Album: After Bathing at Baxter's (1967)

Songfacts®:

  • Paul Kantner wrote this song about a friend of his named Martha Wax, a teenage runaway who also happened to be the daughter of the mayor of Sausalito, California.
  • This was released as the B-side to "Watch Her Ride," another Kantner-penned tune that was the second single from the album and Jefferson Airplane's eighth single overall.
  • Together with "Wild Tyme (H)," this song comprises Kantner's suite "The War Is Over," the second of five mini-suites on the album. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mark - Desperate Hot Springs, CA, for all above

Comments: 3

  • Apsa from AfricaThe lyrics say the girl is absolutely free, but still she lovingly waits for Paul to get back home. Which is what makes him so proud, but on the whole it's pretty nostalgic. Somehow reminds me of "Come up the years", off the Takes off LP.
    The acoustic guitar is nice, the lead guitar licks are accurate as can be, the recorder is exquisite, while the bass is intriguing and the percussions are soft as a feather.
    Prettiest folk-rock song I've ever heard so far, definitely my favourite Airplane song.
  • Dartanian from EarthProsecutors, in May of 2016, dismissed an elder-abuse and embezzlement case against 66-year-old Bolinas resident Martha Wax, who was accused last year of allegedly pursing over $200,000 from her mother, Charlotte Speight, between 2009 and 2014. Ms. Wax was held for eight days in county jail following her arrest, which occurred just three weeks after her mother’s death on her 96th birthday.
  • Dartanian from EarthSixty-five-year-old Bolinas, CA resident Martha Wax was arrested at her home in May of 2015 for allegedly embezzling over $200,000 from her mother, Charlotte Speight, between 2009 and 2014. The arrest came just three weeks after Ms. Speight’s death on April 15, her 96th birthday.
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