Venus In Furs
John Cale Lyrics


Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girl child in the dark
Comes in bells, your servant, don't forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Downy sins of streetlight fancies
Chase the costumes she shall wear
Ermine furs adorn the imperious
Severin, Severin awaits you there
I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears
Kiss the boot of shiny, shiny leather
Shiny leather in the dark
Tongue of thongs, the belt that does await you
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Severin, Severin, speak so slightly
Severin, down on your bended knee
Taste the whip, in love not given lightly
Taste the whip, now plead for me
I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears
Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girl child in the dark
Severin, your servant comes in bells, please don't forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart

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Written by: LOU REED

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Looney-Tick Productions

Everyone takes this as a cover just because Reed isn't there to sing it - well, Cale was the co-author of the song and the demos proved that he was the original choice for sing this song, so I'd more like to say - THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD HAVE EVER SOUNDED TO ME!!!

Jonathan Smith

@Zak brownhill true-- he also sang the first version

88feji

Don't care about the lawsuit, truth is Lou Reed sang the song with all the swagger and quirky charm that Cale lacks ...

ForARide

@Nick Souza Cale was deceived by Reed about the copyright of the songs, they even had legal issues about it. Yes, Reed wrote the songs, but it was Cale's massive contributions towards the sound of The Velvets on TVU&N and WL/WH that were so groundbreaking. The credits on those two albums should have been: lyrics - Lou Reed
music - Lou Reed and John Cale! But Reed's selfishness would have none of that.

DC

... and it is a great version anyway. Cale always sounds like something's stuck in his nose - fits perfect here.

Zak brownhill

As big a fan of Lou Reed as I am John Cale definitely helped write this song, the droning viola and numerous other elements of the song weren’t Reed’s idea, he may not have writing credits for it on the album but you only have to listen to it to hear Cale’s influence

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Crimson Wolf

Now THIS is the shit! Terrific! John Cale always blew Reed right off the stage. This is Cale's song as much as Reeds, he co-wrote it. Cale clearly has always been the major talent of the VU alumni. (Just an opinion, so Reed devotees don't go apeshit.)

ForARide

Crimson Wolf Spot on! Though Reed wrote most of the Velvets songs, it was Cale who was the musical mastermind of their sound . It was Cale who introduced the drone sound and that repetetive piano staccato into rock&roll, so many other bands have used in their songs ever since. Bur due to Reed´s selfishness, Cale was never properly credited for his musical contribution to TVU&N and WL/WH. It should have been: lyrics - Lou Reed music - Lou Reed & John Cale.
This was the reason Cale and Reed wouldn´t speak to each other for years because of copyright issues.

Pulsonar

I’m shocked at how magnificent and ‘finished’ this sounds, like it was always meant to be. Cale sounds darker, even the guitar sounds like a chain saw on a challenging assignment. The original has its unassailable place, but this too has its place, a world of lost masterpieces.

anononomous

This is probably the best live performance of this song ever recorded. See Lou, this is what you can do if you actually respect your audience and put a bit of effort in, rather than letting your ego butcher all the great work you have done.

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