Rock N’ Roll Ni–er

Written by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye, the group placed this controversial ditty on their 1978 album Easter. No one ever interviewed the duo about their intentions, but the lyrics are really straight-forward. “Baby was a black sheep. Baby was a whore,” Patti and Lenny croon. “You show she got big. Well, she’s gonna get bigger. Baby got a hand; got a finger on the trigger. Baby, baby, baby is a rock-and-roll ni–er.” Since then the song has been covered by several artists, most notably Bono of U2 and Marilyn Manson. It was even remixed and included on the soundtrack of the 1994 film, Natural Born Killers

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