Jimi Hendrix - "Purple Haze" - Atlanta Pop Festival 1970

The song features his inventive guitar playing, which uses the signature Hendrix chord and a mix of blues and Eastern modalities, shaped by novel sound processing techniques. Because of ambiguities in the lyrics, listeners often interpret the song as referring to a psychedelic experience, although Hendrix described it as a love song.

"Purple Haze" is one of Hendrix's best-known songs and appears on many Hendrix compilation albums. The song featured regularly in concerts and each of Hendrix's group configurations issued live recordings. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and is included on lists of the greatest guitar songs, including at number two by Rolling Stone and number one by Q magazine.


Purple Haze all in my brain

Lately things just don't seem the same

Actin' funny but I don't know why

'Scuse me while I kiss the sky

Purple Haze all around

Don't know if I'm coming up or down

Am I happy or in misery?

Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me

Help me

Help me

Oh no, oh

[Background voices:]

Hammering talkin' 'bout heart 'n' s-soul

I'm talking about hard stuff

If everybody's still around, fluff and ease, if

So far out my mind

Something's happening, something's happening

Yeah, Purple Haze all in my eyes

Don't know if it's day or night

You've got me blowing, blowing my mind

Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?

Oh help me

Ah yeah, purple haze

Oh, no oh help me

Tell me, baby, tell me

(Purple Haze!)

I can't go on like this

(Purple Haze!)

You're making me blow my mind, mama

(Purple Haze!)

No, no no, it's painful, baby

(Purple Haze!)