Patti Smith writes,
Although we had improvised many pieces with our pianist Richard Sohl, “Free Money” marked the first time that Lenny Kaye and I consciously collaborated on a rock and roll song. It reflects the atmosphere of the East Village in 1974, our humble yet hopeful existence and the communal energy of CBGB.
(Courtesy of Patti Smith’s reflections from the Outside Society CD liner notes, Copyright 2011, Sony Music Entertainment)
A slight hint of the lyrics…
Every night before I go to sleep
Find a ticket, win a lottery,
Scoop the pearls up from the sea
Cash them in and buy you all the things you need.
(Written by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye)
- Patti Smith – Outside Society, Track 1. “Gloria” – Horses (musicofourheart.wordpress.com)
- Patti Smith’s Greatest Hits – Outside Society (musicofourheart.wordpress.com)