Pissing in a River

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"Pissing in a River" is a rock song written by Patti Smith and Ivan Kral, and released as a lead single from the Patti Smith Group's 1976 album Radio Ethiopia. It was featured in both the 1980 movie Times Square and the 1997 independent film All Over Me. Nick Hornby describes "Pissing in a River" as one of 31 songs that have provided a soundtrack to his life. It features in Clique (TV series) series 2 and also appears on Smith's compilations Land and iTunes Originals. The opening piano chord sequence forms the basis for DJ Shadow's song "Blood on the Motorway".  


Year:
1996
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Pissing in a river, watching it rise 
Tattoo fingers shy away from me 
Voices voices mesmerize 
Voices voices beckoning sea 
Come come come come back come back 
Come back come back come back 

Spoke of a wheel, tip of a spoon 
Mouth of a cave, I'm a slave I'm free. 
When are you coming ? Hope you come soon 
Fingers, fingers encircling thee 
Come come come come come come 
Come come come come come come for me oh 

My bowels are empty, excreting your soul 
What more can I give you ? Baby I don't know 
What more can I give you to make this thing grow? 
Don't turn your back now, I'm talking to you 

Should I pursue a path so twisted ? 
Should I crawl defeated and gifted ? 
Should I go the length of a river 
(The royal, the throne, the cry me a river) 
Everything I've done, I've done for you 
Oh I give my life for you. 
Every move I made I move to you, 
And I came like a magnet for you now. 

What about it, you're gonna leave me, 
What about it, you don't need me, 
What about it, I can't live without you, 
What about it, I never doubted you 
What about it ? What about it? 
What about it ? What about it? 

Should I pursue a path so twisted ? 
Should I crawl defeated and gifted ? 
Should I go the length of a river, 
(The royal, the throne, the cry me a river) 
What about it, what about it, what about it ? 
Oh, I'm pissing in a river.

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Patti Smith

Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. more »

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Written by: IVAN KRAL, PATTI SMITH

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