Manic Depression on the Vinyl Version

Introducing this song in concert, Jimi Hendrix said: “We’d like to do a frustrating kind of song for you. it’s a story ’bout a cat wishin’ he could make love to music, instead of the same old everyday woman.”

In this song, Hendrix sings of despair and confusion, and wonders just what kind of world this is anyway. His protective haven from the chaos is “music, sweet music.”

The song’s name, is another meaning for Bipolar disorder, a mental disorder that causes periods of depression and periods of abnormally elevated mood. The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania, depending on its severity, or whether symptoms of psychosis are present.

There is no evidence the Hendrix ever suffered from bipolar disorder himself. Hendrix was doing a press conference in London and his manager at the time, Chas Chandler, told him to cheer up and sound more energetic because  that he sounded like a manic depressive. So the next day Hendrix wrote this tune

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