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“Patti was great, just an amazing person and a fabulous songwriter. Having co-produced Allen Ginsberg with Bob Dylan, and through my work with Yoko Ono, Patti’s people felt that I could handle somebody who dealt in spoken-word songs.
“This is one of Patti’s favorites. The idea was, ‘What’s the limit? How far can we go?’ We wanted to make a piece of art, even though Clive Davis was saying, ‘Where the single?’ But we didn’t want to fall into that kind of thinking.
“Patti played guitar on the title tune, which is something that nobody else would let her do. She had a Duo-Sonic that was really cool, and she loved to get crazy sounds out of it. We tried the song about four or five times, but we weren’t 100 percent happy with it.
“One night, there was a hurricane, and I told her, ‘Do not go out tonight.’ But a little while later she called me and said, ‘I feel it’s tonight.’ So I drove out in this horrible rain and storm, and we got everybody there, and at about three in the morning, we got it. The track was there, and it sounded terrific. She was feeling it that night.”