Jimi Hendrix — The Wind Cries Mary
Album: Are You Experienced
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Released: 1967
Length: 3:18
Plays (last 30 days): 2
After all the jacks are in their boxes
And the clowns have all gone to bed
You can hear happiness staggering on down the street
Footprints dressed in red

And the wind whispers, "Mary"

A broom is drearily sweeping
Up the broken pieces of yesterday's life
Somewhere, a queen is weeping
Somewhere, a king has no wife

And the wind, it cries, "Mary"

The traffic lights, they turn blue tomorrow
And shine their emptiness down on my bed
The tiny island sags downstream
'Cause the life that lived is dead

And the wind screams, "Mary"

Will the wind ever remember
The names it has blown in the past?
And with this crutch, its old age and its wisdom
It whispers, "No, this will be the last"

And the wind cries, "Mary"
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Every time I see footage of Jimi playing, I am struck by the fact that his hands were huge dwarfing his Stratocaster. 
 TerryS wrote:
Comparing Jimi with Mr Shakespeare is a bit rich.
 
Agreed; Shakespeare was a pretty talented guy, but he was no Jimi!  ; )
 TerryS wrote:

Comparing Jimi with Mr Shakespeare is a bit rich.
 
But both have been and will continue to be richly remembered long after their time upon the stage ended. And for a number of the same reasons. Their languages and media may have been different but that doesn't detract from the genius they shared with the rest of us.
 EdEastridge wrote:
Unrelated, but...

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; 
Coral is far more red than her lips' red; 
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; 
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. 
I have seen roses damasked, red and white, 
But no such roses see I in her cheeks; 
And in some perfumes is there more delight 
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. 
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know 
That music hath a far more pleasing sound; 
I grant I never saw a goddess go; 
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground. 
   And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare 
   As any she belied with false compare.

"William Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 mocks the conventions of the showy and flowery courtly sonnets in its realistic portrayal of his mistress."
 
"You ain't a beauty but hey you're alright."
Bruce Springsteen

How times change!
To me this is 9 - Outstanding  
heard a great story - that Jimi wrote this song as an apology to his girlfriend after he offended her by criticizing her cooking (something about mashed potatoes). Apology accepted!
 EdEastridge wrote:

Unrelated, but I think definitely offers up justification for an 8.9. Sometimes it's far more than technical prowess, far more than intonation, or the perfectly exercise in stage performance. Sometimes it's about raw unadulterated emotion. The guilty pleasure, the flame that's lit by something or someone that is perfect for you, regardless of what anyone else thinks or says. This is what perfection actually is.

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; 
Coral is far more red than her lips' red; 
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; 
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. 
I have seen roses damasked, red and white, 
But no such roses see I in her cheeks; 
And in some perfumes is there more delight 
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. 
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know 
That music hath a far more pleasing sound; 
I grant I never saw a goddess go; 
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground. 
   And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare 
   As any she belied with false compare.

 And my rating for Mr. Hendrix here? A righteous 10. The world of music is better for him having been part of it.


 
Comparing Jimi with Mr Shakespeare is a bit rich.

 SuperWeh wrote:

Rock 'n' roll isn't really about technical perfection.

 
You are so right! Music isn't about technical perfection at all! Art isn't about technical perfection - no never!
 jbuhl wrote:
Man I wish he would have lived long enough to do more material like this.

 
^^^^^  THIS!
I just love how on this song, Jimi seems to be really trying to sing the trippy, powerful lyrics. The guitar is beyond godlike. A real GEM.
Still revelation
 Kaw wrote:

I think you would not accept the 'style' of Jimi's singing if it wasn't Jimi himself. He sings with annoying habbits and the range is not impressive. The music itself is not perfect either. Imagine doing some B-artists singing and playing like this and you would call it pretencious.
I'm not giving it a 1. It's an 8 "most excellent" and that's still very good. Just not in the range of close to perfection or even perfect.

 
Unrelated, but I think definitely offers up justification for an 8.9. Sometimes it's far more than technical prowess, far more than intonation, or the perfectly exercise in stage performance. Sometimes it's about raw unadulterated emotion. The guilty pleasure, the flame that's lit by something or someone that is perfect for you, regardless of what anyone else thinks or says. This is what perfection actually is.

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; 
Coral is far more red than her lips' red; 
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; 
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. 
I have seen roses damasked, red and white, 
But no such roses see I in her cheeks; 
And in some perfumes is there more delight 
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. 
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know 
That music hath a far more pleasing sound; 
I grant I never saw a goddess go; 
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground. 
   And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare 
   As any she belied with false compare.

 And my rating for Mr. Hendrix here? A righteous 10. The world of music is better for him having been part of it.

Man I wish he would have lived long enough to do more material like this.
 Kaw wrote:

I think you would not accept the 'style' of Jimi's singing if it wasn't Jimi himself. He sings with annoying habbits and the range is not impressive. The music itself is not perfect either. Imagine doing some B-artists singing and playing like this and you would call it pretencious.
I'm not giving it a 1. It's an 8 "most excellent" and that's still very good. Just not in the range of close to perfection or even perfect.

 
Rock 'n' roll isn't really about technical perfection.
 Kaw wrote:

I think you would not accept the 'style' of Jimi's singing if it wasn't Jimi himself. He sings with annoying habbits and the range is not impressive. The music itself is not perfect either. Imagine doing some B-artists singing and playing like this and you would call it pretencious.
I'm not giving it a 1. It's an 8 "most excellent" and that's still very good. Just not in the range of close to perfection or even perfect.

 
"Perfect" is vastly overrated.  
50 friggin years.... such is the power of rock and roll.
 boontonite wrote:
Wow !!! Still sounds as good as when I first heard it. For my money this is Hendrix at his best.
 
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A 9 from me, still awesome after all these years
Wow !!! Still sounds as good as when I first heard it. For my money this is Hendrix at his best.
EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS RECORD remains as astounding as ever, from the wild cover pic to the stony grooves; still drips big trips