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  • 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!'"
  • Patti Smith told Mojo in 2015 that this Horses track is increasingly harder for her to sing. She said: "It was originally for Hendrix, also Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, these people we felt a loss for. It was written with (one time boyfriend and Blue Oyster Cult member) Allen Lanier, who was a beautiful person - he passed away recently."
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