'I Don't Live Today' is a song, written and first performed by famed guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The original (mono only) version appeared on his debut album Are You Experienced, released throughout most of the world (except USA & Canada).
Hendrix often announced to his audiences that the song was "about the American Indian." The strong nature of the lyrics ("Feel like I'm livin' at the bottom of a grave") suggest a struggle against oppression. The song received limited airplay in the USA during the late 1960s and 1970s. Jimi often turned the song on its ear in concert; live performances often featured a middle section where Hendrix produced the feedback and distortion for which he was so famous. Sometimes, he would include a few notes of "The Star Spangled Banner" amidst the tortured sounds coming from his Stratocaster.
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