Patti Smith forgot lyrics during a Sam Shepard tribute and it's totally precious

Photo provided by artist, by Steven Sebring

Oh, Patti.

During a tribute concert for the late actor, playwright, and author Sam Shepard last night in Brooklyn, Shepard's friend, Patti Smith stepped up to perform "Dancing Barefoot."

Halfway through the song, Smith smiled, laughed, and shook her head. She had forgotten the words but recalled a playful detail of her relationship with Shepard.

"What is it? I’ve sung this nine million times. You know what, Sam really liked when I did this. He would actually taunt me and be somewhere and get my attention so I would mess something up. And he had this coyote laugh, I can’t explain it. So I’m sure he’s enjoying this right now.”

Watch the video below and read her touching letter to her late friend here.

Light of my life, Queen Patti Smith

A post shared by Ariana Klersfeld (@generallyrood) on

Scroll to read more Music News articles
Join the Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Detroit Metro Times Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.