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Lou Reed: No Longer Waiting.

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Lou Reed: Loved by all Progressive Humanity.

US singer and former Velvet Undergrounder Lou Reed has died at the age of 71.

His music is so great it goes into our very bones.

It was wonderful this morning that Radio 6  Music played his material.

Here is one of my favourites,

Pedro lives out of the Wilshire Hotel
he looks out a window without glass
The walls are made of cardboard, newspapers on his feet
his father beats him ’cause he’s too tired to beg

He’s got 9 brothers and sisters
they’re brought up on their knees
it’s hard to run when a coat hanger beats you on the thighs
Pedro dreams of being older and killing the old man
but that’s a slim chance he’s going to the boulevard

He’s going to end up, on the dirty boulevard
he’s going out, to the dirty boulevard
He’s going down, to the dirty boulevard

This room cost 2,000 dollars a month
you can believe it man it’s true
somewhere a landlord’s laughing till he wets his pants
No one here dreams of being a doctor or a lawyer or anything
they dream of dealing on the dirty boulevard

Give me your hungry, your tired your poor I’ll piss on ’em
that’s what the Statue of Bigotry says
Your poor huddled masses, let’s club ’em to death
and get it over with and just dump ’em on the boulevard

Get to end up, on the dirty boulevard
going out, to the dirty boulevard
He’s going down, on the dirty boulevard
going out

Outside it’s a bright night
there’s an opera at Lincoln Center
movie stars arrive by limousine
The klieg lights shoot up over the skyline of Manhattan
but the lights are out on the Mean Streets

A small kid stands by the Lincoln Tunnel
he’s selling plastic roses for a buck
The traffic’s backed up to 39th street
the TV whores are calling the cops out for a suck

And back at the Wilshire, Pedro sits there dreaming
he’s found a book on magic in a garbage can
He looks at the pictures and stares at the cracked ceiling
“At the count of 3” he says, “I hope I can disappear”

And fly fly away, from this dirty boulevard
I want to fly, from dirty boulevard
I want to fly, from dirty boulevard
I want to fly-fly-fly-fly, from dirty boulevard

I want to fly away
I want to fly
Fly, fly away
I want to fly
Fly-fly away (Fly a-)
fly-fly-fly (-way, ooohhh…)
Fly-fly away (I want to fly-fly away)
fly away (I want to fly, wow-woh, no, fly away)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z3TPwOT31g

Written by Andrew Coates

October 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

Posted in Culture, Uncategorized

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  1. I found the cassette of this track, beneath ‘teach Yourself Hittite’ and ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ (My guide in life).

    Andrew Coates

    October 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  2. Enjoyed that but my favourite is still Sweet Jane.

    Mick O

    October 28, 2013 at 9:55 pm

  3. They played that on Radio 6 Mick.

    Andrew Coates

    October 29, 2013 at 11:18 am

  4. Thank you for reminding me of that song.

    EC

    October 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm


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