Patti Smith My Blakean Year Lyrics

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In my Blakean year I was so disposed
Toward a mission yet unclear Advancing pole by pole

Fortune breathed into my ear Mouthed a simple ode
One road is paved in gold One road is just a road

In my Blakean year Such a woeful schism
The pain of our existence Was not as I envisioned

Boots that trudged from track to track Worn down to the sole
One road is paved in gold One road is just a road

Boots that tramped from track to track Worn down to the sole
One road was paved in gold One road was just a road

In my Blakean year Temptation but a hiss
Just a shallow spear Robed in cowardice

Brace yourself for bitter flack For a life sublime
A labyrinth of riches Never shall unwind
The threads that bind the pilgrim's sack Are stitched into the Blakean back

So throw off your stupid cloak Embrace all that you fear
For joy shall conquer all despair In my Blakean year

So throw off your stupid cloak Embrace all that you fear
For joy shall conquer all despair In my Blakean year


iTunes Originals Track Listing
Digital Media 1
  • 1 iTunes Originals
  • 2 I Can't Remember Ever Recording It Acoustically
  • 3 P*****g In a River (iTunes Originals Version)
  • 4 It Was Our Most Popular Song
  • 5 Because the Night
  • 6 It Was Written In Memory of the Hopi Indians
  • 7 Ghost Dance (iTunes Originals Version)
  • 8 I Was Walking By the Sea Thinking of Him
  • 9 Frederick
  • 10 In the Face of Loss We Have to Be Strong
  • 11 About a Boy
  • 12 A Poem for Oliver Ray
  • 13 Beneath the Southern Cross
  • 14 I Wanted to Sing It the Way I Ride a Horse
  • 15 Midnight Rider (iTunes Originals Version)
  • 16 My Inspiration Was Mother Teresa
  • 17 One Voice
  • 18 I Always Look to William Blake When I'm Having a Difficult Year
  • 19 My Blakean Year
  • 20 This Song Came to Mind
  • 21 Tara / Peaceable Kingdom (iTunes Originals Version)
  • 22 We Became Instant Friends
  • 23 Gloria: In Excelsis Deo (Live)
  • 24 It's a Very Alive Song
  • 25 Soul Kitchen (iTunes Originals Version)
  • 26 The Most Emotional Song On the Record
  • 27 Smells Like Teen Spirit (iTunes Originals Version)


  • Written by: Patti Smith
    Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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