Patti Smith – Outside Society, Track 4. “Pissing In A River” – Radio Ethiopia

Pissing in a River
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Pissing In A River” is the second track Patti Smith curates on Outside Society from Radio Ethiopia. I heard Patti Smith sing this song live from the stage of the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I found her rendition to be poignant and captivating, especially in such an artistic setting.

Should I pursue a path so twisted ?
Should I crawl defeated and gifted ?
Should I go the length of a river,
[The royal, the throne, the cry me a river]
What about it, what about it, what about it ?
Oh, I’m pissing in a river.

(Written by Ivan Kral and Patti Smith)

Patti Smith says of “Pissing In A River”:

The ballad that grew from Ivan Kral’s moving and relentless chord progression is still one of my favorite songs to sing. It exhibits the best of Jack Douglas’ production and arranging expertise and Kral’s depth of expression. The lyrics grew from my own concerns as I considered what path to pursue and remain just as meaningful to me now.

(Patti Smith’s words from  the Outside Society CD liner notes, Copyright 2011, Sony Music Entertainment)

Richard Sohl and Patti Smith
Photograph Copyright Lynn Goldsmith
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