This song finds Dee Dee referencing the decadent French poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-91). The singer has long stated the influence of Rimbauld on her lyrics. Other rockers that have found inspiration in the 19th century French poet include:
Bob Dylan: Another Side of Bob Dylan
's "Chimes Of Freedom
" was influenced by Rimbaud's symbolist poetry and on Blood of Tracks
' "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go," Dylan compared his own fractured relationships to the absinthe-fueled feuds of the poet and his lover, Paul Verlaine.
Jim Morrison: Rimbaud was the Doors frontman's favorite poet and his symbolist verses influenced the form of Morrison's short prose poems and lyrics. Wallace Fowlie,'s book Rimbaud and Jim Morrison
, recount's the author's surprise at receiving a fan letter from Morrison who, in 1968, thanked him for his latest translation of Arthur Rimbaud's verse into English.
Patti Smith remains Arthur's most vocal rock'n'roll champion. The B-side of her first single, "Piss Factory" describes the helplessness she felt while working on a factory assembly line and the salvation she discovered in the form of a Rimbaud's Illuminations
, which she'd shoplifted. Speaking later in 1996 Smith recalled her teenage years when she, "devoted so much of my girlish daydreams to Rimbaud. Rimbaud was like my boyfriend."
Allen Ginsberg. OK, strictly speaking Ginsberg was a beat poet not a rock 'n' roller, but on Clash's "Ghetto Defendant
" he raps rhymes that reference his own favorite poet, one Arthur Rimbaud.