The Wind Cries Mary Lyrics - Jimi Hendrix

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After all the jacks are in their boxes,
and the clowns have all gone to bed,
you can hear happiness staggering on Down Street,
footprints dressed in red.

And the wind whispers Mary.

A broom is drearily sweeping
up the broken pieces of yesterday's life.
Somewhere a Queen is weeping,
somewhere a King has no wife.

And the wind it cries Mary.

The traffic lights they turn blue tomorrow,
And shine their emptiness down on my bed,
The tiny island sags downstream
'Cos the life that lived is... is dead.

And the wind screams Mary.

Will the wind ever remember
The names it has blown in the past,
And with this crutch, its old age and its wisdom
It whispers, "No, this will be the last."

And The Wind Cries Mary.

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The Wind Cries Mary | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/11/10

Jimi actually wrote this to his girlfriend after a huge fight which resulted in her leaving their apartment. His girl's middle-name was Mary. But Jimi only used this name in disputes. So he wrote this song as an apology. And it worked.. ;)

Strings of glass... | Reviewer: Earthlingmind | 12/13/09

I like your review of The Wind Cries Mary. Do you know, he brought that along to their recording studio and they played it through for the first time and recorded it in just 6 minutes, just as you hear it on the record! And yet it sounds so immaculate. I think it was released as his 2nd hit single, and it seemed to me that people regarded it as something slightly wild, compared to what the pop charts were like at that time. And yet it always sounded to me like something so perfectly controlled, and with the guitar sounding just like a bell-like glass!

Yes, he did create most, if not all, his lyrics from dreams. I guess this one's a memorial tribute to someone, though I know not whom. Or it could be mourning the loss of the kind of religion that we should have had for the millenium that's just gone. But I think it's for a person: it seems to me that he didn't used to play this one in his live gigs.

The Poetry of The Wind Cries Mary. | Reviewer: Gabriela Alexander | 12/3/09

I have often listened to this particular Hendrix number, as I was drawn in by the gentle rhythm of the lead guitar and the clever arrangement, so far removed from many of the more raucous and discordant rock anthems can be heard.

I have always found this piece of music almost mesmerizing and calming, maybe enough to produce alpha waves. Then recently I started trying to listen to the lyrics because they sounded really interesting but some of them were a bit indistinct, even though Jimi Hendrix articulated well due to his laid back talk singing style, and I decided to write them down.

Here was some poetry, I'm not sure whether the words were induced partly by thought altering substances, but every line is interesting and reads as though it has come out of a dream. Maybe there is a story behind these lyrics, I will check and see. I love this song musically and lyrically.

As a poet and song writer I would have been more than happy to have penned this musical poem. I know Hendrix was a big fan of Bob Dylan, and he is up there with Dylan with this one or maybe streets ahead. Love you Jimi.

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