Two scraps of paper on which Jimi Hendrix wrote the lyrics to “Crosstown Traffic” are expected to sell for up to £35,000—about $54,000—at an online auction that begins today at 6 p.m.
“The lyrics are a working draft, which in my opinion is even nicer than owning a final version because they are much rarer, and you get to see what went on in the process of making it,” says auctioneer Ted Owen.
The song title is a phrase that refers to the congested traffic that moves east-to-west across Manhattan. Hendrix wrote the first verse and chorus and an unused second verse on 26 lines of the paper. The pages include the guitarist’s scribbles and deletions as he worked out the lyrics.
“Crosstown Traffic” appeared on Electric Ladyland and was recorded in London in 1967. It was released as a single the following year and reached Number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.