Pissing in a river, watching it rise
Tattoo fingers shy away from me
Voices voices mesmerize
Voices voices beckoning sea

Come come come come back come back
Come back come back come back

Spoke of a wheel, tip of a spoon
Mouth of a cave, I'm a slave I'm free.
When are you coming? Hope you come soon
Fingers, fingers encircling thee

Come come come come come come
Come come come come come come for me oh

My bowels are empty, excreting your soul
What more can I give you? Baby I don't know
What more can I give you to make this thing grow?
Don't turn your back now, I'm talking to you

Should I pursue a path so twisted ?
Should I crawl defeated and gifted ?
Should I go the length of a river
[The royal, the throne, the cry me a river]

Everything I've done, I've done for you
Oh I give my life for you.
Every move I made I move to you,
And I came like a magnet for you now.

What about it, you're gonna leave me,
What about it, you don't need me,
What about it, I can't live without you,
What about it, I never doubted you

What about it? What about it?
What about it? What about it?

Should I pursue a path so twisted?
Should I crawl defeated and gifted?
Should I go the length of a river,
[The royal, the throne, the cry me a river]

What about it, what about it, what about it ?
Oh, I'm pissing in a river.


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    General Commenti don't even think it's necessarily about being rejected cruelly - just kind of left behind, and the person doesn't even notice. which may or may not be even more hurtful, in the end.
    hesterprynneon December 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe song is about patti smith's lover. he went crazy and moved into the woods/mountains in colorado for 20+ years without telling anyone beforehand. he just packed up and left. it naturally drove patti smith insane
    captain murphyon March 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. its like so sad.
    fuck_society666on October 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhat does pissing in a river mean...
    pissinginariver69on September 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPissing in a river means whatever the hell you want it to mean... Patti Smith is more influenced by poetry than most artists. "Pissing in a river, watching it rise/ Tattoo fingers shy away from me." To me, it means something foul done and quickly washed/carried away. A similar line to this interpretation would be: "My bowels are empty, excreting your soul." Another way to read it could be it's just a more punk way of saying "cry me a river," in that so much proverbial piss has happened in the relationship that's its drowned them.
    PCHighwayon September 26, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Pissing In A River" means that you're not making any difference. Conflict uses the term "pissing in an ocean" over and over again to describe how the Sex Pistols and the Clash never change anything through all of their success.
    BillySpearson December 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm...PISSING IN A RIVER WOOT!
    pissinginariver69on September 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThen I jizzed in my pants...
    pissinginariver69on September 08, 2009   Link

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