Kimberly is Patti Smith's youngest sister by 12 years. This tender confessional recounts the songstress' experience of her sibling's birth.
"Housing developments were a new thing, postwar, they'd build them for poor people in areas that nobody wanted," Smith recalled to The Observer. "Ours was literally on a swamp. We lived across the street from an old abandoned barn that got hit by lightning shortly after Kimberly was born. I went outside and I was holding her, watching this barn in flames. Hundreds of bats lived in it, and you could hear them screeching, and see bats and owls and buzzards flying out."
Kimberly Smith became a guitarist/songwriter. She got some of her first stage experience playing acoustic guitar on this song when Patti toured Horses in the late '70s.
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" tells the story of an astronaut who cuts off communication and floats into space. The BBC used it extensively in their coverage of the 1969 moon landing - an odd choice considering the lyrics.