Legendary Hearts Album

Artist(s): Lou Reed

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Tracklist

Legendary Hearts

length: 3:30
producer: Lou Reed
engineer: Corky Stasiak
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed

Legendary hearts
Tearing up apart
With stories of their love
Their great transcendent loves
While we stand here and fight
And lose another night
Of legendary love

Legendary loves
Haunt me in my sleep
Promises to keep
I never should have made
I can’t live up to this
I’m good for just a kiss
Not legendary love

Romeo, oh, romeo, wherefore art thou romeo
He’s in a car or at a bar
Or churning his blood with an impure drug
He’s in the past and seemingly lost forever

He worked hard at being good
But his basic soul was stained not pure
And when he took his bow
No audience was clapping

Legendary hearts
Tear us all apart
Make our emotions bleed
Crying out in need
No legendary love
Is coming from above
It’s in this room right now

And you’ve got to fight
To make what’s right
You’ve got to fight
To make what’s right
You’ve got to fight
To make what’s right
You’ve got to fight to keep your legendary love

Don't Talk to Me About Work

length: 2:12
producer: Lou Reed
engineer: Corky Stasiak
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
A perfect day to get out of bed
Shower, dress, shave, kiss you on the head
Then I hit the office, and my head starts to swim
A perfect day to just walk around
See a violent movie, check the sounds
But even on the street
When I hear a phone ring, my heart starts to beat
When I get home, I don't want you to speak
Don't talk to me about work
Please don't talk to me about work
I'm up to my eyeballs in dirt
With work, with work
How many dollars, how many sales
How many liars, how many tales
How many insults must you take in this one life?
I'm in prison most of the day
So please excuse me if I get this way
But I have got obligations to keep
So be very careful when you speak
Don't talk to me about work
Please don't talk to me about work
I'm up to my eyeballs in dirt
With work, with work
Please don't talk to me about work
Don't you talk to me about work
I'm up to my eyeballs in dirt
With work, with work
Don't talk to me about work
Don't you talk to me about work
Don't you talk to me about work
Please don't talk to me about work
Don't you talk to me about work
Please don't talk to me about work
Don't you talk to me about work
Please don't talk to me about work
Don't you talk to me about work
Please don't talk to me about work

Make Up My Mind

length: 2:56
producer: Lou Reed
engineer: Corky Stasiak
lyricist: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
I can't seem to make up my mind
I can't tell the colors, that will fit this room
I can't tell a thing about you
Make up my mind

I can't seem to make up my mind
Are you laughing at me or telling a joke
The cigarette on the sheet begins to smoke
Make up your mind

Right or left, up or down, in or out
Straight or round, love or lust, rain or shine
I can't seem to make up my poor mind

I can't seem to make up my mind
I can't tell the difference between wrong and right
Are you laughing at me in your sleep tonight
Leaving me behind, leaving me behind
Why don't you make up your mind

Martial Law

length: 3:57
producer: Lou Reed
engineer: Corky Stasiak
composer: Lou Reed
I’ve declared a truce, so stop your fighting
The marshall is in town
I won’t put up with no big mouth yapping
At least not while I’m around
This is my friend ace, he’s from the 8th precinct
Nothing goes on that he don’t know
And we’ve been send cause your arguments
Have been going on for too long
And before one of you hurts the other one of you
I’m declaring martial law

I came, I saw, I declared martial law
I’m the marshall in the city
The jails are filled with people like you
You oughta listen to your diddy-wah-diddy
What’s a girl like you doing with that lamp
You better drop it down on the floor
And son, that isn’t very smart
Kicking a hole in that door
Hey, ace will you take a look at this place
And get those neighbors out of the hall
I’m declaring martial law

I came, I saw, I declared martial law
’cause I’m the marshall in the city
And if you stand away, I’ve got something to say
That I might even help you
Keep your hands to yourself and keep your big mouth shut
Don’t you touch nobody with hate-hate-hate-hate
And if all you’ve got is poison in your mouth
Make sure that you don’t speak
It’s 3:30 in the early morning
Don’t punch, don’t scratch, don’t bite
Try not to take the garbage of the day
Any place but outside

Now me and mr. ace are gonna leave this place
And this fighting’s gonna end
And if we’re called back, I’m gonna knock you flat
And stack you end to end

Ah, I came, I saw, I declared martial law
I’m the marshall in the city
I came, I saw, I declared martial law
I’m the marshall in the city, ooohhh
I came, I saw, I declared martial law
I’m the marshall in the city
I came, I saw, I declared martial law
’cause I’m the marshall in the city

The Last Shot

length: 3:24
producer: Lou Reed
engineer: Corky Stasiak
composer: Lou Reed
Last shot sure killed me
Pour another drink
Let’s drink to the last shot
And the blood on the dishes in the sink
Blood inside the coffee cup
Blood on the table top

But when you quit, you quit, but you always wish
That you knew it was your last shot
When you quit, you quit, but you always wish
That you knew it was your last shot

I shot blood at the fly on the wall
My heart almost stopped hardly there at all
I broke the mirror with my fall, with my -
- fall-fall-fall
Fall-fall-fall

Gimme a double, give yourself one two
Gimme a short beer, one for you too
And a toast to everything that doesn’t move
That doesn’t move

But when you quit, you quit, but you always wish
That you knew it was your last shot
When you quit, you quit, but you always wish
That you knew it was your last shot

Whiskey, bourbon, vodka and scotch
I don’t care what it is you’ve got
I just want to know that it’s my last shot
My last shot

I remember when I quit pretty good
See this here, this is where I chipped my tooth
Shot of vein in my neck and I coughed up a quaalude
On my last shot
My last shot

Here’s a toast to all that’s good
And here’s a toast to hate
And here’s a toast to toasting and I’m not boasting
When I say I’m getting straight
When I say I’m getting straight

But when you quit, you quit, but you always wish
That you knew it was your last shot
When you quit, you quit, but you always wish
That you knew it was your last shot

Turn Out the Light

length: 2:50
producer: Lou Reed
engineer: Corky Stasiak
composer: Lou Reed
Lover, lover, why is there light
In the itchy gitchy evening and it’s dark outside
And what’s the difference between wrong and right
Wrong and right

Isn’t it funny how pain goes away
And then comes back another day
The air feels very good today
Good today

Lover, lover, why is there light
Did you forget to turn off that light
Well that’s all right but it’s way too bright
Way too bright

See the eagle above the hill
The lake reflects and is so still
The tension has gone from my will
From my will

Moon on the mountain shining bright
First there is dark and then there is light
And sometimes the light is way too bright
It’s way to bright

Why don’t you turn out the light
Oh, turn out the light
Why don’t you turn out the light
Turn out the light
Turn out the light

Turn out the light

Pow Wow

length: 2:33
producer: Lou Reed
engineer: Corky Stasiak
composer: Lou Reed
Christopher Columbus discovered America
Found he had a cornucopia
Gave love to the Indians, they gave it back
A pow wow in the teepee is where it's at

[Chorus]
I want to dance with you
I want to dance with you
I want to dance with you
I want to dance with you

The Indian fought with his arrow and bow
Till General Custer lost to Sitting Bull
Scalped all day and scalped all night
Give me fire, water; gonna buy me a wife

[Chorus]

When your people first moved to our block
Our ancestors met with culture shock
Two different monkeys from two different trees
Come on, let's stop our fightin', and come dance with me

Come on, dance with me
Come on and dance with me
'Cause I really want to dance with you
I want to dance with you
Come on and dance with me

Betrayed

length: 3:13
producer: Lou Reed
engineer: Corky Stasiak
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
Betrayed by the one who says she loves you
By the one who says she needs you
Above all other men
Betrayed by her fragile, vicious beauty
Her father did his duty
And I lie down betrayed

Justice taught her confidence
Her mother was like steel
Her cousins, they

Bottoming Out

length: 3:44
producer: Lou Reed
engineer: Corky Stasiak
composer: Lou Reed
I’m cruising fast on a motorcycle
Down this winding country road
And I pass the gravel on the foot of the hill
Where last week I fell off

There’s still some oil by the old elm tree
And a dead squirrel that I hit
But if I hadn’t left, I would have struck you dead
So I took a ride instead

Bottoming out
Bottoming out
Bottoming out
Bottoming out

My doctor says, she hopes I know
How lucky I can be
After all it wasn’t my blood
Mixed in the dirt that night

But this violent rage, turned inward
Can not be helped by drink
And we must really examine this and I say
I need another drink

Bottoming out
Bottoming out
Bottoming out
Bottoming out

I’m tearing down route 80 east
The sun’s on my right side
I’m drunk, but my vision’s good
And I think of my child bride
And on the left in shadows
I see something that makes me laugh
I aim that bike at the fat pothole
Beyond that underpass

Bottoming out
Bottoming out
Bottoming out
Bottoming out

Bottoming out
Bottoming out
Bottoming out
Bottoming out

Home of the Brave

length: 6:56
producer: Lou Reed
engineer: Corky Stasiak
composer: Lou Reed
and Mickey's got a wife
And here's to Jerry
he has got his Joyce

And me, I'm shaking
in my boots tonight
For the daughters and the sons
lost in the home of the brave

And here's to the home of the brave
And here's to the life that's not saved
Here's to the home of the brave
Here's to the home of the brave

Here's to Frank hit in some bar
in picturesque Brooklyn Heights
And here's to a friend who jumped in front of a train
at seven o'clock one night

And another friend who thinks he lacks worth
has disappeared from sight
Somewhere in the home
of the brave

And here's to the home of the brave
And here's to the life that's not saved
Here's to the home of the brave
Here's to the home of the brave

The stars are hiding in their clouds
the street lights are too bright
A man's kicking a woman
who's clutching his leg tight

And I think suddenly of you
and blink my eyes in fright
And rush off to the home
of the brave

And here's to the home of the brave
Here's to the home of the brave
And here's to the life that is saved
Here's to the home of the brave

And everyday you have to die some
cry some and die some
And everyday you have to die some
cry some and die

In the home of the brave
Home of the brave




Rooftop Garden

length: 3:05
producer: Lou Reed
engineer: Corky Stasiak
composer: Lou Reed
Sitting in our rooftop garden, looking down below
Sitting in our rooftop garden, waiting for the sun
Isn't it lovely watching a plane go by?
What a lovely couple are you and I
Sitting in our rooftop garden; a few drops of rain
The lights in the city blinking on just the same
No sugar in my coffee; how's your tea?
In our rooftop garden above the city
Let's not see any letters
Let's not answer the phone
Let's just pretend that there's no one at home
In our rooftop garden
In our rooftop garden
In rooftop garden
Up on the roof