"Debbie Denise" as written by and Bouchard/smith....
She kept the light open, all night long
For me to come home, and sing her my song
Oh Debbie Denise was true to me
She'd wait by the window, so patiently
And I'd come on home with my hair hanging down
She'd pin it up, and softly smile

But I was out rolling with my band
And I was out rolling with my band

I never realized, she was so undone
I didn't suspect she had no life of her own
She was so true but she was a she
She was just there I would just come
Stumbling in she'd show me she'd care
I didn't care cause she was just there

But I was out rolling with my band
And I was out rolling with my band

I wouldn't come home for weeks at a time
She wouldn't accept that she was free
Oh Debbie Denise was true to me
She'd wait by the window so bitterly

Wanting me to come close, I guess I noticed
I couldn't see, so what could I say
That more affection could I show her
I had only one thing on my mind

When I come to her, she'd pin back my hair
And out past the fields out the window I'd stare

Where I was out rolling with my band
I was out rolling with my band


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    My InterpretationI see it as the short story of a guy in a band whose faithful partner waits "so patiently"; patiently because she wants him around all the time, and it gets to the point that her life centers solely around that. But he almost totally neglects her and causes her to think the relationship is over. It's unclear to me if they reconcile but regardless, the guy becomes what Debbie Denise once was, in the respect that his life now consists of staring out the window "where I was out rolling with my band".
    KStormon December 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song Factsee "To Remember Debbie Denise" poem by Patti Smith
    it was changed from "rolling with my man" to "...with my band" for the song
    (and a few other changes)
    CapnSntLcfron November 10, 2015   Link
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    General CommentBOC are so underrated! I can't believe no one commented here!
    SMUSER17506205on November 18, 2012   Link

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