Thursday, April 07, 2011

Can't Believe I Never Knew This ::: Purple Haze, Jesus Saves: Jimi Hendrix's Original Title

They flashed a shot of Jimi Hendrix's original Purple Haze lyrics on American Idol last night:

Which led to some googling:

The working title of the Jimi Hendrix guitar classic" Purple Haze" was "Purple Haze - Jesus Saves" and was based on a long manuscript, according to the late Monika Dannemann ("The Inner Life of Jimi Hendrix"), "Hendrix's lover at the time of his death." In the manuscript Hendrix stated that the entire meaning of the song came from a dream he had. Ms. Dannemann said, "...he looked down on earth and saw an unborn fetus waiting for its birth. At the same time he saw spirits of the dead leaving earth. Screams from the children were reaching into the heavens. The earth became engulfed in a great flood, and later in the dream he was walking under the sea. Part of the song was about the purple haze which surrounded him, engulfed him, and in which he got lost. He told me later what a traumatic experience this had been, but that in the dream his faith in Jesus had saved him. Jesus was in the purple haze." Hendrix corroborated Dannemann's claim in a January 1967 interview with John King for "Music Express."

Apparently "Purple Haze, Jesus Saves" was the original chorus, which was changed when it was recorded in 1967.

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