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Walk on the Wild Side
Lou Reed Lyrics


Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs 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 darlin'
But she never lost her head
Even when she was givin' head
She says, "Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side"
Said, "Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side"

And the colored girls go
Do-do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do, do

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"
Alright, huh

Jackie is just speedin' away
Thought she was James Dean for a day
Then I guess she had to crash
Valium would have helped that bash
She said, "Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side"
I said, "Hey honey, take a walk on the wild side"

And the colored girls say
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
Do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do, do

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Lou Reed

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cgarnet01

@John Dee Firstly, I do apologize for my last sentence. That was an ad hominum and had no place in my remark. I'm sorry about that. Ad hominems never belong in an honest discussion, and while your reciprocated ad hominems do annoy me, I have no right to complain because I did start it. So let's move past that.

I gave a detailed, point-by-point account of the lyrics of the tune and how I construe them. I am very confident in my interpretation. You seem to disagree with me but fail to explain what it is you specifically refute. Your's is more of a general criticism which lacks details. What, specifically, and at what point(s) in the song, do these double entendres and literal accounts appear? And I find it deeply quizzical that a glaring contradiction crops up. First you call me "idiotically literal". But then, in the very next sentence, you claim that it was you who provided the "literal meaning of the song". So you insult others for being "literal" before lamenting that you're being criticized for being "literal". It's a puzzling contradiction.

I have no idea what "wokeness" has to do with any of this, and I suspect you don't either. It really is as arbitrary and unconnected an insult to throw out as one can. I strongly believe the word you want to use but aren't capable of utilizing it because it isn't part of your vocabulary is "pedant". "Pedant" and "woke" are, in no way, synonyms.

Additionally, you seem to be under the genuine impression that you possess magical powers that you can make manifest solely by thinking them. That's disturbing and certainly apocryphal. It's also interesting that you automatically assume you are a member of the "cool" class. So you must think quite highly of yourself.

Finally, it seems you are truly clueless about this style of music and the era it was from. If you truly believe that Lou Reed was opposed to what would eventually be termed "wokeness" you clearly know very little, if anything, about the man. And you include any "good music preceding 2015? You seriously are under the impression that that Lou Reed, John Lennon, Mick Jagger, George Harrison, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Neil Young, Axl Rose, John Fogarty, Woody Guthrie, Paul McCartney, Shane MacGowan, Joey Ramone, Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, etc. etc. are/were right wingers who support(ed) conservative political candidates and platforms? Just how new to this are you? Because it is genuinely flabbergasting how wrong you have it. All of the musicians I named were most positively "woke" before the word came into existence. Don't you know a damned thing about these people? Anything at all? Because everyone and their mother knows rock and roll musicians are consistently among the most liberal people on the planet and have been since inception. So, clearly, it's you who should stop listening to this stuff if you hate progressive, left-wing politics. Try Ted Nugent on for size. He'd be more up your alley.

I don't listen to Lil' Nas X (you spelled his name wrong). I don't listen to anything prior to the early 1990s.

Why does opposing injustice anger you? Why do you feel so in favor of injustice? I imagine if you were falsely imprisoned you wouldn't be so accepting of it.



Normu pipita

Holly llegó de Miami Florida
Se atravesó todo E.E.U.U a dedo
Se depiló las cejas en el camino
Se afeitó las piernas y entonces se hizo ella
Y dice, hey bebe, date una vuelta por el lado salvaje
Dice, hey dulce, date una vuelta por el lado salvaje.

Candy llegó de Island
En la pieza de atrás era la querida de todos
Pero nunca perdió la cabeza
Ni siquiera cuando la chupaba
Dice, hey bebe, date una vuelta por el lado salvaje
Dice el bebe, date una vuelta por el lado salvaje
Y las chicas de color dicen, du,


du,du,du...

El pequeño Joe nunca la regalaba
Todo el mundo tenía que pagar y pagar,
Un polvo acá, un polvo allá
La ciudad de Nueva York es donde se dice
Hey bebe, date una vuelta por el lado salvaje
Y yo digo, hey Joe, date una vuelta por el lado salvaje.

Sugar Plum Fairy llegó y salió a la calle
Buscando comida para el alma, y un lugar donde comer
Fue al Apollo
Deberías haberla visto, bailar
Ellos decían, hey Sugar, date una vuelta por el lado salvaje
Y yo decía, hey dulce, date una vuelta por el lado salvaje.

Jackie iba colgado de anfetas
Se creyó era James Dean por un día
Después se pegó un palo
Creo que el Valium le habría ayudado a bajar
Ella dijo, hey bebe, date una vuelta por el lado salvaje
Y yo dije, hey dulce date una vuelta por el lado salvaje
Y las chicas de color decían, du du du du...



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Newt0rz

What I love about this song, is how Reed obviously met these people, and developed a huge respect for them and their lives. Not for the people that were front and center stage, but for the people in the dark corners, on the street, living their lives more fully than anyone else. He truly spoke for the outsiders.

Ross

Well said.

Gretchen Goulet

Newt you get it!!! Thank you 💟

Franklin Loll

Not at all. It was a blase' Andy Warholesque observational study on the freaks he knew thru the velvet underground.

Changing Things

During an interview he mentioned that he edited his music so it sounded best on small cheap speakers like in your car because that was the way most people listened to music back then.

Willie Gordon

"Little Jo never gave it away,everybody had to pay and pay".

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MisterHot

Can’t believe this song is just shy of 50 years old, still sounds fantastic!!

Hann Chris27

I was about thirteen when this song came out I don't think I understood wot it was about at the time but it didn't matter it just sounded so damm good and still does and I'm sixty three now R I P Mr Reed

Caroline Capon

I love how some youngster called this epic tune “jazz” up there. Wow that, and I am 44, would make my 80YO parents laugh.


He he

Caroline Capon

Like me. WTF! LOL

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