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"Andy's Chest"
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album _Transformer_
(Lou Reed, 1972)

written by Lou Reed
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        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 bolder after you

        If I could be any one of the things
        in this world that bite
        Instead of an indentured 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 May 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



* all the strings downtuned a whole-tone

 1d ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from e to d)
 2A ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from B to A)
 3F ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from G to F)
 4C ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from D to C)
 5G ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from A to G)
 6D ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from E to D)



        {E}{E}{Asus4}{A}   (If I could be anything ...)
        {E}{E}{Asus4}{A}   (I would be a bat and come ...)
        {E}{E}{Asus4}{A}   (- if the last time you were ...)

        {F}{C}{G}{G}       (- know what happens after dark ...)
        {F}{C}{G}{G}       (- rattlesnakes lose their ...)
        {F}{C}{G}{G}       (And all the missionaries lose ...)

        {D}{G}{A}{A}       (Oh, all the trees are calling ...)
        {D}{G}{A}{A}       (And all the venom snipers ...)
        {D}{G}{A}{A}       (Are all the mountains bolder ...)

        ....




* riff (all the strings downtuned a whole-tone)

  - know what happens after dark 
     {F}      {C}      {G}      {G}
*1d ---------------------------------------
*2A ---------------------------------------
*3F ---------------------------------------   ...
*4C --3---2-0--------------------5---------
*5G -----------3---2-0---------------------
*6D --------------------3------------------




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* chords and tabs for standard-tuning



        {D}{D}{Gsus4}{G}   (If I could be anything ...)
        {D}{D}{Gsus4}{G}   (I would be a bat and come ...)
        {D}{D}{Gsus4}{G}   (- if the last time you were ...)

        {D#}{A#}{F}{F}     (- know what happens after dark ...)
        {D#}{A#}{F}{F}     (- rattlesnakes lose their ...)
        {D#}{A#}{F}{F}     (And all the missionaries lose ...)

        {C}{F}{G}{G}       (Oh, all the trees are calling ...)
        {C}{F}{G}{G}       (And all the venom snipers ...)
        {C}{F}{G}{G}       (Are all the mountains bolder ...)

        ....




* riff (standard-tuning)

  - know what happens after dark 
     {D#}      {A#}     {F}     {F}
 1e ---------------------------------------
 2B ---------------------------------------
 3G ---------------------------------------   ...
 4D --1---0----------------------3---------
 5A ---------3--1---0----------------------
 6E ------------------3--1-----------------







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"Andy's Chest"
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album _VU_
(The Velvet Underground, 1985)

May 13, 1969
Record Plant Studios, NY
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        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
        they 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 bolder after you

        If I could be any one
        of the things in this world that bite
        Instead of an identured ocelot on a leash
        I'd rather be a kite
        Be tied to the end of your string
        flying in the air 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 all the stones are erupting out for you
        And all the cheap luck suckers are flying after you

        Yesterday Daisy May and Biff
        were grooving 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

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

        And all the curtains laced with diamonds for you
        And all the Roman noblemen for you
        And kingdom's Christian sailors dear for you
        And melting ice cap mountain tops for you
        And knights in flaming silver robes for you
        And bats that with a kiss turn prince for you
        Swoop-swoop, rock-rock
        Roll-roll, swoop-swoop
        Rock-rock, roll-roll



* all the strings downtuned a whole-tone

 1d ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from e to d)
 2A ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from B to A)
 3F ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from G to F)
 4C ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from D to C)
 5G ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from A to G)
 6D ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from E to D)



        {E}{E}{Asus4}{A}      (If I could be anything ...)
        {E}{E}{Asus4}{A}      (I would be a bat and come ...)
        {E}{E}{D}{A}          (- if the last time you were ...)

        {Dm/Em}{F/F#}{G}{G}   (- know what happens after dark ...)
        {Dm/Em}{F/F#}{G}{G}   (- rattlesnakes lose their ...)
        {Dm/Em}{F/F#}{G}{G}   (- all the missionaries lose ...)

        {D}{G}{A}{A}          (- all the trees are calling ...)
        {D}{G}{A}{A}          (- all the venom snipers after ...)
        {D}{G}{A}{A}          (- all the mountains bolder ...)

        ...

g.solo  {D}{D}{G}{G}
        {D}{D}{A}{A}
        {D}{D}{G}{G}
        {D}{A}

        ...

        {D}{G}{A}{A}          (- all the curtains laced with ...)
        {D}{G}{A}{A}          (- all the Roman Noblemen for ...)
        {D}{G}{A}{A}          (- kingdom's Christian sailors ...)
        {D}{G}{A}{A}          (- melting ice cap mountain ...)
        {D}{G}{A}{A}          (- knights in flaming silver ...)
        {D}{G}{A}{A}          (- bats that with a kiss turn ...)
        {D}{G}{A}{A}          (Swoop-swoop, rock-rock)
        {D}{G}{A}{A}          (Roll-roll, swoop-swoop)
        {D}{G}{A}{A}          (Rock-rock, roll-roll)
        ... fade out




* guitar solo (all the strings downtuned a whole-tone)

all the cheap luck suckers are flying after you
     {D}          {G}          {A}          {A}
*1d ------------------------------------------------------
*2A ---------------------------------------------7-x-8-x--
*3F ------------------------------------------------------
*4C ------------------------------------------------------
*5G ------------------------------------------------------
*6D ------------------------------------------------------

 {D}             {D}          {G}          {G}
---------------7----------------------------------------
-10-x-10-x-10----10-x-7---------------------------------
---------------------------9-x-9-x-9-x-7----7-x-9v------
-----------------------------------------9--------------
--------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------

 {D}           {D}          {A}           {A}
--------------------------------------------------10-x--
--7/8--x-8---8/10---12b13---12b13r12--10----------------
--------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------

 {D}             {D}             {G}             {G}
-10-x-10-x-10-x--10-x-10-x-10-x--13v--10-------------------------
-----------------------------------------13-10-------------------
-----------------------------------------------12--12b14r12-10v--
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
                            Yesterday Daisy May and Biff ...
 {D}            {A}           {E} ...
-------------7--------------|------
--7--7--7h10----10--7--7----|------
--------------------------9-|--9v--   ...
----------------------------|------
----------------------------|------
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*** please note ***

h - hammer on
p - pull off
b - bend string up
r - release bend
/ - slide up
\ - slide down
v - vibrato
^ - harmonics




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* chords and tabs for standard-tuning



        {D}{D}{Gsus4}{G}      (If I could be anything ...)
        {D}{D}{Gsus4}{G}      (I would be a bat and come ...)
        {D}{D}{C}{G}          (- if the last time you were ...)

        {Cm/Dm}{D#/E}{F}{F}   (- know what happens after dark ...)
        {Cm/Dm}{D#/E}{F}{F}   (- rattlesnakes lose their ...)
        {Cm/Dm}{D#/E}{F}{F}   (- all the missionaries lose ...)

        {C}{F}{G}{G}          (- all the trees are calling ...)
        {C}{F}{G}{G}          (- all the venom snipers after ...)
        {C}{F}{G}{G}          (- all the mountains bolder ...)

        ...

g.solo  {C}{C}{F}{F}
        {C}{C}{G}{G}
        {C}{C}{F}{F}
        {C}{G}

        ...

        {C}{F}{G}{G}          (- all the curtains laced with ...)
        {C}{F}{G}{G}          (- all the Roman Noblemen for ...)
        {C}{F}{G}{G}          (- kingdom's Christian sailors ...)
        {C}{F}{G}{G}          (- melting ice cap mountain ...)
        {C}{F}{G}{G}          (- knights in flaming silver ...)
        {C}{F}{G}{G}          (- bats that with a kiss turn ...)
        {C}{F}{G}{G}          (Swoop-swoop, rock-rock)
        {C}{F}{G}{G}          (Roll-roll, swoop-swoop)
        {C}{F}{G}{G}          (Rock-rock, roll-roll)
        ... fade out




* guitar solo (standard-tuning)

all the cheap luck suckers are flying after you
     {C}          {F}          {G}          {G}
 1e ------------------------------------------------------
 2B ---------------------------------------------5-x-6-x--
 3G ------------------------------------------------------
 4D ------------------------------------------------------
 5A ------------------------------------------------------
 6E ------------------------------------------------------

 {C}          {C}          {F}          {F}
-------------5---------------------------------------
--8-x-8-x-8----8-x-5---------------------------------
------------------------7-x-7-x-7-x-5----5-x-7v------
--------------------------------------7--------------
-----------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------

 {C}          {C}          {G}          {G}
-------------------------------------------------8-x--
--5/6--x-6---6/8---10b11---10b11r10--8----------------
------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------

 {C}          {C}          {F}            {F}
--8-x-8-x-8-x--8-x-8-x-8-x--11v--8-----------------------
-----------------------------------11-8------------------
----------------------------------------10--10b12r10-8v--
---------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------
                            Yesterday Daisy May and Biff ...
 {C}          {G}           {D} ...
------------5-------------|------
--5--5--5h8----8--5--5----|------
------------------------7-|--7v--   ...
--------------------------|------
--------------------------|------
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*** please note ***

h - hammer on
p - pull off
b - bend string up
r - release bend
/ - slide up
\ - slide down
v - vibrato
^ - harmonics




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thanks: clayton m (claytooon@hotmail.com)
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line 08: When rattlesnakes "lose" their skins and their hearts


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thanks: Tom Murray (murlock@nycap.rr.com)
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However, I'm nearly positive that the lyric from
Andy's Chest is not either of the following:

        If I could be any one
        of the things in this world that bite
****    Instead of attention or slow on a leash
****    I'd rather be your kite

        If I could be any one of the things
        in this world that bite
****    Instead of being a tethered ocelot on a leash
****    I'd rather be your kite

Rather, it is:

        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

I could be wrong,
but if you listen to the song a few times with that lyric in mind,
I think you'll find it sounds right.
It drove me nuts trying to figure out
what he was saying at that point in the song,
until a friend told me.


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