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  The subject of this week’s Lyrics Undercover is a woman who has followed her own unconventional path, and a song that is one of the few that grew from a collaboration with Bruce Springsteen. Patti Smith is ambitious, unconventional and challenging, her music a singular fusion of rock and poetry. Springsteen wrote the music and the chorus, but it was Smith who wrote the rest of the lyrics to “Because the Night,” which, despite a large cult following, became her only hit.