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Pass thru fire : the collected lyrics
Reed, Lou.
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Songs. Texts. Selections
First edition.
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New York : Hyperion, [2000]

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xxi, 469 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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ML54.6.R42 P37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The definitive collection of lyrics by Lou Reed, one of rock's music's most brilliant and influential artists.

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Booklist Review

Cale and Reed founded the Velvet Underground, the most influential commercial disaster in rock history. The '60s couldn't take the VU's loud, noisy songs about junkies, hustlers, and drag queens, but '70s punk, '80s grunge, and '90s alternative rock ate them up. Cale's autobiography, as shaped by veteran rock coauthor Bockris, reads like an oral history deposition: there are loose ends all over, and the other voices sparingly heard from in the early chapters do little to tie up those ends. Cale's voice, like the highly amplified drone of his viola in several VU trademark songs, proves hypnotically attractive as he recounts the fights, the drugs, and the sex of the VU years, his subsequent solo career, and the abortive VU reunion tour. A recurring theme is Cale's love-hate relationship with Reed, whose talent Cale clearly stands in awe of, but whose personality--egoistic, duplicitous, and manipulative, by Cale's lights--has sent him round the bend every time the two have collaborated. Cale's testimony is prime stuff for rock aesthetes and for aficionados of the sinister psychedelic pop art that has always enveloped Cale, Reed, and their rock progeny. The latter kind of readers should revel in the book's black-and-white artwork, masterminded by David McKean. Virtually every two-page spread is a single composition of photos and drawings. The text is shaped around the art or printed over it, and individual lines and brief passages are incorporated, in different type sizes and styles, into several of the two-page designs. Reed's expansion of his selected lyrics book, Between Thought and Expression (1992), is visually impressive, too. The lyrics appear chronologically by recorded album but differently from one album to the next. The lyrics from The Velvet Underground & Nico appear conventionally enough, with the lines of type flush at the left margin and horizontal. After the lyrics of the first song in the second VU album, White Light/White Heat, however, the lines start tilting. They keep tilting, until the last page of the album's last song appears upside down. The text at the book's center (from Reed's solo album The Bells) and end (one new lyric and some poems) is upright and proper, but all the rest is, from page to page, shaped in various ways. The result: a more interesting book than the earlier lyrics collection, at least to look at. --Ray Olson

Table of Contents

Introductionp. XIX
The Velvet Underground and Nicop. 1
Sunday Morning
I'm Waiting for the Man
Femme Fatale
Venus in Furs
Run Run Run
All Tomorrow's Parties
There She Goes Again
I'll Be Your Mirror
Black Angel's Death Song
European Son
White Light / White Heatp. 17
White Light / White Heat
The Gift
Lady Godiva's Operation
Here She Comes Now
I Heard Her Call My Name
Sister Ray
The Velvet Undergroundp. 35
Candy Says
What Goes On
Some Kinda Love
Pale Blue Eyes
Beginning to See the Light
I'm Set Free
That's the Story of My Life
The Murder Mystery
After Hours
1969 Velvet Underground Livep. 61
Sweet Jane (Prototype)
New Age (Prototype)
Over You
Loadedp. 65
Who Loves the Sun
Sweet Jane (Final Version)
Rock 'n' Roll
Cool It Down
New Age (Final Version)
Head Held High
Lonesome Cowboy Bill
I Found a Reason
Train Round the Bend
Oh! Sweet Nothing
Vup. 81
Stephanie Says
Temptation Inside Your Heart
One of These Days
I'm Sticking with You
Another Viewp. 89
Hey Mr. Rain
Ferryboat Bill
The Velvet Underground Live Mcmxciiip. 93
Velvet Nursery Rhyme
Nico: Chelsea Girlp. 97
Chelsea Girls
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
Lou Reedp. 103
I Can't Stand It
Going Down
Walk and Talk It
Lisa Says
I Love You
Wild Child
Love Makes You Feel
Ride Into the Sun
Transformerp. 117
Andy's Chest
Perfect Day
Hangin' Round
Walk on the Wild Side
Make Up
Satellite of Love
Wagon Wheel
New York Telephone Conversation
I'm So Free
Goodnight Ladies
Berlinp. 135
Berlin (see Lou Reed LP)
Lady Day
Men of Good Fortune
Caroline Says I
How Do You Think It Feels
Oh, Jim
Caroline Says II
The Kids
The Bed
Sad Song
Sally Can't Dancep. 149
Ride Sally Ride
Animal Language
Baby Face
N.Y. Stars
Kill Your Sons
Sally Can't Dance
Metal Machine Musicp. 161
Liner Notes
Coney Island Babyp. 169
Crazy Feeling
Charley's Girl
She's My Best Friend
A Gift
Ooohhh Baby
Nobody's Business
Coney Island Baby
Rock and Roll Heartp. 183
I Believe in Love
Banging on My Drum
Follow the Leader
You Wear It So Well
Ladies Pay
Rock and Roll Heart
Senselessly Cruel
Claim to Fame
Vicious Circle
A Sheltered Life
Temporary Thing
Street Hasslep. 197
Gimmie Some Good Times
Dirt (Final Version)
Street Hassle: Waltzing Matilda, Part I; Street Hassle, Part II; Slip Away, Part III
I Wanna Be Black
Real Good Time Together
Shooting Star
Leave Me Alone
The Bellsp. 211
Stupid Man
Disco Mystic
I Wanna Boogie With You
With You
Looking for Love
City Lights
All Through The Night
The Bells
Growing Up in Publicp. 225
How Do You Speak to an Angel
My Old Man
Keep Away
Growing Up in Public
Standing on Ceremony
So Alone
Love Is Here To Stay
The Power Of Positive Drinking
Think It Over
Teach The Gifted Children
The Blue Maskp. 241
My House
Underneath the Bottle
The Gun
The Blue Mask
Average Guy
The Heroine
Waves of Fear
The Day John Kennedy Died
Heavenly Arms
Legendary Heartsp. 255
Legendary Hearts
Don't Talk to Me About Work
Make Up My Mind
Martial Law
The Last Shot
Turn Out the Light
Pow Wow
Bottoming Out
Home of the Brave
Rooftop Garden
New Sensationsp. 271
I Love You, Suzanne
Endlessly Jealous
My Red Joystick
Turn To Me
New Sensations
Doin' The Things That We Want To
What Becomes A Legend Most
Fly Into The Sun
My Friend George
High In The City
Down at the Arcade
Mistrialp. 285
No Money Down
Don't Hurt a Woman
Video Violence
Spit It Out
The Original Wrapper
Mama's Got a Lover
I Remember You
Tell It to Your Heart
New Yorkp. 303
Romeo Had Juliette
Halloween Parade
Dirty Blvd
Endless Cycle
There Is No Time
Last Great American Whale
Beginning of a Great Adventure
Busload of Faith
Sick of You
Hold On
Good Evening Mr. Waldheim
Xmas in February
Dime Store Mystery
Songs for Drellap. 331
Small Town
Open House
Style It Takes
Trouble with Classicists
Faces and Names
Slip Away (A Warning)
It Wasn't Me
I Believe
Nobody But You
A Dream
Forever Changed
Hello It's Me
Magic and Lossp. 359
What's Good--The Thesis
Power and Glory--The Situation
Sword of Damocles--Externally
Goodbye Mass--In a Chapel Bodily Termination
Cremation--Ashes to Ashes
No Chance--Regret
The Warrior King--Revenge
Harry's Circumcision--Reverie Gone Astray
Gassed and Stoked--Loss
Power and the Glory Part II--Magic - Transformation
Magic and Loss--The Summation
Set the Twilight Reelingp. 381
Egg Cream
Finish Line (For Sterl)
Trade In
Hang On to Your Emotions
Sex with Your Parents (Motherfucker) Part II
The Proposition
The Adventurer
Set the Twilight Reeling
Miscellaneous Songsp. 405
Ocean 1970
You Can Dance 1975
Such a Pretty Face 1977
Affirmative Action (PO #99) 1977
Better Get Up and Dance 1977
Here Comes the Bride 1978
My Name Is Mok 1983
Little Sister 1983
Something Happened 1988
Letters to the Vatican 1988
The Calm Before the Storm 1988
One World One Voice 1990
Why Can't I Be Good 1993
You'll Know You Were Loved 1995
Is Anybody Listening 1997
Downtown Dirt (Prototype)
Time Rockerp. 411
Alone at Last
Blood of the Lamb
Vanishing Act
Mongo and Longo
A Witness to Life
Gossip Song
Future Farmers of America
Putting on a New Skin
Reverse Diminuendo
Turning Time Around
Into the Divine
Why Do You Talk
I Don't Need This
Talking Book
On the Run
Ecstasyp. 433
Mystic Child
Paranoia Key of E
Modern Dance
Baton Rouge
The White Prism
Big Sky
The Rock Minuet
Like a Possum
Discographyp. 463