Manic depression is touching my soul
I know what I want but I just don't know
How to, go about gettin' it
Feeling sweet feeling,
Drops from my fingers, fingers
Manic depression is catchin' my soul

Woman so weary, the sweet cause in vain
You make love, you break love
It's all the same
When it's, when it's over, mama
Music, sweet music
I wish I could caress, caress, caress
Manic depression is a frustrating mess

Well, I think I'll go turn myself off,
And go on down
All the way down
Really ain't no use in me hanging around
In your kinda scene

Music, sweet music
I wish I could caress, caress, caress
Manic depression is a frustrating mess

Ow! ow!
Music sweet music sweet music
Sweet music sweet music

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    General Commentfrustrating mess is a god damn understatement.
    PinkFloydrulezon June 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSong sounds like a self-diagnosis to me, almost like a cry for help. Jimi had problems with excessive drinking and he would sometimes get angry and become abusive when drunk. I read that he had been sexually abused as a child by a man in uniform. Frustrating mess because he knew he had mental problems but he didn't know what to do about. Last lines are kinds of depressing, almost seems like he was predicting his own death.
    Dingdong29393939on May 03, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI have a live version in which Hendrix explains that this is about "a cat wishing he could make love to a music instead of the same old everyday woman."
    headphonesandhellon July 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthearing some of hendrix's songs, i wish that could be possible haha
    sean7711on July 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI cant ant get no satisfaction. He cant get it on or get it up. The sweet cause in vain. Fruntrating, turn myself off (cant turn on). He wants to but cant- it happens and thats the manic part but not very clinically accurate.
    Whatsthewordon April 02, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti believe the manic depression is due in part because he can't get the girl... manic feelings of wanting to go after her.. and depression cause he can't. he loves her and can't seem to find a way to express it enough to get her.
    Bliskon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentheadphonesandhell is right. This song is about a guy who wants to make love to music. "music sweet music I wish I could caress". Check out Seal and Jeff Beck's cover of this on Stone Free: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix. It's really good.
    Crush Hiveon May 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOf what's already been posted, I agree most with renataa. He's sick of his relationships (and probably failures) with women, and all he has left is his music.
    erasmus11290on September 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with renataa too.
    grungeisdu4acumbakon October 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyea he wishes he could make love to his music. love the drums. (giving mitch mitchell some much deserved love)
    kp26on February 25, 2007   Link

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