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01-21-18, 05:28 AM
Tuesday 5 September 1967
Stockholm, Radiohuset [Radio House], Sweden
For the ‘Tonárskvall’ [‘Teenage Night’] show.
Many, if not most, young Swedes could speak, or at least understand most English by this time.
Photos? Are there any?

First live recording of ‘Burning Of the Midnight Lamp’
1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (3), 2. Fire (8), 3. The Wind Cries Mary (9),
4. Foxy Lady (10), 5. Hey Joe (18), 6. I Don’t Live Today (9), 7. The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp (6),
8. Purple Haze (18)


1. SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND* (John Lennon & Paul McCartney)

Two, three…

It was twenty years ago today
Sergeant Pepper told the band to play
They’ve been goin’ in an’ out of style
But they’re guaranteed to bring a smile
So may I introduce to you
Been together all these years
Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
(Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)

I don’t really wanna stop the show
I think you might like to know
We got a singer’s gonna sing the song
He wants you all to join along
So may I introduce to you
One and only Billy Shears
Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
(Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)

*Jimi debuted this as part of his act just a couple of days after the release of Sgt. Peppers at Brian Epstein’s
Saville theatre. Several of the Beatles were in the audience and McCartney later said. “I put that down as
one of the great honours of my career.”

Noel: Thank you very much
Jimi : Yeah, thank you very much, That was our own little thing of…thank you very much.
We’d like to go ahead on with a toon named-uh ‘Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire’, it
goes something like this here. One, pop! two. One, two, three…


2. FIRE

All right, baby, dig this now, yeah
Yeah
You don’t care for me, I don’t-uh care about that
You’ve got a new fool hah, I like to laugh at
I have only one-uh, burnin’ desire
Let me stand next to your… [plays a string bend]
Let me stand next to your fire
(Let me stand next to your fire) Let me stand, babe
(Let me stand next to your fire) Hey, let me stand
(Let me stand next to your fire) Whoa-oa, let me stand
(Let me stand next to your fire) Yeah.

Now, listen here, baby, and stop acting so crazy
You say your mom ain’t home, it ain’t my concern
Just don’t play with me and you won’t get burned1
I have only one-uh, itchin’ desire
Let me stand next to your… [plays whammy bend]
(Let me stand next to your fire) Hey, let me stand, babe
(Let me stand next to your fire) Let me sta-and
(Let me stand next to your fire) Whoa-oa, let me stand
(Let me stand next to your fire)

Oh, move over Rover* and let Jimi take over
You know what I’m talkin’ about, yeah

Yeah

That’s what I’m talkin’ about, hey now
Now dig this

Say you’ve got some money
You’d better save it, babe
Save it for your rainy day
I have only one-uh itchin’ desire
Let me stand n ext to your… [plays whammy bend]
(Let me stand next to your fire) Whoa let me stand, babe
(Let me stand next to your fire) Whoa-oa let me stand
(Let me stand next to your fire)… Yeah
(Let me stand next to your fire, ow)

1“Don’t play with me ‘cause you’re playin’ with fire” ‘Play With Fire’ (Jagger, Richards – 1965);)
*From ‘Two Old Maids’ (Trad. Arr. Jimi Hendrix 1965;)) [mistakenly aka ‘Stoop Down Baby’ from
a Chick Willis title only recorded in 1972]: “Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard…
But when she bent over Rover took over. ‘Cause you know he had a bone of his own” ha-ha-ha.
Jimi covered this at least five times from 1965 to 1970 and also references Mother Hubbard & bone
during his Maui rap. Rover also gets a mention in ‘Highway of Broken Hearts’ ‘Keep On Groovin’ & ‘Hound Dog’.
This, coupled with the story of Jimi asking Noel’s mother Margaret if he could warm himself at the fire, in
her house at New Year’s eve 1966/67, (when,according to Chas, the band were all tripping;))
would appear to be the inspiration

Jimi: Thank you very much. So right now we’d like to slow it down a little bit and do one of
the toons we recorded as a single, it’s a little thing called ‘The Wind Cries ‘Mary’…


3. [B]THE WIND CRIES MARY1

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

A broom is drearily sweeping
Up the broken pieces of yesterdays life
Somewhere a Queen is weeping
Somewhe-ere a King has no wife
And the wi-ind it cries, “Mary”

[Solo]

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

Will the wind ever remember
The names it has blown in the past?
And with its crutch, it’s old age and it’s wisdom
And it whispers “No this will be the last”
And the wi-ind it cries, “Mary”

Jimi : Yeah, baby
Noel: Thank you very much
Jimi : Yeah, okay then, we’d like to proceed on with a little toon from our LP, it’s named ‘Foxy Lady’…

[B]1Very reminiscent of “Mary” from Philip Farmer’s sci-fi book ‘Night Of Light’ which also features the Purple
Haze and is obviously a source for some early lyric imagery. You’d 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 (soon to return) 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.


4. FOXY LADY*

Now you know you’re a cute little heart breaker
(Foxy)
And you know you’re a sweet little love maker
(Foxy)
I’m gonna take you home
oh-I won’t do you no ha-arm, no
You’ve got to be all mine ha-ha, all mine
Ooh! foxy lady
Yeah

(Foxy)

(Foxy)

Now, I see you, I’m down on the scene
Oh foxy
(Foxy)
You make me, wanna get up and scream!...yeah
(Foxy)
Oh, baby, listen now
I’ve made up my mind
I’m tired of wastin’ all my, precious ti-ime, yeah
You’ve got to be all mine
Ooh! foxy lady… yeah

I’m gonna take you home
oh-I won’t do you no harm, all right
You’ve got to be all mine, all mine
Ooh! foxy lady
Here I come, baby
I’m comin’ to get ya
(Foxy)
Oh, you look so good
(Foxy)
Oh, foxy
(Foxy)
Lady
(Foxy)

*Interestingly Jimi played guitar on a 1966 recording ‘(My Girl) She’s A Fox’ by The Icemen

Noel: Thank you very much, off the LP
Jimi : Thank you very much, like to do the song now that really got us into something, little
song called ‘Hey Joe’…


5. HEY JOE* (William) ‘Billy’ Roberts)

Hey-hey Joe, I said, where you goin’ with that gun in your hand?
Hey-hey Joe, I said where you goin’ with that gun in your hand?
Yeah

I’m goin’ down to shoot my old lady
You know I caught her messin’ ‘round with another man
Yeah
I’m going down to shoot my old lady
You know I caught her messin’ ‘round with another man
An’ that ain’t too cool

Hey-hey Joe, I heard you shot your lady down
You shot her down on the groud, yeah
Hey-hey Joe, I said, I heard you shot your lady down
You shot her down, yeah
Yes, I did, I shot her
You know I caught her messin’ ‘round town
Yeah
Yes, I did, I shot her
You know I caught her messin’ ‘round town
And I gave her the gun, I shot her

[Solo]

Yeah

Yeah

Hey-hey Joe
Oh, where you gonna run to now, where you gonna go?
Hey-ey Joe, I said
Where you gonna run to now, where you gonna go?
Yeah
An’ then what’d he say to me
I’m goin’ way down south, way down to Mexico way
Yeah
I’m goin’ way down south, wa-ay down where I can be free
Ain’t no one gonna find me
Ain’t no hangman gonna
He ain’t gonna put a rope around me
Yeah, you’d better believe it, baby
I’ve got to go now
Hey, hey-ey Joe, you’d better run on down
You’d better, goodbye everybody
Hey

*Hendrix acknowledged that he used Tim Rose’s [one of “The Village people”.] uniquely slower arrangement, including his lyric changes.
and the addition of harmony backing vocals. Previous releases by ‘The Leaves’, ‘Love’ and ‘The Byrds’
were very much faster, had slightly different lyrics and didn’t feature harmony vocals.

Noel: Ta
Jimi : Thank you very much, thank you very much, now-uh while your ears are still ringing we’d like to go on ha-ha and do another little toon called ‘I Don’t Live Today’ dedicated to the American Indian heh-heh
Noel: Ha-ha-ha
Jimi : Oh yes, one, two, one, two, three, four…


6. I DON’T LIVE TODAY

Will I live tomorrow? well I just ca-an’t say
Will I live tomorrow-wo-ow? well I just ca-an’t say
Well, I know for su-ure, I don’t live today

No sun comin’ through my windo-ow
Feel like I’m livin’ at the bottom of a grave
No-o sun comin’ through my windo-ow
Feel like I’m livin’ at the bottom of a grave
I wish you’d hurry up and execute me
So I can be on my miserable way
I do-on’t, live today
(I do-on’t, live today)
Maybe tomorrow, I just can’t tell you, baby, but-uh
I do-on’t, live toda-ay
(I do-on’t, live today)
Maybe-uh spend your life away like this

Existing

Well, (I do-on’t) live toda-ay
Maybe tomorrow I, just can’t say but-uh
Well
I do-on’t, live toda-ay
(I do-on’t, live today)
It’s such a shame to waste your time away like this
Existing, nothing but existing

Yeah, yeah

Oh, there ain’t no life nowhere

Noel: Thank you very much, groovy
Jimi : We’d like to do our uh-um latest release, little thing called ‘Burning The Midnight Lamp’
it’s the first time we ever did it in front of people, there you go hit it now, huh…


7. [B]BURNING OF THE MIDNIGHT LAMP*

The morning is dead and the day is too
There’s nothing left here to leave me, but the velvet Moo-oon
All my loneliness I have felt today
It’s a little more than enough, to make a man, throw himself away, an’
An’ I continue, to burn the midnight la-amp, alo-one

Now the smiling portrait of you
Is still hanging on my frowning wa-all
It really doesn’t, it really doesn’t bother me too much at all
It’s just the ah, ever falling dust, that makes it so hard for me to see
That forgotten earring laying on the floor
Facing coldly toward the door
And I continue, to burn the midnight lamp, all alo-o-one
Burn

Yeah, yeah
Lonely

Loneliness is such a drag

Now, here I sit to face, that same old fireplace
Gettin’ ready for that same old explosion
Goin’ through my mind
And soon enough time will tell
About the circus in the wishing well1
And someone who will buy and sell for me
Someone to toll my bell2

And I continue, to burn the same old lamp, Lord, alo-o-one
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Darlin’ can you hear me calling you?
So-o lonely, got to blow my mind
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Lonely, lonely

*Jimi wrote the lyrics to this on 2/3 July on the flight from LA to NY after Monterey. It is a sombre reflection
on the effect the travelling life of the musician has on relationships. As a contrast to his lighthearted take on
the initial flight from London to New York and Monterey – STPLSD – the ‘B’ side of the single
1The music business & fame?
2This would appear to be a reference to John Donne’s poem “Devotions upon Emergent Occasions”, eg
”No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;
if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were,
as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were;
any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde;
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”
Jimi appeared to disagree strongly that no man was an island, saying that everyone was an island and the quicker they realised it the better!
If he was referring to the poem in this case, I feel he may have misinterpreted it?

Jimi: Yeah. Thank you very much, so now we’d like to do our last number and say thanks a lot for comin’ anyway, and listening,
it’s a song named ‘Purple Haze’…


8. PURPLE HAZE1 [Backing vocal - Noel]

Purple haze all in my brain
Lately things don’t seem the same
I’m actin’ funny, but I don’t know why
‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy*

Purple haze all around
Don’t know if I’m comin’ up or down.
Am I happy or in misery?
Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me
Yeah ha-ha

Help me, baby
Help me, baby, yeah

[Solo]

(Ooh aah, ooh aah, ooh aah, ooh aah)

Yeah
Purple haze all in my eyes
Don’t know if it’s-uh day or night.
You’ve got me blowin’, blowin’ my mind.
Is it-uh tomorrow or just the end of time?

Help me, no
Tell me, baby, yeah
Yea-eah, purple haze
(Purple haze)
Yea-eah, purple haze
(Purple haze)
Oh, baby, you got me blowin’ my mind
(Purple haze)
Not necessarily stoned but beautiful[B]2
(Purple haze)

(Ooh aah, ooh aah, ooh aah, ooh aah)
….

1Very reminiscent of “the Purple Haze” from Philip Farmer’s sci-fi, book ‘Night Of Light’ which also features a
certain “Mary” and is obviously a source for some early lyric imagery, you’d need to read itfile:///C:\DOCUME~1\ren\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtml1\01\clip_ima ge002.gif Jimi was a
fan of Flash Gordon, interestingly the 1940 Flash Gordon serial was compiled in 1966 into a feature film
length package for TV, titled, “The Purple Death From Outerspace.”
*Similar to Lennon’s, cheeky ‘mondegreen’, ‘big teaser’, often heard as ‘prick teaser’; as no doubt the
Beatles sang live on ‘Day Tripper’, on occasion too, eg hear Mitch & Noel’s vocals on ‘Day Tripper’;).
Jimi’s original ‘kiss the sky’, was often heard as - ‘kiss this guy’, which Jimi, sometimes, jokingly, did
actually articulate, gesturing toward Mitch or Noel as heard on tape and seen in film a few times. He later
sometimes pointed towards the sky to make it clear.
Jimi talking about his time in the army Airborne: “...‘cause once you get out there everything is so
quiet, all you hear is the breezes-s-s-s..”. He used this parachuting image in three lyrics: in the first song he
wrote for his ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’, Stone Free “...ride the breeze”, next was Purple Haze, “. . .kiss the
sky,” and then in Little Wing “..riding with the wind”. Later he also sometimes quoted the tune ‘The Breeze And I’,
another relevant reference.
2These two lines are from the end of ‘Are You Experienced’ which is curious as there are two lines about the
sea and sunrise in Are You Experienced that he said were originally from Purple Haze, he also said that
the original lyrics to Purple Haze were much longer, but Chas cut them down. Perhaps ‘Are You Experienced’
contains some (or all?) of those edited lyrics? Possibly other songs too. So far it looks like “We’ll hold hands
and watch the sunrise from the bottom of the sea” and this, “Not neccessarily stoned but beautiful,” were part
of the unedited ‘Purple Haze’.