Florence wrote the song as a tribute to Patti Smith, whom she calls her "north star" in the lyrics.
“Patricia is actually a little tribute to Patti Smith, but also a little bit about these matriarchal ideas, perhaps the damage that more toxic masculinity can do. I was looking at Patti Smith as a kind of matriarch - as a strong woman - and I was trying to follow in her footsteps.”
Patti reacted to the tribute on Instagram:
thisispattismith This is the strong hand of Florence Welch. She is singing her new song Patricia, which is said to be partially for me. The song is beautiful, and it is wonderful to be so acknowledged by a fellow artist. So thank you Florence and the Machine, for all your good work and keeping me in your thoughts.
florence Shedding a tear in South London, I don't have the words, just, thank you Patti, for everything x
thisispattismith The next time you sing it, know I am with you.
The acoustic version that F+TM have been playing at concerts is also available on Amazon Music now!
Check out their performance of this version for BBC Radio 2: