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The Velvet Underground Lyrics

I don't know just where I'm going
But I'm gonna try for the kingdom, if I can
'Cause it makes me feel like I'm a man
When I put a spike into my vein
And I tell you things aren't quite the same

When I'm rushing on my run
And I feel just like Jesus' son
And I guess that I just don't know
And I guess that I just don't know

I have made big decision
I'm gonna try to nullify my life
'Cause when the blood begins to flow
When it shoots up the dropper's neck
When I'm closing in on death

You can't help me now, you guys
And all you sweet girls with all your sweet talk
You can all go take a walk
And I guess I just don't know
And I guess that I just don't know

I wish that I was born a thousand years ago
I wish that I'd sailed the darkened seas
On a great big clipper ship
Going from this land here to that
On a sailor's suit and cap

Away from the big city
Where a man cannot be free
Of all the evils of this town
And of himself and those around
Oh, and I guess that I just don't know
Oh, and I guess that I just don't know

Heroin, be the death of me
Heroin, it's my wife and it's my life
Because a mainline into my vein
Leads to a center in my head
And then I'm better off than dead

Because when the smack begins to flow
I really don't care anymore
About all the Jim-Jims in this town
And all the politicians making crazy sounds
And everybody putting everybody else down
And all the dead bodies piled up in mounds

'Cause when the smack begins to flow
And I really don't care anymore
Ah, when that heroin is in my blood
And that blood is in my head
Then thank God that I'm as good as dead
And thank your God that I'm not aware
And thank God that I just don't care
And I guess I just don't know
Oh, and I guess I just don't know

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: LOU REED

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“The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band”
Brian Eno

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Anthony Ramani

@Gustavo Al Sonic Youth, David Bowie


@Rick Bowman I just edited my reply. Thank you for letting me know

Rick Bowman

@Spoonnoise do not click on that link. my AVAST detected a threat


@Student of Harvard University So I've learned. Thanks for the correct number. Not a big number but a big musical influence.

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Joe M.

Prettiest song about ruining your own life ever made

Phil O

@Joseph Finkelstein keep trying--it is simply obvious you are a good guy---"nothing to it, but to do it"---my 73 yr old broken body but strong mind, is on your side---study Suboxone---for me, a miracle drug--got me off opiates and side effect i quit cigs (wanted to anyway, but somehow it stopped desire for cigs--even made me drink less


@Now I wanna Sniff some Glue Went and listened to it. Junk in comparison.


@artur wojciechowicz was that your first english sentence? what were you saying?

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