Patti Smith - People Have The Power

First performance: 01/10/2004


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 8 times:
 
During all Vote For Change Tour shows 
 
 
 
2004-10-01 - WACHOVIA CENTER, PHILADELPHIA
with R.E.M., John Fogerty, and Bright Eyes
 
2004-10-02 - GUND ARENA, CLEVELAND
with R.E.M., John Fogerty, and Bright Eyes
 
2004-10-03 - COBO ARENA, DETROIT
with R.E.M., John Fogerty, Bright Eyes, and the Dixie Chicks
 
2004-10-05 - XCEL ENERGY CENTER, ST. PAUL, MN
with R.E.M., John Fogerty, Neil and Pegi Young, and Bright Eyes
 
2004-10-08 - TD WATERHOUSE CENTRE, ORLANDO
with R.E.M., John Fogerty, Neil and Pegi Young, and Bright Eyes
 
with all performers
 
2004-10-13 - CONTINENTAL AIRLINES ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD
with Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, and John Fogerty 
 
2018-04-23 - BEACON THEATRE, NY
Bruce joins Patti Smith and her band on stage during the Tribeca Fim Festival. The occasion was the premiere of a new concert documentary about Smith, "Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band". The film documents the Los Angeles concerts in January 2016 where Smith performed her album, "Horses," to mark its 40th anniversary. Smith and band performed several hits, including "Dancing Barefoot" and "Gloria." After Smith introduced her band members, she said she had one more person to introduce. Bruce entered the stage to accompanied by a roaring of the crowd. Together, they performed "Because the Night and the finale "People Have The Power", for which they were joined by Michael Stipe. 
 
 
 

Songinfo

People have the power is a song written by Patti Smith and Fred "Sonic" Smith and released as a lead single from Patti Smith 1988 album Dream Of Life. The cover photograph is by Robert Mapplethorpe. The music video is filmed mostly in black-and-white and features Patti Smith singing, writing and walking. 
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce has one co- written song with Patti Smith : Because the night. It was originally recorded during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town sessions. The song was officially released for the first time in a live version on the Live/1975-85 box set in 1986 recorded at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, during The River Tour. The guitar solo part is edited out on the official release, from three minutes to a bit over a minute and a half. The live 28 Dec 1980 version was also included on the Greatest Hits (2009 Europe edition) compilation album. A studio version was released on The Promise in 2010. Because the night was donated to Patti Smith for her 1978 album Easter. 
 
 
 
 
Bruce had 9 performances together with Patti Smith :
 
 
 
2018-04-23 Beacon Theatre, New York City, NY
2013-02-08 Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
2009-10-30 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1977-12-30 CBGB Theater, New York City, NY
1976-11-26 Bottom Line, New York City, NY (Late)
1976-11-26 Bottom Line, New York City, NY (Early)
1976-10-30 Palladium, New York City, NY
1975-12-26 Bottom Line, New York City, NY
1975-10-23 Gerde's Folk City, New York City, NY 
 

Lyrics

I was dreaming in my dreaming
of an aspect bright and fair
and my sleeping it was broken
but my dream it lingered near
in the form of shining valleys
where the pure air recognized
and my senses newly opened
I awakened to the cry
that the people have the power
to redeem the work of fools
upon the meek the graces shower
it's decreed the people rule
The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
Vengeful aspects became suspect
and bending low as if to hear
and the armies ceased advancing
because the people had their ear
and the shepherds and the soldiers
lay beneath the stars
exchanging visions
and laying arms
to waste in the dust
in the form of shining valleys
where the pure air recognized
and my senses newly opened
I awakened to the cry
The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
The 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
and the leopard
and the lamb
lay together truly bound
I was hoping in my hoping
to recall what I had found
I was dreaming in my dreaming
god knows a purer view
as I surrender to my sleeping
I commit my dream to you
The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
The power to dream, to rule
to wrestle the world from fools
it's decreed the people rule
it's decreed the people rule
Listen
I believe everything 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
The people have the power
The people have the power
The power to dream, to rule
to wrestle the world from fools
it's decreed the people rule
it's decreed the people rule
we have the power
People have the power
we have the power...