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Patti Smith writes song for Amy Winehouse
Patti Smith has penned a musical tribute to Amy Winehouse.
The ‘Because the Night’ hitmaker wrote a poem in ode to the British singer following her death in July last year and set the words to music for a track which will appear on her forthcoming new album.
She told Uncut magazine: “The little song for Amy just blossomed in the studio. We were at [New York recording studio] Electric Lady doing a whole other song and I wrote Amy a little poem when she died and my bass player, Tony Shanahan, wrote a piece of music and the two matched perfectly.
“We wrote a very nice little song for Amy Winehouse, and I think a beautiful song for Maria Schneider, the actress who was a friend of mine in the ’70s. They just happened, like gifts.”
Patti isn’t the only artist to create a musical tribute to Amy. In August, Green Day unveiled a track – which makes references to the ‘Rehab’ hitmaker’s troubled life up to her unexpected death on July 23 – at a secret show in California.
According to lyrics posted on the band’s official website, the opening lines are: “Amy, is your heart singing out of tune/ Are your eyes just singing the blues/ Dirty records from another time/ Some blood stains on your shoes.”
The final part of the track laments Amy’s premature death at the age of 27, as well as the drug and alcohol addictions which had plagued the star throughout since 2006.
It says: “You’re too young for the golden age/ ‘Cause the record bin’s been replaced/ 27 gone without a trace/ And you walked away from your drink.”
Additionally, M.I.A., Coldplay and Dionne Bromfield have all dedicated tracks or dedicated parts of their live shows to the star.