Jesus didn't die for Patti Smith's sins but she will gladly sing at the Vatican this Christmas, because she will do the fuck what she wants.
This is the Patti Smith we know and love, explaining why there is no contradiction between the immortal first line of her anthem 'Gloria' and her forthcoming gig at the Vatican (at the invitation of Pope Francis himself.)
I like Pope Francis and I’m happy to sing for him. Anyone who would confine me to a line from 20 years ago is a fool!
An Italian Catholic organization is protesting Smith's appearance on the Vatican's Christmas program and asked for it to be banned, calling Smith's defiant lyric ‘Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine,’ blasphemous.
Asked to explain her present position by The Guardian, Smith elaborated.
I did a lot of thinking. I’m not against Jesus, but I was 20 and I wanted to make my own mistakes and I didn’t want anyone dying for me. I stand behind that 20-year-old girl, but I have evolved. I’ll sing to my enemy! I don’t like being pinned down and I’ll do what the fuck I want.
God bless her. Who could ask for more?