Patti Smith - Radio Baghdad Lyrics




Suffer not Your neighbor's affliction
Suffer not Your neighbor's paralysis
But extend your hand Extend your hand
Lest you vanish in the city And be but a trace
Just a vanished ghost And your legacy
All the things you knew Science, mathematics, thought
Severely weakened Like irrigation systems
In the tired veins forming From the Tigris and Euphrates
In the realm of peace All the world revolved
All the world revolved Around a perfect circle
City of Baghdad City of scholars
Empirical humble Center of the world
City in ashes City of Baghdad
City of Baghdad Abrasive aloof

Oh, in Mesopotamia Aloofness ran deep
Deep in the veins of the great rivers
That form the base Of Eden
And the tree The tree of knowledge
Held up its arms To the sky
All the branches of knowledge All the branches of knowledge
Cradling Cradling
Civilization In the realm of peace
All the world revolved Around a perfect circle
Oh Baghdad Center of the world
City of ashes With its great mosques
Erupting from the mouth of god Rising from the ashes like
a speckled bird Splayed against the mosaic sky
Oh, clouds around We created the zero
But we mean nothing to you You would believe
That we are just some mystical tale We are just a swollen belly
That gave birth to Sinbad, Scheherazade We gave birth
Oh, oh, to the zero The perfect number
We invented the zero And we mean nothing to you
Our children run through the streets
And you sent your flames Your shooting stars
Shock and awe Shock and awe
Like some, some Imagined warrior production
Twenty-first century No chivalry involved
No Bushido

Oh, the code of the West Long gone
Never been Where does it lie?
You came, you came Through the west
Annihilated a people And you come to us
But we are older than you You come you wanna
You wanna come and rob the cradle
Of civilization And you read yet you read
You read Genesis You read of the tree
You read of the tree Beget by god
That raised its branches into the sky Every branch of knowledge
Of the cradle of civilization

Of the banks of the Tigris and the Euphrates
Oh, in Mesopotamia Aloofness ran deep
The face of Eve turning What sky did she see
What garden beneath her feet The one you drill
You drill Pulling the blood of the earth
Little droplets of oil for bracelets Little jewels
Sapphires You make bracelets
Round your own world We are weeping tears
Rubies We offer them to you
We are just Your Arabian nightmare
We invented the zero But we mean nothing to you
Your Arabian nightmare

City of stars City of scholarship
Science City of ideas
City of light City
City of ashes That the great Caliph
Walked through His naked feet formed a circle
And they built a city A perfect city of Baghdad
In the realm of peace And all the world revolved
And they invented And they mean nothing to you
Nothing to you Nothing

Go to sleep Go to sleep my child
Go to sleep And I'll sing you a lullaby
A lullaby for our city A lullaby of Baghdad
Go to sleep Sleep my child
Sleep Sleep...
Run Run...

You sent your lights Your bombs
You sent them down on our city Shock and awe
Like some crazy t.v. show

They're robbing the cradle of civilization
They're robbing the cradle of civilization
They're robbing the cradle of civilization

Suffer not The paralysis of your neighbor
Suffer not But extend your hand





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Patti Smith Radio Baghdad Comments
  1. MARIO TALASSA

    SHE DOESN'T WANT TO BE PRESERVED AS RELIC OF THe PAST!!!!

  2. MARIO TALASSA

    ""YOUR SONGs STILL SOUND AS REVOLUTIONARY""!!!!

  3. raleigh5 here

    ya know.....her band is frickin incredible!!!

  4. drew w

    the only radio i herd in Baghdad was not like this...

  5. markisskajellafetti

    Thank You Patti!

  6. Gulliver Combetto

    te amo.

  7. Christine Steiner

    I get the gist. But, perhaps Springsteen can simplify: 'Because the Bahgdad'.

  8. Dorothy Gears

    This made me cry, so painfully beautiful horrible to know my government robbed the cradle of civilization. The million murdered in the cradle!

  9. The Glamazon Club

    we all love Her...Shakespeare's Sister.... some misplaced Joan of Arc in the wrong century

  10. William White

    Excellent!

  11. silvio bosco

    sometimes, usually when I'm sitting on the toilet bowl, while I eject a piece of shit by a kilo, I think the Yankees do wars, to make songs against the war

  12. Elisabeth Rødahl Meese

    I love it

  13. Jorge Johnson

    Man is no different in any formation or time. Man creates through destruction, and works to destroy. The spirit of man is thus.

  14. Ragman2011

    I was not familiar with this. I feel like I should be. I feel emotions like Velvet Underground gave me. It's great.

  15. Michael Triggs

    Apparently this has been given as an option for prison torture in the U.S.. can't imagine why 🤔

  16. Daniel Rees

    Will you please dedicate this song to Gareth Rees!! thanks. love the song.

    Iuy Yui

    Daniel Rees Little late to dedicate it to anyone yeah?

  17. Sonataaaa66 Sonataaaa66

    Baghdad

  18. Sonataaaa66 Sonataaaa66

    بغداد

  19. Ronald Matthijssen

    Did anyone get the "Sifir nought" allusion? "Sifir" is Arabic for "zero". And nought, well... So suffer not means zero zero. The depth of this song is unfathomable. My favority PLS track.

    13sempere

    The Indians figured out the concept of "zero", and called it "sunya". It spread from there into the Middle East and finally into Europe. The Mayan "zero" was an isolated discovery, making it all the more brilliant, but it remained isolated until the collapse of the Mayan civilization.

    jugglinggoth

    Did not think I could love this song even more. Thanks!

  20. Amy Caldwell

    The killer awoke before dawn he put his boots on and walked on down the hall...

    The Glamazon Club

    ….this is the end my beautiful friend

  21. Bernard Elias

    "Radio Baghdad"

    Suffer not Your neighbor's affliction
    Suffer not Your neighbor's paralysis
    But extend your hand Extend your hand
    Lest you vanish in the city And be but a trace
    Just a vanished ghost And your legacy
    All the things you knew Science, mathematics, thought
    Severely weakened Like irrigation systems
    In the tired veins forming From the Tigris and Euphrates
    In the realm of peace All the world revolved
    All the world revolved Around a perfect circle
    City of Baghdad City of scholars
    Empirical humble Center of the world
    City in ashes City of Baghdad
    City of Baghdad Abrasive aloof

    Oh, in Mesopotamia Aloofness ran deep
    Deep in the veins of the great rivers
    That form the base Of Eden
    And the tree The tree of knowledge
    Held up its arms To the sky
    All the branches of knowledge All the branches of knowledge
    Cradling Cradling
    Civilization In the realm of peace
    All the world revolved Around a perfect circle
    Oh Baghdad Center of the world
    City of ashes With its great mosques
    Erupting from the mouth of god Rising from the ashes like
    a speckled bird Splayed against the mosaic sky
    Oh, clouds around We created the zero
    But we mean nothing to you You would believe
    That we are just some mystical tale We are just a swollen belly
    That gave birth to Sinbad, Scheherazade We gave birth
    Oh, oh, to the zero The perfect number
    We invented the zero And we mean nothing to you
    Our children run through the streets
    And you sent your flames Your shooting stars
    Shock and awe Shock and awe
    Like some, some Imagined warrior production
    Twenty-first century No chivalry involved
    No Bushido

    Oh, the code of the West Long gone
    Never been Where does it lie?
    You came, you came Through the west
    Annihilated a people And you come to us
    But we are older than you You come you wanna
    You wanna come and rob the cradle
    Of civilization And you read yet you read
    You read Genesis You read of the tree
    You read of the tree Beget by god
    That raised its branches into the sky Every branch of knowledge
    Of the cradle of civilization

    Of the banks of the Tigris and the Euphrates
    Oh, in Mesopotamia Aloofness ran deep
    The face of Eve turning What sky did she see
    What garden beneath her feet The one you drill
    You drill Pulling the blood of the earth
    Little droplets of oil for bracelets Little jewels
    Sapphires You make bracelets
    Round your own world We are weeping tears
    Rubies We offer them to you
    We are just Your Arabian nightmare
    We invented the zero But we mean nothing to you
    Your Arabian nightmare

    City of stars City of scholarship
    Science City of ideas
    City of light City
    City of ashes That the great Caliph
    Walked through His naked feet formed a circle
    And they built a city A perfect city of Baghdad
    In the realm of peace And all the world revolved
    And they invented And they mean nothing to you
    Nothing to you Nothing

    Go to sleep Go to sleep my child
    Go to sleep And I'll sing you a lullaby
    A lullaby for our city A lullaby of Baghdad
    Go to sleep Sleep my child
    Sleep Sleep...
    Run Run...

    You sent your lights Your bombs
    You sent them down on our city Shock and awe
    Like some crazy t.v. show

    They're robbing the cradle of civilization
    They're robbing the cradle of civilization
    They're robbing the cradle of civilization

    Suffer not The paralysis of your neighbor
    Suffer not But extend your hand

  22. EnchantmentHippie

    “Baghdad"

  23. Milica Đurović

    i am dissapointed there is no lyrics

    EnchantmentHippie

    Perhaps “impromptu?”  

    Bernard Elias

    +Milica Đurović "Radio Baghdad"


    Suffer not Your neighbor's affliction
    Suffer not Your neighbor's paralysis
    But extend your hand Extend your hand
    Lest you vanish in the city And be but a trace
    Just a vanished ghost And your legacy
    All the things you knew Science, mathematics, thought
    Severely weakened Like irrigation systems
    In the tired veins forming From the Tigris and Euphrates
    In the realm of peace All the world revolved
    All the world revolved Around a perfect circle
    City of Baghdad City of scholars
    Empirical humble Center of the world
    City in ashes City of Baghdad
    City of Baghdad Abrasive aloof

    Oh, in Mesopotamia Aloofness ran deep
    Deep in the veins of the great rivers
    That form the base Of Eden
    And the tree The tree of knowledge
    Held up its arms To the sky
    All the branches of knowledge All the branches of knowledge
    Cradling Cradling
    Civilization In the realm of peace
    All the world revolved Around a perfect circle
    Oh Baghdad Center of the world
    City of ashes With its great mosques
    Erupting from the mouth of god Rising from the ashes like
    a speckled bird Splayed against the mosaic sky
    Oh, clouds around We created the zero
    But we mean nothing to you You would believe
    That we are just some mystical tale We are just a swollen belly
    That gave birth to Sinbad, Scheherazade We gave birth
    Oh, oh, to the zero The perfect number
    We invented the zero And we mean nothing to you
    Our children run through the streets
    And you sent your flames Your shooting stars
    Shock and awe Shock and awe
    Like some, some Imagined warrior production
    Twenty-first century No chivalry involved
    No Bushido

    Oh, the code of the West Long gone
    Never been Where does it lie?
    You came, you came Through the west
    Annihilated a people And you come to us
    But we are older than you You come you wanna
    You wanna come and rob the cradle
    Of civilization And you read yet you read
    You read Genesis You read of the tree
    You read of the tree Beget by god
    That raised its branches into the sky Every branch of knowledge
    Of the cradle of civilization

    Of the banks of the Tigris and the Euphrates
    Oh, in Mesopotamia Aloofness ran deep
    The face of Eve turning What sky did she see
    What garden beneath her feet The one you drill
    You drill Pulling the blood of the earth
    Little droplets of oil for bracelets Little jewels
    Sapphires You make bracelets
    Round your own world We are weeping tears
    Rubies We offer them to you
    We are just Your Arabian nightmare
    We invented the zero But we mean nothing to you
    Your Arabian nightmare

    City of stars City of scholarship
    Science City of ideas
    City of light City
    City of ashes That the great Caliph
    Walked through His naked feet formed a circle
    And they built a city A perfect city of Baghdad
    In the realm of peace And all the world revolved
    And they invented And they mean nothing to you
    Nothing to you Nothing

    Go to sleep Go to sleep my child
    Go to sleep And I'll sing you a lullaby
    A lullaby for our city A lullaby of Baghdad
    Go to sleep Sleep my child
    Sleep Sleep...
    Run Run...

    You sent your lights Your bombs
    You sent them down on our city Shock and awe
    Like some crazy t.v. show

    They're robbing the cradle of civilization
    They're robbing the cradle of civilization
    They're robbing the cradle of civilization

    Suffer not The paralysis of your neighbor
    Suffer not But extend your hand

    Bernard Elias

    @*a*./ "Radio Baghdad"

    Suffer not Your neighbor's affliction
    Suffer not Your neighbor's paralysis
    But extend your hand Extend your hand
    Lest you vanish in the city And be but a trace
    Just a vanished ghost And your legacy
    All the things you knew Science, mathematics, thought
    Severely weakened Like irrigation systems
    In the tired veins forming From the Tigris and Euphrates
    In the realm of peace All the world revolved
    All the world revolved Around a perfect circle
    City of Baghdad City of scholars
    Empirical humble Center of the world
    City in ashes City of Baghdad
    City of Baghdad Abrasive aloof

    Oh, in Mesopotamia Aloofness ran deep
    Deep in the veins of the great rivers
    That form the base Of Eden
    And the tree The tree of knowledge
    Held up its arms To the sky
    All the branches of knowledge All the branches of knowledge
    Cradling Cradling
    Civilization In the realm of peace
    All the world revolved Around a perfect circle
    Oh Baghdad Center of the world
    City of ashes With its great mosques
    Erupting from the mouth of god Rising from the ashes like
    a speckled bird Splayed against the mosaic sky
    Oh, clouds around We created the zero
    But we mean nothing to you You would believe
    That we are just some mystical tale We are just a swollen belly
    That gave birth to Sinbad, Scheherazade We gave birth
    Oh, oh, to the zero The perfect number
    We invented the zero And we mean nothing to you
    Our children run through the streets
    And you sent your flames Your shooting stars
    Shock and awe Shock and awe
    Like some, some Imagined warrior production
    Twenty-first century No chivalry involved
    No Bushido

    Oh, the code of the West Long gone
    Never been Where does it lie?
    You came, you came Through the west
    Annihilated a people And you come to us
    But we are older than you You come you wanna
    You wanna come and rob the cradle
    Of civilization And you read yet you read
    You read Genesis You read of the tree
    You read of the tree Beget by god
    That raised its branches into the sky Every branch of knowledge
    Of the cradle of civilization

    Of the banks of the Tigris and the Euphrates
    Oh, in Mesopotamia Aloofness ran deep
    The face of Eve turning What sky did she see
    What garden beneath her feet The one you drill
    You drill Pulling the blood of the earth
    Little droplets of oil for bracelets Little jewels
    Sapphires You make bracelets
    Round your own world We are weeping tears
    Rubies We offer them to you
    We are just Your Arabian nightmare
    We invented the zero But we mean nothing to you
    Your Arabian nightmare

    City of stars City of scholarship
    Science City of ideas
    City of light City
    City of ashes That the great Caliph
    Walked through His naked feet formed a circle
    And they built a city A perfect city of Baghdad
    In the realm of peace And all the world revolved
    And they invented And they mean nothing to you
    Nothing to you Nothing

    Go to sleep Go to sleep my child
    Go to sleep And I'll sing you a lullaby
    A lullaby for our city A lullaby of Baghdad
    Go to sleep Sleep my child
    Sleep Sleep...
    Run Run...

    You sent your lights Your bombs
    You sent them down on our city Shock and awe
    Like some crazy t.v. show

    They're robbing the cradle of civilization
    They're robbing the cradle of civilization
    They're robbing the cradle of civilization

    Suffer not The paralysis of your neighbor
    Suffer not But extend your hand

    MrPapimoule

    Read the description sometime

  24. Valentina Cuka

    Patti, unabashedly herself!!!! Boy cried WOLF. I cried Patti.

    DeAnna Paris

    awesome

  25. Paula Finuras

    Lembra os tempos da Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix e companhia. Os anos de ouro dos hippies, dos livres pensadores e do início da verdadeira liberdade e emancipação das mulheres. Belo som.

  26. finmarc

    I still love this woman, since 30 years

  27. carnivorson

    "We are just Your Arabian nightmare
    We invented the zero But we mean nothing to you
    Your Arabian nightmare.."