Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 114
Wed. May 2, 2012

“Lo and Beholden”
Patti Smith

“♫ Lo and beholden/ Why
don’t you give it up/ Lo
and beholden/Come
on you know it’s true/ Lo
and beholden/ Oh
I’m beholden to you
[…] ♫”

Is Lo and Beholden about seduction? Religion? Love? Faith? I’m still pondering the meaning to this one?

Actually when I hear “Beholden” I always seem to think of this James Joyce quote—
Her lips touched his brain as they touched his lips, as though they were a vehicle of some vague speech and between them he felt an unknown and timid pleasure, darker than the swoon of sin, softer than sound or odor.”

I agree with Jon Pareles from Rolling Stone, quoted in Dave Thompson’s Patti Smith bio Dancing Barefoot, when he described “Beholden” as—“[Patti] casts herself as Salome[…]” Smith’s poetic tone is one of pure seductress. You can feel it in every breath and every beat—just one spin and you will be “Lo & Beholden” to Patti, again.

Editors Note: Images are from Jenny Linn’s glorious photo book: Patti Smith 1969-1976. Available at all all fine booksellers everywhere.