If people find out that Purple Haze was released in ’67, their spontaneous reaction to why did Jimi Hendrix write Purple Haze would be – drugs! And yes, that to a great extent is (and might be) true because Jimi Hendrix, like many other acts during the latter 60s and former 70s such as Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne and Pink Floyd, were tripping off of cocaine, acid, heroin and marijuana.
Creation of Purple Haze : The Dream
But when one delves deeper in to the reasons why Jimi Hendrix wrote Purple Haze, then an interview of his becomes quiet handy and informative where he states that the inspiration for the song came from a dream in which he witnessed himself taking a walk underneath the deep blue sea. And as he continued his walk in the dream, Jimi Hendrix witnessed himself getting surrounded by a Purple Haze that builds up so think around him that he loses his way. Still battling his way in the dream, Hendrix claimed that his belief in and devotion to Jesus Christ came to his rescue and bailed him out of the dilemma. In the words of Jimi Hendrix, it was this dream and life altering experience that inspired him to ink lyrics to the song.
Controversies Associated …
While Jimi Hendrix makes that claim and links the inspiration to a spiritually awakening dream, the common fable is that at the time that he was working on the song composition, Jimi Hendrix was tripping big time on Purple Haze (acid) LSD by Owsley Stanley; a fact which remains irrefutable till this very day. So while Eric Clapton speaks of visiting heaven to meet his long lost off spring and John Lennon speaks of creating heaven on earth, our great and talented friend Jimi Hendrix was way down there, way below the surface of the sea gaining inspiration after tripping on acid. Ain’t that something!