Jimi Hendrix Quotes 23 Sourced Quotes

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (27 November 1942 – 18 September 1970), born Johnny Allen Hendrix, was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter.

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1. “Castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventually”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Axis: Bold as Love (1967) Castles Made Of Sand

2. “Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: As quoted in Crosstown Traffic (1989) by Charles Shaar Murray

3. “You got me blowin, blowin my mind, Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Are You Experienced? (1967) Purple Haze

4. “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.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Are You Experienced? (1967) Hey Joe

5. “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.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Are You Experienced? (1967) Fire

6. “Have you ever been experienced? Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Are You Experienced? (1967) Are You Experienced?

7. “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.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Electric Ladyland (1968) Crosstown Traffic

8. “Waterfall, nothing can harm me at all My worries seem so very small With my waterfall.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Are You Experienced? (1967) May This Be Love

9. “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.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Rainbow Bridge (1971) Room Full Of Mirrors

10. “Sorry for the tune up between time, but what the hell, cowboys are the only ones who stay in tune, anyway...”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Performance at Woodstock, 1969.

11. “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.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Dick Cavett interview (1969): Quotes from The Dick Cavett Show (9 September 1969) When asked if music has a meaning

12. “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.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Dick Cavett interview (1969): Quotes from The Dick Cavett Show (9 September 1969)

13. “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.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Dick Cavett interview (1969): Quotes from The Dick Cavett Show (9 September 1969)

14. “I got a bad, bad feeling my baby don't live here no more... But that's alright i still got my guitar.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Are You Experienced? (1967) Red House

15. “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”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Are You Experienced? (1967) Are You Experienced?

16. “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.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source and Related Info: Are You Experienced? (1967) 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".

17. “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”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Are You Experienced? (1967) The Wind Cries Mary

18. “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.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Axis: Bold as Love (1967) Little Wing

19. “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.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Axis: Bold as Love (1967) If 6 Was 9

20. “Anger he smiles towering in shiney metallic purple armour, Queen jealousy envy waits behind him, Her fiery green gown sneers at the grassy ground.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Axis: Bold as Love (1967) Bold as Love

21. “I'm a Voodoo Child, Voodoo Child, Lord knows I am a Voodoo Child”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Electric Ladyland (1968) Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

22. “I try to get up every day.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Dick Cavett interview (1969): Quotes from The Dick Cavett Show (9 September 1969) When asked if he considered himself "a disciplined guy — do you try to get up every day and work?" - YouTube clip

23. “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.”

—Jimi Hendrix

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Source: Axis: Bold as Love (1967) If 6 Was 9

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