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Patti Smith — Paths That Cross
Album: Dream Of Life
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Released: 1988
Length: 4:15
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Speak to me
Speak to me heart
I feel a needing
to bridge the clouds
Softly go
A way I wish to know
A way I wish to know

Oh you'll ride
Surely dance
In a ring
Backwards and forwards
Those who seek
feel the glow
A glow we will all know
A glow we will all know

On that day
Filled with grace
And the heart's communion
Steps we take
Steps we trace
Into the light of reunion

Paths that cross
will cross again
Paths that cross
will cross again

Speak to me
Speak to me shadow
I spin from the wheel
nothing at all
Save the need
the need to weave
A silk of souls
that whisper whisper
A silk of souls
that whispers to me

Speak to me heart
all things renew
hearts will mend
round the bend
Paths that cross
cross again
Paths that cross
will cross again

Rise up hold the reins
We'll meet again I don't know when
Hold tight bye bye
Paths that cross
will cross again
Paths that cross
Will cross again
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I understand she's a icon and all, and has a great catalog of songs.

this is not one of them. If this song wasn't from "Patti Smith" you'd never play it. it's pretty bad.
 Cynaera wrote:
Patti is an acquired taste, I guess. I like her music. She spouts impromptu poetry as if she's delirious from a fever, and when she belts out a song, her voice could probably move a mountain. When I hear Natalie Merchant's version of "Because the Night" and then go for the Patti Smith rendition, there's no comparison.

Then again, why should there be comparisons at all? Music is music, and if one artist does a song one way and another does it a different way, it's still music, still new and fresh, still worthy of a listen, right? 

ducking and running...

 
She is a poet - the music is just a vehicle ...
Just heard your comments about the comments (for the good or the bad). I never comment but I did so enjoy that song. Thank you for all that you play!! Keep 'em coming, been listening to you for years!
She has a new book out and is on tour to support it. Seeing her in October in San Francisco. Her previous book, Just Kids, about New York City and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, is very good. 
gives me goosebumps every time
thank goodness for the skip button
bumped 9 to 10 this day . . . just sublime
Cant recall if I have heard this soft side of PS. Nice.
Love Ms Smith and everything she does.  What an emotion-filled voice
Thank you Patty, for the wonderful memory of Samuel J. Wagstaff.  He was good to the world and your lovely piece is a very beautiful tribute
Patti Smith, like her fellow New Jersey legend, and co-writer of her biggest hit song, "Because the Night", Bruce Springsteen, must be seen live to be truly appreciated. She is one of the greatest live performers that rock has ever seen. I have seen Patti live about 10  times, and each time was a special, and very unique, performance. I tell people the same thing about Bruce. Whenever someone says they don't like his music, or he is only alright, I ask: "Have you ever seen him perform live?" The answer is inevitably "No". And my reply is: "Well that explains why you are not a fan." I have seen Bruce perform live 34 times, and that is not a lot compared to many Bruce fans. I admit that I grew up in New York City and New Jersey, but most of the times I have seen both Bruce and Patti were when living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 Cynaera wrote:
Patti is an acquired taste, I guess. I like her music. She spouts impromptu poetry as if she's delirious from a fever, and when she belts out a song, her voice could probably move a mountain. When I hear Natalie Merchant's version of "Because the Night" and then go for the Patti Smith rendition, there's no comparison.

Then again, why should there be comparisons at all? Music is music, and if one artist does a song one way and another does it a different way, it's still music, still new and fresh, still worthy of a listen, right? 

ducking and running...


 
Beauty
 Alpine wrote:
She looks like an ugly man. She can sing pretty good though.
 
Idiot. Patti is the most beautiful person in the world.
I read the lyrics and thought of a friend who passed away and I cry   love her spirit
 bstevens1951 wrote:
How old are you?
 

lemmoth wrote:

Well she was born in New Jersey not Canada or Ireland.

She and Neil have an affinity - look online for the great interview she conducted with him.

She and Neil are both genius songwriters IMHO.

Many others feel that way about Van.  I like him but not as much.

Bono and his band - note they are a true band - were the best thing in rock in the 80's & great periodically since then. Still in my top 15 - with Neil and Patti - not Van 

 

 
If you were born in the year that is embedded  in your user name here, I am six years younger than you.  Why do you ask?
How old are you?
 

lemmoth wrote:

Well she was born in New Jersey not Canada or Ireland.

She and Neil have an affinity - look online for the great interview she conducted with him.

She and Neil are both genius songwriters IMHO.

Many others feel that way about Van.  I like him but not as much.

Bono and his band - note they are a true band - were the best thing in rock in the 80's & great periodically since then. Still in my top 15 - with Neil and Patti - not Van 

 


 stunix wrote:
I still don't understand the attraction to Patti Smith.    Stick her in that box with Neil Young, Van Morrison and Bono.
four

 
Well she was born in New Jersey not Canada or Ireland.

She and Neil have an affinity - look online for the great interview she conducted with him.

She and Neil are both genius songwriters IMHO.

Many others feel that way about Van.  I like him but not as much.

Bono and his band - note they are a true band - were the best thing in rock in the 80's & great periodically since then. Still in my top 15 - with Neil and Patti - not Van 
 stunix wrote:
I still don't understand the attraction to Patti Smith.    Stick her in that box with Neil Young, Van Morrison and Bono.
 
*Takes her out of the box and puts her on a pedestal* 

*Does the same with Neil*

*Takes duct tape and ensures Van and Bono can't get out* 
Once is enough
Super lame. Patti, what have you done?
I still don't understand the attraction to Patti Smith.    Stick her in that box with Neil Young, Van Morrison and Bono.


four
fantastic song, lovely thoughts
Patti is an acquired taste, I guess. I like her music. She spouts impromptu poetry as if she's delirious from a fever, and when she belts out a song, her voice could probably move a mountain. When I hear Natalie Merchant's version of "Because the Night" and then go for the Patti Smith rendition, there's no comparison.

Then again, why should there be comparisons at all? Music is music, and if one artist does a song one way and another does it a different way, it's still music, still new and fresh, still worthy of a listen, right? 

ducking and running...


Provinssi 07: Patti Smith VIII by ~ineb
Beni Köhler  ©2007-2010 ~ineb

Patti Smith performed in Provinssirock, she did a very good gig, and even though I was only allowed to photograph during the first song, I managed to get a good selection of colourful photos.

Published in Pohjalainen 2007-06-17



I don't know what happened to the rockin' Patti of my youth, but this ain't it.
Bill, feel free to play anything from Patti's rockin' days, thanks. 
My my path never cross this song again.
Alpine wrote: She looks like an ugly man. She can sing pretty good though.
 
denmom wrote:

Makes comments like a gibbering idiot.  But spells pretty well, though.

 

Thanks, denmom. You said it way better than I could have. I mean, who cares, Alpine, what your opinion is on that score? WTF are you thinking?!
 Alpine wrote:
She looks like an ugly man. She can sing pretty good though.
 
Makes comments like a gibbering idiot.  But spells pretty well, though.

 le_colonel wrote:
Just tuned in again and found I missed out on a pretty awesome set:

Patti Smith - Paths that cross
R.E.M. - Rockville
Doves - Compulsion
Cloud Cult - Journey of the featherless
 
I was thinking same , but i hope its coming up another good one!!

Just tuned in again and found I missed out on a pretty awesome set:

Patti Smith - Paths that cross
R.E.M. - Rockville
Doves - Compulsion
Cloud Cult - Journey of the featherless


Steven Sebring at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival premiere of Patti Smith "Dream of Life":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pTYrFoXp6s



 RadioDoc wrote:
Funny thing is if Springsteen were singing this most of the complainers would be tripping over each other to give this an 8.  Hypocrites, all.
 
or neil young.


 RadioDoc wrote:
Funny thing is if Springsteen were singing this most of the complainers would be tripping over each other to give this an 8.  Hypocrites, all.

Give her credit for having some range.  Not everything needs to be Horses, and considering her contribution to the art she could sit and hum for three minutes and still deserve at least a 5.

 

Okay, I'll give it a 5. But it sounds like an afternoon magazine TV show intro.
"Grotesque" just doesn't cover it.



yes, i hear the songs of  Ms. Patricia Lee Smith since 1975, album "Horses" (that i have, in vinyl-LP, conserved well), and today i can say that i am not nothing sorry, i was certain,  it has known to reward all the minutes, all the hours, that i occupied the hear her;

Tankyou.

** 8 **


How about something off her "Easter" album?
Funny thing is if Springsteen were singing this most of the complainers would be tripping over each other to give this an 8.  Hypocrites, all.

Give her credit for having some range.  Not everything needs to be Horses, and considering her contribution to the art she could sit and hum for three minutes and still deserve at least a 5.

 faehnledj wrote:
For a moment I thought my computer had switched itself to the soft rock adult contemporary boring pop station.
 
Yeah, I'm not sure what happened to Patti on this one or why they're playing it.  She often rocks and puts on a kick-ass live show (saw her in Chicago a long time ago).

For a moment I thought my computer had switched itself to the soft rock adult contemporary boring pop station.
 horstman wrote:
It's comments like this that make me think that "Alpine" is a code name for backwoods redneck doofus.
 
In Texas she has what is called a classic "horse-face", long and angular.

Doesn't necessarily mean that she put the U in ugly, just that she is "handsome" and not "pretty".

 horstman wrote:


It's comments like this that make me think that "Alpine" is a code name for backwoods redneck doofus.
 

SNAP!
I don't think paths that cross will cross again necessarily.
slowhand wrote:
The queen of rock...The greatest female live rocker ever.



at first I read your post wrong - I thought you said "...The greatest female rock liver ever."
Hmmm...maybe that's how it should read?
:)

Zep wrote:
This is not your father's Patti Smith.
:lol:
This is not your father's Patti Smith.
Alpine wrote:
She looks like an ugly man. She can sing pretty good though.
It's comments like this that make me think that "Alpine" is a code name for backwoods redneck doofus.
Is this the same woman rocker from the 70's? I loved Gilda Radner's imitation of her....
She looks like an ugly man. She can sing pretty good though.
Still 1/10.
davin wrote:
Yet another falls for the obvious troll.. sigh :)
Either that's a Glamour Shot for ol' Patti or some major airbrush work...
25demayo wrote:
"so much more pretty"? Where did you go to school? Seeing some of the comments you have posted, maybe you didn't.
Yet another falls for the obvious troll.. sigh :)
:sunny:
Thank you for shopping at Wal-Mart!
A voice with soul, a voice that communicates...fantastic
25demayo wrote:
"so much more pretty"? Where did you go to school? Seeing some of the comments you have posted, maybe you didn't.
look at his handle; did it occur to you that it's a joke?
Great Song, great voice, great musician, grateful for this
Not my cup of tea
The queen of rock...The greatest female live rocker ever.
Gadzooks make it stop!
hjallekid wrote:
Great song. Great girl. Great life.
:high-five: Paths That Cross
closemindedmoron wrote:
Agreed, I like my female singers that come from winning American Idol. They are usually so much more pretty and 10 times more musically talented.
"so much more pretty"? Where did you go to school? Seeing some of the comments you have posted, maybe you didn't.
tony620d wrote:
Sings as bad as she looks.. :yes:
Agreed, I like my female singers that come from winning American Idol. They are usually so much more pretty and 10 times more musically talented.
tony620d wrote:
Sings as bad as she looks.. :yes:
Clearly this language is wasted on you. Somebody please upload pig latin tunes for ol' Tony.
She's an amazing singer and songwriter. I was so lucky, so fortunate to see her perform live. Highly recommended! Great energy, great spirit!
tony620d wrote:
Sings as bad as she looks.. :yes:
She doesn't look so bad to me. "I'm not a picky man, Homer!"
shmiverson wrote:
i guess i really just dont like patti smith. this is the second song of hers I have had to rate sucko-barfo.
My feelings exactly.
Not the best song off that album, but it's still good.
tony620d wrote:
bill i sense your playing for a certain audience sometimes. one who's compassionate is one gives more for the cause (donations) *cough*sellout*cough*
Oi, ploafmaster, here's another one for you to champion....
ahoylola wrote:
madonna by any other name. - 1e Hardly! Patti rocks! Thank you Patti!
Great song. Great girl. Great life.
Sings as bad as she looks.. :yes:
Bleh, why did I tune in just now... Not what I wanted for waking up. I guess the Guitar playing was decent, the rest was just so...dreary.
bill i sense your playing for a certain audience sometimes. one who's compassionate is one gives more for the cause (donations) *cough*sellout*cough*
madonna by any other name. - 1
Absolutly Wonderful! Dream of life is another Desert Island album.
Young Parisienne's are so French.... they love Patti Smith
Nice to hear something other than the usual Dancing Barefoot from her!
I like this, Patti The Balladeer.
i guess i really just dont like patti smith. this is the second song of hers I have had to rate sucko-barfo.
...if we could just crop off the last third where she repeats everything like some kind of top 40 producer got in there and played with the length of the song. The first two thirds are inspiring, as is so much of her work. Can't explain "it".
sconchiti wrote:
I hope this song never crosses my path again.
ditto :skull:
i mean "patti". was buzzed. :cowboy:
I hope this song never crosses my path again.
:clap: :clap: :music: i love patty :heartkiss:
Really, that song was painful
That's more what I expected.
:puke:
interesting vote split