Patti Smith Group:Rock N Roll Nigger

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“Rock N Roll Nigger”
Artist: Patti Smith Group
Albums: Easter (1978)
Natural Born Killers (1994)

Natural Born Killers version

...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 in-in-in heart I am Moslem
In heart I am an 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 letters
We worship the flaw
The belly, the belly
The the mole on the belly of an exquisite whore
He spared the child and spoiled the rod
I have not sold myself to God


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 nigger
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

Lenny

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 nigger

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 in 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 nigger
Jesus Christ and Grandma too
Jackson Pollock was a nigger
Nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger
Nigger, nigger, nigger

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

Outside
Outside of society
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Outside of society
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