Some insight into the ‘Yellow King’
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In 1969, the Rolling Stones released 'you can't always get what you want'. It was recorded in late November, 1968. It wasn’t a hit, by any means. It was a b side that never charted. In late November 1968, Jimi Hendrix was blowing up. He was hitting an amazing career high with the releases of ‘Axis Bold as Love’ and ‘Electric Ladyland’. Though Jimi lived another several years, he never released another album. This isn’t why I am writing, though. I am writing because of the eary circumstances around the words, and the eventual death of Jimi Hendrix 3 years later. Let’s look at the lyrics, third verse.
Ok, that is the whole verse, unedited. Let’s take a look at this line by line
I went down to the Chelsea drugstore
Chelsea is a neighborhood in London. Jimi was from Seattle, but he died in London.
To get your prescription filled
Jimi died of an overdose of prescription sleeping pills
I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy
James Marshall Hendrix
And man, did he look pretty ill
well, yeah. He was pretty much addicted to a myriad of drugs at this time, as just about everyone else was in that era
Yeah, and he said one word to me, and that was “dead”
yeah, dead. This song is written almost on his birthday, 3 years shy of this death
You can’t always get what you want
and that seals it. Boy howdy, dude just wanted a nap. You can’t always get what you want. When Jimmy showed up at his girlfriends apartment, he said all he wanted was some sleep. He was dead tired. He didn’t want to be bothered, so he took a handful of sleeping pills. Not a suicide, or even trying to get high. He just wanted to get some rest before he got hussled back out on tour by his super evil manager Mike Jeffries
So, I don’t think anything mystical happened here. I just think it is awfully interesting, and worth pointing out.