United StatesLou Reed

Artist rating: 56.89 % (ranking: not set)
Highest rating: 77.84 % (1972)
Most recent trend: 22.80 % (2011)
Highest trend: 81.77 % (1972)

Albums
Songs (A-Ö)
Writing credits
Statistics

Data

Born: 1942-03-02
Died: 2013-10-27

Age: 71
 

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1973
67.65 %
2011
18.92 %

Transformer

Lou Reed - Transformer
85.70 %
(2017-04-09)
Release date: 1972-11-08
Type: studio

In collection: CD
 
Average song length: 03:24
Average song rating:

Ranking

Lou Reed:
1
/
3
Year (1972):
5
/
49
Decade (1970's):
32
/
590
Overall:
118
/
2642

Tracks

1
lyrics
03:01
2
lyrics
03:21
3
lyrics
03:48
4
lyrics
03:38
5
lyrics
04:17
6
lyrics
03:02
7
lyrics
03:44
8
lyrics
03:23
9
lyrics
01:36
10
lyrics
03:13
11
lyrics
04:21
 
Total time:
 
37:24

Credits

Herbie Flowers
bass guitar, double-bass, tuba (6, 11)
Lou Reed
guitar, vocals
Mick Ronson
lead guitar, piano, recorder, backing vocals, string arrangements
Ronnie Ross
baritone saxophone (5, 11)

Session musicians

David Bowie
backing vocals

Lyrics

Vicious
03:01
Vicious
you hit me with a flower
You do it every hour
oh, baby, you're so vicious

Vicious
you want me to hit you with a stick
But all I've got is a guitar pick
huh, baby, you're so vicious

When I watch you come
baby, I just want to run far away
You're not the kind of person around I
want to stay

When I see you walking down the street
I step on your hands and I mangle your feet
You're not the kind of person that I want to meet

Oh, baby, you're so vicious
you're just so vicious

Vicious
hey, you hit me with a flower
You do it every hour
oh, baby you're so vicious

Vicious
hey, why don't you swallow razor blades
You must think that I'm some kind of gay blade
but baby, you're so vicious

When I see you coming
I just have to run
You're not good and you certainly aren't
very much fun

When I see you walking down the street
I step on your hand and I mangle your feet
You're not the kind of person that I'd even want to meet

'Cause you're so vicious
baby, you're so vicious
Vicious, vicious
vicious, vicious
Andy's Chest
03:21
If I could be anything
in the world that flew
I would be a bat and come
swooping after you
And if the last time you were here
things were a bit askew

Well, you know what happens after dark
When rattlesnakes lose their skins and their hearts
And all the missionaries lose their bark

Oh, all the trees are calling after you
And all the venom snipers after you
Are all the mountains boulder after you

If I could be any one of the things
in this world that bite
Instead of a dentured ocelot on a leash
I'd rather be a kite
And be tied to the end of your string
and flying in the air, baby, at night

'Cause you know what they say about honey bears
When you shave off all their baby hair
You have a hairy minded pink bare bear

And all the bells are rolling out for you
And stones are all erupting out for you
And all the cheap bloodsuckers are flying after you

Yesterday, Daisy Mae and Biff
were groovin' on the street
And just like in a movie
her hands became her feet
Her belly button was her mouth
which meant she tasted what she'd speak, ooohhh

But the funny thing is what happened to her nose, ooohhh
It grew until it reached all of her toes, ooohhh
Now, when people say her feet smell, they mean her nose

And curtains laced with diamonds, dear for you
And all the Roman noblemen for you
And kingdom's Christian soldiers, dear for you
And melting ice cap mountains tops for you
Oh, oh, and knights in flaming silver robes for you
And bats that with a kiss turn prince for you
Swoop, swoop, oh, baby, rock, rock
Swoop, swoop, rock, rock
Swoop, swoop, rock, rock
Perfect Day
03:48
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Just a perfect day
drink Sangria in the park
And then later
when it gets dark, we go home

Just a perfect day
feed animals in the zoo
Then later
a movie, too, and then home

Oh, it's such a perfect day
I'm glad I spend it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

Just a perfect day
problems all left alone
Weekenders on our own
it's such fun

Just a perfect day
you made me forget myself
I thought I was
someone else, someone good

Oh, it's such a perfect day
I'm glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

You're going to reap just what you sow
You're going to reap just what you sow
You're going to reap just what you sow
You're going to reap just what you sow
Hangin' Round
03:38
Harry was a rich young man
who would become a priest
He dug up his dear father
who was recently deceased

He did it with tarot cards
and a mystically attuned mind
And shortly there
and after he did find

Jeanie was a spoiled young brat
she thought she knew it all
She smoked mentholated cigarettes
and she had sex in the hall

But she was not my kind
or even of my sigh
The kind of animal
that I would be about

Woh-woh-woh, you keep hangin' round me
and I'm not so glad you found me
You're still doing things that I gave up years ago
Oh-woh-woh-woh, you keep hangin' round me
and I'm not so glad you found me
You're still doing things that I gave up years ago
all right now
ah-huh-huh

Kathy was a bit surreal
she painted all her toes
And on her face she wore dentures
clamped tightly to her nose

And when she finally spoke
her twang her glasses broke
And no one else could smoke
while she was in the room

Hark the herald angels sang
and reached out for a phone
And plucking it with a knife in hand
dialed long distance home

But it was all too much
sprinkling angel dust
To AT and T
who didn't wish you well

Oh, but you keep hangin' round me
and I'm not so glad you found me
You're still doing things that I gave up years ago
Ho-ho-ho-ho, you keep hangin' round me
and I'm not so glad you found me
You're still doing things that I gave up years ago

Hangin' round
Hangin' round, that's all you're doing baby
Hangin' round
Hangin' round
Walk on the Wild Side
04:17
Holly came from Miami F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her leg and then he was a she

She says, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
Said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side

Candy came from out on the island
In the backroom she was everybody's darling
But she never lost her head
Even when she was given head

She says, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
Said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side

And the coloured girls go

Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

Little Joe never once gave it away
Everybody had to pay and pay
A hustle here and a hustle there
New York city is the place where they said

Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
I Said hey Joe, take a walk on the wild side

Sugar Plum Fairy came and hit the streets
Lookin' for soul food and a place to eat
Went to the Apollo
You should have seen him go go go

They said, hey Sugar, take a walk on the wild side
I said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
All right, huh

Jackie is just speeding away
Thought she was James Dean for a day
Then I guess she had to crash
Valium would have helped that dash

She said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
I said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side

And the coloured girls say

Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Make Up
03:02
Your face when sleeping is sublime
And then you open up your eyes

Then comes pancake factor number one
eyeliner, rose hips and lip gloss, such fun
You're a slick little girl
you're a slick little girl

Rouge and coloring, incense and ice
perfume and kisses, ooohhh, it's all so nice
You're a slick little girl
you're such a slick little girl

Now, we're coming out
out of our closets
Out on the streets
yeah, we're coming out

When you're in bed it's so wonderful
it'd be so nice to fall in love
When you get dressed I really get my fill
people say that it's impossible

Gowns lovely made out of lace
and all the things that you do to your face
You're a slick little girl
oh, you're a slick little girl

Eyeliner, whitener then color the eyes
yellow and green, ooohhh, what a surprise
You're a slick little girl
oh, you're such a slick little girl

Now, we're coming out
out of our closets
Out on the streets
yes, we're coming out
Yeah, we're coming out
yeah, we're coming out
Satellite of Love
03:44
Satellite's gone
up to the skies
Thing like that drive me
out of my mind

I watched it for a little while
I like to watch things on TV

Satellite of love
satellite of love
Satellite of love
satellite of

Satellite's gone
way up to Mars
Soon it will be filled
with parking cars

I watch it for a little while
I love to watch things on TV

Satellite of love
satellite of love
Satellite of love
satellite of

I've been told that you've been bold
with Harry, Mark and John
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday to Thursday
with Harry, Mark and John

Satellite's gone
up to the skies
Thing like that drive me
out of my mind

I watched it for a little while
I love to watch things on TV

Satellite of love
satellite of love
Satellite of love
satellite of

Satellite of love
Satellite of love
Satellite of love
Wagon Wheel
03:23
Won't you be my wagon wheel
Won't you tell me, baby, how do you feel

Yeah, you got to live, yeah, your life
as though you're number one
Yeah, you got to live, yeah, your life
and make a point of having some fun

But if you think
that you get kicks from flirting with danger
Danger, ooohhh
just kick her in head and rearrange her

Oh, heavenly father, what can I do
what she's done to me is making me crazy
Oh, heavenly father, I know I have sinned
but look where I've been, it's making me lazy

Won't you be my wagon wheel
Won't you tell me, baby, how does you feel

You got to live, yeah, your life
as though you're number one
Yeah, you got to live, yeah, your life
and make a point of having some fun

But if you think
that you get kicks from flirting with danger
Danger, ooohhh
just kick her in head and rearrange her

And then why don't you wake me, shake me
please don't you let me sleep too long
Why don't you wake me, shake me
please don't you let me sleep too long
Don't wanna miss it now, wake me, shake me, baby
please don't you let me sleep too long
I wanna know why don't you wake me, shake me
please don't you let me sleep too long
Why don't you wake me, shake me
please don't you let me sleep too long
Why, why don't you wake me, shake me
please don't you let me sleep too long
Why don't you wake me, shake me
please don't you let me sleep too long
Why, why don't you wake me, shake me
please don't you let me sleep too long
New York Telephone Conversation
01:36
I was sleeping, gently napping
when I heard the phone
Who is on the other end talking
am I even home

Did you see what she did to him
did you hear what they said
Just a New York conversation
rattling in my head

Oh, oh, my, and what shall we wear
Oh, oh, my, and who really cares

Just a New York conversation
gossip all of the time
Did you hear who did what to whom
happens all the time

Who has touched and who has dabbled
here in the city of shows
Openings, closings, bad repartee
everybody knows

Oh, how sad and why do we call
Oh, I'm glad to hear from you all

I am calling, yes I am calling
just to speak to you
For I know this night will kill me
if I can't be with you

If I can't be with you
I'm So Free
03:13
Yes I am mother nature's son
and I'm the only one
I do what I want and I want what I see
huh, could only happen to me

I'm so free
I'm so free

Oh, please, Saint Germaine
I have come this way
Do you remember the shape I was in
I had horns that bent

I'm so free
I'm so free

Do you remember the silver walks
you used to shiver and I used to talk
Then we went down to Times Square
and ever since I've been hanging around there

I'm so free
I'm so free

Yes I am mother nature's son
and I'm the only one
I do what I want and I want what I see
could only happen to me

I'm so free
I'm so free

Oh, oh, oh, I'm so free
oh, oh, oh, I'm so free
Oh, oh, oh, I'm so free
early in the morning, I'm so free
Late in the evening, I'm so free
yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm so free
When I feel good, I'm so free
when it's in the morning, I'm so free
When it's in the evening, I'm so free
I'm so free, I'm so free
I'm so free, I'm so free
feel so good, now, I'm so free
Oh, oh, oh, I'm so free
yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm so free
Oh, oh, oh, I'm so free
feel so good, now, I'm so free
Feel little nice, I'm so free
feel little down, now, I'm so free
You're so free, I'm so free
I'm so free, I'm so free
I'm so free, I'm so free
I'm so free, I'm so free
Goodnight Ladies
04:21
Goodnight ladies
ladies goodnight
It's time to say
goodbye, let me tell you, now

Goodnight ladies
ladies goodnight
It's time to say
goodbye

Now, all night long
you've been drinking your tequilla
But now you've sucked
your lemon peel dry, so why not get high, high, high and
Goodnight ladies
ladies goodnight

Goodnight ladies
ah, ladies goodnight
It's time to say
goodbye

Goodnight sweet ladies
ah, ladies goodnight
It's time to say
goodbye, bye-bye

Ah, we've been together
for the longest time
But now it's time to get high
come on, let's get high, high, high
And goodnight ladies
ladies goodnight

Oh, I'm still missing my other half
oh, it must be something I did in the past
Don't it just make you wanna laugh
it's a lonely Saturday night

Oh, nobody calls me on the telephone
I put another record on my stereo
But I'm still singing a song of you
it's a lonely Saturday night

Now, if I was an actor
or a dancer who is glamorous
then, you know, amorous life would soon be mine
But now the tinsel light of star break
is all that's left to applaud my heart break
and eleven o'clock I watch the network news

Oh, woh, woh, something tells me that you're really gone
you said we could be friends
but that's not what's not what I want
Ah, anyway, my TV-dinner's almost done
it's a lonely Saturday night
I mean to tell you, it's a lonely Saturday night
One more word, it's a lonely Saturday night
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