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Album: The Sky Is Crying
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Released: 1991
Length: 6:44
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Well she's walking through the clouds
With a circus mind that's running wild
Butterflies and zebras
And moonbeams and a fairy tale
That's all she ever thinks about
Riding 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
Anything

Fly on little wing
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Fly on little wing
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Makes you wonder what a 10 is if this ain't it.  

A godlike cover -- much like Jimi's godlike cover of All Along the Watchtower -- much like Dylan's godlike cover of....you get the idea....
Playing his guitar behind his back or plucking the strings with his teeth as Jimi Hendrix did, he earned fame in Europe, which later resulted in breakthroughs for guitar players like Robert Cray, Jeff Healey, Robben Ford, and Walter Trout, amongst others.
Where are these artists here? Jeff Healey in front!
Would you please be so kind?
Thanks in advance!
he comes the closest to you know who
 Montreal_Mort wrote:

Is it possible that this version is better than Jimi’s?? Sacreligous!! (sp very likely) For today, I’m enjoying it more than ANY version I’ve ever heard



Possibly ...... but without Jimi he may not be playing it this way!
Ohhh, mannn.... Beth Hart / Joe Bonamassa followed by Stevie Ray Vaughan / Double Trouble .... awesome combo!
Is it possible that this version is better than Jimi’s?? Sacreligous!! (sp very likely) For today, I’m enjoying it more than ANY version I’ve ever heard
 alexandersmcmillan wrote:

Nice. First time hearing this on RP. This is a 10 for me, which coincidentally is the most common string gauge for an electric guitar (ranging from .010-.046 of an inch). Stevie Ray Vaughan, however, used thicker gauge strings (.013-.058). Slide guitarists commonly use heavier strings as it fattens up the tone, but of course slide guitarists don't typically fret and bend strings to the degree of Stevie Ray Vaughan. It takes incredible hand strength to do it. I'm amazed he was able to do it night after night. 



Your post put me in a mind, and this is well in advance of Memorial weekend, but it struck a cord with me so here I go.  

I used to live in the mid-west, southern Arkansas region -  this during a period post High School and Pre-College (for me).  The mid-70's.  Frame of reference.  He was born Oct 3, 1954.  I was born Oct 19, 1954.  You can say I could appreciate his frame of reference in life at that time.  You know the age?  Man/woman.  It doesn't matter the sex.  It's that period when you're at your freest.  I  was 21, free and clueless.  Doesn't everyone have such a time?  

Anyway, I had the opportunity to actually see him live around the time he was about to ignite.  His music yanked my head around in full listen the first time that I heard it..  The kid could PLAY! 

But the thing that stuck with me, leaving aside the fact of the music, was the size of his hands.  They were massive.  I think you're spot on with the assessment about hand strength.  

The thing of it was, for me, this.  He played what he did as easily as you could draw a breath.   Watching was an epiphany.  Therein lies the nature of the distinction between a technically proficient artist good at their trade, and a phenome.  The good mechanic to a person naturally flying a multi-mach toy.   Stevie was a Mozart to his genre.  The proof is easily acknowledged in the most basic of ways.    Just listen.  The Dude could PLAY,  If you can't hear it then you can't be human. The distinction between the human, and the machine ain't it? Heh!

Highlow
 Typesbad wrote:

This right after Love, Reign O'er Me?  C'mon Bill!  I'm trying to get some work done here!


This time after Inner City Blues...a twofer of 10s
Nice. First time hearing this on RP. This is a 10 for me, which coincidentally is the most common string gauge for an electric guitar (ranging from .010-.046 of an inch). Stevie Ray Vaughan, however, used thicker gauge strings (.013-.058). Slide guitarists commonly use heavier strings as it fattens up the tone, but of course slide guitarists don't typically fret and bend strings to the degree of Stevie Ray Vaughan. It takes incredible hand strength to do it. I'm amazed he was able to do it night after night. 
yeah......
No lyrics needed for this rendition.
Wow! I've got this at a 9. Stevie Ray is not Jimi, but he is one fine guitarist!
This is all SRV! I like Jimi, but I think Steve has more dynamics and jazzed it up bit, just made cover his. Just phenomenal all aspects.  A rare 10 from me.
Nonmol - you are so right! I love that ‘lil Wing is slowed down. Jimi Forever!!
If you're going to cover a Hendrix song, this is how it's done.   
What a fabulous rendition of Jimi’s song which I’m sure he would been proud of,rock on Stevie up there with Jimi🙏
 wmxmfm wrote:

Every listen affirms for me that this song is being played as if Stevie were telling his life's story. I hear tentative beginnings, early elation tinged by self-doubt, depths of despair, affirmation of love, determination and overcoming, self-reinvention and joy. Each long descending chord sounds like the turning of the page to a new chapter.


It was only in reading this comment that I realized I was hearing the same. The only other song that I hear a life story within is Packelbel's Canon in D....
I love Hendrix' version - it's his song - but I always found it way too short, like, nooo, don't stop it yet! Please, go on!
And thankfully Stevie Ray Vaughan takes his time here. Love it!
 jhalfmoon wrote:

I feel Rickrolled after those first chords. "Jimmeeeeeehhh!!" Big surprise... it aint! Still... totally freaking awesome.



And again.. (and agreed!)
 davidbrendgard wrote:

Jimi did All Along the Watchtower just as good if not better than Dylan, and I am YUGE Dylan fan. Stevie did Little Wing just as good if not better than Jimi!



you are correct sir
 jhalfmoon wrote:

I feel Rickrolled after those first chords. "Jimmeeeeeehhh!!" Big surprise... it aint! Still... totally freaking awesome.

I knew it was SRV from the start, something about his technique that is unique. I give this a nod over Jimi. 

Jimi did All Along the Watchtower just as good if not better than Dylan, and I am YUGE Dylan fan. Stevie did Little Wing just as good if not better than Jimi!
So lucky I got to see him jam this twice! Nothing quite like him, and we all knew it at the time. An outstanding cover of a true eternal jam
This right after Love, Reign O'er Me?  C'mon Bill!  I'm trying to get some work done here!
GREAT!!!
Could this version really be 30 years old?? Love it like Jimi’s
Absolutely sublime... I love the original, but this goes through mighty high on my list of favourite covers. Thanks B&R.
Stevie had his own way with covers, this one is out.standing. The dynamics are just....yeah.
Haven't ever seen an RP song with 0 votes below a 4 rating.  That does say something doesn't it?  Mine's a 10.  And I do love my Jimi but this is extraordinary.
 wmxmfm wrote:

Every listen affirms for me that this song is being played as if Stevie were telling his life's story. I hear tentative beginnings, early elation tinged by self-doubt, depths of despair, affirmation of love, determination and overcoming, self-reinvention and joy. Each long descending chord sounds like the turning of the page to a new chapter.



were you masturbating whilst writing that cod pyscho-analytical BS?
adding a few more twiddly guitar licks doesnt enhance this song.
get on and play it
this may be blasphemy...but he does the best cover of this 
Amazing!
 wmxmfm wrote:

Every listen affirms for me that this song is being played as if Stevie were telling his life's story. I hear tentative beginnings, early elation tinged by self-doubt, depths of despair, affirmation of love, determination and overcoming, self-reinvention and joy. Each long descending chord sounds like the turning of the page to a new chapter.



Your comment is far more eloquent than anything I could ever create. I devoured this CD when it first arrived.  IMHO, this is the best recording of SRV's career.  Still gives me chicken skin every time.
YaY! 
Thank you for playing Stevie's version! I do love Jimi's, too. Both are Fantastic.
 jhalfmoon wrote:

I feel Rickrolled after those first chords. "Jimmeeeeeehhh!!" Big surprise... it aint! Still... totally freaking awesome.



Some covers are re-arrangements. 
Some are faithful reproductions. 
Some channel the very soul of the original.
Every listen affirms for me that this song is being played as if Stevie were telling his life's story. I hear tentative beginnings, early elation tinged by self-doubt, depths of despair, affirmation of love, determination and overcoming, self-reinvention and joy. Each long descending chord sounds like the turning of the page to a new chapter.
I feel Rickrolled after those first chords. "Jimmeeeeeehhh!!" Big surprise... it aint! Still... totally freaking awesome.
Instant 10! Thanks B&R, all-time favorite!
That's some excellent guitar pickin', we lost another great one way too soon. RIP Stevie...
making that guitar sing like maria callas
Superb!