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Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze Meaning

Song Released: 1967

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Purple haze all in my brain
Lately things just dont seem the same
Actin funny, but I dont know why
scuse me while I kiss the sky
Purple haze all around
Dont know if Im comin up or down
Am I happy or in misery?
What ever it is, that girl...


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    Jul 17th, 2008 7:32am report

    Jimi came straight out and denied that Purple Haze was about drugs, despite the possible obvious references. Sorry kids.

    Some previous posts linked the song to a dream he once had, which was getting close, one of you even mentioned love, which was right on.

    My understanding:
    The song was about the effects Jimi felt when he was falling in love with a girl. He felt absolutely entraced by her, to the point where he had dreams about her.

    He had trouble describing just how significantly she affected him, until he saw a documentary on so called "alien abductees" (Stay with me now...). Many of the people likened their experience onboard as an:
    out of body ("'Scuse me while I kiss the sky")
    timeless ("Tomorrow, or just the end of time")
    experience while surrounded by a Purple Haze.

    The give away line for me was always "What ever it is, that girl, put a spell on me."

    But take this version with a mountainous pile of salt.


    P.S. Didn't word check, be nice.


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    Nov 26th, 2006 11:36pm report

    The lyric truly is "...while I kiss the sky" but lots of people think it's "...while I kiss this guy" because Hendrix often used to sing the latter lyric on stage to confuse and provoke people. But it's officially "...the sky", he even has a biography named after the lyric.


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    May 9th, 2007 5:44pm report

    OK, most of you guys don't know what your talking about.

    If you would read the cover inside the cd it quotes Hendrix saying that he wrote the song about a DREAM HE HAD about walking under the ocean.


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    Sep 28th, 9:08am report

    This is about flat earth ;) wonder why all these amazing artists were dying sudden deaths at such early ages? Exposing the truth..

    Think Kurt Cobain "I'm on a plane" (flat plane)

    The Doors, Pink Floyd were desperately trying to get the truth out there..
    Freddy Mercury try and understand Bohemian Rhaspody's true meaning. No, I'm not insane, there is zero proof of a ball, countless proofs of the FE... the truth doesn't need excuses (scientific THEORY)


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    Sep 13th, 9:56pm report

    I was given the nickname purple haze, I'm sure because I'm very much in love with someone I dated 42 years ago and we're engaged now to be married. I guess everyone has their own conclusions. I dream himandse him all the time. It's a girl


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    Sep 13th, 9:52pm report

    I was given the nickname purple haze, I'm sure because I'm very much in love with someone I dated 42 years ago and we're engaged now to be married. I guess everyone has their own conclusions. I dream himandse him all the time. It's a girl


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    Jul 7th, 2017 7:25pm report

    Back in the mid 60s it was a career killer/death sentence to say your song was about taking drugs. 'That girl put a spell on me' made the
    song/album 'sellable' not to mention a black man telling teens about the glories of acid in song would have got him hung in some states.
    Do you also believe that Lennon's son drew a picture of a woman named 'Lucy'? C'mon,
    Lennon took acid, by his own account, over a
    thousand times.
    This song was the beginning of a musical style called 'acid rock' or, as it was known back in the day: 'Psychedelic' rock.
    One well known example: before the Doors performed on Ed Sullivans show , Morrison was told he had to drop the line "Couldn't get much higher'. The Stones had to sing 'Lets spend some time together' etc. Although ultimately exonerated, look what happened to Ozzie for 'Suicide Solution' ?
    Jimmi wasn't stupid.


    Tim Morse
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    Dec 7th, 2016 12:10am report

    It's about acid. Let's not forget it's running buddies. Window Payne and Orange Sunshine. There was Purple Dragon in the 70's. Remember Wavy Gravy's warning at Woodstock. "Don't eat the brown acid"


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    Jun 14th, 2016 6:55am report


    Hendrix claimed this was inspired by a dream where he was walking under the sea. In the dream, he said a purple haze surrounded him, engulfed him and got him lost. It was a traumatic experience, but in his dream his faith in Jesus saved him.

    At one point, Hendrix wrote the chorus as "Purple Haze, Jesus Saves," but decided against it. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)


    Part of the lyrics were formed from some of Jimi's free verse ramblings that he jotted down from time to time.


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    Sep 17th, 2013 9:34pm report

    wrote this after taking two hits of Owlsley "monterey purple" LSD at the monterey pop festival, june 1967.


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    Jun 3rd, 2013 6:29am report

    sorry guys but your meaning to this song is wrong this song is all about drugs and you guys know it


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    Nov 3rd, 2012 11:41am report

    Possible origin of Purple Haze:

    First page, second paragraph, second sentence of Chapter 6 in Sinclair Lewis' "Babbitt".

    "When he stood on the low platform before the convention, he trembled and saw only a purple haze."


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    Oct 12th, 2012 10:52pm report

    I think that through a drug, his music, or intense unconditional love or self-love, or meditation, he had an experience where his 3rd eye opened. In this perception, he may have seen a tunnel surrounded by a purple haze(the indigo-purple colour of the 3rd eye), moving through tunnel(s) at light speed but always being in one moment, Now. You lose sight of time, there is none. You may have experience of other dimensions or worlds. We may also hear sounds or instruments from other frequencies. He was a Master (of music)(and a heightened sense of love for). This has sometimes been referred to as a waking dream. Or an OBE (out of body experience) or IBE (in body experience). I have had this. (no drugs though! :/


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    Jun 11th, 2012 6:58pm report

    As a song writer myself I can tell you Artist are able to combine multiple meaning in song. I see both. The girl is the Drug. But the Drug is also the girl... "Kiss the sky" covers both and sounds cool at the same time.

    Art doesn't follow any rules......


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    May 17th, 2012 5:05pm report

    Strike while the iron is hot!
    Count the money on the spot!


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    Jan 17th, 2012 1:42am report

    I feel like the song is about marijuana. I mean most of the song is pretty much what happens when you smoke quality bud. "And whatever it is, that girl(Mary Jane) put a spell on me."


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    Dec 20th, 2011 12:54pm report

    What no one has mentioned here is the fact that Purple Haze was actually written by Prince. It was one of four songs released on the Purple EP in 1979.

    Prince later went on to have a hit with one of the other "purple" songs, Purple Rain. In a 1987 interview he explained that given the proper weather conditions, condensed Purple Haze could lead to Purple Rain.

    The other two songs were, "Power to the Purple", and "Purple Love".

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