Patti Smith Forgets Words Delivers At Bob Dylan-less Nobel Service

A tough rain falls down much expected.

Singer-songwriter Patti Smith Had two attempts to get through Bob Dylan’s 1963 A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall  in Stockholm Sweden on Saturday at the Nobel Prize ceremony.

Smith faltered when she forgot the words in the verse of one of Dylan’s most famous songs full of lyrics that are complicated. Smith  asked the orchestra and written herself.

“I apologize. I am sorry, Could we begin that?   I am so nervous,” Smith said gently, since  the audience in Stockholm’s Concert Hall clapped in service.

The tune is at the 1 hour, 3 minute markers, in the video below.

After drawing a brief blank again in the third verse, Smith  finished the song with the emotional, soulful flourish. The Associated Press reported it left some in the crowd misty-eyed.

The tv announcer pointed out ” a celebrity like Patti Smith can get a bit nervous in a event like this.”

After becoming the first musician to win the Nobel literature award in the 115-year history of the academy, Dylan was not.

The 75-year-old won the prize “for having made fresh poetic expressions over the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy said.