Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side Lyrics

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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 said, 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 darling,
But she never lost her head
Even when she was giving head
She sayes, hey baby, take a walk on the wild side
Said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
And the colored girls go,

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

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 speeding 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

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Vicious
  • 2 Andy’s Chest
  • 3 Perfect Day
  • 4 Hangin’ ’Round
  • 5 Walk on the Wild Side
  • 6 Make Up
  • 7 Satellite of Love
  • 8 Wagon Wheel
  • 9 New York Telephone Conversation
  • 10 I’m So Free
  • 11 Goodnight Ladies


  • Credits
    publisher: ©SONY ATV MUSIC PUB LLC
    writers: Lewis Allen Reed, Lou Reed
    album: Track 5 in album Transformer
    release date: 1972
    popularity : 380 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Non-Music
    styles: Lounge/Alternative Rock/Art Rock/Glam
    length: 4:14
    producer: David Bowie and Mick Ronson
    drums: John Halsey
    lead vocals: Lou Reed
    double bass: Herbie Flowers
    arranger: Mick Ronson, Lou Reed and David Bowie
    background vocals: The Thunder Thighs
    electric bass guitar: Herbie Flowers
    baritone saxophone: Ronnie Ross
    composer: Lou Reed
    lyricist: Lou Reed
    Album Information
    label: RCA
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin