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Jimi Hendrix — 1983.. (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
Album: Electric Ladyland
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Released: 1968
Length: 4:30
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Hurrah i awake from yesterday
Alive but the war is here to stay
So my love caterina and me
Decide to take our last walk
Through the noise to the sea
Not to die but to be re-born
Away from a life so battered and torn....
Forever...
Oh say can you see it's really such a mess
Every inch of earth is a fighting nest
Giant pencil and lip-stick tube shaped things
Continue to rain and cause screaming pain
And the arctic stains
From silver blue to bloody red
As our feet find the sand
And the sea is straight ahead..
Straight ahead.....
Well its too bad
That our friends
Cant be with us today
Well thats too bad
"The machine
That we built
Would never save us"
That's what they say
(That's why they aint coming with us today)
And they also said
"It's impossible for man
To live and breath underwater..
Forever" was their main complaint
(Yeah)
And they also threw this in my face:
They said
Anyway
You know good well
It would be beyond the will of God
And the grade of the King
(Grace of the King yeah yeah)

So my darling and I
Make love in the sand
To salute the last moment
Ever on dry land
Our machine has done its work
Played its part well
Without a scratch on our bodies
And we bid it farewell

Starfish and giant foams
Greet us with a smile
Before our heads go under
We take a last look
At the killing noise
Of the out of style...
The out of style, out of style
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my rating 7 
God
One of the top 5 albums of all time.
Mitch Mitchell died on Nov 12th o8'  https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/nov/13/mitch-mitchell-dies
 westslope wrote:

Nice catch MTachyon.

 
IRON BUTTERFLY - IN A GADDA DA VIDA
Spent many, many hours listening to Hendrix as a teenager, with and without guitar in hand, with and without earphones ... buying and devouring every album I could find.  I still regard it as time well spent.  This song ... a strange masterpiece.
 MTachyon wrote:
Most excellent sequence of "greatest drummers!"  - only missing Keith Moon(The Who) 
Rush — Limelight, Neil Peart
Porcupine Tree — Point 3 (.3), Gavin Harrison
Jimi Hendrix — 1983.. (A Merman I Should, Mitch Mitchell

 
Nice catch MTachyon.
Godlike!! {#Drummer}

...there is also a version of this song by Christian Death, that I love too...
{#Heartkiss} ..... luv it BIG fat 9
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
{#No} 2

 

Scott -- attacker of icons. 

 

OK, not the best but .... ..... .... please cut the nostalgia crew some slack.


peace and love; I'll never forget the first time I heard Hendrix, but won't elaborate

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this song...
Actually nice to hear some Hendrix that doesn't usually see the light of day.
Really bad quality. Or its the music, arrangement itself?
Most excellent sequence of "greatest drummers!"  - only missing Keith Moon(The Who) 
Rush — Limelight, Neil Peart
Porcupine Tree — Point 3 (.3), Gavin Harrison
Jimi Hendrix — 1983.. (A Merman I Should, Mitch Mitchell
nice! Thanks for playing this one. Good stuff!
 oldsaxon wrote:
Bored now...psd...ah, it's over, good.
 
One man's floor ...
Bored now...psd...ah, it's over, good.
I like Jimi... unfortunately this is sorely lacking.....
{#No} 2
Jimi's music just connects so well, so completely, so trippily to other worlds, other realms, other phases of Energy Flow, and I'm so glad he still lives here on RP!
Electric Ladyland, Side C.

My one and only "11".
It is not "Godlike." It is, indeed, voiced directly from the Gods.

— (Although I think is a sin that RP cuts when Jimi starts channeling the Gods!)
Jimi was simply a genius.  One who made some bad choices and died way too young.
 Sakkerju wrote:

or and on LSD ;-)

 
{#Mrgreen}
If you guys play songs like this then I know it will be Happy New Year..........thanks RP.......now all that is left is to get this country back to a more peaceful and productive time.
 Sakkerju wrote:

or on LSD ;-)

 
thosewere our days

thank you god of radio paradise Jimi could have never ended up in vegas like elvis
only godlike  für Jimi 
Puff Puff. Cough Cough. Its a 10!
 capandjudy wrote:
Best heard though good headphones or an excellent stereo.

 
or on LSD ;-)

Jimi . . . we hardly knew ya...

Epic song...
 toterola wrote:

Yeah, me too. {#Rolleyes}
 
A GREAT Snopes article on what really went down when Hendrix opened for the Monkees.  I never really got into Hendrix's music, but my Aunt Janet fell into his lap one evening in Arizona...

Best heard though good headphones or an excellent stereo.

Weak intro, but oh man, it got better.
JIMI.  Wow, as I listen to this, I get caught in my own feedback as my brain tells me this is from the 60's and my heart and ears tell the ole' brain that there's some really cool, new sounding tunes coming down the pike!  I wish Jimi was still with us — it's hard to imagine what else he would given us, but we know it would set the bar incredibly high.
LOVE THIS SONG! 


Released 1968? or is this another 1969 gem.
ummm, not very enjoyable, I am grad it's a round trip ticket
 shutter wrote:
This was prolly my favorite Hendrix song from, IMO, the best Hendrix album.  It's that psychedelic thing, I guess. {#Meditate}
 
I agree about the album but, although this song is definitely one of my 4 or 5 favorites, both Voodoo Chile's always blow me away everytime in a more visceral way than this one does, much as I love it. And give me the 13-minute version every time!

just another Jimi song I don't remember hearing until I discovered RADIO PARADISE.com {#Exclaim}
 Hannio wrote:
I thought everybody knew that.  It's called a kazoo.

Humming into a comb with wax paper sounds almost like humming into a kazoo, but the latter instrument has a tube with a lateral orifice over which a vibrating membrane is attached.

Image source: https://www.captainkazoo.com/thekaz.gif


 zschubert wrote:
Thanks.  What a picture.  Just got back from Seattle.  Hendrix museum.  There's a JBL theater there with no one in it and continuous close up Hendrix footage.  Even more amazing than when he was alive and I was listening to him.  And a great factoid:  Hendrix used a comb and wax paper to make the buzzing sound on Crosstown Traffic.   



I thought everybody knew that.  It's called a kazoo.
Always loved this one, a little long though. I will usually play half of it and then move on to something else. Didn't know there was a shorter version or did Bill just do the same thing?{#Lol} 8!

cosmic
A favourite of mine - just love the riff.
TURN IT UP!!!!
 toterola wrote:

Yeah, me too. {#Rolleyes}
 
Read the article, not just the status.  Hendrix DID open for the Monkees.  He just wasn't dropped for the reason the false rumor stated.  Very cool bit of story there, and some great quotes!

Did someone start praying?
 jgruesen wrote:
This is strange, on my copy of Electric Ladyland, 1983...(A Mermaid I Should Turn To Be) runs over 13 minutes. Radio Paradise's version is about five minutes.
 
upload it here.

 jgruesen wrote:
This is strange, on my copy of Electric Ladyland, 1983...(A Mermaid I Should Turn To Be) runs over 13 minutes. Radio Paradise's version is about five minutes.
 
You are correct.  We got the AM Radio version today

This is strange, on my copy of Electric Ladyland, 1983...(A Mermaid I Should Turn To Be) runs over 13 minutes. Radio Paradise's version is about five minutes.
This was prolly my favorite Hendrix song from, IMO, the best Hendrix album.  It's that psychedelic thing, I guess. {#Meditate}
Nice.  I was just thinking about this very song in the previous PT number, and how PT comes up somewhat short in comparison.

This is the first time I've heard this. It's ... I don't know what to say. I'll just sit and listen. That'll be enough.
 zschubert wrote:
Ya got to have Hendrix on there a few more times.  How about the opening to All along the watchtower?  Dump number 20 at least.   
 
HazzeSwede wrote:
I was asking for some names and got some,thank you robco1 and might I add that I agree {#Smile}
 with the statement you have made,one thing thou,Jims technics was pretty much one of a kind considering that he didn't know the proper way to wear his strat !

Greatest Guitar Riffs of All Time according to MusicRadar.com top 20:

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
2. Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
3. Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
4. Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
5. Derek and the Dominos - Layla
6. AC/DC - Back In Black
7. Metallica - Enter Sandman
8. The Beatles - Day Tripper
9. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
10. The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
11. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
12. Muse - Plug In Baby
13. Eddie Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
14. The Kinks - You Really Got Me
15. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
16. AC/DC - Highway to Hell
17. Led Zeppelin - Heartbreaker
18. Black Sabbath - Iron Man
19. Led Zeppelin - Black Dog
20. Michael Jackson - Beat It

  This is a pretty good list. I'd throw in a few more stones tunes, maybe In a gadda la vida (Iron Butterfly), Chuck Berry, Roll Over Beethoven, Cream Sunshine of your love, White Room, Guess Who, American Woman. Can't quibble with the above though etc maybe 20 and 12 (as I don't really even know this song.) Actually then there's ...... I love a good screaming rock guitar riff
 


Thanks.  What a picture.  Just got back from Seattle.  Hendrix museum.  There's a JBL theater there with no one in it and continuous close up Hendrix footage.  Even more amazing than when he was alive and I was listening to him.  And a great factoid:  Hendrix used a comb and wax paper to make the buzzing sound on Crosstown Traffic.  Just decided that is what the song needed on the spot in the mixing room. 

 
krich58 wrote:


Yes...YES!! From the inside cover of the UK Electric LadyLand release. So very nice.
 


Ya got to have Hendrix on there a few more times.  How about the opening to All along the watchtower?  Dump number 20 at least.   
 
HazzeSwede wrote:
I was asking for some names and got some,thank you robco1 and might I add that I agree {#Smile}
 with the statement you have made,one thing thou,Jims technics was pretty much one of a kind considering that he didn't know the proper way to wear his strat !

Greatest Guitar Riffs of All Time according to MusicRadar.com top 20:

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
2. Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
3. Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
4. Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
5. Derek and the Dominos - Layla
6. AC/DC - Back In Black
7. Metallica - Enter Sandman
8. The Beatles - Day Tripper
9. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
10. The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
11. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
12. Muse - Plug In Baby
13. Eddie Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
14. The Kinks - You Really Got Me
15. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
16. AC/DC - Highway to Hell
17. Led Zeppelin - Heartbreaker
18. Black Sabbath - Iron Man
19. Led Zeppelin - Black Dog
20. Michael Jackson - Beat It


 


 westslope wrote:

Wow!  What year?
 
late in 1968 I think I was in grade 10. 
Forgot to mention that I have seen the man play,many more times then I can remember.{#Wink}
 robco1 wrote:

Technically better than Jimi? Probably Steve Hacket, Steve Howe, John McLaughlin, Paco DeLucia (SP?) and a few other Jazz guys. But who cares? Technique is only part of the equation, and these pissing contests always miss the point that you are comparing apples to oranges every time. I bet every one of the guitarists I mentioned would laugh if anyone told them they were "technically better" than Jimi. Jimi wasn't after technique, he was after music. And man that guy could play!

  I was asking for some names and got some,thank you robco1 and might I add that I agree {#Smile}
 with the statement you have made,one thing thou,Jims technics was pretty much one of a kind considering that he didn't know the proper way to wear his strat !

Greatest Guitar Riffs of All Time according to MusicRadar.com top 20:

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
2. Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
3. Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
4. Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
5. Derek and the Dominos - Layla
6. AC/DC - Back In Black
7. Metallica - Enter Sandman
8. The Beatles - Day Tripper
9. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
10. The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
11. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
12. Muse - Plug In Baby
13. Eddie Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
14. The Kinks - You Really Got Me
15. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
16. AC/DC - Highway to Hell
17. Led Zeppelin - Heartbreaker
18. Black Sabbath - Iron Man
19. Led Zeppelin - Black Dog
20. Michael Jackson - Beat It


HazzeSwede wrote:

Please name some,at least one?

Technically better than Jimi? Probably Steve Hacket, Steve Howe, John McLaughlin, Paco DeLucia (SP?) and a few other Jazz guys. But who cares? Technique is only part of the equation, and these pissing contests always miss the point that you are comparing apples to oranges every time. I bet every one of the guitarists I mentioned would laugh if anyone told them they were "technically better" than Jimi. Jimi wasn't after technique, he was after music. And man that guy could play!

 jesspra wrote:

Thank you Jimi!
 

Yes...YES!! From the inside cover of the UK Electric LadyLand release. So very nice.


 LowPhreak wrote:

You should have told that person that Ted Nugent is a redneck troglodyte, and wouldn't have made a pimple on Hendrix' ass. 

  
I disagree; he would have.
Not a specific comment on Jimi - but this evening's playlist is all over the place; not really enjoying it..Wait, what's that I hear - sounds like we are taking yet another direction tonight; Jason Lytle - I'll hang in there a little longer. Where would we be without RP?
 LowPhreak wrote:

You should have told that person that Ted Nugent is a redneck troglodyte, and wouldn't have made a pimple on Hendrix' ass. 

{#Rolleyes} 
 
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
HIIIIII-HIIIIII-HIIIIIIII
pffffffff and tzzzzz......

...and what full-time ass*ole was that?



 krich58 wrote:


Ho man...

Unreal the guitar work on this. Actually, I think it is Ted...

 

BUNDY...?
 martinc wrote:
You had to see Jimi live to really see how good he was. I saw him with the Experience at the Bank Street Theatre. He said he was having equipment problems and was going to jam a bit to figure things out. That meant 20 minutes of a new tune he was working on - Red House. He had subways trains blasting through the theatre and the big chandelier in the middle was swaying back and forth and chunks of the old theatre ceiling were falling in. That was my first ever rock show.
 
Wow!  What year?

 hoppin_bob wrote:
aaahhhh!   Side C!
 

Ho man...

Unreal the guitar work on this. Actually, I think it is Ted...

How are you, Jimi...?
We miss you so-so-so-so terribly much!



 LizDeines wrote:

No doubt, someone told me yesterday Nugent would have smoked Hendrix, I said Jimi didn't live long enough to begin to achieve his potential. What a shame.
 
You should have told that person that Ted Nugent is a redneck troglodyte, and wouldn't have made a pimple on Hendrix' ass. 

{#Rolleyes} 
You had to see Jimi live to really see how good he was. I saw him with the Experience at the Bank Street Theatre. He said he was having equipment problems and was going to jam a bit to figure things out. That meant 20 minutes of a new tune he was working on - Red House. He had subways trains blasting through the theatre and the big chandelier in the middle was swaying back and forth and chunks of the old theatre ceiling were falling in. That was my first ever rock show.
ahh move over rover and let Jimi take it over

Ted Nugent?

Uh..........no way.
 LizDeines wrote:

No doubt, someone told me yesterday Nugent would have smoked Hendrix, I said Jimi didn't live long enough to begin to achieve his potential. What a shame.
 

Ted Nugent?  I can see some arguements about technical superiority but as a guitarist Nugent is a B- at best.  Not a comment on his music or musical tastes, but his guitar playing is nothing special.

Jimi, on the other handtruly transcended the instrument. And that is the ture hallmark of a master.

Ted Nugent.... Hahahaahaa{#Moon}
Now that's a great guitar face...and album shot

 wycado wrote:
I've always found it to be an interesting bit of music trivia, as well as a commentary on the music business, that Jimi Hendrix was the opening act for the Monkees many years ago.
 
Yeah, me too. {#Rolleyes}
I've always found it to be an interesting bit of music trivia, as well as a commentary on the music business, that Jimi Hendrix was the opening act for the Monkees many years ago.
Oh God the memories!!!!!
aaahhhh!   Side C!

but hey, I think this works best if you play the whole of side C consecutively! 

This is like a lot of foreplay... and then some other thing altogether!
 eman wrote:
Please, no more "corporate" radio cuts especially of songs like this...not here...I would expect better from RP. They wouldn't cut Shostakovich's 5th would they...?
 
I strongly agree!
 LizDeines wrote:

No doubt, someone told me yesterday Nugent would have smoked Hendrix, I said Jimi didn't live long enough to begin to achieve his potential. What a shame.
 
Ted Nugent is a chickenhawk that was so cowardly he went to his draft appointment in pants that he had purposely soiled to avoid having to serve. I have tried to imagine how one could be that hypocritical, but just can't picture it.

He has some minor talent with the guitar, but many, many people, live and dead, are better, including Jimi. Let him stick to shooting things that can't shoot back.

/I hunt, BTW, but never kill for trophies or sport.


 bronorb wrote:

Other guitarists were and are technically better, but nobody played with more passion and soul.
 
Please name some,at least one?
You really should play Moon Turn the Tides Gently Away right after for the full 1983 A Merman I Should Turn to Be experience. On the original CD it was something of a opus. Here it sounds brief.
I :heartkiss: Jimi! I've just got to say it again! Ahhhhhh, and this song!!!!!!!!!
It's too bad that our friend Jimmy can't be with us today... THX, RP! :notworthy:
Thank you Jimi!
Rickvee wrote:
Great Jimi tune. I've always noticed that many professional guitar players cite this song as their favorite Hendrix tune. That surprises me a little but no arguing the greatness of the tune.
:yes:
LizDeines wrote:
No doubt, someone told me yesterday Nugent would have smoked Hendrix, I said Jimi didn't live long enough to begin to achieve his potential. What a shame.
Other guitarists were and are technically better, but nobody played with more passion and soul.
Great Jimi tune. I've always noticed that many professional guitar players cite this song as their favorite Hendrix tune. That surprises me a little but no arguing the greatness of the tune.
andersja wrote:
To think what other music we could have been graced with.
No doubt, someone told me yesterday Nugent would have smoked Hendrix, I said Jimi didn't live long enough to begin to achieve his potential. What a shame.
Pyro wrote:
I wonder if it was ever released in the US with that cover? If so, does that mean the cover was changed when it was reissued and the climate was more conservative? Imagine that!
I heard that this cover with the naked girls on it was NOT Jimi's idea nd he hated it. It was the record company's gimic and he had it changed for the US release. May be wrong. If someone has heard otherwise, chime in.
60% in NYC today and Hendrix, perfection so far.
If you insist... https://ronpenndorf.com/images/ellc.jpg junebaby65 wrote:
I want to see the original LP cover next time!!
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Ok, this is my favorite Jimmy song of all time. Never knew this 'til last night at dinner, but a couple relatives actually went to high school with him! amazing...
On loan from heaven.
Well, it's too bad that our friends can't be with us today... Still gives me chills, 20 years after first hearing this.
I want to see the original LP cover next time!!
To think what other music we could have been graced with.
Oof. I respect the man's talent, but I gotta change the station. This does nothing positive for me.
I wonder how many brain cells fired their last pulse while their chemically altered host was listening to this song/album in the 60's/70's. A not inconsequential number, I would guess.
awwwww shucks. just what i needed. the hook on this one is permanently lodged in the cortex. killer.
Guess this was a futuristic/apocryphal vision...wonder why 1983..maybe just because 1984 did not rhyme with be etc. doubt it. I looked up the lyric, dont recall quite what piece of planetary madness was happening when this was penned but the feeling is well captured. I see the use of "lyrics" in the plural to refer to one lyric, which is the words of a song, is too well established to be stemmed. Our language is ever rendered more inexact by the ignorant. Just like criteria, plural of criterion, or media, plural of medium. (signed) finickety curmudgeon
wish hendrix would have had the time to put out more stuff like this...
An ex of mine used to call Mermans that saggy-skin that hang down from your upper arms if you are a woman and dont work out. He said they were named after Ethel Merman
Please, no more "corporate" radio cuts especially of songs like this...not here...I would expect better from RP. They wouldn't cut Shostakovich's 5th would they...? :stop: :stop: :stop:
This was never my fav off this album but I had a few good, weird, and enjoyable experiences while listening to this one. :good-vibes:
A solid 10 song on a solid 10 album...never before and never again....all I can say is thank you.... :war:
You cannot measure any other artists against him....
whoa! so many ex-girlfriend moments today it is scary! great songs though :)
Shesdifferent wrote:
Imagine what he would be doing today if he were alive. Such brilliance and understanding. Maybe he would have walked through the realms with Castenada.
Castenada was a work of fiction.
Imagine what he would be doing today if he were alive. Such brilliance and understanding. Maybe he would have walked through the realms with Castenada.
Whooaa. talk about an acid flashback.
Trippin Jimis!
This is one of the tunes that I just love to put on some headphones and dream away. This tune also shows Jimi's love of composition that he didn't get to exploit all that much. Keep in mind that the date on this song is sometime in the 60's, well before any digital anything in the studio. All of the sounds and effects were created using incredibly primitive and laborious methods. The song is monumental in that respect.
valtouf wrote:
The original cover is much more interesting. Watch for yourselves:
I wonder if it was ever released in the US with that cover? If so, does that mean the cover was changed when it was reissued and the climate was more conservative? Imagine that!
gizmo wrote:
All bow to the King! :notworthy:
Amazing of course. I don't know how the guy did it!
:devil_pimp: :meditate:
All bow to the King! :notworthy:
Thanks Bill once again for playing wonderful stuff that would otherwise never get air time.
Had me playin my "air guitar".