jueves, 27 de abril de 2017

Patti Smith - Rock 'N' Roll Nigger - 1978


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  1. "Rock N Roll Nigger" is a rock song written by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye, and released on the Patti Smith Group's 1978 album Easter. The song has since been covered by several artists, and a remix was included on the soundtrack of the 1994 film Natural Born Killers.
    In the song, Smith self-identifies as a "nigger," meaning a rebellious and honorable outsider. Duncombe and Tremblay suggest in White Riot that Smith is continuing Norman Mailer's tradition of the White Negro, adopting black culture to express things she believes her own culture will not allow, and rejecting the oppression white culture has historically imposed on others.
    Because of its title and repetition of a racial epithet, which in 1978 was already considered extremely offensive, "Rock N Roll Nigger" received no mainstream radio airplay.
    In 2008, the song was listed in The Pitchfork 500, a music guide published by Pitchfork Media that lists the top 500 songs between 1977 and 2006.

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  2. 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.

    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 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 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. (Repeat)


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