Patti Smith - Babelogue Lyrics




I haven't fucked much with the past,
But I've fucked plenty with the future.
Over the skin of silk are scars
From the splinters of stations
And walls I've caressed.

A stage is like each bolt of wood,
Like a log of Helen, is my pleasure.
I would measure the success of a night
By the way by the way by the amount of piss and seed
I could exude over the columns that nestled the P.A.

Some nights I'd surprise everybody by skipping off
With a skirt of green net sewed over
With flat metallic circles which dazzled and flashed.
The lights were violet and white.
I had an ornamental veil, but I couldn't bear to use it.

When my hair was cropped, I craved covering,
But now my hair itself is a veil,
And the scalp inside is a scalp of
A crazy and sleepy Comanche
Lies beneath this netting of the skin.

I wake up. I am lying peacefully
I am lying peacefully and my knees are open to the sun.
I desire him, and he is absolutely ready to seize me.
In heart I am a Moslem;
In heart I am an American;
In heart I am Moslem,
In heart I'm an American artist,
And I have no guilt.

I seek pleasure.
I seek the nerves under your skin.
The narrow archway; the layers;
The scroll of ancient lettuce.

We worship the flaw, the belly, the belly,
The mole on the belly of an exquisite whore.
He spared the child and spoiled the rod.
I have not sold myself to God.





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  1. tom gremer

    yes ,Patte , was beyond ,started new voice of social views ,XPRESSED

  2. Tyler Tyler

    Baby was a black sheep, baby was a whore
    Baby got big and baby get bigger
    Baby get something, baby get more
    Baby, baby, baby was a rock and roll nigga
    Oh, look around you, all around you
    Riding on a copper wave
    Do you like the world around you?
    Are you ready to behave?

    Outside of society, they're waitin' for me
    Outside of society, that's where I want to be

    Baby was a black sheep, baby was a whore
    You know she got big, well, she's gonna get bigger
    Baby got a hand, got a finger on the trigger
    Baby, baby, baby is a rock and roll nigga

    Outside of society, that's where I want to be
    Outside of society, they're waitin' for me

    (Those who have suffered, understand suffering
    And thereby extend their hand
    The storm that brings harm
    Also makes fertile
    Blessed is the grass
    And herb and the true thorn and light)

    I was lost in a valley of pleasure
    I was lost in the infinite sea
    I was lost, and measure for measure
    Love spewed from the heart of me
    I was lost, and the cost
    And the cost didn't matter to me
    I was lost, and the cost
    Was to be outside society

    Jimi Hendrix was a nigga
    Jesus Christ and grandma, too
    Jackson Pollock was a nigga
    Nigga, nigga, nigga, nigga
    Nigga, nigga, nigga

    Outside of society, they're waitin' for me
    Outside of society, if you're looking
    That's where you'll find me
    Outside of society, they're waitin' for me
    Outside of society

  3. Paje Foster

    A skinny white chick with a fire in the belly & the words of angels flowing from her pen. I taste the divine when Patti sings. She is also the face that launched a thousand ships to burn in the fires of Troy - BEAUTIFUL & BEYOND!

  4. paul linley

    you all are dumb cunts

  5. Clody

    What a wonderfull version thank you

  6. mackychloe

    Oliver Stone sent me here.

    paul linley

    really god sent me to you.in your arse

  7. Old-Man Parker

    awesome!

  8. John Mclean

    Holy shit <3

  9. Old-Man Parker

    Patti Smith rocks harder and with bigger balls than any male "rock star" today.

  10. april s

    My father was deeply madly in love with her.

    Sar Toris

    I've been in love with her since 1979. She had an indefinable quality that just made a man forget his name.

    Paje Foster

    Me too. Lol. She is beyond the conventions of beauty, She is her Self! And it is so damn sexy ...

  11. Klaus Toth

    listening to this for the first time, we knew that a rock goddess had been born.

  12. J. Dovales

    This is fuckin great on all kinds of levels

  13. Peter Fedun

    I saw her in concert 18 years ago during the Montreal Jazz Festival. She came on stage and said, "I hear there's a jazz festival going on. What the fuck am I doing here?!" It was the first time I'd seen her live and it's still number one on my list. This was the encore and during the final moments of the song, as I jumped up and down singing along and pumping my fist in the air, she she crouched down over me with a smile and sang "Outside of society...etc." right in my face. I was elated beyond reason and is a moment I'll cherish until leave this mortal coil.

  14. Charles Deason

    Great presentation of an equally great song...( And poem)

  15. Ernesto Lombardo

    This lady, this grand dame... guts of steel on this poet. Seized a word given the power of violence and flipped it, turning it into a proud, defiant statement. In a very public way.

  16. Jamie Moore

    Rest in peace David Bowie #Starman✌

  17. Terri L

    At one point in time I remembering finding a definition in a well-respected dictionary for the word "nigger" and it said, "a member of a class of people who are subjected to discrimination and unfair treatment", in other words, someone outside of "society". Listen to who she mentions: Jimi Hendrix, Lord Jesus, Jackson Pollock, (with pictures of Rimbaud and Oscar Wilde, among others)...None of them readily accepted by the masses, as she herself wasn't.

  18. Paul Savage

    Imagine if you're a black chick going to club and listening to a young white chick insult you and call you down in 1979 New York!

  19. Marc-André

    BON SANG

  20. jackal59

    I loved Horses when I first heard it in 1975 and still do. I've never been able to buy this song, though, and the spoken word intro is not much better. No, Patti, you don't have the scalp of a Comanche, and you just sound pretentious when you say you do.

  21. Joey B

    She's writing about how high and horny she was on meth and ready to open her legs for uncle meaty as she wants to savor every second of being a little greasy whore who wanted more and more!!!!!

  22. Edera

    This fucking slideshow is so bad it's good. Good to laugh at.

  23. SpiritForce

    Haaaaaaard rock man

    Old-Man Parker

    PUNK Rock, actually. :)

  24. Christopher Lee Harper

    https://plus.google.com/+ChristopherLeeHarper/posts/Wv1tVQxyERi

  25. Lilly Wilkin

    love the song💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗 Adding it to my playlist!

  26. Asa Braco /Deayth Faerie

    I love her style of pure poetic rants... She must be thanked for her MAJOR contribution to punk AND the feminest/Pre-Riot Grrrl Movement!

    Old-Man Parker

    EXACTLY! That's what the real PUNK ROCKERS were about... sadly replaced by youngsters who now sing commercial pap.

  27. Nico

    Solid as a fuckin rock !

  28. Jason Peter's

    Patti was meant for 1990s

  29. Kenny Kerman

    Patti Smith = GOD LEVEL. Always.

  30. caktusjack 2011

    who is patty now?? BITCH

  31. Nikkolas Gage

    having to explain this track to my black girlfriend was hard, but she got understanding lol

    Old-Man Parker

    it's Pure Raw Punk Rock. What's to explain?

  32. Marie Marie

    i'm outside in society in my reality, helas, not in my dream, reality more soft than dreams.

  33. Michael Szymanski

    Fucking Beautiful. This is a lady who rocks like any one dares, but she will always win. Best fucking song hands Up down; or sideways.

  34. Ming Lee

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  35. Pigmeat Martin

    You couldn't play this one on the radio in '78 or now. The PSG was performing this from about '75 on, but getting the record company to let them record it was the thing. The critics went nuts over it. To me, Patti & Lenny are possibly the greatest writing team in R&R history. Patti's got bigger balls than Mick, and Kaye better chops than Lennon.

  36. savvas markos

    Good video for a Great song thnx for posting

  37. Paula Domingues

    Ui, isto é tão perfeito!

  38. Blah Anger

    Wendy'o , Patty and Genni

  39. Waltraud Buchowski

    Release this today and watch the world explode...

  40. GrayWoIf

    Marilyn Manson covered this so I decided to check out the original and I gotta say I like both but the original is amazing

  41. theJAGGEDedge

    Love it!!!!!
    OneLove AF

  42. Mauricio Sanchez

    this is pure punk rock thanks to queen patti smith

  43. IHAVETHE BESTMUSICALTASTEINTHE WORLD

    This song has an amazing bridge. An underrated composition, overshadowed by the over-the-top, iconoclastic lyrics.

  44. Fayrie Wytch

    READ THE INTRO...Or remain ignorant

  45. Nic Lawson

    Saw her do this back then. BEST FUCKING SHOW EVER!

  46. manometians

    You did a great job on this video, thank you so much!!

    steelyman08

    Thank you for saying so. Best to you :-)

    Erin McGee

    And thank you for including that highlighted definition at the beginning because tbh the title of the song was concerning to say the least lol.

    Nick Gall

    steelyman08 Has to be said... first class work. Thanks a million.

  47. spring Lac la B

    music ,free expression

  48. Travis H

    Rock and Roll ...... Now ya know

    Old-Man Parker

    or, Punk Rock. Pure raw DIY.

  49. Pablo Oyaga

    🎤🎸🎹

  50. TravAlma

    Good stuff. Makes me wanna watch NBK again. ♪

  51. Alicia Sabourin

    This song used to scare me when I was little I dunno she just sounded so angry lol.
    great song

    Old-Man Parker

    it's Punk Rock, it was supposed to scare a lot of people.

    Kimberlee Ponson

    🤣🤣 Have a listen to Karen Finley's 'Tales of Taboo.'

    https://youtu.be/qo5-k7oLswk

  52. Gene Trujillo

    This is a really good vid! It really captures the spirit of the song. Good work!

  53. Jason Cunningham

    Horses changed my life 20 + years ago - just heard Easter yesterday! She is the Killer Queen

  54. JOOODYJOOODY

    I would measure the success of a night
    By the way by the way by the amount of piss and seed
    I could exude over the columns that nestled the P.A.

    Some nights I'd surprise everybody by skipping off
    With a skirt of green net sewed over
    With flat metallic circles which dazzled and flashed.
    The lights were violet and white.
    I had an ornamental veil, but I couldn't bear to use it.

    When my hair was cropped, I craved covering,
    But now my hair itself is a veil,
    And the scalp inside is a scalp of
    A crazy and sleepy Comanche
    Lies beneath this netting of the skin.

    I wake up. I am lying peacefully
    I am lying peacefully and my knees are open to the sun.
    I desire him, and he is absolutely ready to seize me.
    In heart I am a Moslem;
    In heart I am an American;
    In heart I am Moslem,
    In heart I'm an American artist,
    And I have no guilt.

    Old-Man Parker

    massive amounts of pure genius

  55. andrew George

    Fuck yeah BABALOGUE, MEANS so much more as we roll into the inevitable

  56. Bangstry Camorra

    Took the torch from Joplin, and ran with it

    paul linley

    @Steve B your mother slept on the bottom to get where she is.dead or alive

    paul linley

    @Steve B dumbcunt you

    paul linley

    @Steve B dumbcunt

    DrHillbillyShow

    @paul linley Are you capable of forming a complete sentence?

    exxumma

    @paul linley no, she was,,,u related?

  57. Ian MacReth

    May all that is good go with you, Patti.

  58. Doug QUIDAM

    Wow. This song always blows me away.

  59. Deaddoc Really Deaddoc

    And the result of all this is........ in 2016 you can only name this song, "Rock 'N' Roll "N"... good work.

    U.S. SAM

    I disagree,, If any Rapper can say "nigga" a thousand times in a song , Patti was and still is within the rights of artistic expression.... To those that disagree,deal with it

    Clotilde Vivier

    It is a word; too often though, it embodies ignorance and carries a hateful message - like all slurs. Patti using it does not bother me, but it is still a word that we must be careful with.

    Marrowbones

    If you're white, that's true. A word carried the meaning people imbue it with. You should recognize the game being played here. You can't speak certain words in the land of First Amendment Free Speech, but others can. Don't let people tell you what you are thinking or feeling. And don't just reflect the PC brainwashing required to get by. "In a time of universal deceit, speaking the truth is a revolutionary act." Orwell. But people can find excuses for anything. PS Love your name.

    Old-Man Parker

    That's cause all the real PUNK ROCKERS are mostly gone... sadly replaced by commercial hacks.

  60. boiledelephant

    Try to imagine the guts it took for a skinny white chick to perform this in 1979...

    exxumma

    @Ink Mage So refreshing to read Ur comments, from a black man.
    Yes, this song has nothing to do with racism if ppl wd actually take the time to understand what Patti is saying.
    It did spark "angular dialogues"; I got Easter when it came out, took it to parties, and observed reactions that were anything but 'vanilla',,,peace

    Lisa Jayne Boutle

    I like how people are going you know what the left are like. Yeah those bastards fighting actual racists. Just always humours me because those people have no real understanding of any none far right ideas. Since I’ll be lumped into ‘the left’ but don’t think this song is racist. I wouldn’t play it loud in public as people unfamiliar may assume it’s racist. But I’m happier about that. I’d rather have someone that wants to ensure people aren’t being racist dicks than someone that is passive or condoning using the word as a racial slur.

    a w

    Imagine it being done TODAY. The punk scene would cry loudest.

    Kyle Feild

    @will smith This isn't a racist song, though. Quite the opposite, in fact.

    Iam Invisable

    Back in the 90s no one wanted to here this song either cause it was viewd as racist...right...I listened to this song everynight before going to bartend at a sports bar, just to prepare. Thanks patti smith

  61. John Efthymiou

    I adore the 2 songs and the video is perfect for them. Bravo!

  62. Patrick Billera

    Patti Smith is one of the most powerful artists and poets around. I had the fortune of living in NYC and saw her perform at CBGB's. This song packs a punch. Sadly the PC ridiculousness that exists today will never allow this song to be aired. Of course, anyone who knows anything about Patti Smith understands the song is making a statement and is not meant to be racist.

    drongo jonkins

    Its a good thing it was never aired. Commercial radio has ruined too many good songs by overplaying them.

    Satyros Phil Brucato

    Also, it was a riff on Yoko Ono's then-recent remark that "Woman is the n-----r of the world." That context gets totally lost today.

    jackal59

    @Satyros Phil Brucato Yoko Ono didn't get it, either.

    Old-Man Parker

    massive amounts of pure genius and talent and the relentless drive of an REAL punk-rock artist.

    exxumma

    @Old-Man Parker massive amounts of pure genius and talent and the relentless drive of an REAL BOHEMIAN artist. nothing to do with real punk, which was anti -music, destructive, rude, in your face posturing,,,if U weren't there to experience it, then U can never really know,,,just because it's not mainstream doesn't make it punk,,,sheesh,,,🙃

  63. Fats White

    Dude this iz Righteous

  64. Doug QUIDAM

    WOW! Such a powerful song.

    Crystal Gonzales

    +Doug QUIDAM Yea :)

    Doug QUIDAM

    Patti was so passionate about her music and performances. 

  65. Poppy Nogood

    That entire album changed my life forever. Got her sig tatted on my wrist. I have her mark, her 666.

    Michael Cooper

    Poppy Nogood you’re an illuminated man

  66. Bill Rodriguez

    I hate myself and I want to die.

    David Forsyth

    Did you go? It's been a year.

    Asa Braco /Deayth Faerie

    Bill Rodriguez Don't You mean, Abuse Myself(I Wanna Die)???

    LeoB

    Remember, it's across the street for attention, but down the road for results.

    Old-Man Parker

    Suicidal Tendencies ...another great punk-rock band, but not as awesome as the Patti Smith Group.

    mackychloe

    @LeoB Words to live by...... or not.

  67. Marie Marie

    so goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooodb are you ready outside of society i'm sixty years old  i'm ready for you Patti...

    Iam Invisable

    Marie Marie 49 here, love this song too. My theme song for the last 20yrs

  68. Barry Coad

    Total ROCK

    Old-Man Parker

    Yes dat, and Total PUNK-ROCK !!

  69. Russell Stephens

    Outside of society is where I want to be,,,EXACTLY PATTI, EXACTLY!

    Paje Foster

    Hell yeah!!!

  70. Roger Douglas

    Errr.... Mr Kaka66....you stole Canada in the first place.!  The world is for sharing...idiot!

  71. Andrew Peterson

    Such a rad tune with a truly thoughtful message. It also helps that it rocks in the best punk type of way!

  72. ZenMistressNYC

    This was a labor of love. Excellent!! Also - the best version of the song!

    steelyman08

    Thanks for saying so & very glad you like it :-)

  73. Paul Broussard

    Wicked PISSSAAAA!!!!!

  74. dharmapupil

    This song made me feel less alone.
    It was so good to know others raged at what was around us...

    Old-Man Parker

    That's what the real PUNK ROCKERS were about... sadly replaced by youngsters who sing commercial pap.

  75. adrian harris

    one of the greatest poems/songs/lyrics ever. never dates. always relevant and gets one going always.

  76. SnootchDog

    Only radical left-wingers can use the n-word.  That's because everybody else is racist.  (Which makes a lot of sense, right?)

    Byzantium

    Honestly, yes it does. Because radical left-wingers aren't racist.

    Old-Man Parker

    Only some Punk Rocker woman with massive amounts of pure genius, talent and the relentless drive of a REAL artist in the 1970's.

    Erik Frost

    @Byzantium That's not true. They can be some of the most racist people ever

    Ink Mage

    @Byzantium Nope, leftist are the most racist of all.. They don't see people as individuals, nor care to.. They only see race, gender, and sexuality- and believe you must think and behave a certain way (especially if you're black).. If you do not, then its ok to be racist, homophobic, and misogynistic.


    They are also the most violent, and vile, hateful, and destructive, chaotic, a mess.

  77. CortoArmitage

    Jackson Pollock was working for The Man, actually.
    Found out and killed himself.

    steelyman08

    He's not the only one, eh?!!!! I can think of a busload of similar casualties. Damn money and success. Time for a new system that doesn't murder the creative.

  78. Bruce Dye

    The chili's add before Patti smith rnr nwerd is funnier than a rusty trombone.

  79. Celtic Bird

    "I have not sold myself to God." Fuck yeah Patti, fuck yeah.

  80. Suzi March

    Outside of society, they're waitin' for me...! Long life P.S.

  81. Alexandr Kos

    VSE EUROPEANS vs ARABS! EUROPE ADVANCE!!!
     FAce it Muslims,, Even Egypt doesnt want you.
    I live in Canada (and we hate u here) but we are friendly (fuck being politicaly engaged)
     ;)

    U.S. SAM

    I don't care WHAT you are,,Muslim or whatever,,If you believe in Peace and love for your fellow humans,your good to go in my book.. Look what some "Christians" did the Native Americans...

  82. joe momma

    your a sick witch

  83. Courtney Love

    best song EVER REALLLY

    James Heyward

    Wow.. This is actually Courtney Love!

    Sponge

    Fuck you you killed kurt

  84. Vince Marino

    I agree steelyman08 - The ultimate rock n roll bad-ass - and sexy as fuck!!!!!

  85. Stuart McCann

    Just brilliant.

    Old-Man Parker

    pure genius and talent and the relentless fearless drive of an REAL Punk-Rock artist.

  86. CelticLady44

    I remember blue hair and ripped fishnets.....

  87. Bowen Mcconnie

    n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n

  88. zeropointemcs

    clever girl .

  89. courtesyflush83

    I got kicked out of a karaoke bar when I requested to sing this song.

    Max Pender

    where? in South central, 😬

    SharJ24

    @Max Pender
    😆

  90. Wake Up!!!!!!!!!

    shes hot marilyn manson did this song as well

  91. christiana xtiana

    Albert Camus argued inside everyone is the desire to be a rebel. I agree in what you say, however as a pure concept of being a rebel, I'd argue an individual could not stray from that. And using a word to denote a passion or determination isn't necessarily a sign of weakness or falsity.

  92. Largactyl Kid

    Western values DO NOT 'prize' individuality or if they do, only if it doesn't prevent a threat to the Status Quo. Those who really are individual are often termed as 'Subversives'. It's OK to be 'Individual' as long as it's no threat to Govt. So called 'Democracy' especially USA & to an extent UK, is an illusion. People in general in the West, have been blinded by ,dare I say it?, Capitalism. That in itself disengages people from the important things. IMO.

  93. Largactyl Kid

    Surely not conforming to society means not going along with the norms/mores of the MAJORITY? Societies 'norms' are what the majority perceive or follow, often dictated by laws & morals based on religion, although many people now seem to have lost that notion, although I feel certain Laws that have been based on say the Bible are common sense, something far removed from religion. Fools believe that you have to follow a God to be decent.

  94. kenp3L

    Even if I have no friends (which is not true -- I do have a few friends) your statement does nothing to rebut my own opinion that Patti Smith followers are conformists within their own subculture.

  95. homosaur

    you sound like a person with no friends

  96. Derek Armsden

    In 1978 this song changed the way I viewed everything. What does that any more?

  97. Nader Paul McKinney Ventura

    TRUE STORY
    Patti's mom vacuums to this song
    TRUE STORY

    dog1220xyz

    Nader Paul McKinney Ventura yes, I remember Patti said that right before she sang it when she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

  98. kenp3L

    Yes, upon first listening, it's startling. But upon later analysis, it's meaningless. If one is faithful to God, one would not celebrate his failure to live up to his faith. If one does not believe in God, he cannot contemplate selling or not selling anything to God. Either way is absurd.

    fdka;fj;

    I believe she's referring to "sparing the child and spoiling the rod" in reference to not selling herself to god, which is opposite of the scripture. It's a good message. Beating kids begets kids who beat. Time to transcend that garbage.

  99. kenp3L

    Sure. “Outside of society” means non-conformity. Say you have a large group of people at a punk-rock concert who are rather uniform in their thoughts, dress, and mannerisms. To call this a group of non-conformists is absurd. Further, bear in mind that Western culture values individuality. Non-conformity is prized. The aforementioned group – even if its members were stylistically at odds with one another – is not rebelling against social norms since our norms involve being different.