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Patti Smith Song Lyrics and Exclusive Video Performances

Watch Patti Smith perform two acoustic songs and read the lyrics of songs featured in Patti Smith: Dream of Life and on this website.

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In this exclusive video, Patti Smith performs "Beneath the Southern Cross" on October 20, 2009, at the Robert Miller Gallery in New York City.

Beneath the Southern Cross
Written by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye

Oh
to be
not anyone
gone
this maze of being
skin
oh
to cry
not any cry
so mournful that
the dove just laughs
the steadfast gasps

oh
to owe
not anyone
nothing
to be
not here
but here
forsaking
equatorial bliss
who walked through
the callow mist
dressed in scraps
who walked
the curve of the world
whose bone scraped
whose flesh unfurled
who grieves not
anyone gone
to greet lame
the inspired sky
amazed to stumble
where gods get lost
beneath
the southern cross





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I wanted to remember the original energy; strip away all the glamour and limousines and tons of drugs. I wanted to get back to the revolutionary ideas, merging poetry and rhythm and rock and roll.”

— Patti Smith,
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