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Lou Reed - "Walk On The Wild Side"

Lou Reed - "Walk On The Wild Side"

"Walk on the Wild Side" is a Lou Reed song from his 1972 second solo album Transformer. It was produced by David Bowie. The song received wide radio coverage, despite its touching on taboo topics such as transsexuality, drugs, male prostitutes.

Sur le plan musical, on retient notamment de ce titre le saxophone, joué par Ronnie Ross. La ligne de contrebasse est doublée à l'enregistrement d'une ligne de basse, d'Herbie Flowers. Sans oublier la guitare folk de Lou Reed, une batterie épurée (caisse claire, balais et charley...), quelques violons pour l'atmosphère et les célébrissimes chœurs (toup toudoup)...

To say the least, this song was highly controversial when it came out considering it is about transvestites who come to NYC for prostitution. They would say to their potential customers, "Take a walk on the wild side!" Lou Reed once said about the song: "I always thought it would be fun to introduce people to characters they maybe hadn't met before, or hadn't wanted to meet." What a classic, classic song!

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Holly came from Miami, FLA

Hitch-hiked her way across the USA

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

She 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 giving 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 doo do doo do doo do do doo, ....

 

Little Joe never once gave it away

Everybody had to pay and pay

A hussle here and a hussle there

New York City's 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've seen 'em 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

All right, huh

 

Jackie is just speeding away

Thought she was James Dean for a day

Then I guess she had to crash

Valium would have helped that bash

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, doo do doo do doo do do doo