Set the Twilight Reeling Album

Artist(s): Lou Reed

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Tracklist

Egg Cream

length: 5:18
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed

When I was a young man, no bigger than this
A chocolate egg cream was not to be missed
Some u bet’s chocolate syrup, seltzer water mixed with milk
You stir it up into a heady fro, tasted just like silk

You scream, I steam, we all want egg cream
You scream, I steam, we all want egg cream

Now you can go to junior’s, dave’s on canal street
And I think there’s ken’s in boston
There must be something in l.a.
But becky’s on kings highway, was the egg cream of choice
And if you don’t believe me, go ask any of the boys

You scream, I steam, we all want egg cream
You scream, I steam, we all want egg cream

The only good thing I have to say about p.s. 92
Was the egg cream served at becky’s, it was a fearsome brew
For 50 cents you got a shot, choco bubbles up your nose
That made it easier to deal with knife fights
And kids pissing in the street

You scream, I steam, we all want egg cream
You scream, I steam, we all want egg cream

So the next time you’re in brooklyn, please say hello for me
At totonno’s for pizza and ice cream at al and shirley’s
But mostly you go to becky’s, sit in a booth and say hello
And have two chocolate egg cream, one to stay and one to go

You scream, I steam, we all want egg cream, ah
You scream, I steam, we all want egg cream
You scream, I steam, we all want egg cream

NYC Man

length: 4:57
lead vocals: Lou Reed
horn: Russell Gunn, J.D. Parran and Oliver Lake
horn arranger: Oliver Lake
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
It can only lead to trouble if you break my heart
If you accidentally crush it on the ides of March
I'd prefer you were straight forward
You don't have to go through all of that
I'm a New York city man, baby
Say "go" and that is that

New York city man, you just say "go" and that is that
I'm a New York city man, you just say "go" and that is that

It's far too complicated to make up a lie
That you'd have to remember and really why
I wouldn't want to be around you
If you don't want to have me around
I'm a M-A-N-N man
Slink your eyes and I'll gone

I'm a M-A-N-N man, slink your eyes, honey, I love you, and I'll gone
New York city man, slink your eyes and I'll gone

Brutus made a pretty speech but Caesar was betrayed
Lady Macbeth went crazy but Macbeth ended slain
Ophelia and Desdamona dead leaving Hamlet in a play
But I'm no Lear with blinded eyes
Say " go " and I am gone

The stars have shut their eyes up tight
The earth has changed it's course
A Kingdom sits on a black knight's back
As he tries to mount a white jeweled horse
While a clock full of butterflies on the hour
Releases a thousand moths
You say " leave" and I'll be gone
Without any remorse
No letters faxes phones or tears
There's a difference between
Bad and worse

I'm a New York city man, blink your eyes and I'll be gone
New York city - man, blink your eyes and I'll be gone

New York city, I love you, New York city man
New York city, I love you, blink your eyes and I'll be gone
Just a little grain of sand
New York city, ooohhh, I love you
New York city, baby, blink your eyes and I'll be gone
I love you

Finish Line

length: 3:25
piano: Roy Bittan
lead vocals: Lou Reed
percussion: Mino Cinelu
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
Wind blows snow outside my windows
Crowd below runs wild in the streets
Two rented brothers race down two separate alleys
Heading for the finish line

Down in the train yard out by the stockyard
Butchers with aprons hack meat in the snow
Blood has the brothers pulsing with envy
Heading for the finish line

Two rented brothers. Their faces keep changing
Just like these feelings I have for you
And nothing's forever not even five minutes
When you're headed for the finish line

Down in the depot out by the meat rack
Down by the tunnels surrounding the jail
Prisoners are marching in squares and in circles
They're heading for the finish line

They're lining up for Noah's Ark
They're stabbing each other in the dark
Saluting a flag made of some rich guy's socks
Heading for the finish line

Close to the line the ice is cracking
Two rented feelings sitting in the stands
Two mothers, two fathers and both of them are paid for
All of a sudden it comes back to me

Just up ahead is the finish line
Two rented referees and two checkered rags
Out of the corner of my eye comes a
Dark horse with black wings
Headed for the finish line

I'm five years old the room is fuzzy
I think there's also a very young girl
It's hard to remember what happened exactly
As I'm staring at the finish line
First came fire then came light
Then came feeling then cane sight

Trade In

lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
I met a new me at 8 am
The other one got lost
This was not a trade in
Although I wouldn't believe the cost
I woke up crying as we said goodbye
Me an my old self
Each day he vanished more and more
As I became someone else

He actually was murdered I had taken him apart
But when I put him back together
I couldn't find his heart
It was resting underneath a chair
In a bed of bright tin foil
If I pulled back the flaps
I could still see it beat
I could still hear his voice uncoil

As I said :
I want a trade in
A 14th chance at this life
I've met a woman with a thousand faces
And I want to make her my wife

How could I have been so mistaken
How could I think that it was true
A child that is raised by an idiot
And that idiot then becomes you
How could I believe in a movie
How could I believe in a book
But most of all how could I listen to you
Such an obvious schmuck
A life spent listening to *******s
It's funny but it's true
So get rid of them I said to myself
But first I'm getting rid of you

I want a trade in
A 14th chance at this life
I've met a woman with a thousand faces
And I want to make her my wife

Take me over to the window
My heart said to my head
Please set me on fine
So we can start again
I was so wrong that it's funny
And I can't apologize/ but instead,
You can be everything that I'm not
The second that I die

I want a trade in
The second chance at this life
I've met a woman with a thousand faces
And I want to make her my wife

Hang On to Your Emotions

length: 3:47
lead vocals: Lou Reed
background vocals: Laurie Anderson
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
When your imagination has too much to say
When the chill of the night meets the sweat of the day
And you have trouble understanding what other people have to say
You’d better

Hang on to your emotions, hang on to your emotions

When a demagogue inside your head has taken charge
And by default what you say or do is criticized
And this litany of failures is recited a thousand times
You’d better

Hang on to your emotions, hang on to your emotions

Could it be you’ve never felt like that
That your mind’s a cage - inside the cage a cat
That spits and scratches all it can get at
And that’s you, and your emotions

Could it be you’ve never felt like that
Your mind’s a cage - inside the cage a rat
Rabidly trying to get it, you
And your emotions, you and your emotions

When your imagination has too much to say
When that facile voice inside your head says give your life away
You might think to ask - how it got that way
What books it has read - that make it that way
And where it got the right - to speak to anyone that way
You’d better

Hold on to your emotions, hold on to your emotions

When a night city’s breeze blows across the room
And a 5 am moon and sun start their swoon
You hear your lover’s breath
And not a moment too soon
You get to

Release all your emotions, you get to
Let go of your emotions, and now
Release all your emotions, you’d better
Let go of your emotions

Release, I wanna let go
I wanna release, now

Sex With Your Parents (Motherfucker), Part II (live)

length: 3:38
lead vocals: Lou Reed

HookyWooky

length: 4:20
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
I'm standing with you on your roof
Looking at the chemical sky
All purple blue and oranges
Some pigeons flying by
The traffic on canal street's so noisy
It's a shock
And someone's shooting fireworks or a gun
On the next block

An-an-and, I wanna hookywooky with you
I wanna hookywooky with you

The traffic's so noisy it's a shock
Sounds like fireworks or a gun on the next block
Ah, hookywooky with you

Your ex-lover satchel is here from france
Yet another ex
They gather about you like a mother superior
All of you still friends, but -
None of my old flames ever talk to me when things
End for me they end
They take your pants, your money, your name
But the song still remains

An-an-and, I wanna hookywooky with you
Ah-ha-ha-ha, I wanna hookywooky with you

Then they take your pants, your money, your name
But the song still remains, sayin' -
I wanna hookywooky with you

You're so civilized it hurts
I guess I could learn a lot, ha-ha...
About people, plants and relationships
How not to get hurt a lot
And each lover I meet up your roof
I wouldn't want to throw him off, mmmmm..
Into the chemical sky, down into the streets to die
Under the wheels of a car on canal street
And each lover I meet up on your roof
I wouldn't want to throw him off, mmmmm..
Into the chemical sky
Under the wheels of a car to die on canal street

Ah-ah-hi, I wanna, ah, hookywooky with you
Ah-huh, huh-huh-huh-ah
I wanna hookywooky with you

I wouldn't want to throw him off into the chemical sky
Down into the streets to die
Under the wheels of a car on canal street

Under the wheels of a car on canal street
Under the wheels of a car on canal street
Hookywooky
Under the wheels of a car on canal street
Hookywooky
Under the wheels of a car on canal street
Under the wheels of a car on canal street
Hooky-hooky-hooky-wooky
(under the wheels of a car on canal street)
(under the wheels of a car on canal street)
(under the wheels of a car on canal street)
(under the wheels of a car on canal street)

The Proposition

length: 3:27
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
You can't have the flower without the root
You can't have the fire without the soot
Even a stripper needs her red tasseled suit
And we were meant to be

In every war the North needs the south
And everyone knows all *******s have a mouth
Without mystery what would writers talk about
And we were meant to be

An apple needs pits the way melons need seed
Your foot needs your arm and your arm needs your knee
And one of these days I know you will need me
We were meant to be

You're mother's an ogre your father's a scamp
You won't see my parents honored on any stamp
But just like a bulb screws into a lamp
We were meant to be

The way the AIDS needs a vaccine
Somewhere a vaccine needs AIDS
The way a victim needs life
A life needs to be saved
And out of all of this
Will come a better way
We were meant to be

So you can go to Europe , Los Angeles or Mars
You can stand on a building throwing cinder blocks on cars
You can practice deep voodoo
But like me you'll see
We were meant to be

We were meant to be

Adventurer

length: 4:18
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
You’re an adventurer
You sail across the oceans
You climb the himalayas
Seeking truth and beauty as a natural state

You’re a queen reborn
Worshipped from above afar
Some see you as an elixir
An elemental natural seeking perfect grace

In a catacomb
Or cave of endless drawings
Prehistoric or religious
Your accomplishments prodigious
Seeking out the perfect tone

Your language so clear
Your voice perfectly turning
As in the city I sit yearning
Blowing rings of smoke from thin cigars
Or driving fast in foreign cars
To capture your remains, huh

You’re an adventurer
A turban wet wrapped ’round your head
On the mountainside they predict your death
Oh how you fooled them all

But subjects are a poor excuse
When what you really want’s a muse
An inspirating knowledge
Of what comes before

Ooohhh, speeds of light
The momentary flicker
Of a candle in it’s wicker basket
Smoking wax, facts

Did you find that superior knowledge
That eluded you in college
Did you find that super vortex
That could cause your cerebral cortex
Ooohhh, to lose it’s grip

You’re an adventurer
You were out looking for meaning
While the rest of us were steaming
In an inspirating
Ah, urban pit

An adventurer
You enter as I’m dreaming
I wish I’d never wake up
Differentiating scheming from my one true love

You’re an adventurer
You love the angles and the cherries
The height and width of levies
The natural bridge and tunnels of the human race

You’re an adventurer
Nothing seem to scare you
And if it does it won’t dissuade you
You just will not think about it
You dismiss it and defocus
You redefine the locus of your time in space, race

As you move further from me
And though I understand the thinking
And have often done the same thing
I find parts of me gone

You’re an adventurer
And though I’ll surely miss you
And of course I’ll survive without you
And maybe good will come of that

But at this point, ah
I anticipate some grieving
And although I know your leaving
Is a necessary adjunct to what we both do

An adventurer
Splitting up the atom
Splitting up the once was
Splitting up the essence of our star-crossed fate

None who meet you
Do forget you, my adventurer
My adventurer, my adventurer-venturer
My adventuress

Riptide

length: 7:48
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
She’s out of her mind
Like the wind in the storm
Oh, like the ocean in the dawn
As it disappears, with the riptide

She’s out of her mind
She’s pulled away by the moon
She’s ripped from her sleep
As the cold luna sweep gains control

Ooohhh, what you gonna do with your emotions
Ah, ones you barely recognize
In your sleep I heard your screaming, ooohhh
"this is not voluntary! this is not voluntary!
If this is life I’d rather die!"

In the riptide, in the riptide

She’s out of her mind, riptide
Like a muscle that swells
You know when you trip
Whether you’re well or sick, your body aches

She’s out with the tide
Gone to a prisoner’s dance
Where a monkey’s her date
Eating limbs off a plate with a spoon

Ooohhh, what you gonna do with your emotions
Said the seagull to the loon
What you gonna do with your emotions

She said "please wake me up"
She said "don’t touch me now"
She said "i wish I was dead"

With the riptide

She’s out of her mind
Riptide, you always win
It happens over and over again
Riptide

She’s out of her mind
Like a hurricane’s rain
She does not stand a chance
At this luna dance, riptide

I was thinking of van gogh’s last painting
The wheatfields and the crows
Is that perhaps what you’ve been feeling
When you see the ground
As you fall from the shy
As the floors disappears from beneath your feet riptide

She’s going out of her mind
Out with the tide
Out of her mind
Riptide

She’s going out of her mind
With the riptide
She’s going out of her mind
Ah, riptide

Set the Twilight Reeling

length: 5:04
producer: Lou Reed
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
Take me for what I am
A star newly emerging
Long simmering explodes
Inside the self is reeling
In the pocket of the heart, in the rushing of the blood
In the muscle of my sex, in the mindful mindless love
I accept the new found man
And set the twilight reeling

At 5 am the moon and the sun
Sit set before my window
Light glances off the blue glass we set
Right before the window
And you who accept, in your soul and your head
What was misunderstood, what was thought of with dread
A new self is born, the other self dead
I accept the new found man
And set the twilight reeling

A soul singer stands on the stage
The spotlight shows him sweating
He sinks to one knee, seems to cry
The horn are unrelenting
But as the drums beats he finds himself growing hard
In the microphone’s face he sees her face growing large
And the swelling crescendo no longer retards
I accept the new found man and set the twilight reeling

As the twilight sunburst gleams
As the chromium moon it sets
As I lose all my regrets
And set the twilight reeling
I accept the new found man
And set the twilight reeling