"Redondo Beach" as written by Susanna Lee Hoffs and Dillon O'brian....
Late afternoon, dreaming hotel
We just had the quarrel, that sent you away
I was looking for you, are you gone, gone?

Called you on the phone, another dimension
Well, you never returned, oh you know what I mean
I went looking for you, are you gone, gone?

Down by the ocean, it was so dismal
Women all standing with shock on their faces
Sad description, oh I was looking for you

Everyone was singing, girl is washed up
On Redondo beach and everyone is so sad
I was looking for you, are you gone, gone?

Pretty little girl, everyone cried
She was the victim, of sweet suicide
I went looking for you, are you gone, gone?

Down by the ocean it was so dismal
Women all standing with shock on their faces
Sad description, oh I was just looking for you

Desk clerk told me, girl was washed up
Was small, an angel with apple blonde hair, now
I went looking for you, are you gone, gone?

Picked up my key, didn't reply
Went to my room, started to cry
You were small, an angel, are you gone, gone?

Down by the ocean it was so dismal
I was just standing with shock on my face
The hearse pulled away and the girl that had died, it was you

You'll never return into my arms 'cause you were gone, gone
Never return into my arms 'cause you were gone, gone
Gone, gone
Gone, gone
Goodbye


Lyrics submitted by lahesperia, edited by EatingPie

"Redondo Beach" as written by Patti Smith Leonard J Kaye

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    Song MeaningIt's a common misconception that this song is about a lesbian couple -- I even thought so for a time!

    In Patti Smith Complete, Ms. Smith says that she wrote this song in 1971 after a "rare" argument with her sister Linda. Linda left after the argument. Patti describes what she herself did: "Worried... I took an F Train to Coney Island and sat on the beach until the sun rose. I came back, wrote the draft and fell asleep. When I awoke, she had returned. I showed her what I had written and we never quarreled again."

    What a beautiful counterpoint! One, a song of regret, of lost opportunity, pain, guilt, remorse. The other, of forgiveness, reconciliation, an embrace full of future possibilities to be cherished...

    -Pie
    EatingPieon May 04, 2013   Link
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    General CommentPatti Smith is popular among the lesbian community but this song is not about a lesbian couple. I have several books on Patti Smith and in one she says this song is about a fight she had with her sister. After the fight she dreamt that her sister died and this is where she got the inspiration for this song.
    alracon January 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a fight that a lesbian couple had (Redondo Beach, CA, is a popular lesbian community) and then one of them committed suicide.
    yinanon December 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis great and morrissey does a great cover of it
    um_bongoon March 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is great and morrissey does a great cover of it
    um_bongoon March 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoops
    um_bongoon March 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFantastic song. Morrissey does, indeed, do a good cover. I think I like Patti Smith's better, though.
    xdarkentrieson August 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnope. she's married to a dude.
    Ted Bannanaon December 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsorry, i'm from manhattan beach/ redondo beach. its in a republican part of LA. and trust me, its anything but a lesbian community.
    so debunk that theory.
    buy2andsaveon February 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat a beautiful song, just discovering this album now. Fuckin' slick joint.
    differentstrokes5on May 21, 2012   Link

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