Punk rock icon Patti Smith was so “heartbroken” by Amy Winehouse‘s death that she was moved to pen a song about the late singer for her new album.
The music legend put her feelings into a poem following Winehouse’s passing, and she later turned her musings into a song, “This Is The Girl”, which features on her new album.
Patti Smith tells Britain’s The Sun, “I’m heartbroken as a fan and as a human being. What she did was magnificent and I looked forward to how she would evolve. It would have been wonderful to go through life hearing what Amy did next. I actually look at Amy in a maternal way. Amy’s the same age as my kids. They’re 29 and 24 now and she was 27. I’m really concerned about how things were managed around her.”
Patti Smith is proud of her song tribute, adding: “Quite accidentally, we’d written something that I think she might have liked.” It is a beautiful, haunting song, you can watch a live performance of it below: