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I distinctly remember being in eighth grade when Hendrix died.  My English teacher, a pretty cool guy for 1971, made the comment that Hendrix’s death, while tragic, would not be of lasting importance(not like one of the Beatles).  Hendrix was doomed, I can infer by his comments, to be a historic footnote, and would not transcend the era.

Several years later, say 1973, I started listening to Hendrix and, while acknowledging his importance as a guitarist, really found myself studying his lyrics.  (Foreshadowing of a future career as an English teacher).

Like, Little Wing:

Well she’s walking through the clouds
With a circus mind that’s running round
Butterflies and zebras
And moonbeams and fairy tales
That’s all she ever thinks about
Riding with the wind.

When I’m sad, she comes to me
With a thousand smiles, she gives to me free
It’s alright she says it’s alright
Take anything you want from me,
Anything.
Fly on little wing,

I actually wrote the lyrics down and put them into the locker of a girl I had a crush on back in 1974.

g-ent-111122-hendrix.photoblog600And another favorite, from the song “Up From The Skies”

I have lived here before, the days of ice,
And of course this is why I’m so concerned,
And I come back to find the stars misplaced
and the smell of a world that has burned.

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