This is a straightforward requiem for Jimi Hendrix. Smith recorded the song on September 18, 1975, the anniversary of the rock guitarist's death. She told The Observer
: "'The last lines - 'I think it's sad, just too bad, that all our friends can't be with us today' - are borrowed from '1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)
.' I didn't think Jimi would mind!'"