October 03, 2011

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Castles Made of Sand (1967)

Credited for the development of hard rock and metal, this group was only active from 1966-1970. Each of their three studio albums was critically acclaimed and continues to be influential today. The band’s front man, Jimi Hendrix, frequently tops the rankings as “the greatest guitar player of all time.”

This song was released on their group’s second studio album, Axis: Bold as Love. It was claimed by Jimi’s brother, Leon, to be about Jimi himself and his family. Regardless of whether or not this is true, the song’s lyrics can still be enjoyed between the intricate backward guitar solos.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Castles Made of Sand

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Castles Made of Sand (1967)

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Down the street you can hear her scream “You're a disgrace”
As she slams the door in his drunken face
And now he stands outside
And all the neighbors start to gossip and drool
He cries “Oh, girl you must be mad”
“What happened to the sweet love you and me had?”
Against the door he leans and starts a scene
And his tears fall and burn the garden green

And so castles made of sand
Fall in the sea

A little Indian brave who before he was ten
Played war games in the woods with his Indian friends
And he built a dream that when he grew up
He would be a fearless warrior, an Indian chief
Many moons past and more the dream grew strong until
Tomorrow he would sing his first war song and fight his first battle
But something went wrong; surprise attack killed him in his sleep that night

And so castles made of sand
Melts into the sea

There was a young girl, whose heart was a frown
'cause she was crippled for life and she couldn't speak a sound
And she wished and prayed she could stop living; so she decided to die
She drew her wheelchair to the edge of the shore
And to her legs she smiled “You won’t hurt me no more”
But then a sight she'd never seen made her jump and say
“Look, a golden winged ship is passing my way”
And it really didn't have to stop, it just kept on going

And so castles made of sand
Slips into the sea

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