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01-21-18, 05:31 AM
Thursday 9 September 1967
London, BBC Studios (now demolished), Lime Grove, Hammersmith, England
BBC 1 TV program ‘Top Of The Pops’ broadcast, live vocal over backing track, Recorded on 24 August. Only this home audio recording exists, no film
Introduced by Jimmy Savile [BBC Radio 1 DJ] again.

[Aud = Audience]

JS: “We’ve got ‘The Jimi Hendrix Experience’”

1. THE 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
And 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, really doesn’t bother me too much at a-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 towards the door
And I continue, to burn the same old lamp, all alo-o-o-one, yeah

Family

Yeah, yeah
Lonely, lonely, lonely

Loneliness is such a drag

So here I sit to face, that same old fireplace
Gettin’ ready for the dull explosion
Goin’ through my mi-ind
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

[Shake up his mind
Wake up and see danger
She has just left me alone
Don’t give a damn,] ??
Darling, can
Can you hear me calling you?
So lonely, yeah, gonna blow my mind
Yeah, yeah, yeah
So-o 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 flights from London to New York,San Francisco 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: “One of the worst statements people are making is ‘no man is an island.’ Every man is an island and music is about the only way we can really communicate.” If he was referring to the poem in this case, I feel he may have misinterpreted it.

Aud: [Cheers and applause]
JS : Ladies and gentlemen ‘The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp’ there at number sixteen,
by one of the finest guitarists we’ve had on the set, Jimi Hendrix, how about that then.”