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Patti Smith — People Have The Power
Album: Live with Fred, 03-16-1990
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Released: 1990
Length: 3:42
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I was dreamin' in my dreamin'
Of an aspect bright and fair
And my sleepin' it was broken
But my dream it lingered near

In the form of shinin' valleys
Where the pure air recognized
Oh, and my senses newly opened
And I awakened to the cry

And the people have the power
To redeem the work of fools
From the meek the graces shower
It's decreed the people rule

People have the power
People have the power
People have the power
People have the power

Vengeful aspects became suspect
And bending low as if to hear
Well, and the armies ceased advancin'
Because the people had their ear

And the shepherds and the soldiers
And they laid among the stars
Exchanging visions, layin' arms
To waste in the dust

In the form of shinin' valleys
Where the pure air recognized
And my senses newly opened
And I awakened to the cry

People have the power
People have the power
People have the power
People have the power

Where there were deserts, I saw fountains
Like cream the waters rise
And we strolled there together
With none to laugh or criticize

There is no leopard and the lamb
And lay together truly bound
Well I was hopin' in my hopin'
To recall what I had found

Well I was dreamin' in my dreamin'
God knows a pure view
As I lay down into my sleepin'
And I commit my dream with you

People have the power
People have the power
People have the power
People have the power

The power to dream, to rule
To wrestle the earth from fools
But it's decreed the people rule
But it's decreed the people rule

Listen, I believe everythin' we dream
Can come to pass through our union
We can turn the world around
We can turn the earth's revolution

We have the power
People have the power
People have the power
People have the power

The power to dream, to rule
To wrestle the earth from fools
But it's decreed the people rule
But it's decreed the people rule

We have the power
We have the power
People have the power
We have the power
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I prefer the studio version, but it's always great to hear Patti, his innocence and pure passion.
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LOL!   White girl talkin' blues?

Sounds like something written in the late 60s/early 70s.
Very powerful when you see her perform this live in front of a giant festival crowd. She's a real rock star.
Very timely.  Go Patti!
I've only heard covers of this song. This is the first time I've heard Patti sing it.
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Patti Smith songs always start at 8 for me, and rarely go down. I've been a fan since, well, forever.
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Never heard this before myself.

Personally not a big Patti fan, but this acoustic tune is alright. 
Starting with a 6 rating.

First to rate as well.