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01-19-18, 05:53 AM
Thursday 10 May 1967
London, BBC Studios (now demolished), Lime Grove, Hammersmith, England
For the UK BBC 1 TV show ‘Top Of The Pops’ Live vocal over single backing track.
Introduced by Jimmy Saville [BBC Radio 1 DJ]. This home recording is in very bad condition, which is a pity, as this and ‘Purple Haze’ (10) are the only known JHE appearances on TOTP that film survives for, and the film for this is silent, although better quality than the Purple Haze (10) film. A soundtrack of the original single, dubbed on later, fits very well. A later synch with the soundtrack from the Swedish TV show ‘Popside’ amazingly fits even better
Jimi is wearing: Satin psyche jacket; ‘gypsy’ waistcoat w. gem brooch; white lace shirt; ‘blue & white’ neckerchief; L&R gem rings; black trousers w. embroidered belt.
Candy apple/maple strat w. red ‘cowboy 3’ leather strap.

[Aud = Audience]

JS : …folks
Aud: [Cheers and applause]…


Oh, after all the Jacks are in their boxes
And the clowns have a-all gone to be-ed
You can hear happiness
Staggering on down the street
Footprints dressed in red
And the wi-ind whispers, “Mary”

A broom is drearily sweeping
Up the broken pieces of yesterday’s life
Somewhere a queen is weeping
Somewhe-ere a king has no wife
And the wind cries, “Mary”


The traffic lights they turn a blue tomorrow, yeah
And shine their emptiness down on my bed
The tiny island sags down stream*
‘Cause the life they’d li-ived is, is dead
And the wi-ind screams, “Mary”

Will the wind ever remember, Mary
Names it has blo-own in the past?
And with its crutch, it’s old age and it’s wisdom
It whispers, “No, this will be the last”, […?]
And the wi-ind cries, “Mary”

1Very reminiscent of “Mary” from the, sci-fi, book ‘Night Of Light’ which also features the Purple Haze and is obviously a source for some early lyric imagery, you’ll need to read it;-) Kathy’s story about it being written after they had a fight and she ran off into the street, followed by Jimi, but left him by catching a taxi fits well as the other more ‘prosaic’ source.
*Stream of traffic? Tripping, the road is often seen like a river (of flowing exotic text etc., think Rick Griffin etc., if you’ve been there;) Dylan: ‘Highway of diamonds with nobody on it’) and a traffic “island”’s light box ‘sags’ in sympathy with his mood.

Aud: [Cheers and applause]
JS : Nice record there Ladies and Gentlemen, a very nice record at number thr’ at number thirteen in actual fact, Mister Jimi Hendrix there with one called ‘The Wind Cries Mary’, and he’s already got a record at number twelve isn’t that marvellous. Now then fans …”