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02-20-18, 03:11 PM
Sunday 25 May 1969
San Jose, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, California, USA. JHE
‘Northern California Folk/Rock Festival’
The ‘yellow underwear’ intro, ie she’s so excited she’s pissed her pants (see ‘The Beatles’;) is back to Foxy Lady again

1. Getting My Heart Back Together Again (28), 2. Fire (62)/, 3. /Spanish Castle Magic (37), 4. Red House (57),
5. I Don’t Live Today (40), 6. Foxy Lady (70i), 7. Purple Haze (79i), 8. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) (59),
9. Message To Love (19) / 10. Room Full Of Mirrors (11) / 11. Sunshine Of Your Love (31)


[Aud = Audience]

Jimi : We’d like for you-uh, start a new thing, it’s like, for you to forget everything that was goin’ on yesterday,
or last night, or today, and just, let’s make our own little world, right here, by pure vibrations…
Aud : [En masse] Yeah! [etc.]
Jimi : …an’ see what happens [hits a loud chord]… You can stay and watch this karma video
with me [tuning]… Wild [tuning]…


1. GETTING MY HEART BACK TOGETHER AGAIN [posthumously aka “Hear My Train A Comin’”]

Yeah, well, then you’ll watch me from a car

This is a story about a, about a cat, his old-lady put him down, you know, and the family don’t want him around,
so he could do-what the Hell, man. Once he went out all around, he’s singin’ the blues. He says, so I can get myself
together, man, do my thing, an-uh, but do it properly, don’t come back soon, and the cat went off defended Voodoo
chile, for bein’ a magic boy, and come back and buy the town, you know, Hell, give a piece to his old-lady,
‘cause she makes love to him one more time, you know

Ha-ha

Well I, I wait around the train station
Waitin’ for that train
To take me
Take me awa-ay
From this lonesome town
Hey, baby!

Too bad you don’t love me no more, girl
Too bad your people put me dow-own
Put me down

Tears burnin’ me
Tears burnin’ me in my eyes
Way down
Way down in my soul, I says
Tears burnin’ we [sic]
Way down in my soul

Too bad you don’t love me no more, girl
Too bad your people made me go-o
Hey, yeah-yeah

Yeah, well
I hear my train comin’
Hear my train a comin’
Well, I hear my train a comin’
I hear my train a comin’

[Solo/improvisation]

Hear my train comin’
Hear my soft train comin’ chile

Wro-ong wish, baby

We a-all got our ti-ime

I’m gonna leave this town
I’ve got to leave this town
Go out on the highway
And make a Voodoo chile of myself
Be a magic boy, yeah
And come back and buy this town
Come back and buy this town, yeah
And put it [tok!] all in my shoe

What I’m gonna do
And, if you make love to me one more time, girl
I might even give a piece to you
Hey-ey, hey-yeah
Hey-hey-hey-hey, a-hey-a-hey

Well, I
Hear my train comin’
I hear my train comin’
Hear my train comin’
Lord, hear my train comin’
Lord, hear my train
Hear my train
Hear my train
Hear my train

[Solo, guitar ‘says’ ‘.....................?]

Hear my train
Hear my train
Hear my freedom train

Hey-hey-hey-o-yeah
Hey-hey-hey-i-yay

Hear my train a comin’


Jimi : [Tape cut] …Stand Next To Your, Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire, okay…


2. FIRE >

All right, listen here, baby, I’ve got to say something
Yea-heh-eah
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 …

[No chorus, mic’s have broken down]

[Off mic’:] “Listen here, baby”

[Solo/improvisation]

Aud : [Guy] Turn on the mic’!

[Drum solo]

Aud : [Applause (for microphone guy)]

Noel: One, two. Fire

Aud : [Applause & cheers]


3. < SPANISH CASTLE MAGIC1 [Jimi’s mic’ is still not working propery]

It’s very far away
Takes about a half a day to get there2
If we travel by my ffup!! dragonfly
It’s not in Spain, baby
But all the same you know it’s a groovy name
And the wind's just right

Hang on my darlin’, hang o-on if you wanna go-o-o
Baby, sock it to me
A whole lot of fun, you know
Bring your mother too I feel
Spanish Castle magic

It’s really very low
And they overflow
With cotton beards
But sometimes battle grounds
Red and brown, ha-ha
But it’s all in your mind, baby
Don’t waste your time thinkin’ about bad things3
Just float your little mind around
Hey!

Hang on my darlin’, hang o-on if you wanna go-o
See, if I see you all wearing cotton
They appreciated it
Spanish Castle magic

[Solo/Improvisation]

[Drum solo] 4

Hang on my darlin’, hang on if you wanna go-ho-ho
…….? serious, now
…… ?
Little bit of Spanish Castle magic
Little bit of Spanish Castle magi-ic

1The title is fom the Spanish Castle night-club in nearby Tacoma, that Jimi visited occasionaly when a
teenager. Apart from ‘Little Wing’ this is the only other song from ‘Axis’ that Jimi performed regularly.
2 ‘It takes about a half a day to get there’ appears to be a reference to the beat-up cars Jimi & co. used,
apparently sometimes ‘borrowed’;), but in the rest of the song it’s a euphemism for an LSD trip
[I]3 It's obviously a tip about tripping (using the euphemism of a fantasised trip (ie visit) to the Spanish Castle
Nightclub) as per Alduous Huxley's ‘Heaven and Hell’ etc. By the nature of acid, a trip
can go both ways (hence ‘Laughing Sam’s Dice’ ie it’s a gamble), Jimi's advice: Don't spend you're time
thinking about bad things (eg the battle ground's blood & mud, ie Vietnam - bum trip) just float your mind
(think about nice things (the 'cotton candy') - good trip) It's all in your mind (Heaven or Hell - it's up to you)
4Jimi’s as usual skips some lyrics. The official line: “It puts everything else on the shelf,” is, as always,
missing (This line was only used once on the December Top Gear show).

Jimi?: Could you come on up here, could you….?
? : Somebody spewed on our lights, so could you come up here?
Jimi : [Tuning] Yeah, we’d like to go back in time, back to 17841 in the Benjamin Franklin[B]2
Studios, when we recorded this thing called Red House [aside:] “Supposed to be loud”
Aud : [Applause & cheers]
Jimi : [Tuning]…

1 Fortythird recorded mention of Jimi referring to some of his early singles and songs off his first LP (most
frequently ‘Red House’ or ‘Hey Joe’) as being recorded over a hundred years ago. Possibly a reference to
Elmore James’ strange 1954 song ‘1839 Blues’ which starts with him singing in a weird voice:

“Hey Joe… you know I’m a young man this time
And you know I ain’t seen my baby since 1839
I got to find her. What you say?”
….
2 Fourteenth recorded mention of Jimi referring to Benjamin Franklin and to The BF Studios. (Been jammin’?)
‘Benjamins’ is slang for hundred dollar bills & therefore making lot’s of money. This is the highest denomination
dollar bill and is graced with Franklin’s portrait. He experimented with electricity, played the guitar, invented an
ethereal spooky sounding instrument the ‘armonica’ - a revolutionary development of the ‘glass harmonica’,
and was one of the leading American revolutionists, second only to George Washington


4. RED HOUSE

There’s a red house over yonder, baby
Aud : [Applause]
Lord, that’s where my baby stay-ay
He-ey, yea-eah
Lord, there’s a red house over yonder, chile, now-ow
Come-ha-on
Where my baby stay-y-yeah
Now my baby’s dead
Lord, I ain’t been home to see my fat baby
‘Cause I was in jail, you know
For a, ninety nine and one half da-ays *
Yeah, it’s a whole lot o’ time
Yeah

Hey! wait a minute somethin’s wro-ong, chile
Said now, somethin’s wrong, the key won’t unlock this door
Awe… uunh
Hey-yeah, hey-yeah, hey
Wait a minute somethin’s wro-o-ong
Said now, somethin’s wrong, the key won’t unlock this door
Wait a minute somethin’s wro-ong
Say now, the key won’t unlock this doo-oo-oor
Hey, I said I ain’t-uh, got a chance to see what’s goin’ o-on
Lord, I got a bad feelin’ my baby don’t live here no mo-o-ore
She ain’t said a damn thing about leavin’ either
That’s all right, I still got my guitar
Yeah

[Solo]

Yeah

Aud : [Applause & cheers]

Hey, I think I’ll go back over yonder, baby
Hey, I think I’ll go back over yonder
Way back over the hill
Hey-Lo-ord, baby’s dead
Lord, I think I’ll go back over yonder, baby
Yeah… okay
Yeah-yeah-yeah
Way back over yonder, across the hill

Yeah, if my baby don’t love me no more
Hey, I know, good an’ damn well, that her, her sister wi-i-ill

* Three month jail term

Jimi : Yeah, we know, we know what’s happening right now, but there’s a… Like to say something that, there’s a song
recorded in the first LP, it’s a thing called I Don’t Live Today dedicated to all the American Indians, and you people, and us.
This idea that, quite naturally, you know, that things are goin’ on badly here, but the idea is, getting’ your own self together
[tuning], so you can be ready for the next world, because there is, you know, which’ll be bigger, so you might as well get it
together. But let’s reflect on this crap that they’ve jus’pulled on us right now, okay.
We’ll just call it, ‘I Don’t Live Today Maybe Tomorrow, I Can’t Say’ heh

Aud : [Applause & cheers]


5. I DON’T LIVE TODAY*

Will I live tomorrow? Now, I just can’t say y’-all right
Hey-yeh!
Will I live tomorrow-ow-ow? Well, I just can’t say-y’all right
Well I know for damn sure, now I don’t live today, baby

No sun comin’ through my window
Feel like I’m livin’ at the bottom of a gra-ave
Yeah, no sun comin’ through my windows
Feel like I’m livin’ at the bottom of a grave, fuck off
Yeah, well, I wish you’d hurry up and execute me
So I can be on my miserable way

I do-on’t, live toda-ay
(I do-on’t, live toda-ay)
Maybe tomorrow, I just can’t tell you, baby
I do-on’t, live toda-ay
(I do-on’t, live toda-ay)
Such a shame to waste your time away like this
Living

But existing

[Solo/ Improvisation, touches on [B]3rd STONE FROM THE SUN & REVEILLE (army bugle call)]

Well
I do-on’t, live toda-ay
(I do-on’t, live toda-ay)
Maybe tomorrow, I just can’t tell you
I do-on’t, live toda-ay
(I do-on’t, live toda-ay)
It’s a shame to waste your time away like this
Nothing but existing
Nothing but existing, baby



*Dedicated to the (Native) American “Indians” (ie indigenous). Possibly a reflection on
[I]Sitting Bull’s murder by his (native) guards? A subliminal message to his audience?
‘Better to die on your feet than live on your knees’ (Zapata), as Geronimo latterly seemed to have felt?

Aud : [Applause & cheers]


Jimi : Yeah, thanks anyway [tuning] We’ll do this one, dedicated to the girl back there, the
one, yeah, with the yellow underwear, yeah you, that’s right. Dedicate this funerals, let’s see now…


06. FOXY LADY* [incomplete end]

Hey!

You know you’re a sweet little love maker
Hey!
(Foxy)
And you know you’re a sweet little love maker
(Foxy)
I’m gonna take you home
I won’t do you no harm, no
You’ve got to be all mine, all mine
Wooh, foxy lady

(Foxy)
(Foxy)
I stayed with her, falling down The Scene
Hey
(Foxy lady)
You make me, wanna get up and scream
(Foxy)
Hey
I’ve made up my mind
I’m tired of wastin’ all my, precious time
You’ve got to be all mine, all mine
Wooh, foxy lady

[Solo]

[Tape cut]

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


7. [B]PURPLE HAZE1 [Backing vocal - Noel]

[I]…
[Solo]

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

Hey!
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, baby, help me, baby
Really!
Yeah-yeah
(Purple haze)
Yeah-yeah, purple haze
(Purple haze)
Oh, baby you got me blowin’ my mind
(Purple haze)
Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful2

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

Yeah

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 it;)
2This line is 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’.

Noel: Thank you very much
Jimi : [Tuning] The ‘man’, has told us that we only have one more song to go, so we’d like to
say…
Aud : [Much moaning]
Jimi : Hey, God, we only have one more song to go, so we’d like to say, man, it was really out of sight,
anyway, regardless of what’s happenin’. We can just go on, an’ just dig our own thing happenin’ ‘tween “Do this”,
you know, just-uh, soul watchin, that’s all it should be. It’s so groovy, man, to play in front of all these folks.
Not like that! no, no, know what they say “Not in Miami Florida”$ …
Aud : Wild Thing! Wild Thing!
Jimi : Probably you had enough
Aud : Wild Thing!
Jimi : Hey, man, I know exactly what I’m gonna do, when I say toilet paper that’s when you come rollin’ out, okay
[guitar ‘says’ ‘..........................................?]
Aud : Ha-ha [etc.]
Jimi : [Tuning] I love you too. Dig, we’d like to do this self assurance song, not coming from us to you,
but coming from the message to you, a thing called Voodoo Child
Aud : [Cheers]
Jimi : Before we, like, to leave, we’d just like-like to say thank you one more time, or we can say peace and happiness
Aud : [Cheers & applause]…

$ 2nd reference to Jim Morrisons bust for obscenity on the 5th


8. VOODOO CHILD (Slight Return)

Well, I stand up next to a mountain and I
I chop it down with the edge of my hand
Well, I stand up next to a mountain and I
I chop it down with the edge of my ha-and
I pick up all the pieces and make an island
Might even ‘raise a little sand’ *
Hear what I’m tellin’ you now
‘Cause I’m a Voodoo child
Lord knows, I’m a Voodoo child, baby
Hey!

[Jimi’s mic’ has completely gone again]

* ‘Raise sand’ - expression meaning to cause a disturbance, etc.

[Solo]

Yeah

Hey

Aud : [Guy] Jimi Hendrix!

Stay away from me, man

I didn’t mean to take up all your sweet time
I’ll give it right back to you, one of these days
I didn’t mean to take up all your sweet time
I’ll give it right back, one of these da-ays
Hey-y, baby, now
If I don’t see you no more in this world
If I-I don’t see you no more in this world
If I can’t change this world?
If I don’t see you no more in this wo-orld, mama
Hey
………………….?
………………….?
………………….?
………………….?

I’m a Voodoo chile?
Lord, knows I’m a Voodoo chile?

[Guitar ‘says’ ‘That’s just bullshit’]

[Solo/Improvisation includes “FLAMENCO” bit and touch of “VILLANOVA JUNCTION”]

Yeah

< VOODOO CHILD (Slight Return) > [Reprise]
….

< ROOM FULL OF MIRRORS* >

I used to live in a room full of mirrors
All I could see was me
Then I take my spirit and I smash my mirror
Now the whole world is here for me to see
Thank God everything is here for me to see

You got to
Hey-a-hey, yeah
Hey-a-hey, yeah
Yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah etc…

[Solo]

Yeah

[Guitar ‘says’ ‘................................?]

Aud : [Claps, whistles and shouts]

[Guitar ‘says’ ‘...................?]


[Tape cut]


< MESSAGE TO LOVE >



Message to love


Jimi : Yeah, we’re finished now, we’re just jamming, you all can do whatever you want to do now,
[spoken as a laugh:] “....................?”
Aud : [Cheers]
Jimi : Thank you very much, goodnight, thank you
Aud : [Applause & cheers]


< ROOM FULL OF MIRRORS* (Reprise)>

I used to live in a room full of mirrors
All I could see was me
Then I took my spirit an’ I crashed my mirrors
Now the whole world is here for me to see
The whole world is here for me to see

Broken glass was all my in my head
Janglin’, screamin’, tumblin’ in my head
Broken glass was a-all my in my hea-ead
It used to fall out my dreams and cut me in my bed
It used to fall out my dreams and cut me in my bed
Makin’ love wasn’t the same in my bed

Doo-diddle-diddle-doo-doo
…………?
…………?
…………?

*In the earliest known demo. Jimi only sings one verse, and the lyrics are quite different from later versions. ‘My Friend’ (March 1968) appears to be the origin of Jimi’s ‘Room Full Of Mirrors’ theme: “I feel so dizzy I take a quick look in the mirror to make sure my friend’s here with me too”, possibly the first recording to mention the ‘Room Full Of Mirrors’ is in his, “Talking Over Eric Burdon” spoken piece (possibly March 1968), which also features a line out of ‘Somewhere’ recorded at the same session (14 March 1968) as ‘My Friend’. Another early (possibly earlier) mention (undated, but thought to be April 1968) was during a recording he made, in his room at the Drake Hotel, of a try out for Voodoo Chile where he includes the lines: “My room is made of mirrors / I seen you, but-uh, Lord knows, I can’t see me.” These are Jimi’s first mentions of the ‘Room Full Of Mirrors’ since the Jimi Hendrix Experience visited Rudolph Valentino’s house on the 17 August, 1967, (which, Michael Fairchild tells us, had a room lined with mirrors), to make a promo film, which may have been the spark. On 12 August 1968, almost a year later & four months after “Talking Over Eric Burdon”, Jimi & Paul Caruso, recorded a demo of ‘Room Full Of Mirrors’ at the Record Plant. Jimi then wrote sleeve notes for the Electric Ladyland LP entitled “Letter To The Room Full Of Mirrors” on 2 September 1968. The next time Jimi revisited this song was on 16 February 1969 at Olympic studios in London (with the Jimi Hendrix Experience on it’s last legs, & with Kwasi ‘Rocky Dijon’ Dzidzournu on congas), more than a year since his first demo. They also jammed on it with Dave Mason on rhythm guitar & Rocky Dzidzournu on congas (all but inaudible – incidentslly the same instrumental line-up as “Gypsy Sun & Rainbows”: two guitars, bass, drums & congas) at the Albert Hall on 24 February a week later. A basic backing track was only realised on 17 November 1969 with the BOG, and only finally finished after being almost totally re-recorded and heavily overdubbed in Late August 1970 by the new Jimi Hendrix Experience with Juma ‘Sultan’ (Lewis) on congas) at Electric Lady studios.
Dr. King’s assassination and the massive civil disturbances that followed had occurred, quite possibly, a good deal less than a month before this ‘Room Full Of Mirrors’ concept of Jimi’s starts to develop, and mayhave been the catalyst. It can be seen as Jimi declaring his intention to engage with bigger and more ‘down-to-Earth’ subjects than his previous reflections on his inner visions and personal relationships, as he increasingly stated in subsequent interviews. It can also be seen on one level at least, as a reference to breaking free from drugs - mirrors are what you use to chop out lines on – “I took my spirit an’ I smashed my mirror, and now the whole world is here for me to see.”


< THE SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE (John) ‘Jack’ Bruce & Pete Brown [I][& Eric Clapton])

[Instrumental]

Sunshine Of Your Love


[Tape cut]