Patti Smith

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Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine.

Patricia Lee Smith (born 1946-12-30) is an American singer-songwriter and poet.


  • Americans just don't know what being a movie star's all about.
Cohen, Scott (1976-12-14). Patti Smith: Can You Hear Me Ethiopia?. Circus Magazine.


  • An artist is somebody who enters into competition with God.
  • Artists are traditionally resistant to labels.
  • Christianity made us think there's one heaven.
  • Everyone thinks of God as a man - you can't help it - Santa Claus was a man, therefore God has to be a man.
  • I always enjoyed doing transgender songs.
  • I can't say I was a Rasta but I went through a period when I was studying all aspects of Rastafarianism, including smoking a lot of pot while reading the Bible!
  • I have a daughter who's 11 years old. Maybe she'll grow up independent and really really heavy and become a movie star and she'll play me in my life story.
  • I like gettin' old
  • I look at these kids, you know, and I could be their mother, their mistress, their older woman. Some of the kids at the concerts are 15.
  • I only planned it out till I was 28. I figured at 28, the black dress, the gutter in Paris, I had it - like a B movie of Piaf.
  • In the period where I had to live the life of a citizen - a life where, like everybody else, I did tons of laundry and cleaned toilet bowls, changed hundreds of diapers and nursed children - I learned a lot.
  • Let's just say that I think any person who aspires, presumes, or feels the calling to be an artist has a built-in sense of duty.
  • Mohammed personally mapped out seven heavens. If he got to seven, you know there's more.
  • No, my work does not reflect my sexual preferences, it reflects the fact that I feel total freedom as an artist
  • Somehow I started introducing writing into my drawings, and after a time, the language took over and I started getting very involved with the handwriting and then the look of the handwriting.
  • When I was younger, I felt it was my duty to wake people up. I thought poetry was asleep. I thought rock 'n' roll was asleep.
  • Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.


  • "Gloria (In Excelsis Deo)":
    Jesus died
    For somebody's sins
    But not mine
  • "Rock N Roll Nigger":
    Look around you, all around you
    Riding on a copper wave
    Do you like the world around you?
    Are you ready to behave?
  • "People Have the Power":
    People have the power
    To redeem the work of fools
    Upon the meek the graces shower
    It's decreed the people rule
  • "Land":
    Life is filled with holes
    Johnny's laying there in his sperm coffin
    The angel looks down at him and says "Oh, pretty boy
    Can't you show me nothing but surrender?
  • "Babelogue":
    He spared the child and spoiled the rod
    I have not sold myself to God!

About Patti Smith

  • She is a soldier. She will not be defeated.
Manson, Shirley (2004-04-15). The Immortals: The First Fifty. Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.

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