Posted on July 28, 2015 by Trace

  J U K E B O X
J I M I  H E N D R I X
” L I T T L E  W I N G ”

jimi-hendrix-2 According to Hendrix, “Little Wing” came from an idea he had originally developed while playing in Greenwich Village, when he was fronting his band Jimmy James and the Blue Flames in the summer of 1966.

hendrix He later explained that he was further inspired during the Experience’s performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival:

“I got the idea like, when we were in Monterey and I was just looking at everything around. So I figured that I take everything I see around and put it maybe in the form of a girl maybe, 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 everybody was really, really great out there. So I just took all these things an put them in one very, very small little matchbox, you know, into a girl and then do it. It was very simple, but I like it though.”

jimi_hendrix_buddy_miles_42345234234Jimi-Hendrix-George-Stroud In discussing his lyrics, Jimi Hendrix was characteristically enigmatic. In a 1967 interview, he explained:
“Most ballads come across in different ways. Sometimes you see things in different ways than other people see it. So then you write it in a song. It could represent anything”.

In different interviews, he acknowledged an American Indian-influence on his songs “I Don’t Live Today”, “May This Be Love”, and “Little Wing”. He described “Little Wing” as being “based on a very, very simple Indian style”, perhaps referring to some mythologies of the indigenous peoples of North America in which spirits inhabit nature and animals, including birds.
jimi-hendrix In one interview, he saw it as self-explanatory:
“That’s exactly what it’s about, like —

‘She’s walking through the clouds…
And Moonbeams and fairy tales.
That’s all she ever thinks about.
Riding with the wind.”

Music journalist Charles Shaar Murray likens the figure to a feminine ideal: “Sometimes she is a spirit, sometimes a fantasy, sometimes a woman as solidly, palpably physical as he is”.



Well, she’s walking through the clouds,
With a circus mind that’s running wild,
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,
Fly on little wing.

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