Transformer Album

Artist(s): Lou Reed

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Lou Reed Transformer Cover Art

Tracklist

Vicious

length: 2:58
producer: Mick Ronson and David Bowie
arranger: Lou Reed, David Bowie and Mick Ronson
strings arranger: Mick Ronson
bass arranger: Mick Ronson
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed

Vicious
you hit me with a flower
You do it every hour
oh, baby, you're so vicious

Vicious
you want me to hit you with a stick
But all I've got is a guitar pick
huh, baby, you're so vicious

When I watch you come
baby, I just want to run far away
You're not the kind of person around I
want to stay

When I see you walking down the street
I step on your hands and I mangle your feet
You're not the kind of person that I want to meet

Oh, baby, you're so vicious
you're just so vicious

Vicious
hey, you hit me with a flower
You do it every hour
oh, baby you're so vicious

Vicious
hey, why don't you swallow razor blades
You must think that I'm some kind of gay blade
but baby, you're so vicious

When I see you coming
I just have to run
You're not good and you certainly aren't
very much fun

When I see you walking down the street
I step on your hand and I mangle your feet
You're not the kind of person that I'd even want to meet

'Cause you're so vicious
baby, you're so vicious
Vicious, vicious
vicious, vicious
Vicious, vicious
vicious, vicious

Andy’s Chest

length: 3:21
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
If I could be anything
in the world that flew
I would be a bat and come
swooping after you
And if the last time you were here
things were a bit askew

Well, you know what happens after dark
When rattlesnakes lose their skins and their hearts
And all the missionaries lose their bark

Oh, all the trees are calling after you
And all the venom snipers after you
Are all the mountains boulder after you

If I could be any one of the things
in this world that bite
Instead of a dentured ocelot on a leash
I'd rather be a kite
And be tied to the end of your string
and flying in the air, baby, at night

'Cause you know what they say about honey bears
When you shave off all their baby hair
You have a hairy minded pink bare bear

And all the bells are rolling out for you
And stones are all erupting out for you
And all the cheap bloodsuckers are flying after you

Yesterday, Daisy Mae and Biff
were groovin' on the street
And just like in a movie
her hands became her feet
Her belly button was her mouth
which meant she tasted what she'd speak, ooohhh

But the funny thing is what happened to her nose, ooohhh
It grew until it reached all of her toes, ooohhh
Now, when people say her feet smell, they mean her nose

And curtains laced with diamonds, dear for you
And all the Roman noblemen for you
And kingdom's Christian soldiers, dear for you
And melting ice cap mountains tops for you
Oh, oh, and knights in flaming silver robes for you
And bats that with a kiss turn prince for you
Swoop, swoop, oh, baby, rock, rock
Swoop, swoop, rock, rock
Swoop, swoop, rock, rock

Perfect Day

length: 3:45
producer: Mick Ronson and David Bowie
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
Just a perfect day
Drink Sangria in the park
And then later
When it gets dark, we go home

Just a perfect day
Feed animals in the zoo
Then later
A movie, too, and then home

Oh, it's such a perfect day
I'm glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

Just a perfect day
Problems all left alone
Weekenders on our own
It's such fun

Just a perfect day
You made me forget myself
I thought I was
Someone else, someone good

Oh, it's such a perfect day
I'm glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

You're going to reap just what you sow
You're going to reap just what you sow
You're going to reap just what you sow
You're going to reap just what you sow

Hangin’ ’Round

length: 3:38
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
Harry was a rich young man who would become a priest
He dug up his dear father who was recently deceased
He did it with tarot cards and a mystically attuned mind
And shortly there and after he did find

Jeanny was a spoiled young brat, she thought she knew it all
She smoked mentholated cigarettes and she had sex in the hall
But she was not my kind or even of my sigh
The kind of animal that I would be about

Oh oh oh, you keep hangin' 'round me
And I'm not so glad you found me
You're still doing things that I gave up years ago
Oh oh oh, you keep hangin' 'round me
And I'm not so glad you found me
You're still doing things that I gave up years ago
Hangin' 'round, hangin' 'round

Cathy was a bit surreal, she painted all her toes
And on her face she wore dentures clamped tightly to her nose
And when she finally spoke her twang her glasses broke
And no one else could smoke while she was in the room

Hark the herald angels sang and reached out for a phone
And plucking it with ivory hand dialed long distance home
But it was all too much sprinkling angel dust to A.T. and T.
Who didn't wish you well

Oh oh oh, you keep hangin' 'round me
And I'm not so glad you found me
You're still doing things that I gave up years ago
Oh oh oh, you keep hangin' 'round me
And I'm not so glad you found me
You're still doing things that I gave up years ago
Hangin' 'round, hangin' 'round

Walk on the Wild Side

length: 4:14
producer: Mick Ronson, Lou Reed and David Bowie
arranger: Mick Ronson, David Bowie and Lou Reed
strings arranger: Mick Ronson
brass arranger: Mick Ronson
membranophone: John Halsey
background vocals: The Thunder Thighs
baritone saxophone: Ronnie Ross
double bass: Herbie Flowers
electric bass guitar: Herbie Flowers
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
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

Make Up

length: 3:02
lead vocals: Lou Reed
tuba: Herbie Flowers
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
Your face when sleeping is sublime
And then you open up your eyes

Then comes pancake factor number one
Eyeliner, rose hips and lip gloss, such fun
You're a slick little girl, you're a slick little girl
Rouge and coloring, incense and ice
Perfume and kisses, oh it's all so nice
You're a slick little girl, you're a slick little girl

Now we're coming out, out of our closets
Out on the streets, yeah, we're coming out


When you're in bed it's so wonderful
It'd be so nice to fall in love
When you get dressed I really get my fill
People say that it's impossible

Gowns lovely made out of lace
And all the things that you do to your face
You're a slick little girl, you're a slick little girl
Eyeliner, whitener then color the eyes
Yellow and green, oh what a surprise
You're a slick little girl, oh, you're such a slick little girl

Now we're coming out, out of our closets
Out on the streets, yes, we're coming out
Yeah, we're coming out ...

Satellite of Love

length: 3:42
producer: Mick Ronson, David Bowie and Lou Reed
arranger: Mick Ronson, Lou Reed and David Bowie
strings arranger: Mick Ronson
brass arranger: Mick Ronson
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
Satellite’s gone
Up to the skies
Thing like that drive me
Out of my mind

I watched it for a little while
I like to watch things on tv

Satellite of love
Satellite of love
Satellite of love
Satellite of

Satellite’s gone
Way up to mars
Soon it will be filled
With parking cars

I watch it for a little while
I love to watch things on tv

Satellite of love
Satellite of love
Satellite of love
Satellite of

I’ve been told that you’ve been bold
With harry, mark and john
Monday, tuesday, wednesday to thursday
With harry, mark and john

Satellite’s gone
Up to the skies
Thing like that drive me
Out of my mind

I watched it for a little while
I love to watch things on tv

Satellite of love
Satellite of love
Satellite of love
Satellite of

Satellite of love
Satellite of love
Satellite of love
Satellite of love
Satellite of love
Satellite of love
...

Wagon Wheel

length: 3:20
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
Won’t you be my wagon wheel
Won’t you tell me, baby, how do you feel
Hey you gotta live your life as though you’re number one
Hey you gotta live yeah your life and make a point of having some fun
But if you think that you could get some flirting with danger
Danger ooo woo just kick her in the head and rearrange her

(whispers)
Oh, heavenly father, what can I do
She’s done to me it’s making me crazy
Oh, heavenly father, I know I have sinned
But look where I’ve been
It’s makin me lazy

Won’t you be my wagon wheel
Won’t you tell me baby how does it feel
You gotta live your life as though you’re number one
Yeah, you gotta live yeah your life and make a point of having some fun
But if you think that you could get to flirting with danger
Danger ooo woo just kick her in the head and rearrange her

And then why don’t you wake me, shake me
Don’t let me sleep too long
Why don’t you wake me, shake me
Don’t let me sleep too long
Don’t want to miss it now
Wake me shake me baby
Don’t let me sleep too long
Why don’t you wake me shake me
Please don’t let me sleep too long

Why don’t you wake me -wake me- shake me -shake me-
Please don’t let me sleep too long
Why don’t you wake me -wake me- shake me -shake me-
Please don’t let me sleep too long
Why don’t you wake me -wake me- shake me -shake me-
Please don’t let me sleep too long
Why don’t you wake me -wake me- shake me -shake me-
Please don’t let me sleep too long

New York Telephone Conversation

length: 1:34
producer: Mick Ronson, David Bowie and Lou Reed
arranger: Lou Reed, David Bowie and Mick Ronson
strings arranger: Mick Ronson
brass arranger: Mick Ronson
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
I was sleeping, gently napping, when I heard the phone
Who is on the other end talking, am I even home
Did you see what she did to him, did you hear what they said
Just a New York conversation, rattling in my head

Oh, my, and what shall we wear
Oh, my, and whop really cares

Just a New York conversation, gossip all of the time
Did you hear who did what to whom, happens all the time
Who has touched and who has dabbled here in the city of shows
Openings, closings, bad repartee, everybody knows

Oh, how sad, why do we call
Oh, I'm glad to hear from you all

I am calling, yes I'm calling just to speak to you
For I know this night will kill me, if I can't be with you
If I can't be with you

I’m So Free

length: 3:10
lead vocals: Lou Reed
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
Yes I am mother nature's son
And I'm the only one
I do what I want and I want what I see
Huh, could only happen to me

I'm so free
I'm so free

Oh, please, Saint Germaine
I have come this way
Do you remember the shape I was in
I had horns that bent

I'm so free
I'm so free

Do you remember the silver walks
You used to shiver and I used to talk
Then we went down to Times Square
And ever since I've been hanging around there

I'm so free
I'm so free

Yes I am mother nature's son
And I'm the only one
I do what I want and I want what I see
Could only happen to me

I'm so free
I'm so free

Oh, oh, oh, I'm so free
Oh, oh, oh, I'm so free
Oh, oh, oh, I'm so free
Early in the morning, I'm so free
Late in the evening, I'm so free
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm so free
When I feel good, I'm so free
When it's in the morning, I'm so free
When it's in the evening, I'm so free
I'm so free, I'm so free
I'm so free, I'm so free
Feel so good, now, I'm so free
Oh, oh, oh, I'm so free
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm so free
Oh, oh, oh, I'm so free
Feel so good, now, I'm so free
Feel little nice, I'm so free
Feel little down, now, I'm so free
You're so free, I'm so free
I'm so free, I'm so free
I'm so free, I'm so free
I'm so free, I'm so free

Goodnight Ladies

length: 4:22
arranger: Herbie Flowers
instrument: Herbie Flowers
composer: Lou Reed
lyricist: Lou Reed
Goodnight ladies, ladies goodnight
It’s time to say goodbye
Let me tell you now
Goodnight ladies, ladies goodnight
It’s time to say goodbye
Now all night long you’ve been drinking your tequilla
But now you’ve sucked your lemon peel dry
So why not get high
Goodnight ladies, ladies goodnight

Goodnight ladies, ladies goodnight
It’s time to say goodbye
Goodnight sweet ladies, ladies goodnight
It’s time to say goodbye bye bye
Oh we’ve been together for the longest time
But now it’s time to get high
Come on let’s get high
And goodnight ladies, ladies goodnight

Oh, I’m still missing my other half
Ah, it must be something I did in the past
Don’t it just make you want to laugh
It’s a lonely saturday night
Oh, nobody calls me on the telephone
I put another record on my stereo
But I’m still singin’ a song of you
It’s a lonely saturday night

Now if I was an actor or a dancer who is glamorous
Then you know an amorus life would soon be mine
But now the tinsil lighted starbreak is all that’s left
To play my heartbreak
At eleven o’clock I watch the network news

Oh, wow, wow, something tells me that you’re nearly gone
You said we could be friends but that’s not what I want
Ah, anyway my tv dinner’s almost done
It’s a lonely saturday night
I mean to tell you it’s a lonely saturday night
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