Patti Smith, From Scotland With Love and Pauper’s Dough by King Creosote

Professor Virginia Heath was honoured to recently discover that the legendary Patti Smith, who has always been a profound inspiration, chose ‘Pauper’s Dough’ by King Creosote from “the transcendent Documentary, From Scotland with Love”, as a song she would like to cover.  Patti received a thousand song suggestions from her Blog readers and two particularly struck her.


Patti writes in her blog post ‘Covers’

“Another suggested song was Pauper’s Dough. I had never heard of it, nor the film it graces. I loved it immediately on first listen. Pauper’s Dough was written by King Creosote, for the soundtrack he created for the transcendent documentary, From Scotland with Love, by Virginia Heath. Here is a brief description:

The film explores universal themes of love, loss, resistance, migration, work and play. Ordinary people, some long since dead, their names and identities largely forgotten, appear shimmering from the depth of the vaults to take a starring role. These silent individuals become composite characters, who emerge to tell us their stories…..

Below is the audio of the song which so captured me.  I aim to try it one day, but only if I can do it justice.  The lyrics read as a poem to the people, the salt of the earth.”


King Creosote – Pauper’s Dough