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Yeah, sing the song, Bro'

If the sun refuse to shine,
I don't mind, I don't mind,
If the mountains fell in the sea,
let it be, it ain't me.
Alright, 'cause I got my own world to live through,
And I ain't gonna copy you.

Now if 6 turned out to be 9,
I don't mind, I don't mind,
Alright, if all the hippies cut off all their hair,
I don't care, I don't care.
Dig, 'cause I got my own world to live through,
And I ain't gonna copy you.

White collared conservative flashing down the street,
Pointing their plastic finger at me.
They're hoping soon my kind will drop and die,
But I'm gonna wave my freak flag high, high.
Wave on, wave on.

Fall mountains, just don't fall on me.
Right on Mr. Business man, you can't dress like me.
Dreams, strife. Don't nobody know what I'm talkin' about.
I got my own life to live.
I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die.
So let me live my life the way I want to.
Sing on Brother, play on drummer.

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    This song is truly about freedom and doing your own thing no matter what social groups prevail, no matter social class, what is hip, what people put you down or if the world is upside down. If everyone lived as themselves and weren't influenced by everything and everyone around them people would live simplier and happier. Everything is okay as long as you've got your individuality.

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    If 6 was 9: It would be if the world was upside down. But I dont mind. This is a very american song. No group identity just me and mine. He is asserting and celebrating the self. An that time there were of course white collare conservatives, hippies and freaks. The freaks were total nonconformists alinging with no group and even hippies required conformity as a group. If 6 was 9 - if every foundation we have built this civilization on falls....

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    I think Robert has it partially right. I think Jimi was also discussing how the counter-culture became a marketable image and all of a sudden, it became hip to be a hippie. The same way Grunge became hip and fashionable in the early 1990s. There was a time when wearing flannel meant something (I guess), but after a while it was showing up as a fashion style.

    Jimi is saying that he is a true "different person". You can dress and look like me...but you will never be me. "Go ahead on mister business man, you can't dress like me "

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    Jimi Hendrix plays the flute in this number

    Damn great song, so trippy

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    well maybe you should!

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    i think its more about jimi being himself, and he would be the same "If all the hippies cut off all their hair", cuz like "Don't nobody know what I'm talkin' aboutI've got my own life to liveI'm the one that's gonna die when it's time for me to dieSo let me live my life the way I want to", no matter what, jimi will be jimi, and every one should take a lesson from him

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    I don't think anybody said this, but when you flip a 6 upsidedown it becomes a 9. Then he parelells this idea to socitey.

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    Basically, Jimi was a smart man who wanted to have fun. This song proves how eloquent his song lyrics were. The message he's trying to send a long is pretty simple "I'm going to do things my way, no matter what you think"

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    the song is about Bisexuality - jimmi and Janis (both lovers) both flaming bisexuals, hence.."I'm gonna wave my freak flag high, high" the fans have not or will not come to terms that fact. Little Richard discovered Jimmi and hired jimmi as his guitarist - ok wrap your mind around what that all would entail. you people write your words and feelings as YOUR your stories line up, which are LIES. if you can handle the truth, and the truth will set you free..then jimmi being bisexual has to become your truth..or your still just telling lies so your story makes you sound correct. Stop Lying about Jimi Hendrix

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    This song is about 1969 and then "hippie" generation. About how people were so concerned about conforming, except for the counter culture, and how the "business men" were trying to put down the counter culture idea.

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What is the meaning behind if 6 was 9? ›

The lyrics portray the underlying conflict of the counterculture of the 1960s: the "social and cultural dichotomies" between the hippies and the "white collared conservative" business world of the establishment.

Did Jimi Hendrix serve in the military? ›

Military service

Before Hendrix was 19 years old, law authorities had twice caught him riding in stolen cars. Given a choice between prison or joining the Army, he chose the latter and enlisted on May 31, 1961.

What was Jimi Hendrix's message? ›

Jimi's Woodstock anthem was both an expression of protest at the obscene violence of a wholly unnecessary war and an affirmation of aspects of the American experiment entirely worth fighting for.

Who played flute on If 6 was 9? ›

The credits list Hendrix as playing flute, but recorder player Rodney Waterman and Joe Vanderford of Independent Weekly refer to Hendrix's instrument as a recorder.

What is the meaning behind 9 to 5? ›

The song was written for the comedy film 9 to 5, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Parton in her film debut. The song—and film—owe their titles to 9to5, an organization founded in 1973 with the aim of bringing about fair pay and equal treatment for women in the workplace.

What is the message of 9 to 5? ›

“9 to 5” became an anthem for working women, uniting women together under one battle cry for fair working conditions. And 40 years later, women are still leaning into Parton's lyrics. New York magazine writer Rebecca Traister commented “9 to 5” is “simultaneously a song of angry complaint and immense good cheer.

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What was Jimi Hendrix's famous quote? ›

the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix.

Was Jimi Hendrix a US citizen? ›

No, he was American, from Seattle. He went to England AFTER he was discharged from the military at the invitation of Chas Chandler. Spent some time there, put out a record, then came back to the US. What was Jimi Hendrix's experience like in the US Army in 1961?

Who did Jimi Hendrix say was the best guitarist? ›

According to lore, in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Jimi Hendrix was asked, “How does it feel to be the greatest guitarist in the world?” He is believed to have answered, “I don't know, go ask Rory Gallagher.” Accounts of Hendrix's reference to the Irish blues-rock guitarist and singer abound but, to be ...

Who was Jimi Hendrix's admired guitarist? ›

One guitarist in particular took Jimi's attention – ZZ Top axeman Billy Gibbons. Jimi Hendrix regularly cited the guitarist as the best around, and the flattery helped propel Gibbons' reputation. “He was a real technical wizard.

What did Jimi Hendrix say before he died? ›

His manager Chas Chandler says his final words to him were that he “needed help” and he wanted to change his turbulent lifestyle. Thus, he went in the bath after partying one evening and wrote this touching poem and it happened to be his last act.

What was Jimi Hendrix's instrument of choice? ›

Jimi Hendrix was most well-known for using Fender Stratocaster guitars. While he did use a wide variety of other guitars in his time, the majority of his performances from '66 onwards were with various Stratocasters.

Who is the most famous person to play the flute? ›

James Galway is considered the greatest flute player and the world's most famous by many seasoned and newbie flute players. Popularly regarded as the man with the golden flute, James Galway has experienced success like no other flute player; he has headlined myriad shows and continues to tour successfully.

Who is the rock flute guy? ›

Widely recognized as the man who introduced the flute to rock music, Ian Anderson remains the crowned exponent of the popular and rock genres of flute playing. So far, no pretender to the throne has stepped forward.

Did Jimi Hendrix fight in the war? ›

Even many who served, didn't actually see combat deployment... Jimi Hendrix was a paratrooper in the army. He got discharged due to an ankle injury after a jump. It was in the army that he met and formed a band with bassist Billy Cox.

How long did Jimi Hendrix serve in the Army? ›

His constant noodling led one of his commanding officers to comment, "This is one of his faults, because his mind apparently cannot function while performing duties and thinking about his guitar." Although Hendrix had signed up for three years of service, Capt. Gilbert Batchman had had enough after one year.

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Why Jimi was honorably discharged? ›

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