What is the meaning of this song?

  • MikeW

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    Feb 02, 2014 12:16 AM GMT
    Does anyone else find this song curiously evocative? If so, what does it mean to you?

    I've loved the The Velvet Underground since I first heard them in the spring of 1967. Almost a half a century ago.

    This particular song is one of my favorites. There's something about the 'sound' of it that really brings back that era and how it felt to be 19 at that time. I wanted to share it to see if any find it as peculiar as I do.



    To me the lyrics are evocative of that youthful, questioning frame of mind where one wonders what the future holds. The first verse lays life's choices before one on a plate. But immediately the second verse sounds a "voice" (of the Black Angel?) narrating a strange story that progressively becomes that of an interlocutor; perhaps provocateur. By the end, I'm back in my own head, hearing Reed's voice as a part of myself that is skeptical, perhaps even contemptuous, of my belief that I *can* choose or that they will matter.

    Velvet Underground – The Black Angel's Death Song Lyrics
    Songwriters: Reed, Lou / Cale, John Davies
    (Reed, Cale)

    The myriad choices of his fate
    Set themselves out upon a plate
    For him to choose
    What had he to lose

    Not a ghost bloodied country
    All covered with sleep
    Where the black angel did weep
    Not an old city street in the east
    Gone to choose

    And wandering's brother
    Walked on through the night
    With his hair in his face
    On a long splintered cut from the knife of G.T.

    The rally man's patter ran on through the dawn
    Until we said so long
    To his skull-shrill yell

    Shining brightly red-rimmed and
    Red-lined with the time
    Infused with the choice of the mind
    On ice skates scraping chunks
    From the bells

    Cut mouth bleeding razor's
    Forgetting the pain
    Antiseptic remains cool goodbye
    So you fly
    To the cozy brown snow of the east
    Gone to choose, choose again

    Sacrificials remains make it hard to forget
    Where you come from
    The stools of your eyes
    Serve to realize fame, choose again

    And Roberman's refrain of the sacrilege recluse
    For the loss of a horse
    Went the bowels and a tail of a rat
    Come again, choose to go

    And if Epiphany's terror reduced you to shame
    Have your head bobbed and weaved
    Choose a side to be on

    If the stone glances off
    Split didactics in two
    Leave the colors of the mouse
    Don't scream, try between
    If you choose, if you choose, try to lose
    For the loss of remain come and start

    Start the game
    I chi chi
    Chi chi I
    Chi chi chi
    Ka ta koh
    Choose to choose
    Choose to lose
    Choose to go
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    Feb 02, 2014 12:30 AM GMT
    there are sites that have people do this specifically, I use them frequently
  • Fable

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    Feb 02, 2014 12:32 AM GMT
    ReeBad19 saidthere are sites that have people do this specifically, I use them frequently


    thanks for the link, idiot.














    trollololol
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    Feb 02, 2014 12:36 AM GMT
    I don't have a specific one in mind...^
    I just google the song with the word meaning next to it and chose from there..
    Understand?

    Oh and wow.. that song.. I thought it was talking, I was waiting for the singing to start..
    Couldn't understand a word
  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 02, 2014 12:41 AM GMT
  • MikeW

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    Feb 02, 2014 12:48 AM GMT
    ReeBad19 saidthere are sites that have people do this specifically, I use them frequently

    I'll check some out but I was asking if anyone here had a thought about it.
  • MikeW

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    Feb 02, 2014 12:50 AM GMT
    ReeBad19 said...Oh and wow.. that song.. I thought it was talking, I was waiting for the singing to start..
    Couldn't understand a word
    That's why I put in the lyrics. But, no, it isn't "sung" in the traditional sense… its more of a rap.
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    Feb 02, 2014 12:54 AM GMT
    MikeW said
    ReeBad19 saidthere are sites that have people do this specifically, I use them frequently

    I'll check some out but I was asking if anyone here had a thought about it.


    Yeah normally I would not suggest Goggle for a Question Thread.. seems beside the point.. but I just wanted you to know they have such things, I didn't know for a long time
  • MikeW

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    Feb 02, 2014 1:05 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk said< iframe width="480" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eYKY2lpxMg8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>

    Yeah, Canned Heat! icon_biggrin.gif

    This character reminds me of myself at that age. I wasn't at Woodstock but I was there.

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    Feb 02, 2014 2:48 AM GMT
    Aren't all Lou Reed songs about heroin?