Patti Smith: After the Gold Rush

Patti Smith: After the Gold Rush


-Performing
“After the Gold Rush,” please welcome Patti Smith
and Tony Shanahan. [ Cheers and applause ] -And I dreamed of our world,
a spinning ball of confusion, heart-wrenching injustice, unconstitutional arrogance, fires raging the Earth, yet I still keep thinking that something wonderful
is about to happen. Maybe tomorrow. A tomorrow following a whole
succession of tomorrows. ♪♪ ♪ Well, I dreamed I saw
the knights in armor coming ♪ ♪ Saying something
about a queen ♪ ♪ There were peasants singing
and drummers drumming ♪ ♪ The archer split the tree ♪ ♪ There was a fanfare
blowing overhead ♪ ♪ Floating in the breeze ♪ ♪♪ ♪ Look at Mother Nature
on the run ♪ ♪ In the 1970s ♪ ♪ Look at Mother Nature
on the run ♪ ♪ In the 1970s ♪ ♪ I was lying in
a burned-out basement ♪ ♪ With the full moon
in my eyes ♪ ♪ I was searching
for a replacement ♪ ♪ When the sun burst
through the sky ♪ ♪ There was a band
playing in my head ♪ ♪ And I felt like getting high ♪ ♪♪ ♪ I was thinking about
what a friend had said ♪ ♪ I was hoping it was a lie ♪ ♪ Thinking about what
a friend had said ♪ ♪ I was hoping ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ Well, I dreamed I saw
the silver spaceship ♪ ♪ In the yellow haze
of the sun ♪ ♪ There were children crying
and colors flying ♪ ♪ All around the chosen ones ♪ ♪ All in a dream,
all in a dream ♪ ♪ The loading had begun ♪ ♪♪ ♪ They were flying
Mother Nature’s silver seed ♪ ♪ To a new home in the sun ♪ ♪ Flying Mother Nature’s
silver seed ♪ ♪ To a new home ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ Look at Mother Nature
on the run ♪ ♪ In the 21st century ♪ ♪ Look at Mother Nature
on the run ♪ ♪ In the 21st century ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Oh! Good! Beautiful! Crusher! Oh, fantastic! Oh, my gosh! Patti Smith! Tony Shanahan! Her new book
“Year of the Monkey” is out now.

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