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"A Dream"
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album _Songs For Drella_
(Lou Reed/John Cale, 1990)

written by Lou Reed/John Cale

* poetry reading by John Cale
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        It was a very cold clear fall night
        I had a terrible dream
        Billy Name and Brigid were playing
        under my staircase on the second floor
        about two o'clock in the morning

        I woke up
        because Amos and Archie had started barking
        That made me very angry
        because I wasn't feeling well and I told them
        I was very cross
        the real me
        that they just better remember
        what happened to Sam the Bad Cat
        that was left at home and got sick and went to pussy heaven

        It was a very cold clear fall night
        Some snowflakes were falling
        Gee, it was so beautiful
        and so I went to get my camera to take some pictures
        And then I was taking the pictures
        but the exposure thing wasn't right
        and I was going to call Fred or Gerry
        to find out how to get it set
        but, oh, it was too late
        and then I remembered they were still probably at dinner
        and anyway
        I felt really bad and didn't want to talk to anybody
        But the snowflakes were so beautiful
        and real looking
        and I really wanted to hold them
        And that's when I heard the voices
        from down the hall near the stairs
        So I got a flashlight
        and I was scared and I went out into the hallway
        There's been all kinds of trouble lately in the neighborhood
        and someone's got to bring home the bacon
        and anyway
        there were Brigid and Billy playing

        And under the staircase
        was a little meadow sort of like the park at 23rd street
        where all the young kids go and play frisbee
        Gee, that must be fun
        maybe we should do an article on that in the magazine
        but they'll just tell me I'm stupid and it won't sell
        But I'll hold my ground this time, I mean
        it's my magazine, isn't it?

        So I was thinking that as the snowflakes fell
        and I heard these voices having so much fun
        Gee, it would be so great to have some fun
        So I called Billy
        but either he didn't hear me or he didn't want to answer
        which was so strange
        because
        even if I don't like reunions I've always loved Billy
        I'm so glad he's working
        I mean it's different than Ondine
        He keeps touring with those movies
        and he doesn't even pay us and the film
        I mean the film's just going to disintegrate and then what
        I mean he's so normal off of drugs
        I just don't get it

        And then I saw John Cale
        he's been looking really great
        He's been coming by the office to exercise with me
        Ronnie said I have a muscle
        but he's been really mean since he went to AA
        I mean what does it mean
        when you give up drinking and then you're still so mean
        He says I'm being lazy but I'm not
        I'm just can't find any ideas
        I mean I'm just not
        let's face it
        going to get any ideas up at the office

        And seeing John made me think of the Velvets
        and I had been thinking about them
        when I was on St. Marks Place
        going to that new gallery those sweet new kids have opened
        but they thought I was old
        and then I saw the old DOM
        the old club where we did our first shows
        It was so great
        I don't understand about that Velvet's first album
        I mean I did the cover
        I was the producer
        and I always see it repackaged
        and I've never gotten a penny from it
        How could that be
        I should call Henry
        But it was good seeing John
        I did a cover for him
        but I did in black and white and he change it to color
        It would have been worth more if he'd left it my way
        but you can never tell anybody anything
        I've leaned that

        I tried calling again to Billy and John
        but they wouldn't recognize me it was like I wasn't there
        Why won't they let me in

        And then I saw Lou
        I'm so mad at him
        Lou Reed got married and didn't invite me
        I mean is it because he thought I'd bring too many people
        I don't get it
        He could have at least called
        I mean he's doing so great
        Why doesn't he call me?
        I saw him at the MTV show
        and he was one row away and he didn't even say hello
        I don't get it
        You know I hate Lou
        I really do
        He won't even hire us for his videos
        And I was so proud of him

        I was so scared today
        There was blood leaking thought my shirt
        from those old scars from being shot
        And the corset I wear to keep my insides in was hurting
        And I did three sets of fifteen pushups
        and four sets of ten situps
        But then my insides hurt
        and I saw drops of blood on my shirt
        and I remember
        the doctors saying I was dead
        And then later they had to take blood out of my hand
        'couse they'd run out or veins
        but then
        all this thinking was making me an old grouch
        and you can't do anything anyway so
        if they wouldn't let me play with them in my own dream
        I was just going to have to make another
        and another
        and another
        Gee, wouldn't it just be funny if I died in this dream
        before I could make another one up

        And nobody called

        And nobody came




        * guitar and piano improvisation (key in G)







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"A Dream"
(lyric reading from "Songs For Drella")
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12" single "What's Good"
(Lou Reed, 1992)

CDEP "What's Good"
(Lou Reed, 1992)

CDEP "Power And Glory"
(Lou Reed, 1992)

* poetry reading by Lou Reed
(with no instrument)
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        I had a terrible dream the other night

        Billy Name and Brigid were playing
        under my staircase on the second floor
        'bout two o'clock in the morning

        I woke up because Amos and Archie had started barking
        That made me very angry
        Because I wasn't feeling well
        And I told them I was very cross
        The real me
        That they just better remember
        what happened to Sam the Bad Cat
        that was left at home and got sick and went to pussy heaven

        It was a very cold clear fall night

        Some snowflakes were falling
        Gee, it was so beautiful

        And so I went to get my camera to take some pictures
        and then I was taking the pictures
        but the exposure thing wasn't right

        And I was gonna call Fred or Gerry
        to find out how to get it set
        but, oh, it was too late

        And then I remembered they were still probably at dinner
        and anyway
        I felt really bad and didn't want to talk to anybody anyway
        but the snowflakes were so beautiful

        And real looking
        and I really wanted to hold them
        And that's when I heard the voices
        from down the hall near the stairs

        So I got a flashlight
        And I was scared
        And I went out into the hallway

        There's been all kinds of trouble lately in the neighborhood
        and someone's got to bring home the bacon

        And anyway
        there were Brigid and Billy playing

        And under the staircase
        was a little meadow
        sort of like the park at 23rd street
        where all the young kids go and play frisbee

        Gee, that must be fun
        Maybe we should do an article on that in the magazine
        But they'll just tell me I'm stupid and it won't sell
        But I'll just hold my ground this time
        I mean it's my magazine, isn't it?

        So I was thinking that as the snowflakes fell
        and I heard these voices having so much fun
        Gee, it would be so great to have some fun
        so I called Billy
        but either he didn't hear me or he didn't want to answer
        which was so strange
        because
        even if I don't like reunions I've always loved Billy

        I'm so glad he's working
        I mean it's different than Ondine
        He keeps touring with those movies
        and he doesn't even pay us
        And the film, I mean the film's just going to disintegrate
        And then what
        I mean he's so normal off of drugs
        I just don't get it

        And then I saw John Cale and he's been looking really great
        He's been coming by the office to exercise with me
        Ronnie said I have a muscle

        But he's been really mean since he went to AA
        I mean what does it mean
        when you give up drinking and then you're still so mean

        He says I'm being lazy but I'm not
        I'm just can't find any ideas
        I mean I'm just not
        let's face it
        going to get any ideas up at the office

        And seeing John made me think of the Velvets
        and I had been thinking about them
        when I was on St. Marks Place
        going to that new gallery those sweet new kids have opened
        but they thought I was old
        and then I saw the old DOM
        the old club where we did our first shows

        It was so great

        And I don't understand about that Velvet's first album
        I mean I did the cover
        I was the producer
        and I always see it repackaged
        and I've never gotten a penny from it

        How could that be

        I should call Henry
        But it was good seeing John
        I did a cover for him
        But I did in black and white
        And he change it to color

        It would have been worth more if he'd left it my way

        But you can never tell anybody anything
        I've leaned that

        I tried calling again to Billy and John
        but they wouldn't recognize me
        It was like I wasn't there

        Why won't they let me in

        And then I saw Lou
        I'm so mad at him
        Lou Reed got married and didn't invite me
        I mean is it because he thought I'd bring too many people

        I don't get it
        He could have at least called
        I mean he's doing so great
        Why doesn't he call me?
        I saw him at the MTV show
        and he was one row away and he didn't even say hello

        I don't get it
        You know I hate Lou, I really do
        He won't even hire us for his videos
        And I was so proud of them

        I was so scared today
        There was blood leaking thought my shirt
        from those old scars from being shot
        And the corset I wear to keep my insides in was hurting
        And I did three sets of fifteen pushups
        and four sets of ten situps
        But then my insides hurt
        and I saw drops of blood on my shirt and I realized
        And I remember the doctors saying I was dead
        And then later they had to take blood out of my hand
        'couse they'd run out or veins but then
        All this thinking was making me an old grouch
        and you can't do anything anyway
        so if they wouldn't let me play with them in my own dream
        I was just going to have to make another
        and another and another
        Gee, wouldn't it be funny if I died in this dream
        before I could make another one up

        And nobody called




* Lyric reading from "Songs For Drella"
later published in
"Between Thought And Expression: Selected Lyrics Of Lou Reed."




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transcribed by Shiroh KOUCHI (wildside@mx21.tiki.ne.jp)
http://ww21.tiki.ne.jp/~wildside/
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