Drifting
On a sea of forgotten teardrops
On a lifeboat
Sailing for
Your love

Sailing home

Drifting
On a sea of old heartbreaks
On a lifeboat
Sailing for
Your love
Sailing home


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    General CommentIncredibly beautiful and tender song. You could hear the tears in Jimi's throat as he sings it.
    jersey73on October 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAgreed. I think he doesn't have anyone to love but the drifiting is metaphor for the "in and out of love" he has experienced. Perhaps it is really is about acid.
    dcaton December 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about Jimi's suspicion that there's something more to life than death and taxes and all the crap the majority of people worship.

    There's something out there, but he doesn't exactly know how to get to it...that's why he's drifting.
    hellopeopleon July 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is clearly about love, and what a fine way to say it. This is probably one of Jimi's shortest songs lyrically, but definitely among his other beautiful ballads like "One Rainy Wish", "May This Be Love" and "Angel". Proves that so much can be said in so little.
    U915on September 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentseriously dcat does every hendrix song have to be about an acd trip? im so sick of hearing that in every single thread abou jimi hendrix songs
    holmeiseon September 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentforget all the looking for metaphors, just read the words as they are, he been through a million woman but one remains in his heart, also , at 2:22, that feedback that comes in , my fav part, its Cosmic, its beautiful, it hurts wonderfully...
    ApolloTeon July 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy favourite Hendrix song. Of all time. My god, I love this song so much...
    garedelyonon October 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song, I imagine, could have been written about Apollo 13. Look at the lyrics-

    Drifting
    On a sea of forgotten teardrops
    On a lifeboat
    Sailing for
    Your love

    Sailing home

    Drifting
    On a sea of old heartbreaks
    On a lifeboat
    Sailing for
    Your love
    Sailing home

    It was 1970, less than six months before Jimi died. He loved the space program, science fiction, technology, etc.

    Was this song his artistic expression of what it would have been like to be in such a predicament? We'll never know for sure but to me, this is how I think he tried to relate to it.

    Beautiful, just beautiful.
    SonofJamon October 08, 2012   Link

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