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"1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)" (also known as "1983") is a song by English/American psychedelic rock band The Jimi Hendrix Experience, featured on their 1968 third studio album Electric Ladyland. Often recognised as one of the most psychedelic songs written by Jimi Hendrix, "1983" is also the second longest song by the band, surpassed only by the fifteen-minute "Voodoo Chile." The song features Jimi Hendrix on multiple guitars, bass and vocals, MItch Mitchell on… read more

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  • Avatar for bianka99
    one of the greatest riffs in all of rock and roll
  • Avatar for LucasLinoMota
    Most underrated and also one of the greatest Hendrix songs.
  • Avatar for ericshep
    “1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)” (also known as “1983”) is a song by English/American psychedelic rock band The Jimi Hendrix Experience, featured on their 1968 third studio album Electric Ladyland. Often recognised as one of the most psychedelic songs written by Jimi Hendrix, “1983” is also the second longest song by the band, surpassed only by the fifteen-minute “Voodoo Chile.” The song features Jimi Hendrix on multiple guitars, bass and vocals, MItch Mitchell on drums, and Chris Wood on flute. Various sound effect overdubs were also added.
  • Avatar for ericshep
    “1983” details a science fiction scenario of an apocalyptic war and the protagonist/Hendrix’ desire to “take our last walk through the noise to the sea” with his female companion in order to escape the destruction. The song segues into “Moon, Turn the Tides…Gently Gently Away”, which represents their descent together into the ocean depths. By some, 1983…(A Merman I Should Turn to Be) is, considered Jimi Hendrix most philosophical and political song. The lyric of the song talks about a man who awakes and says “hurray” from waking up from yesterday. His aim is to be a Merman. For Jimi, a Merman is somebody who walks away from war, oppression and does what the government had told him was against God and the king (meaning the president). Man has been told that he can’t live underwater. He can’t be against God (meaning the powers that be). Jimi tells us to walk straight into the sea. 1983, the number of a section in the Civil Rights Act of 1871 gives his dream meaning.
  • Avatar for trendynigga
    And they also said it's impossible for a man to live and breathe under water, forever
  • Avatar for DarkPassengerr
    what a stunning song!
  • Avatar for TijuanaLady
    definatelly my favourite Hendrix song ...and it is kind of sad that its not as popular as his other greats.
  • Avatar for Bird_Cooder
    What!? Only 23k times scrobbled? For me this is the best track on the album.
  • Avatar for Mario_Alfaia
    Jimi at his best. This song deserves more listeners. I took like months to fully appreciate, but after that it was amazing. 1983 is relaxing, intense, powerful, and beautiful. It's hard to describe it really. Try to listen to it after "Moon, Turn The Tides... Gently Gently Away", it gets even better. I know it's not the correct order, but I prefer it that way.
  • Avatar for riverflows
    well i am listening to by himself: the home recordings is that still the experience? my jimi hendrix tags are mixed up so last.fm can fix em please

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