Revenge Lyrics - Patti Smith

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I feel upset.
Let's do some celebrating.
Come on honey, don't hesitate now.
Needed you, you withdrew, I was so forsaken.
Ah, but now the tables have turned, my move.
I believe I'll be taking my revenge.
Sweet revenge.

I thought you were some perfect read-out.
Some d-digital delay had obscured
and phased my view of the wicked hand you played.
Ah, the sands and hands of time have run out, run out, ah you better face it.
Ah, this thing's run amok, this luck
I do know how to replace it with revenge.
Oh, sweet revenge.

I gave you a wristwatch, baby.
You wouldn't even give me the time of day.
You want to know what makes me tick.
Now it's me that's got precious little to say.
For the ghosts of our love have dried have died.
There's no use faking it.
Ah, the spirits gonna close in on you tonight.
High time I was taking my revenge.
Sweet revenge.
Revenge. Revenge.

all the gold and silver couldn't measure up my love for you. it's so immaterial. i don't wait around for you. [ ] [ ] nobody gets anything. nobody gets nothing. no [ ] don't leave me no space in your little boat you ain't gonna need no you ain't gonna need no little boat you are living on my time my dear.
Revenge. Sweet revenge. Sweet sweet revenge. . .

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Revenge | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/6/2007

Has anybody realized that this song is about Tom Verlaine, her ex-boyfriend/musical collaborator? ("Don't leave me no space in your little boat" is reference to Television's "See No Evil.") I assume Patti & Tom have made up since then as they've worked together again, but she was pretty pissed at him here...great song, BTW.

Excellent Song, 20 years ahead of its time | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/14/2006

Starts out haunting, almost like The House of the Rising Sun, like a perfect storm, it's such a beautiful song. It pre-dates Chrissy Hynde, I think, who took a cue from Patti the eternal poetess. If it were released today, it would be a hit. Even Alanis would have to bow to Patti. She paved the way for all female alternative grooves. On this song, Patti sounds dangerous, mysterious, as though her life were unfolding and she is taking 'sweet revenge.' And "nobody gets hurt, nobody gets anything" sounds threatening but the words, themselves, are sweet, like revenge.

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