Patti Smith covered The Beatles‘ “She’s Leaving Home” at a Paul McCartney tribute concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, March 15th.
The show, which raised money for music education programs, featured an all-star lineup including Graham Nash, Wings guitarist Denny Laine, Bettye LaVette, Nancy Wilson, Lyle Lovett, Bruce Hornsby, Shovels & Rope, Lake Street Dive, Natalie Merchant, Allison Russell, Ingrid Michaelson, and Christopher Cross.
They were all backed by a house band led by Rolling Stones touring drummer Steve Jordan and Fab Faux bassist Will Lee.
Although Smith wasn’t part of the official lineup for the evening, she joined to deliver a stunning rendition of “She’s Leaving Home.” It was her first time performing the 1967 Beatles classic.
“Dear mother and father,” she sang. “I’m sorry if I hurt you/But I had to leave to find what you already have/Companionship, love/To find laughter/To find freedom/And to find, most of all, myself.”
(Photo: Beni Köhler)
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