the Black Panthers


    1. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED

    If you can just, get your, mind together
    Come on across to me-e
    We’ll hold hands and then we’ll, watch the sunrise
    From the bottom of the sea*
    But first are you experienced? Yeah
    Have you ever been experienced?
    Well, I ha-a-a-ave

    I know, I know, you’ll probably, you’ll probably scream and cry
    That your little world won’t let you go
    But who in your measly world
    Are you tryin’ to prove
    That you’re made out of gold and you can’t be sold
    So, baby, tell me, are you experienced?
    Oh, yeah
    Have you ever been experienced?
    Well, I ha-a-ave

    [Solo]

    Trumpets and violins I think I can-uh, hear in the distance, baby
    I think they’re callin’ our names
    Maybe now you can’t hear them, yeah, but you will
    Take hold of my ha-a-and
    Oh, but are you experienced?
    Yea-ea-ea-eah
    Have you ever been experienced?
    Not necessarily stoned but, yeah, beautiful

    *Jimi’s frequent mention of water/sea in his lyrics is interesting, as at this time the supposed ‘dawning’ of the ‘Age of Aquarius’ was a major theme. See 1983. . .etc. According to Jimi this line was originally part of the lyrics to ‘Purple Haze’.Jimi: I dream a lot and I put a lot of dreams down as songs, I wrote one called [...] ‘The Purple Haze’, which was all about a dream I had that I was walking under the sea.”

    Noel: Thank you very much, ta. [then silly voice]: Thank you
    Jimi : Yeah, okay then. Thank you.
    Aud: Foxy lady!
    Jimi: Yeah, I see we got a few teenyboppers in the crowd, somebody howled out Foxy Lady. So, dig, this is-no harm in there neeohoow-o-o-oh, man. Away you go. Yea, okay then, I love you too, hmm [tuning…] We’d like to-uh do a little thing here, that-uh we’re gonna do on our’s-uh, what’s it, third LP? Which’ll be out soon [tuning…] It’s a thing that calls-um, tch, Voodoo Child Slight Return an’ it’s very, very straight, very funky, I think. Our own little funk theme. I don’- know, we might be squares. I don’know-uhn-huh. I’m tryin’ to figure out exactly what is funk. Goes somethin’ like this here [tuning…] Oh, yeah, by the way, the name of the-uh, new LP is Electric Ladyland, an’ it’ll be out, probably, in about fifteen days [tuning…]


    2. VOODOO CHILD (SLIGHT RETURN)

    Well, I stand up next to a mountain
    And chop it down with the edge of my hand...yeah
    Well, I stand up next to a mountain
    And chop it down with the edge of my hand...yeah
    An’ I pick up all the pieces and make an island
    Might even ‘raise a little sand’*, yeah
    ‘Cause I’m a Voodoo chile, Voodoo child
    Lord knows, I’m a Voodoo chi-ile, yeah-yeah-yeah
    Yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah

    [Solo]

    Yeah

    I didn’t mean to take up all your sweet ti-ime
    I’ll give it right back, uh-one of these days
    I didn’t mean to take up all your sweet ti-ime
    I’ll give it right back one of these days, oh, Lord, yea-ea-eah
    If I don’t see you no more in this world
    I’ll see you in the next one and don’t be la-ate, don’t be late
    ‘Cause I’m a Voodoo chile, Voodoo child
    Lord knows, I’m a Voodoo chi-i-ild, hey, hey, hey

    *‘Raise sand’ - expression meaning to cause a disturbance, get angry etc.

    Jimi: [tuning]
    Noel: Thank you very much. That was Voodoo Child
    Jimi : That was really a hang-up, I was really out of toon on that one. An’ was, sorry, tryin’ to get somethin’ together. We’d like to slow the pace down, and do a song that we recorded in 17931, an’-uh, it was recorded at the Benjamin Franklin Studios2 under the name of Are You Experienced, English LP, that we put this track on, it’s called Red House. It goes somethin’ like this here. An’ it’s dedicated to all the folks out there. Dedicated to Buddy Miles, and Carmen [Borrero, Jimi’s girl at the time] [tuning…]
    Noel: My mother as well

    1Twentyfifth recorded mention of Jimi referring to some of his early singles and songs off his first LP (most frequently ‘Red House’ or ‘Hey Joe’,) as being recorded over a hundred years ago. Possibly a reference to Elmore James’ strange 1954 song ‘1839 Blues’?Which starts with him singing in a weird voice:


    “Hey Joe… you know I’m a young man this time
    And you know I ain’t seen my baby since 1839
    I got to find her. What you say?”
    ….
    2Fourth recorded mention of Jimi referring to Benjamin Franklin and/or to The BF Studios.

    ‘Benjamin’s’ is slang for hundred dollar bills & therefore making lot’s of money. This is the
    highest denomination dollar bill and is graced with Franklin’s portrait. He experimented with
    electricity, played the guitar, invented an ethereal spooky sounding instrument the ‘armonica’ -
    a revolutionary development of the ‘glass harmonica, and was one of the leading American revolutionists, second only to George Washington


    3. RED HOUSE

    Yeah, okay then
    Yeah

    Yeah

    There’s a red house over yonder, baby-y
    Lo-ord
    Lord, that’s where my baby sta-ay
    Yeah, that’s all right

    Lord, there’s a red house over yonder
    Lord, that’s where my baby stay-ay, yea-ea-eah
    Oh, yeah
    Yeah
    An’ I ain’t home to see my baby… yeah-heh
    Lord, in about a ninety nine and one half day, yeah*

    That’s called love…
    About time to see her, I think so

    Oh, wait a minute somethin’s wro-ong, ba-by
    Lord, the key won’t unlock this doo-oor
    Oh, wait a minute somethin’s wrong
    Wait a minute somethin’s wrong
    Doo, doo, doody-doo-doo
    Wait a minute somethin’s wrong
    Somebody
    The key won’t unlock this doo-oor… yeah
    I got a bad, bad feelin’
    That my baby
    That my baby, well, don’t live here no mo-o-ore
    That’s all right I still got my guitar, anyway, don’t worry about it
    Yeah

    [Solo]

    Yeah

    Lord, I might as well go back over yonder, baby
    Way back over yonder, across the hi-i-i-ill
    Ma-n
    Lord, I might as well go back over yonder, baby
    Lo-rd, an I will wander
    Lord, way back over yonder, across the hi-i-ill
    If my baby don’t love me no more
    Lord, I know, good and well, that her little, ol’, big, fat sister will
    Her sister wi-ill

    * Three month jail term


    Noel: Thank you very much, ta. Thank you
    Jimi: [tuning…]
    Aud: [Shouting]
    Jimi : [tuning] I can’t understa’-I can’t hear a word you’re saying, through this
    microphone
    Aud : [Laughter]
    Jimi : I can’t hear you at all, man, I’m sorry
    Aud : [Much shouting, requests]
    Jimi : This is dedicated to somebody’s girlfriend, and also to the girl named Carmen
    [Borrero]. It goes somethin’ like this here. . .


    4. FOXYLADY*[Backing vocal - Noel]


    Now you know you’re a cute little heart breaker, hey!
    . . .
    And you know you’re a sweet little love make-er, hey, baby

    (Foxy)
    I wanna take you home
    Aud : [Loud cheers and applause as the first person jumps into the pool in
    front of the stage]
    I won’t do you no harm
    You got to be all mi-i-ine, oh Lord, foxy lady
    Noel: Look at that

    (Foxy)

    (Foxy)

    I see you, I’m down on the scene
    Oh Foxy
    (Foxy-ha-ha)
    You make me wanna get up and scream
    (Foxy)
    Hey-ey-hey!
    I’ve made up my mind
    I’m tired of wastin’ all of my precious ti-i-ime, yeah
    Got to be all mi-i-i-iine, ooh shucks, foxy lady

    [Solo]

    I’m gonna take you home

    oh-I won’t do you no harm, yeah
    Got to be all mi-i-ine, ooh shucks, foxy lady
    Here I come Carmen
    Comin’ to get you

    *Interestingly Jimi played guitar on a 1966 recording ‘(My Girl) She’s A Fox’ by The Icemen


    Yeah, yeah

    Noel: Thank you very much, all right, especially him in the pool, looks a good fun. Stay
    there, it’s great, you know, marvelous
    Jimi : That’s one cat that got some sense, just walk out, it’s groovy with us. Else you don’t approve, an’ it’s groovy, man, you didn’t thinkabout it too …
    Aud : [Laughter]
    Jimi : …, then you gi’ me a shock, and you up on the hill, don’t think you can fly, because
    you really can’t*, okay? [tuning…],

    Noel: He must have been smoking aspirins or something
    Aud : [Laughter]
    Jimi : [Tuning…]You know who I’m gonna dedicateto-uh, those who wait, it’s a thing called Let Me Stand Next To Your Old Lady, I mean Let Me Stand Next To Your Smoke, your smo-uh, no, Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire, right
    Aud: [Cheers and applause]

    *Jimi also said this at Isle of Wight 1970



    5. FIRE [Backing vocal - Noel]

    All right, baby, dig what I’m gonna say right now
    You don’t care for me
    Noel: [Talking loudly over the top of Jimi:] Get the rhythm pick
    Don’t care for me
    I don’t-uh care about that
    You’ve got a new fool hah, I like to laugh at
    I have only one-uh itchin’ desire
    Let me stand next to your …. [plays some ringing notes]

    (Let me stand next to your fire)
    Oh, let me stand, baby
    (Let me stand next to your fire)
    Oh, let me stand
    (Let me stand next to your fire)
    Hey-hey-hey-hey-hey
    (Let me stand next to your fire)
    Hoy!

    Oh listen here, baby, ha-ha and stop actin’ so damn crazy
    You say your mom ain’t home, it ain’t my concern
    Just don’t play with me and you won’t get burned1

    I have only one burnin’ desire
    Let me stand next to your [inhales]
    (Let me stand next to your fire)
    Oh! let me stand, baby
    (Let me stand next to your fire)
    Hoy! let me stand
    (Let me stand next to your fire)

    Woah let me me stand
    (Let me stand next to your fire)
    Hey!
    Oh, move over Rover* and let Jimi take over
    Yeah, you know what I’m talkin’ about, babe
    Get on with it

    [Solo]

    Yeah

    Oh yes

    Yes

    Give me your money
    You better save it, babe
    Save it for your rainy day
    I have only one itchin’ desire
    Let me stand to your thing

    (Let me stand next to your fire)
    (Let me stand next to your fire)
    Oh, let me stand, baby
    (Let me stand next to your fire)
    O-oh let me stand, babe
    (Let me stand next to your fire)

    1“Don’t play with me ’cause you’re playin’ with fire.” Play With Fire, Jagger /Richards (1965)
    *From ‘Two Old Maids’ (Trad.Arr. Jimi Hendrix 1965-70) [mistakenly aka ‘Stoop Down Baby’ from a Chick Willis title only recorded in 1972]: “Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard… But when she bent over Rover took over. ‘Cause you know he had a bone of his own” ha-ha-ha. Jimi recorded versions of this at least five times from 1965 to 1970 and also references Mother Hubbard & bone during his Maui rap. Rover also gets a mention in ‘Highway of Broken Hearts’ ‘Keep On Groovin’& ‘Hound Dog’. This, coupled with the story of Jimi asking Noel’s mother Margaret if he could warm himself at the fire, in her house at New Year’s eve 1966/67, (when,according to Chas, the band were all tripping would appear to be the inspiration

    Noel: Thank you very much, thank you. Ta-ha. That’s Clarence “Frogman” Henry1 in the waterhere, ha-ha
    Jimi : [Tuning…]
    Aud: [Shouting]
    Noel: Pardon, pardon, ey? Can’t hear ya. What? Oi.…Now we proudly present: Flipper*
    Aud : [Laughter and applause]
    Jimi : Ah? One second. Okay, yeah, that last number’s great. Yeah, thank you. Okay we’d like to go ahead on, an’-uh, let’s see. I tell you we’ll slow the pace down a little bit, and do a thing called ‘Hey Josephine’. . .

    1Famous early rock & roller

    *Popular film &TV series (1963-67) starring a dolphin called ‘Flipper’




    6. HEY JOE*(William ‘Billy’ Roberts)


    Hey-ey Joe, I said where you goin’ with that gun in your hand?
    Hey-hey Joe, I said where you goin’ with that gun in your hand?

    I’m goin’ down to shoot my old lady
    I caught her messin’ ‘round another man
    Hey, baby
    I’m goin’ down to shoot my old lady
    You know I caught her messin’ ‘round with another man
    And that ain’t to cool

    Hey-hey Joe, I heard you shot your lady down
    You shot her down now
    Hey-hey Joe, I heard you shot your woman down in the ground
    Yes I did
    I shot my lady
    You know I caught her messin’ around town

    Yes I did, I shot my woman-uh
    You know I caught her messin’ around tow-ow-own
    An’ I gave her the gun
    I shot her

    [Solo]

    Hey-hey Joe, where you gonna run to now?
    Where you goin’ to?
    Hey-hey Joe, where you gonna run to now?
    Hey, babe

    He said, “I’m goin’ way down south,
    Way down to Mexico way”
    “I’m goin’ way down south, way down south
    Way down where I can be free
    Ain’t no one gonna find me
    Ain’t no hangman gonna
    He ain’t gonna put a rope around me,” hey
    You better believe it, baby
    Got to go now
    He-ey, hey-hey Joe
    Lord have mercy, I got to get out of here
    Better run on, baby, hey
    Hey

    *Hendrix acknowledged that he used Tim Rose’s uniquely slower arrangement, including his , slight, lyric changes and the addition of harmony backing vocals. Previous releases by ‘The Leaves’, ‘Love’ and ‘The Byrds’ were very much faster, had slightly different lyrics and didn’t feature harmony vocals.

    Jimi : [Guitar ‘says’ ‘Thank you very much’]
    Noel : Thank you very much. Thank you
    Jimi : [Tuning…]
    Noel : Ha-ha. . .Now we have the breast-stroke, ha-ha. Start a swimming school here I think. . .
    Jimi: Listen here. . .
    Noel: . . .Does anyone want tojoina swimming school?
    Jimi : . . .hey, how you doin’ now. Okay, I feel sorry. Hey, dig, listen, we had a, we heard some-uh, very, very-uh bad news, one time about it-uh, eh-one of the best groups in the World, one of the best rock groups, or whatever you want to call them, groups in the World has, like, broken up, and now-uh, yeah, it’s the Cream, it’s really a shame, ‘cause those cat’s are really out of sight, but, dig, we’d like to jam on one of their numbers. Not sayin’ that we can play it better than them, heh-heh
    Aud : Of course you could!
    Jimi : Uh, not sayin’ that, but just sayin’ that we dig the cat’s, you know. An’ that we’d like to do one of their songs for us, a thing called Sunshine Of Your Love, instrumental
    Aud : [Cheers and applause]
    Jimi : [Tuning…]
    Noel : There’s nothing wrong with swimming, so they can’t be charged with anything by the
    police, can they. . .ey?
    Aud : [Cheers and applause]
    Mitch: Yeah. Now listen, listen, like, we don’t-we don’t want these people to get into trouble, like. We don’t want, you know, obviously, like. We’re sorry we’re so far away from you, but, like, please – a message to the police – Don’t, like, you know, just leave them alone.
    Aud : [Strange loud murmur and some claps]
    Jimi : [Tuning…]…


    7. SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE (John ‘Jack’ Bruce, Pete Brown [& Eric Clapton])

    [Instrumental]

    Jimi: Thank you
    Noel: Thank you very much. Thank you
    Jimi: Right now listen. It’s all right to have fun, but listen, take it easy. . .
    Noel: [interrupting again!] We still don’t know the words
    Jimi: . . .take it easy. We don’t want ‘em. . .
    Noel: . . .ha-ha-ha, great
    Jimi: . . Listen-listen-listen. We don’t want the people to-ah, like, turn off the power as well. We want to finish our act, you know. So,as long as everybody’s really cool, you know, everything’s all right. [interrupted] Yeah, you’re okay, you’re okay, you’re okay. Yeah, okay [tuning]. The man just said that-ah-ah-ah. Understand what. . .
    Noe: There’s sharks down there. You have to swim out that way, heh-heh. .. Let me do the, let me do the Midnight Lamp
    Jimi: The man said we only have-ah two more songs to do. So, we’d like to. . .
    Noel: [interrupting again!]So we’re doing four more.
    Jimi: . . .make sure we can do these last two songs, and I have some bad news. See the cat says he’s gonna turn the power off unless we-ah, unless we, like, ah empty the pool out just a little bit, okay? Is that all right? You know, it is only more, two more songs. We’d like to play these for the rest of the people. Okay? So, like, if you all can leave the pool just for a second.
    Noel: Pool over [in time?]
    Jimi: Don’t worry, you know, on the last song you can do anything you want. Well, like, he wants to turn the power off. You understand? Ey, listen, listen. Oh, man
    Girl: Bastard. Oh I’m trying. Get to fuck!
    Jimi: [Tuning] We li’-we got to do this song dedicated to the American Indian, and all the soldiers that are fightin’ in Chicago and Baltimore and West, eh, you know, Virginia. And all of a sudden-oh, all the the soldiers that are fighting in-ah Vietnam too, an-ah’ all the minority groups. It’s a thing called, ‘I don’t live today’-heh-heh-heh. Ready, one two. . .


    8.I DON’T LIVE TODAY[Dedicated to the (Native) American “Indians”. Backing vocal - Noel]

    Noel: Whoopee!

    Yeah

    Hey baby

    Yeah

    Woo-woo-woo-wooh, look at tha-ha-ha-t

    Will I live tomorrow?
    Well, I just ca-an’t say
    Will I live tomorro-o-ow?
    Well, I just ca-an’t say
    But I know for sure I don’t li-ive today

    No sun coming through my windows
    Feel like I’m livin’ at the bottom of a grave.
    No-o sun coming through my windows
    Feel like I’m livin’ at the bottom of a grave.
    I wish you’d hurry up an execute me-e
    So I can be on my miserable way

    I do-on’t live toda-ay
    (I do-on’t live toda-ay)
    Maybe tomorrow,
    Well, I just can’t tell you, baby, but
    Well, I do-on’t, live toda-ay
    (I do-on’t, live toda-ay)
    Isn’t it a shame to waste your time away like this

    [Solo]

    Well
    Well, I do-on’t live toda-ay
    (I do-on’t live toda-ay)
    Isn’t it a shame,
    I can’t say, baby
    Well, I do-on’t, live toda-ay
    (I do-on’t, live toda-ay)
    Isn’t it a shame to waste your time away like this
    Such a drag, brother
    Nothing but existing
    Nothing but existing

    Jimi: Thank you you very much
    Noel: Thank you very much, taThank you.
    Jimi: [Tuning]
    Noel: Silly the restaurants
    Jimi: [Tuning]


    9. LITTLE WING 1


    [Jimi’s way out of tune]
    Noel: Bastards
    Aud : [Very noisy, splashing in the pool]. . . The song sucks!
    Jimi : [Stops playing intro] Yeah, I can’t hear myself, man. Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait-wait, I can’t hear, man, like, just for one second.
    Noel: Listen! ‘ang on, listen, you know. . .
    Jimi: [Tuning]
    Noel:. . .if you get in near all this electricity, everybody can get electrocuted ‘ere, just like that. . .
    Jimi : [Loud tuning]
    Noel: . . .you know, just off the guitars and the leads ‘ere, we can all just golike that. So, all keep back a bit, and then none of us’ll get hurt, okay. ‘Cause I wouldn’t like to get el-electrocuted tonight.
    Jimi : [Talks over the top of Noel’s last sentence] All right. We would like to play another song for you, we got two more songs to play, it’s this last one it’s still called Little Wing. Please-ah, let us get a chance, you know. To do it for you.‘Cause we’re still tryin’ to perform for you Listen, listen, we wouldn’t know wheredo-we know what we’re do-ha-ha-ing, okay. Just relax, man, we’re gonna play, don’t worry, just let us play, okay. Just let us play the song. . .

    Well, she’s walkin’ through the clou-ou-ou-oud
    With a circus mind that’s running wild
    Butterflies and zebras and moonbeams
    And a fairy ta-ale
    That’s all she thinks about
    Ridin’ with the wi-ind

    When I’m sad, she-e comes to me-e-e-e
    With a thousand smi-iles, she gives to me free-ee
    It’s all right, It’s all right. She says It’s all right.

    Take anything you want from me, anything
    Anythi-ing

    1The name of the girl may have somehow come from the history of a chief of the Odawa (Ottawa) nation, Chief Ningweegon aka “Negwagon”, sometimes translated as ‘Wing’ in contemporary and old writings that mention him (briefly). Much later articles have the alleged colloquial addition of ‘Little’- ie ‘Little Wing’ – due to his large size. Or some other story. I suspect these “Little” stories are much later, post 1967 ie post Hendrix addition? Not known where Jimi, or anyone associated with him may have heard this relatively obscure anthropological info.

    Thanks to ‘mysticbumwipe’ for this interesting info, who proposes Jimi may have heard it from his paternal grandmother. But then, it is only claimed thatshe said that her grandmother was a ‘Cherokee’ (whatever that may mean) and she was a show girl, ie ‘the theatre’. Jimi’s father - her son Al, curiously, doesn’t mention anything remotely connected with ‘Indians’ in his own background or of being told tales about them.
    Jimi was a big fan of comics and an early Dick Tracy featured a girl,Sparkle [Plenty] who would gain a new little sister in the abandoned daughter of criminal Odds Zonn. Susie was taken in by the Plentys and renamed Little Wings (for her wing-like hairstyle). Sparkle noticed that Wingy glowed in the dark and thought that she was a real angel [an early instrumental version of Little Wing is titled “Angel”], but this was actually just a side effect of her exposure to toxic materials.
    Interestingly the 2nd Family Dog Dance Concert, 24 Oct., in Longshoreman's Hall in San Francisco was titled ‘A Tribute To Sparkle Plenty’ (the 1st - held 16 Oct. 1965 - was billed as ‘A Tribute to Dr. Strange’, after the Marvel comics hero and the 3rd - 6 Nov. 1965 - was, ‘A Tribute To Ming The Merciless’ (young Jimmy was reportedly a big fan of Flash Gordon). Apparently the artist Alton Kelley was a fan of comics too.
    * Jimi talking about his time in the army Airborne: “...‘cause once you get out there everything is so quiet, all you hear is the breezes-s-s-s..”. He used this parachuting image in three lyrics: in the first song he wrote for his ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’, Stone Free “...ride the breeze”, next was Purple Haze, “. . .kiss the sky,” and then in Little Wing “..riding with the wind”. He also sometimes quoted the tune ‘The Breeze And I’, another possible reference.

    From a January 1968 interview on Swedish radio:

    Jimi: “…it’s based on a very, very simple American Indian style*… I got the idea like when we were in Monterey and I was just lookin’ at everything around. So I figured that I take everything I’d see around and put it maybe in the form of a girl or somethin’ like that, you know, and call it ‘Little Wing’, and then it will just fly away. Everybody’s really flyin’ and they’re really in a nice mood, like the police, and everything was really, really great out there. And so I just took all these things and put them in one very, very small matchbox, you know, into a girl and then do it. It’s very simple, but I like it though…”

    *There doesn’t appear to be anything ‘American Indian’ about the music, or the lyrics apart from, possibly, the “style” of the girl’s name?

    Jimi: [Tuning]
    Noel: Thank you very much. Sheesh
    Eric: …electrocute you if you don’t stand back a bit!
    Aud : [Lot’s of shouting]
    Jimi : I’m sorry to say we only have one last number to do, so for that we’d like toplay the Star Spangled Banner, please don’t get mad. Thank you very much for showin’ up, thank you very much, and-uh, you all can do any’ - Wow, look at all those people out there – You all just do anything you want thing you want, cause this is the last song, right…


    10. THE STAR SPANGLEDBANNER* > (music: ‘The Anacreontic Song’ by John Stafford Smith)

    [Instrumental]

    This is America, right?


    *Many people appear to think Jimi’s sound effects were some kind of anti-war statement, maybe they were: The closest support we have for this is when Jimi is quoted in the Danish weekly Hor-Zu, (but only published a week after his death. It doesn’t sound sound like Jimi more like the author’s PC expanded interpretation of Jimi’s actual words, then again it’s a translation of a translation: "I want to, and have to, paint a picture of the world I live in. What I [he?] play[s?] is an exact political and sociological reflection of relations in the USA. Bold, loud, unnerving, deadly. When I [he]? had dissected each separate sound of the American national anthem at Woodstock, I [he?] tore apart the false society, to whom this anthem is sacred.” – Jimi’s words? If so, he doesn’t still doesn’t mention Vietnam or even war.
    Another possibility is an extension of Ken Kesey (aka ‘Captain Flag/America’) and the Merry Pranksters extensive use of the US flag and red white & blue striped clothes on the original ‘Further’ journeys and in their white coverals with red stripes and white stars on blue patches worn at the acid tests (Wavy Gravy can be seen in the film wearing one at Woodstock and Texas festivals): “There was an American sense, that’s why we always wore-ah, red, white and blue and flew the flag. It was to try to cool the people out and say, “Hey, look, this may look strange to you, but get used to it, we’re American, without it we’re a dead nation.” ie claiming themselves as the true patriots, the upholders of the American pioneering spirit, see also ‘Captain America’ & ‘Billy’ in the hit film Easy Rider. Co-opting the old patriotism of playing the National Anthem at the beginning/end of a show.
    What seems to have also been overlooked by many is that the sounds are more obviously Jimi – an ex-paratrooper, who liked to draw battle scenes in his youth - merely imitating the sounds of war as per the lyrics by Francis Scott Key:

    […]
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
    O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
    […]
    And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
    That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
    A home and a country should leave us no more!
    Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave

    […]
    Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
    Between their loved home and the war's desolation!


    11.< PURPLE HAZE 1[backing vocal – Noel]


    Purple haze all in my brain
    Lately things don’t seem the same
    I’m actin’ funny, but I don’t know why
    ‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy*

    Purple haze all around
    Don’t know if I’m comin’ up or down.
    Am I happy or in misery?
    Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me

    Help me baby, help me baby, yeah!

    [Solo]

    (Oooh, aah, ooh, aah, ooh, aah, ooh, aah)

    Hey!
    Purple haze all in my eyes
    Don’t know if it’s-uh day or night
    You’ve got me blowin’, blowin’ my mind, is it-uh
    Tomorrow or just the end of time?

    Help baby, help baby, yeah
    Yea-eah
    (Purple haze)
    Oh, baby
    Yea-eah
    (Purple haze)
    Oh, you blow my mind…
    (Purple haze)
    Not necessarily stoned….2

    (Purple haze)

    (Ooh, aah, ooh, aah, ooh, aah, ooh)

    [Quotes the TAPS army bugle call]

    1Very reminiscent of “the Purple Haze” from Philip Farmer’s sci-fi, book ‘Night Of Light’ which also features a certain “Mary” and is obviously a source for some early lyric imagery, you’d need to read it
    *His original ‘kiss the sky’, was often heard as the mondegreen - ‘kiss this guy’, which Jimi, sometimes, jokingly, did actually articulate, gesturing toward Mitch or Noel as heard on tape and seen in film a few times.
    Jimi talking about his time in the army Airborne: “...‘cause once you get out there everything is so quiet, all you hear is the breezes-s-s-s..”. He used this parachuting image in three lyrics: in the first song he wrote for his ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’, Stone Free “...ride the breeze”, next was Purple Haze, “. . .kiss the sky,” and then in Little Wing “..riding with the wind”
    2These two lines (one only here) are from the end of ‘Are You Experienced’ which is curious as there are two lines about the sea and sunrise in Are You Experienced that he said were originally from Purple Haze, he also said that the original lyrics to Purple Haze were much longer, but Chas cut them down. Perhaps ‘Are You Experienced’ contains some (or all?) of those edited lyrics? Possibly other songs too. So far it looks like “We’ll hold hands and watch the sunrise from the bottom of the sea” and this, “Not necessarily stoned but beautiful,” were part of the unedited ‘Purple Haze’.

    Noel : Thank you very much
    Mitch: Thank you, thank you, very much
    ? : Van Morrison’s here
    Noel : Where?
    Jimi : Thank you very much, thank you very much
    Aud: More, more, more…etc.



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    Added a lot of stuff only available on the "Dagger" 'soundboard' disc (included in the ELL 50th box), and corrected my earlier impressions of dimly heard bits - now heard much clearer
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