What Goes On
The Velvet Underground Lyrics


What goes on in your mind?
I think that I am falling down
What goes on in your mind?
I think that I am upside down
Baby, be good, do what you should
You know it will work alright
Baby, be good, do what you should
You know it will be alright

I'm going up, and I'm going down
I'm going to fly from side to side
See the bells up in the sky
Somebody's cut their string in two
Baby, be good, do what you should
You know it will work alright
Baby, be good, do what you should
You know it will be alright

One minute born, one minute doomed
One minute up and one minute down
What goes on in your mind?
I think that I am falling down
Baby, be good, do what you should
You know it will work alright
Baby, be good, do what you should
You know it will be alright

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Written by: Lou Reed

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Ben Culture

This song is so strangely magical. It's very simple, yet never boring. I could listen to a 30-minute version of this song! Great job with the pics and video clips! A lot of them, I never saw before.

VC1

there probably is a 30 minute version out there somewhere.

David Sullivan

The best rhythm guitar sound ever...

Michaelsoft Binbows

@Miles Nulf Lou Reed did NOT play viola on Heroin, that is John Cale who played that. Your statement is demonstrably false.

Michaelsoft Binbows

@Ike M You admitted that Sterling Morrison is a better guitarist (duh, that is the whole point of him being in the band LOL!) so I'm very satisfied. U can't figure out why Lou Reed wasn't as good in his solo career? Lou captured lightning in a bottle for the first 3 albums he did with TVU... Loaded has some great moments too ofc... but after that, well, Combination of the drugs taking a toll on him and not doing enough drugs for creative inspiration. Sad that he drank so much instead of doing drugs that would make him a better artist, like shooting smack or speed. You don't get White Light / White heat without A LOT of speed and you don't get the first album without doing a LOT of drugs and hanging out at the factory or ppl like John Cale. TVU are legendary and totally changed my life so at least we can definitively agree on that.

Ike M

@Michaelsoft Binbows yoooo Lou Reed played viola on Heroin?? learn smth everyday. Sterling sang it right??? yeah I knew it

Ike M

@Michaelsoft Binbows alright man at this point agree to disagree. I know Sterling was more fretboard savvy, and could carry a guitar tune probably more fluidly, but Lou was also a real guitar player, and a player that had a unique style that transcends it being superfluous for him holding one. As his vocals did more dramatically, I also think his guitar playing tanked in his solo career, don't know why, prefer VU over Lou Reed by a long shot. The guitars are focused left/right, as in Lou's louder on one side and vice versa with Sterling, I didn't backpedal it's still fucking stereo. but whatever man, Doug Yule played half the guitars on loaded anyway. we'll never really know but I can only strongly speculate Lou played highly inventive rhythms in VU like on what goes on and he wasnt just holding a guitar to play D and G outta time (E and A downtrend ofc :)

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Rick Lynch

The Rhythm guitar is incredible. Sterling was fantastic.

pablozewoppa

I love The Velvet Underground with all of my heart

David Sheehan

That groove. The bridge. The guitar outro. Song is just perfect.

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