I floated slowly up to the ceiling
And looked down at the body on the bed,
A body that seemed… somehow… familiar.
The memories swam around my head like a
Drug-induced dream. The after gig party,
The smart set hangers on and after that,
The cab, the acid-tab, the whiskey and the wine,
One hell of a time, and one girl, still there, on the bed.
Then something began to pull me away,
Bright light surrounded me, holding me,
Then the music… like all the music I had ever heard
Played by all the musicians I had ever wanted to be.
Billie, Prez and Bird; And the King of the Delta Blues.
I joined in that celestial session, so fine, that in
Rolling Stone they would say, Jimi played that day
Like tomorrow would never come.
He held that riff as if Hell was waiting.
A solo for his life: Until… his axe melted away.
Jimi! Jimi! You’re alive! Jesus Christ, I thought you’d died.
Shaking me, shaking me. Someone was shaking me.
Opening my eyes, I could see a single bulb on the ceiling.
The girl was crying. She thought I was dying.
But you know Parky, I should have died that night,
I should have been dead, just another acid-head
Rock star, dead from a one too many fix
And now I’m here… on this show!
Yes Jimi and now you’ve hit the heights.
Ladies and gentlemen, show your appreciation
For my guest tonight……………
I suppose many rock or jazz fans have speculated about what would have happened if Jimi Hendrix hadn’t died in the seventies. Would he have gone on breaking the boundaries of rock music. Would he have teamed up with the jazz rock school. There were rumours of a collaboration with Miles Davis, or would he turned into ‘an all round entertainer’.
For those of you who don’t know; ‘Parky’ refers to Sir Michael Parkinson who was the host of a very middle-of-the road chat show. ‘Billie’ is Billie Holliday. ‘Prez’ is Lester Young. ‘Bird’ is Charlie ‘Yardbird’ Parker. ‘The King of the Delta Blues’ is Robert Johnson who seems to have influenced every blues and rock guitarist who has ever played. Now read on……