Art Gallery of Ontario Patti Smith knows how to commune with the dead. She…
- Posted on Nov 12th 2010 4:40PM by Mike Ayers
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"Truthfully, when Bruce gave me the tape and I listened to it, Bruce had already arranged the song," Smith tells Spinner. "He had the chorus and I filled in the verses. The song was written in my key and all we had to do was play it in our manner. Bruce presented us a fully realized song."
Smith goes on to say that the sessions for the song took about two days and were recorded towards the end of making what would become 'Easter,' her third album.
"It was a very easy birth," she recalls. "Back then, we didn't have a very big budget. I wrote the lyrics and spun it as a love song to my future husband, but it wasn't something we had to labor over. The music was very familiar to me; it spoke of both of our roots. We're both close enough to Philadelphia and it had that sort of Philly-anthemic feel. I related to it right away."
While some musicians might bemoan the fact that one of their so-called outtakes became a hit for another artist, Smith says nothing like that occurred between her and Springsteen.
"I don't know what it would feel like to give away a hit record to someone else, but you know, it was exciting," she admits. "We're pretty much the same age and we hung around in close proximity. Publishing-wise, it's basically Bruce's song. It was good for him as well as it was for me."