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"Baton Rouge"
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album _Ecstasy_
(Lou Reed, 2000)

written by Lou Reed
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        When I think of you Baton Rouge
        I think of a mariachi band
        I think of sixteen and a crisp green football field
        I think of the girl I never had

        When I think of you Baton Rouge
        I think of a back seat in a car
        The windows are foggy and so are we
        as the police asked for our I.D.

        So helpless
        so helpless

        Ooohhh, so helpless
        ooohhh, so helpless
        Ooohhh, so helpless
        so helpless

        Well I once had a car lost it in a divorce
        the judge was a woman of course
        She said give her the car and the house and your taste
        or else I set the trial date

        So now when I think of you Baton Rouge
        and the deep southern belles, ah, with their touch
        I wonder where love ends and hate starts to blush
        in the fields in the swamps in the rush

        In the terra-cotta cobwebs of your mind, ah
        when did you start seeing me as a spider spinning web
        Of malicious intent and you as poor poor me
        at the fire at the joint, this disinterred and broken mount
        in the bedroom in the house where we were unmarried

        So helpless, so helpless
        so helpless
        So helpless, so helpless
        so helpless

        When was I the villain in your heart
        putting the brake on your start
        you slapped my face and cried and screamed
        that's what marriage came to mean
        The bitterest ending of a dream

        You wanted children and I did not
        was that what it was all about
        You might get a laugh when you hear me shout
        you might get a laugh when you hear me shout
        I wish I had


        So helpless, so helpless
        so helpless
        So helpless, so helpless
        so helpless

        Sometimes when I think of Baton Rouge
        I see us with two and a half strapping sons
        One and a half flushed daughters preparing to marry
        and two fat grandsons I can barely carry

        Daddy, uncle, family gathered there for grace
        a dog in a barbecue pit goes up in space
        The dream recedes in the morning with a bad aftertaste
        and I'm back in the big city worn from the race of the chase
        what a waste

        So thanks for the card the announcement of child
        and I must say you and Sam look great
        Your daughter's gleaming in that white wedding dress
        with pride
        sad to say I could never bring that to you that wide smile

        So I try not to think of Baton Rouge
        or of a, of a, of a mariachi band
        Or of sixteen and a crisp green football field
        and the girl, and the girl I never had, had, had, had

        So helpless, so helpless
        so helpless
        So helpless, so helpless
        so helpless




                             (When I think of -)
        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- you Baton Rouge, I think of a ...)
        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- sixteen and a crisp green ...)

        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- you Baton Rouge, I think of a ...)
        {Am/D}{G}{C}{G}      (- foggy and so are we, as the ...)
        {G}                  (so helpless)

chorus  {C}{G}{C}{G}         (Ooohhh, so helpless ...)
break   {C}{G}{C...          (Ooohhh, so helpless, so helpless ...)

        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- car, lost it in a divorce ...)
        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- car and the house and your ...)

        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- you Baton Rouge, and the deep ...)
        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- ends and hate starts to blush ...)

        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- cobwebs of your mind, when did ...)
        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- you as poor poor me, at the ...)

chorus  {C}{G}{C}{G}         (So helpless, so helpless, so helpless)
break   {C}{G}{C...          (So helpless, so helpless ...)

        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- villain in your heart, putting ...)
        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- face and cried and screamed ...)
        {Am/D}{G}            (- dream, you wanted -)

        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- children, and I did not, was ...)
        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- hear me shout, you might get a ...)

chorus  {C}{G}{C}{G}         (So helpless, so helpless, so helpless)
break   {C}{G}{C...          (So helpless, so helpless ...)

        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- think of Baton Rouge, I see us ...)
        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- daughters preparing to marry ...)

        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- gathered there for grace ...)
        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- bad aftertaste, and I'm back in ...)

        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- card, the announcement of child ...)
        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- white wedding dress with pride ...)

        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- think of Baton Rouge, or of a ...)
        {Am/D}{G}{Am/D}{G}   (- crisp green football field ...)

chorus  {C}{G}{C}{G}         (So helpless, so helpless, so helpless)
        {C}{G}{C..{C..       (So helpless, so helpless, so helpless)








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"Baton Rouge"
==================================
album _I Will Break Your Fall._
reissue CD bonus track
(Fernando Saunders, 2006)

Lou Reed: duet, lead vocal, guitar
==================================


        When I think of you Baton Rouge
        I think of a mariachi band
        I think of sixteen and a crisp green football field
        I think of the girl I never had

        When I think of you Baton Rouge
        I think of a back seat in a car
        The windows are foggy and so are we
        as the police asked for our I.D.

        So helpless
        so helpless

        Ooohhh, so helpless
        ooohhh, so helpless
        Ooohhh, so helpless
        so helpless

        I once had a car lost it in a divorce
        yes, the judge was a woman of course, haha..
        She said give her the car, the house and your taste
        or else I set the trial date

        So when I think of you Baton Rouge
        and the deep southern belles, ah, with their touch
        I wonder where love ends and hate starts to blush
        in the fields in the swamps in the rush

        In the terra-cotta cobwebs of your mind, ah
        when did you start seeing me as a spider spinning web
        Of malicious intent and you as poor poor me
        at the fire at the joint, this disinterred and broken mount
        in the bedroom in the house where we were unmarried

        So helpless, so helpless
        so helpless, ooohhh
        So helpless, so helpless
        so helpless

        When was I the villain in your heart
        putting the brakes on your start
        you slapped my face and cried and screamed
        that's what marriage came to mean
        The bitterest ending of a dream

        You wanted children and I did not
        was that what it was all about
        You might laugh when you hear me shout
        you might laugh when you hear me shout
        I wish I had


        So helpless, so helpless
        so helpless, ooohhh
        So helpless, so helpless
        so helpless

        Sometimes when I think of Baton Rouge
        I see us with two and a half strapping sons
        One and a half flushed daughters preparing to marry
        and two fat grandsons I can barely carry

        Daddy, uncle, family gathered there for grace
        a dog in a barbecue pit goes up in space
        The dream recedes in the morning with a bad aftertaste
        and I'm back in the big city worn from the race of the chase
        what a waste

        So thanks for the card the announcement of child
        and I must say you and Sam look great
        Your daughter's gleaming in that white wedding dress
        with pride
        sad to say I could never bring that to you that wide smile

        So I try not to think of Baton Rouge
        or of a, of a, of a mariachi band
        Or of sixteen and a crisp green football field
        and the girl, and the girl I never had, had, had, had

        So helpless, so helpless
        so helpless, ooohhh
        So helpless, so helpless
        so helpless




* chords: same as _Ecstasy_ version




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thanks: Taco Veenstra (taco@tppveenstra.myweb.nl)
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They are the exact words he sings,
not just lyrics I copied from the booklet.



Baton rouge
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When I think of you Baton Rouge
I think of a Mariachi band
I think of 16 and a crisp green football field
I think of the girl I never had
When I think of you Baton Rouge
I think of a back seat in a car
The windows are foggy and so are we
as the police asked for our ID
So helpless
So helpless
Ooohhh, ooohhh, so helpless
Ooohhh, so helpless
Ooohhh, so helpless
So helpless

Well I once had a car
Lost it in a divorce
The judge was a woman of course
She said give her the car and the house and your taste
or else I set the trial date

So now when I think of you Baton Rouge
and the deep southern belles with their touch
I wonder where love ends and hate starts to blush
in the fields in the swamps in the rush

In the terra-cotta cobwebs of your mind
When did you start seeing me
as a spider spinning web
of malicious intent
And you as poor poor me
at the fire at the joint
This disinterred and broken mount
in the bedroom in the house
where we were unmarried

So helpless
So helpless
So helpless
So helpless
So helpless
So helpless


When was I the villain your heart
Putting the brake on your start
You slapped my face and cried and screamed
That's what marriage came to mean
The bitterest ending of a dream

You wanted children
and I did not
Was that what it was all about
You might get a laugh when you hear me shout
You might get a laugh when you hear me shout
I wish I had

So helpless
So helpless
So helpless
So helpless
So helpless
So helpless

Sometimes when I think of Baton Rouge
I see us with 2 1/2 strapping sons
1 1/2 flushed daughters preparing to marry
and two fat grandsons I can barely carry
Daddy, uncle, family gathered there for grace
A dog in a barbecue pit goes up in space
The dream recedes in the morning with a bad aftertaste
And I'm back in the big city worn from the race of the
chase what a waste

So thanks for the card
The announcement of child
And I must say you and Sam look great
Your daughter's gleaming in that white wedding dress
with pride
Sad to say I could never bring that to you
that wide smile
So I try not to think of Baton Rouge
Or of a, of a, of a Mariachi band
Or of 16 and a crisp green football field
and the girl, and the girl I never ha- ha- ha- had

So helpless
So helpless
So helpless

So helpless
So helpless
So helpless


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