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#SLS — Little Wing by Sting

Jim Adams is the illustrious host of Song Lyric Sunday.  Jim says:
Song Lyric Sunday is mostly about having fun and sharing your music with others. Tell a story, post a video, show the lyrics, but most important, make sure that you have fun. I feel that everyone should be able to find a song that fits the prompt Bird/Fly/Sky/Wing.
Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

…Nothing Like the Sun (Sting album - cover art).jpg

…Nothing Like the Sun is the second solo studio album by English singer-songwriter Sting, released on October 13, 1987. The album explores the genres of pop rock, soft rock, jazz, reggae, world, acoustic rock, dance-rock, and funk rock.

“Little Wing” is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967. The origins of “Little Wing” have been traced back to the 1966 recording of “(My Girl) She’s a Fox”, an R&B song which features Hendrix playing Curtis Mayfield-influenced guitar accompaniment. He developed the song while performing in New York City’s Greenwich Village. After being inspired by events at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, Hendrix completed the song in October 1967, when it was recorded by the Experience during the sessions for their second album Axis: Bold as Love.

Music journalist Charles Shaar Murray likens the figure to a feminine ideal: “Sometimes she is a spirit, sometimes a fantasy, sometimes a woman as solidly, palpably physical as he is“. The figure first appears as “Waterfall” in “May This Be Love”, where she offers solace and hope, and as “a soulful, loving sprite” in “Little Wing”. However, other writers have suggested that the figure is similar to the guardian angel associated with Christianity, which is clearly what she represents in Hendrix’s later song “Angel”. Hendrix’s brother, Leon, interpreted “Little Wing” (and “Angel”) as a general tribute: “He wrote it for his girlfriends, our aunties, and especially for our mama, who looked over us from high above in the afterlife“. Hendrix’s hand-written lyrics for “Angel” (with the note, “Finished January 14, 1968”) use the title “My Angel Catherina (Return of Little Wing)”, which suggests that he saw a connection between the two songs. At the time, Hendrix had just finished a short tour of Scandinavia, where he had performed “Little Wing” in concert for the first time. At some point he responded to a question, “Love? I know a girl, Katerina, in Sweden.” In a later 1969 interview, Hendrix described his relationships while he was on tour: “So like ‘Little Wing’ is like one of these beautiful girls that come around sometimes … She was a very sweet girl that came around that gave me her whole life and more if I wanted it. And me with my crazy ass couldn’t get it together, so I’m off here and there and off over there.”

Personnel on Little Wing: Sting – lead vocals, bass guitar, double bass, Gil Evans and His Orchestra, Hiram Bullock – guitar, Kenwood Dennard – drums, Mark Egan – bass guitar, Kenny Kirkland – keyboards, Mino Cinelu – percussion, vocoder, Branford Marsalis – saxophone, Andy Newmark – additional drums

Well she’s walking through the clouds
With a circus mind
That’s running wild
Butterflies and zebras and moonbeams
And fairy tales

That’s all she ever thinks about

Riding with the wind

When I’m sad she comes to me
With a thousand smiles
She gives to me free

It’s alright, she says
It’s alright
Take anything you want from me

Fly on, little wing

Writer/s: Jimi Hendrix

16 thoughts on “#SLS — Little Wing by Sting

        1. Thanks. I had a great time. We went for a nice walk, then out for a late lunch, then to the cat shelter. The weather is cooling down. I was able to take a few pics which will be posted at some point soon.

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  1. I love …Nothing Like the Sun, it is one of my favorite albums and Sting is one of my favorites. Loved his rendition of “Little Wing” but didn’t know it was a cover till now. Great to learn the meaning behind the song as well.

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