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Patti Smith — Up There Down There
Album: Dream of Life
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Released: 1988
Length: 4:42
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Up there
There's a ball of fire
Some call it the spirit
Some call it the sun
Its energies are not for hire
It serves man / It serves everyone
Down there where Jonah wails
in the healing water
in the ready depths
Twisting like silver swans
No line of death no boundaries

Up there
The eye is hollow / The eye is winking
The winds ablaze / Angels howling
The sphinx awakens / But what can she say
You'd be amazed

Down there
Your days are numbers
Nothing to fear
There will be trumpets
There will be silence
In the end the end
Will be here just here

Ahh the borders of heaven
Are zipped up tight tonight
The abstract streets
The lights like some switched on Mondrian
Cats like us are obsolete
Hey Man don't breathe on my feet
Thieves, poets we're inside out
And everybody's a soldier
Angels howl at those abstract lights
And the borders of heaven
Are zipped up tight tonight

Up there
There's a ball of fire
Some call it the spirit
Some call it the sun
Its energies are not for hire
It serves man / It serves everyone
The air we breathe
The flame of wisdom
The earth we grind
The beckoning sea
It's no mystery / Not sentimental
Ahh the equation / It's all elemental

The world is restless
Heaven in flux / Angels appear
From the bright storm
Out of the shadows
Up there, down there
But what can we say
Man's been forewarned

All communion is not holy
Even those that fall
They can prophet understanding
It's all for man / It's for everyone
It's up there, down there
Everywhere / Everywhere
Time for communion / Time for communion
Talking communion ...
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Bowie and Prince - similar in their brilliance and willingness to stretch.  Cocker and Smith - similar in their energy, enthusiasm and rock purism.  So much fun.
 oilydwarf wrote:
goddess like!

 
She be the high priestess
 
Patti and Fred "Sonic" Smith
just finished reading her autobiography M Train, so I'm very happy to hear this here!
Very Symbolic:
on the play list just before Patti Smith 'Up There Down There' from album 'Dream of Life'
David Bowie
Prince 
Joe Cocker 

{#Meditate} 
Pushed this from a 9 to a 10.
 ckcotton wrote:
miserable

 
What HE said....

Good GOD 
miserable

Yes to Patti!!!!!

If Patti could only sing!

Still love her music!

OK, "like" - not necessarily "looove"!


Master Patti Smith!
Her writings, rockin songs and ballads, there's so much that she stands as an example of powerful living!
I love her 
 thewaxtadpole wrote:
I didn't enjoy this at all.
  perhaps a nice walt disney soundtrack would be more to your liking.
She is a warrior poet.
I didn't enjoy this at all.
goddess like!
????
wow...    giving Jersey a bad name but...  to each, their own.   i think this song is terrible but good music is in the ear of the hearer.   at least Patti is living her dream whereas I am sitting at a computer working my ass off on a job that paid the last general manager 40% more than me.   but then, he was a man.   

how did I get from Patti to being underpaid and overworked?  lol...  

Scotland... I'll be there in just a few more weeks...
{#Cheers}

Great tune! Patti was a true pioneer.
WTF?!
Glasboro State College,NJ
Way to go Patti!
Happy you made it!