Anger, he smiles,
Towering in shiny metallic purple armour
Queen Jealousy, envy waits behind him
Her fiery green gown sneers at the grassy ground

Blue are the life-giving waters taken for granted,
They quietly understand
Once happy turquoise armies lay opposite ready,
But wonder why the fight is on
But they're all bold as love, yeah, they're all bold as love
Yeah, they're all bold as love
Just ask the axis

My red is so confident that he flashes trophies of war,
And ribbons of euphoria
Orange is young, full of daring,
But very unsteady for the first go round
My yellow in this case is not so mellow
In fact I'm trying to say it's frightened like me
And all these emotions of mine keep holding me from, eh,
Giving my life to a rainbow like you
But, I'm bold as love, yeah, I'm bold as love
Yeah, yeah
Well I'm bold, bold as love (hear me talking, girl)
I'm bold as love
Just ask the axis (he knows everything)

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    General CommentOk i think i get it now. By encompassing himself as a rainbow and(aside from other references to the queen's gown and blue oceans) describing each color as a different emotional state that is bold in it's own right, i think he's describing love as a rainbow through metaphor. He uses a vast range of colors to describe himself as confident, daring, unsteady and not so mellow. When you're in love you can feel a lot of things like this, sometimes all at once and it confuses the shit out of you. So in a way all his colors are confusing him and holding him back from this girl he's talking about. He even follows the color spectrum ROYGBIV but he starts in the middle. Often times true love waits(yea radiohead) and no one gets what they want right away. Both people have to give up certain things, games that they're playing etc; and meet themselves halfway, in the middle, and fall mutually in love(good luck).
    Atemporalon January 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJimi saw his music as colors, and he played the colors he saw in his head. I think that's what the song is referring to. Also, johnnyGlaze, quit being a tool, Hendrix was a hippie.Bodester, most people do not get fucked up for life due to acid, only people who take waaaaaaay to much, or people that already have physcological problems.
    bugmenoton December 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's about how he see's all people as "rainbows", each colour represnting different emotions.
    And he most likey reached this point of view through alternit perceptions.
    kindadependson April 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti was reading in guitar world (with korn on it) that when u drop acid and listen to this song u see different colors and shit.
    sean7711on June 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey i am only repeating what the interview on jimi had.
    sean7711on August 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey i am only repeating what the interview on jimi had.
    sean7711on August 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdont you see colours when youre on acid regardless of what youre listening to?
    eigthon June 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThat's only one of the effects, and only happens to some people, some times. Another is that your brain gets fucked up for life. That's a lot more common.

    This is one of my favorite Hendrix songs. I think the red + "ribbons of euphoria" might be talking about "reds" or barbituates. However, it's a great riff on that part.

    I read somewhere that Jimi Hendrix had a fantasy about the axis of the world changing, and changing all life eternally, so that might be the "axis". I don't know how much of that is fiction, but it's an interesting thing to add to your perspective on this song.
    Bodesteron June 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhat exactly is it to be "bold as love?"
    Atemporalon November 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAtemporal, that's exactly the question that we cannot answer.

    He talks about his colors as if they were emotions, I think. So if we go with that, his colors are bold or strong, etc, so being bold as love...?
    met3oraon December 02, 2004   Link

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