=======================================
"I'm Waiting For The Man"
=======================================
album _The Velvet Underground and Nico_
(The Velvet Underground, 1967)

written by Lou Reed
=======================================


        I'm waiting for my man
        26 dollars in my hand
        Up to Lexington 125
        feelin' sick and dirty more dead than alive
        I'm waiting for my man

        Hey white boy, what you doin' uptown
        Hey white boy, you chasin' our women around
        Oh pardon me sir, it's furthest from my mind
        I'm just lookin' for a dear dear friend of mine
        I'm waiting for my man

        Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
        PR shoes and a big straw hat
        He's never early, he's always late
        first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait
        I'm waiting for my man, ah, work it now

        Up to a brownstone, up three flights of stairs
        Everybody-body's pinned you, but nobody cares
        He's got the works, gives you sweet taste
        ah, then you gotta split because you got no time to waste
        I'm waiting for my man

        Baby don't you holler, darling don't you ball and shout
        I'm feeling good, you know I'm gonna work it on out
        I'm feeling good, I'm feelin' oh so fine
        until tomorrow but that's just some other time
        I'm waiting for my man, walk it home



* 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)



intro   {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}

        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (26 dollars in my hand)

        {E}{G#}{A}{F#}   (Up to Lexington 125 ...)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)

        {E}{A}

        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Hey white boy, what you doin' uptown)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Hey white boy, you chasin' our women ...)

        {E}{G#}{A}{F#}   (Oh pardon me sir ...)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)

        {E}{A}

        ....




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

     {E}                    {A}
*1d ----9-----------0----------0-----------0------
*2A ----------------0--------2---2--3-------------
*3F --9---9--7----------------------4----------4--
*4C ----------------------------------------------
*5G ----------------------------------------------
*6D ----------------------------------------------

 {E}                  {A}
-----9--------7----------0-----------------
-----------------------2---2--3------3-----
--/9---9--7--------7----------4---------4--   ...
-------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------



*** please note ***

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




---------------------------------------------------------------------



* chords for standard-tuning



intro   {D}{G}{D}{G}
        {D}{G}{D}{G}

        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (I'm waiting for my man)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (26 dollars in my hand)

        {D}{F#}{G}{E}   (Up to Lexington 125 ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (I'm waiting for my man)

        {D}{G}

        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (Hey white boy, what you doin' uptown)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (Hey white boy, you chasin' our women ...)

        {D}{F#}{G}{E}   (Oh pardon me sir ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (I'm waiting for my man)

        {D}{G}

        ....







=================================
"I'm Waiting For The Man"
=================================
album _Live At Max's Kansas City_
(The Velvet Underground, 1972)

Jul 26, 1970
Max's Kansas City, NYC
=================================


        I'm waiting for my man
        Yeah, got 26 dollars in my hand
        Up to Lexington 125
        feelin' sick and dirty more dead than alive
        I'm waiting for my man

        Hey boy, what you doin' uptown
        Hey now boy, you chasin' our women around
        Oh pardon me sir, it's furthest from my mind
        I'm just waitin' for a dear dear friend of mine
        I'm waiting for my man

        Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
        PR shoes and a big straw hat
        He's never early, he's always late
        first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait, oh
        I'm waiting for my man, alright, Sterl

        Ah, up to a brownstone, up three flights of stairs
        Oh now everybody's pinned you, baby, but nobody cares
        He's got the works, gives you sweet taste
        then you gotta split because you got no time to waste
        I'm waiting for my man

        Hey now baby don't you holler, don't you ball and shout
        Oh, you know I'm feeling good, I'm gonna work it on out
        I'm feeling good, I'm feeling so fine
        until tomorrow but that's just some other time
        I'm waiting for my man, hey, now-now
        I'm waiting for my man, ooohhh baby
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man, alright



intro   {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}

        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Yeah, got 26 dollars in my hand)

        {E}{G#}{A}{F#}   (Up to Lexington 125 ...)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)

        ....

guitar  {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}

        {E}{A}{E}{A}

        ....







==================================================
"Waiting For My Man"
==================================================
album _1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed_
(The Velvet Underground, 1974)

Oct 19, 1969
End of Cole Ave., Dallas, Texas
==================================================


        I'm waiting for my man
        Got 26 dollars in my hand
        Up to Lexington 125
        feelin' sick and dirty more dead than alive
        I'm waiting for my man

        Hey white boy, what you doing uptown
        Hey white boy, you chasing our women around
        Oh pardon me sir, it's furthest from my mind
        I'm just waitin' for a dear dear friend of mine
        I'm waiting for my man

        Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
        PR shoes and a big straw hat
        He's never early, he's always late
        first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait
        I'm waiting for my man

        Goin' up to a brownstone, up three flights of stairs
        Now everybody's pinned you, baby, but nobody cares
        He's got good works, gives you sweet taste
        then you gotta split because you got no time to waste
        I'm waiting for my man

        Hey baby don't you holler, darling don't you ball and shout
        I'm feeling good, you know know I'm gonna work it on out
        I'm feeling good, feeling so fine
        until tomorrow but that's just some other time
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man, oh man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man



* 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)



intro   {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}

        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Got 26 dollars in my hand)

        {E}{G#}{A}{F#}   (Up to Lexington 125 ...)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)

        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Hey white boy, what you doing uptown)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Hey white boy, you chasing our women ...)

        {E}{G#}{A}{F#}   (Oh pardon me sir ...)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)

        {E}{A}{E}{A}

        ....

        {E}{A}{E}{A}

guitar  {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}

        {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}

        ....




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

      {E}                   {A}
*1d ------9-----7-----9-7---------5--------------------
*2A --------------------------------x-(7b)-8r7-5---5---
*3F --7/9---6/7---7/9---------5/6----------------6-----   ...
*4C ---------------------------------------------------
*5G ---------------------------------------------------
*6D ---------------------------------------------------



*** please note ***

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




---------------------------------------------------------------------



* chords for standard-tuning



intro   {D}{G}{D}{G}
        {D}{G}{D}{G}
        {D}{G}{D}{G}

        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (I'm waiting for my man)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (Got 26 dollars in my hand)

        {D}{F#}{G}{E}   (Up to Lexington 125 ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (I'm waiting for my man)

        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (Hey white boy, what you doing uptown)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (Hey white boy, you chasing our women ...)

        {D}{F#}{G}{E}   (Oh pardon me sir ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (I'm waiting for my man)

        {D}{G}{D}{G}

        ....

        {D}{G}{D}{G}

guitar  {D}{G}{D}{G}
        {D}{G}{D}{G}
        {D}{G}{D}{G}
        {D}{G}{D}{G}

        {D}{G}{D}{G}
        {D}{G}{D}{G}
        {D}{G}{D}{G}

        ....







=========================
"I'm Waiting For The Man"
=========================
album _Lou Reed Live_
(Lou Reed, 1975)

Dec 21, 1973
The Academy of Music, NYC
=========================


        I'm waiting for my man
        Got 26 dollars in my hand
        Up to Lexington 125
        feelin' sick and dirty
        Huh, I'm waiting for my man

        Hey white boy, what you doin' uptown
        Hey white boy, you chasin' my women around
        Pardon me sir, it's furthest from my mind
        I'm just waitin' for a dear dear friend of mine
        I'm waiting for my man, come on

        Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
        PR shoes and a big straw hat
        He's never early, he's always late
        first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait
        I'm waiting for my man

        Up to a brownstone, up three flights of stairs
        Everybody's pinned you and nobody cares
        He's got the works, gives you sweet taste
        then you gotta split because you got no time to waste
        I'm waiting for my man

        Hey baby don't you holler, don't you ball and shout
        I'm feeling good, I'm gonna work it on out
        I'm feeling good, feeling so fine
        until tomorrow but that's just some other time
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        man-man-man-man-man-man-man



drums   {x}{x}
        {D}{G}{D}{G}
        {D}{G}{D}{G}
break   {D}{D}

        {D}{G}{D}{G}

        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (I'm waiting for my man)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (Got 26 dollars in my hand)

        {D}{F#}{G}{E}   (Up to Lexington 125 ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (Huh, I'm waiting for my man)

        {D}{G}

        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (Hey white boy, what you doin' uptown)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (Hey white boy, you chasin' my women ...)

        {D}{F#}{G}{E}   (Pardon me sir ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}    (I'm waiting for my man, come on)

        {D}{G}{D}{G}

        ....







==================================================
"I'm Waiting For My Man"
==================================================
album _Take No Prisoners_
(Lou Reed, 1978)

* edited version of
"I'm Waiting For The Man"/"Temporary Thing" medley

May 1978
Bottom Line, NYC
==================================================




* lyrics: see the posted transcriptions/corrections below.




intro   ...fade in
        {E}{E}{E}{E}

        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (Hey, here comes ....)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (Come down baby, here ....)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (He's never early, all the time ...)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (- I'm waiting for my man ...)

        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (Go up to a Brownstone ...)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (A-ha, I sing when you shut up)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (Right now you got it...)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (Jesus)

        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (Everybody's pinned you, but nobody ...)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (He's got his works, he's gonna lay ...)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (Says baby come on, ooohhh, don't ...)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (Hey baby, don't you ball and shout)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (Don't bring me down ...)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (- I'm feeling so good ...)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (- other time, I'm, I'm, I'm ...)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (Oh, baby, baby, baby, baby ...)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (Says now, hey bitch, you better ...)
        {E}{E}{A/A.B}{E}   (oh)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (Why don't you split the scene you ...)
        {E}{E}{E}{E}       (- different)

        ....
        repeat {E} chord
        ....

guitar  {A}{E}{A}{E}
sax     {A}{E}{A}{E}

        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (Hey now, bitch, don't you know you ...)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (Hey, use to see around you and go ...)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (You've read too many movies and ...)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (And nobody's got you tied down the ...)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (And don't you bring me down...)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (Last time, God, it's too expensive ...)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (- anything personal but ...)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (Your mother, your father, your ...)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (And I know that we don't see things ...)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (I don't get the shits about your ...)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (We'll let just things, ah ...)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       ('Cause babe, babe, babe, baby ...)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (It's just a temporary thing)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (It's just a temporary thing)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (It's just a temporary thing)
        {B}{B}{E}{E}       (Hey babe, huh, don't you know ...)
        ....







=========================
"I'm Waiting For My Man"
=========================
album _Live In Italy_
(Lou Reed, 1984)

Sep 07 (or 10), 1983
Verona (or Rome), Italy
=========================


        I'm waiting for my man
        Got 26 dollars, baby, in my hand
        Up to Lexington 125
        feelin' sick and dirty, baby, more dead than alive
        Say I-I-I, I'm waiting, babe, for my man

        Hey white boy, what you doing uptown
        Hey white boy, you chasing our ah pritty little women around
        Oh pardon me sir, furthest from my mind
        I'm just, hey, waitin', baby, for
        A dear dear friend of mine, I'm waiting for my man

        Oh, here he comes, he's all dressed in black
        Oh, PR shoes, ooohhh baby, a big straw hat
        Ah, he's never early, always late
        first thing that you know
        He's always gotta wait, I'm waiting for my man

        Up to a brownstone, up three flights of stairs
        Oh, everybody's pinned you, babe, but nobody cares
        Hey, he's got the works, gives you sweet taste
        or baby, he ain't got no time to waste
        Oh, I'm waiting for my man

        Oh baby don't you holler, don't you ball and shout
        Oh, I'm feeling good, oh, you know I'm gonna work it
        work it, work it on out
        I'm feeling good, so fine
        until tomorrow but honey, that's just some other time
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man, baby
        ooohhh baby, waiting for my main man
        Hey, walk it home



count   {x}
intro   {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}

        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Got 26 dollars, baby, in my hand)

        {E}{G#}{A}{F#}   (Up to Lexington 125 ...)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (- I-I-I, I'm waiting for my man)

        ....







==============================
"I'm Waiting For The Man"
==============================
album _Live MCMXCIII_
(The Velvet Underground, 1993)

Jun 1993
L'Olympia, Paris, France
==============================


        I'm waiting for my man
        26 dollars in my hand
        Up to Lexington 125
        feelin' sick and dirty more dead than alive
        Waiting for a man

        Here he come, white boy, what you doing uptown
        Hey white boy, chasin' our women around
        Pardon me sir, nothing's furthest from my mind
        I'm just waiting for a dear dear friend of mine
        Waiting for a man

        Here he come, all dressed in black
        PR shoes and this big straw hat
        He never early, he always late
        first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait
        Waiting, waiting for a man

        Up to a brownstone, three flights of stairs
        Everybody's pinned you, but nobody cares
        He got the works, he gives you sweet taste
        then he's gotta split 'cause he's got no time to waste
        Waiting, waiting for the man
        Waiting, waiting for the man

        Baby don't you holler, darling please don't ball or shout
        Feeling good, gonna work on out
        Feeling good, feeling so fine
        until tomorrow but that's just another time
        Waiting, waiting for the man
        Waiting, waiting for the man



* 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)



intro   synthesizer solo (key in F#)

        {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}

        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (26 dollars in my hand)

        {E}{G#}{A}{F#}   (Up to Lexington 125 ...)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Waiting for a man)

        ....




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

     {E}                {A}
*1d ----9-------7----------5-------3-----
*2A -------------------------------------
*3F --9---9--7-----7---4/6---6--4-----4--   ...
*4C -------------------------------------
*5G -------------------------------------
*6D -------------------------------------



*** please note ***

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




---------------------------------------------------------------------



* chords and tabs for standard-tuning



intro   synthesizer solo (key in E)

        {D}{G}{D}{G}
        {D}{G}{D}{G}
        {D}{G}{D}{G}
        {D}{G}{D}{G}

        {D}{G}{D}{G}   (I'm waiting for my man)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}   (26 dollars in my hand)

        {D}{F#}{G}{E}    (Up to Lexington 125 ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}   (Waiting for a man)

        ....




* riff (standard-tuning)

     {D}                {G}
 1e ----7-------5----------3-------1-----
 2B -------------------------------------
 3G --7---7--5-----5---2/4---4--2-----2--   ...
 4D -------------------------------------
 5A -------------------------------------
 6E -------------------------------------



*** please note ***

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







===============================
"I'm Waiting For The Man"
(demo take-3)
===============================
box set _Peel Slowly And See_
(The Velvet Underground, 1995)

Jul 1965
John Cale's Ludlow Street loft,
lower Manhattan, NYC
===============================


        I'm waiting for the man
        26 dollars in my hand
        Up to Lexington 125
        feelin' sick and dirty more dead than alive
        I'm waiting for the man

        Hey white boy, what you doing uptown
        Hey white boy, you chasing our women around
        Oh pardon me sir, nothing could be further from my mind
        I'm just waiting for a really good friend of mine
        I'm waiting for the man

        Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
        PR shoes and a big straw hat
        He's never early, he's always late
        first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait
        I'm waiting for the man

        Up to a brownstone, up three flights of stairs
        Everybody's pinned you, but nobody cares
        He's got the works, he gives you sweet taste
        then you gotta split because you got no time to waste
        I'm waiting for the man

        Baby don't you holler, darling don't you ball and shout
        I'm feeling good and, no, we'll work it on out
        I'm feeling good, I'm feeling real fine
        until tomorrow but that's just some other time
        I'm waiting for the man



* 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)



intro   /C}
        {G}{C}{G}{C}
        {G}{C}{G}{G/D7}

        {G}{C}{G}{G/D7}     (I'm waiting for the man)
        {G}{C}{G}{G}        (26 dollars in my hand)

        {G}{B}{C}{A7}       (Up to Lexington 125 ...)
        {G}{C}{G}{G/D7}     (I'm waiting for the man)

        ....

harp    {D7}{D7}{G}{G}
        {D7}{D7}{G}{G}
        {G}{B}{C}{A7}
        {G}{D7}{G}{G/D7}

viola   {G}{C}{G}{C}
        {G}{C}{G}{C}
        {G}{C}{G}{C}
        {G}{C}{G}{C}

        {G}{G/D7}

        ....

        {G}{C}{G}{G/D7}     (Baby don't you holler ...)
        {G}{C}{G}{G}        (I'm feeling good and, no ...)

        {G}{B}{C}{A7}       (I'm feeling good, I'm feeling ...)
        {G}{C}{G}{G}        (I'm waiting for the man)

harp    {G}{B}{C}{A7}
        {G}{D7}{G/C}{G...







==========================================
"I'm Waiting For My Man"
==========================================
album _American Poet_
(Lou Reed, 2001)

Dec 26, 1972
Ultrasonic Recording Studio, Hempstead, NY
==========================================


        I'm waiting for my man
        I got 26 dollars, ah, in my hand
        Up to Lexington 125
        feelin' sick and dirty more dead than alive
        Ooohhh sweet mama, I'm waiting for my man

        Uh
        Hey white boy, what you doin' uptown
        Hey white boy, you chasin' our women around
        Oh pardon me sir, it's furthest from my mind
        I'm just waitin' here for a dear dear friend of mine
        I'm waiting for my man

        Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
        like me
        PR shoes and a big straw hat
        He's never early, he's always late
        first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait
        I'm waiting for my man
        this is what sounds like

        Up to a brownstone, up three flights of stairs
        Everybody's pinned you, but nobody cares
        He's got the works, gives you sweet taste
        then you gotta split because you got no time to waste
        Yeah-yeah baby, I'm waiting for my man

        Hey baby don't you holler, don't you ball and shout
        You know your uncle Lou is feeling good
        it's gonna work it on out
        I'm feeling good, I'm feelin' so fine
        until tomorrow but that's just some other time
        I'm, I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man, give me call now baby
        I'm waiting for my man, alright
        I'm waiting for my man



* 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)



intro   {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}

        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I got 26 dollars, ah, in my hand)

        {E}{G#}{A}{F#}   (Up to Lexington 125 ...)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Ooohhh sweet mama, I'm waiting for my man)

        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Uh)

        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Hey white boy, what you doin' uptown)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Hey white boy, you chasin' our women ...)

        {E}{G#}{A}{F#}   (Oh pardon me sir ...)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)

        {E}{A}

        ....




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

     {E}                    {A}
*1d ----------------------------------------------
*2A ----------------------------------------------
*3F ------------------------------------------3/--
*4C ----------------------------------------------
*5G ----------------------------------------------
*6D ----------------------------------------------

 {E}                    {A}
-------4---------2----------5-----------7---7----
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--/4---------2---------4/6----6----/7-----7---7--   ...
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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







==================================================
"I'm Waiting For The Man"
(The Family Dog, San Francisco, 11-8-69)
==================================================
box set _Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes_
(The Velvet Underground, 2001) disc 1

Nov 08, 1969
The Family Dog, San Francisco, California
==================================================


        I'm waiting for my man
        Got 26 dollars in my hand
        Up to Lexington 125
        feelin' sick and dirty more dead than alive
        I'm waiting for my man

        Hey white boy, what you doing uptown
        Hey white boy, you chasing our women around
        Oh pardon me sir, it's furthest from my mind
        I'm just waitin' for a dear dear friend of mine
        I'm waiting for my man

        Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
        PR shoes and a big straw hat
        He's never early, he's always late
        first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait
        I'm waiting for my man

        Oh, here he comes, he's all dressed in black
        Ooohhh babe, PR shoes and a big straw hat, ah
        He's never early, he's always late
        first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait, ooohhh
        Ah, I'm waiting for my man

        Hey baby don't you holler, darling don't you ball and shout
        You know that I'm feeling good, I'm gonna work it on out
        I'm feeling good, feeling so fine
        until tomorrow but that's just some other time
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man

        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man, alright
        I'm waiting for my man, alright
        I'm waiting for my man, all right
        I'm waiting for my man, oh, he comes now
        I'm waiting for my man, hey, come on now
        I'm waiting for my man, yeah baby now .....
        I'm waiting for my man, now-now .....



* chords:
same as _1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed_ version
They played using down-tuning
(all the strings downtuned a whole-tone)







==================================================
"I'm Waiting For The Man"
(The Matrix, San Francisco, 11-27-69)
==================================================
box set _Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes_
(The Velvet Underground, 2001) disc 3

Nov 27, 1969
The Matrix, San Francisco, California
==================================================


        I'm waiting for my man
        Got 26 dollars in my hand
        Go up to Lexington 125
        feelin' sick and dirty more dead than alive
        I'm waiting for my man

        Hey white boy, what you doin' uptown
        Hey white boy, you chasin' our women around, ooohhh
        Oh pardon me sir, it's furthest from my mind
        I'm just waitin' for a dear dear friend of mine
        I'm waiting for my man, ooohhh

        Ooohhh, ooohhh

        Oh, here he comes, he's all dressed in black, oh-wow
        PR shoes and a big straw hat
        He's never early, he's never (always) late, oh
        first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait
        I'm waiting for my man, oh-wow

        [whistle]

        Times are gettin' heavy, I'm so sad
        Everyone it was good, you know they all turned out bad
        It's not a mystery, no mistake
        all I'm gonna have to do is wait
        Oh, I'm waiting for my man

        Standin' on the corner, waitin' for the sun to rise, oh-wow
        Miss Jean and Miss Ann said that they had a surprise
        Well it's no mystery, no mistake
        I guess I just have to wait
        I'm waiting for my man

        Ever since I was a little boy, had a stranger's dream
        Everything that I saw, didn't seem to be what it seem
        I'm no whizzer, take my scream
        always you know I've got to wait
        I'm waiting for my man

        Go up to a brownstone, up three flights of stairs
        Everybody's pinned you, but nobody cares, oh no
        He's got the works, gives you sweet taste
        then you gotta split because you got no time to waste
        I'm waiting for my man

        Hey baby don't you holler, darling don't you ball and shout
        You know that I'm feeling good, gonna work it on out
        I'm feeling good, feelin' so fine
        until tomorrow but that's just some other time
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man



* chords:
same as _1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed_ version
They played using down-tuning
(all the strings downtuned a whole-tone)








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"Waiting For The Man"
===============================
album _Le Bataclan '72_
(Lou Reed/John Cale/Nico, 2003)

Jan 29, 1972
Le Bataclan, Paris, France
===============================


        I'm waiting for my man
        Got 26 dollars in my hand
        Up to Lexington 125
        feelin' sick and dirty more dead than alive
        Ooohhh sweet mama, I'm waiting for my man

        Hey white boy, what you doin' uptown
        Hey white boy, you chasin' our women around
        Oh pardon me sir, it's furthest from my mind
        I'm just waiting for a dear dear friend of mine
        I'm waiting for my man

        Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
        PR shoes and a big straw hat
        He's never early, he's always late
        first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait
        Ooohhh baby, I'm waiting for my man

        Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
        PR shoes and a big straw hat
        He's never early, he's always late
        first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait, ah
        Ooohhh mama, I'm waiting for my man

        Hey baby don't you holler, darling don't you ball and shout
        I'm feeling good and you know I'm gonna work it on out
        I'm feeling good, feeling so fine
        until tomorrow but that's just some other time
        Ooohhh babe, I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my main man
        One tell you Jim, I'm waiting for my man
        I'm waiting for my man



* all the strings downtuned one and a half tone (1 + 1/2)

 1c# ----- * downtuned one and a half tone (from e to c#)
 2G# ----- * downtuned one and a half tone (from B to G#)
 3E  ----- * downtuned one and a half tone (from G to E)
 4B  ----- * downtuned one and a half tone (from D to B)
 5F# ----- * downtuned one and a half tone (from A to F#)
 6C# ----- * downtuned one and a half tone (from E to C#)

        Olivier Landemaine's The VU Web Page says:
        there is no speed correction
        and the whole recording is too slow (6%)
        as compared with the French TV broadcast.




intro   {E}{A}{E}{A}
        {E}{A}{E}{A}

        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Got 26 dollars in my hand)

        {E}{G#}{A}{A#}   (Up to Lexington 125 ...)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (- sweet mama, I'm waiting for my man)

        {E}{A}

        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Hey white boy, what you doin' uptown)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (Hey white boy, you chasin' our women ...)

        {E}{G#}{A}{A#}   (Oh pardon me sir ...)
        {E}{A}{E}{A}     (I'm waiting for my man)

        ....








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"I'm Waiting For The Man"
(acetate version)
===================================================
album _The Velvet Underground and Nico - Unripened_
(The Velvet Underground, 2007)
===================================================


        I'm waiting for the man
        26 dollars in my hand
        Up to Lexington 125
        feelin' sick and dirty more dead than alive
        I'm waiting for my man

        Hey white boy, what you doin' uptown
        Hey white boy, you chasin' our women around
        Oh pardon me sir, it's furthest from my mind
        I'm just waitin' for a dear dear friend of mine
        I'm waiting for my man

        Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
        PR shoes and a big straw hat
        He's never early, he's always late
        first thing you learn is that you always gotta wait
        I'm waiting for my man

        Up to a brownstone, up three flights of stairs
        Everybody's pinned you, but nobody cares
        He's got the works, gives you sweet taste
        ah, then you gotta split because you got no time to waste
        I'm waiting for my man

        Baby don't you holler, darling don't you ball and shout
        I'm feeling good, you know I work it on out
        I'm feeling good, I'm feeling fine
        until tomorrow but that's just some other time
        Oh, I'm waiting for my man




* chords:
same as _The Velvet Underground and Nico_ version
They played using down-tuning
(all the strings downtuned a whole-tone)








=============================================
"I'm Waiting For The Man"
=============================================
album _Psychedelic Sounds From The Gymnasium_
(The Velvet Underground, 2008)

April 1967
The Gymnasium, NYC
=============================================


        I'm waiting for my man
        Hey, 26 dollars in my hand
        Up to Lexington 125
        feelin' sick and dirty more dead than alive
        Waiting for my man

        Hey white boy, what you doin' uptown
        Hey white boy, you chasin' our women around
        Oh pardon me sir, furthest from my mind
        I'm just waiting for a dear dear friend of mine
        I'm waiting for my man

        Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
        PR shoes, a big straw hat
        He's never early, he's always late
        first thing you learn is always gotta wait
        I'm waiting for my man, walk it home

        Up to a brownstone, up three flights of stairs
        Everybody's pinned you, but nobody cares
        He's got the works, gives you sweet taste
        then you gotta split, got no time to waste
        I'm waiting for my man

        Baby don't you holler, darling don't you ball and shout
        I'm feeling good, you know I work it on out
        I'm feeling good, oh so fine
        until tomorrow, just some other time
        I'm waiting for my man




* chords:
same as _The Velvet Underground and Nico_ version
They played using down-tuning
(all the strings downtuned a whole-tone)




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thanks: Klaus
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it took a while,
but it is a starting point for the lyrics of this album.
(Take No Prisoners)


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"I'm Waiting For The Man"


Hey, Here he comes, he's dressed in black chima

He's never early, all the time he shows up late aah
I have to leave says
I'm waiting for my man, I'm working at it

Go up to a Brownstone, up three flights of stairs

Aha I sing when you shut up
Right now you got it
That's where it is
That's right that's not me that's life

"Rock n' roll heart"

Jesus

Everybody's pinned you, but nobody cares
He's got his works, he's gonna lay it on your little taste
That you told me so good but ain't had any time to waste
So he's gotta go says baby come on ooh don't you know says
Waiting for my man
Bye bye

Hey Baby, don't you bawl and shout

Don't bring me down
I'm feeling so good, I'm feeling so good
I I I work it on out
Because I'm feeling so good, I'm feeling so fine
Until tomorrow, but babe that's just some other time
I'm I'm I'm waiting for my man
Oh baby baby I'm waiting for my man
Says now, hey, bitch you gotta get out here quick

Why don't you split the scene you gonna make me sick
I never said...
You read too many movies baby you get too many college plays
Oh baby don't know where you got those bad things
Don't you like things
Why don't you leave them this way
This representation's not my game
Ooh I'm waiting for my man

It's just a temporary thing

Hey, the bitch
Nobody don't you know you better get out her quick
Gonna make me sick
Read too many movies and you've seen too many plays
And nobody's got you tied down the fucking bed man
If you don't like it around you just get the fuck away
I'm on the top of the world today honey I don't need you nobody
And don't you bring me down
It's just a temporary thing man I know
Last time it's too expensive to waste
You went through all that you want to throw it away?
You gotta be kidding
I know it's not anything personal but
Would you right
Ah cigarettes
Your mother your father your cocksucking brother
Mean only the shit to me
And now know that we don't see things much the same way
I don't get the shits about your mother
Just get them away

We'll let just things stay that way over there
'Cause babe, babe, babe, baby
It's just a temporary thing

Hey, babe, huhh don't you know
It's just a temporary thing
Your blood's too rich
You're catholic too
Wasting guilt man
Every shit yeh
Tarot cards
I don't care
Read your palm on Thursday
Middle-class fuckup
So what
Wanna get off
No work tomorrow
You watch TV is more fun
Huh says now I'm waiting for my man
Be here keep me here either now or never
So it's never man
What you hear is now
Very funny thing about that
You wanna have it I don't have it
I never figured out
You know my friend Michael he said something very very funny
That night
He said you know this isn't fun anymore
I mean he was joking you know
Cause he was like ah
It was all fucking day after night
The fucking asshole gets stuck in a taxi
He's straight, he wasn't burning anybody
Was full moon
Triple scorpio
Fucking sitting here dripping man
Getting the asshole
It's like fucking cold
Get over there bitch
Gotta better
Get outta here quick
Oh baby don't you know my .. is sick
I don't wanna hear about it
Cause if you can say nothing good
Why don't you just get the fuck out of the door
You know what Groucho Marx said
Groucho Marx said hey man this song
Bring me a rose or leave me alone
Either up or go
Man I don't wanna know about it
Tomorrow
Oh baby don't you holler don't you bawl and shout
Oh babe it's just a temporary thing


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thanks: Taco Veenstra (taco@tppveenstra.myweb.nl)
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In the transciptions are a few (little) gaps left,
and there may be a few (minor) mistakes in them.

====


"I'm Waiting For My Man"
(_Take_No_Prisoners_)


Hey hey come guys
just about ....
Can't tell me he's be there
He's never early, all the time he shows up late, oh
Spend half my, if i have to, week
Says I'm waiting for my man
Go up to a Brownstone, up three flights of stairs

Ah, I sing when you shut up
Right, now you got it, that's where it is, that's right
That's me, that's not life, Jezus

Everybody's pinned, but nobody cares
She's gotta said the works,
she's gonna lay it on your little taste
that she told so good, but he ain't had any time to waste
so he's gotta go, says: Baby come on,
Ooooo, don't you know somebody else is waiting for the man
Bye bye

Hey baby don't you bawl and shout
Don't bring me down
I feel so good
I feel so good, and I ah
wah, I'm working on out
Because I'm feeling so good
Ha, I'm feeling so fine
Until tomorrow, but babe
haha, that's just some other time
I, I, I'm waiting for my man

Oh baby, baby, baby, baby, I'm waiting for my man
Says now: hey bitch you better get out of here quick
(I'm waiting for my man)

Why don't you split if the scene around here is gonna make you sick
I never said the ....
You read to many movies baby, but, too many of you college players

Ooohhh baby
Don't know where you got your ideas about things
If you don't like things, why don't you just leave them this way
This representation is not my game
I, I'm waiting for my man

It's just a temporary thing

Hey there bitch
Don't you know you better get out of here quick
And if the scene around here is gonna, gonna, gonna make you sick
You read to many movies and you've seen too many players
And nobody has got you tied down the fucking bed
Man, if you don't like it around here, you just get the fuck away
I'm on top of the world today honey,
I don't need you, nobody, and don't you bring me down
It's just a temporary thing, man, I know
Last time we got and it's too expensive to waste
After you went through all that, you wanna throw it away?
You gotta be kiddin'
I know it's not anything personally, would you right?
Ah, cigarette
Your mother, your father and your cocksucking brother
man, they don't mean shit to me
And I know that we don't see things much the same way
I don't guess you should value always your fathers your mother
your bitch praying boy, just keep them away
We'll just let things stay that way,
over there, you keep it over there
'Cause babe, babe, babe, babe, babe,
it's just a temporaly thing
(it's just a temporaly thing)
(it's just a temporaly thing)
(it's just a temporaly thing)

Hey babe, uhuh, don't you know it's just a temporaly thing
Your blood is too rich, you're catholic too
Western guilt man, every shit
Hey, tarot cards, I don't care man
Richard Carmichael at thursday
Middle class fucker, so what
You want to get off?
Hey ...
No work tomorrow
Will you watch TV, it's more fun
(it's just a temporaly thing)
Huh, says the
I'm waiting for my man
Be here, keep me here, either now or never
It's allways never man, even when it's here it's never
Very funny thing about that, it's allways,
you gonna have it, I don't have it
I never figured out
You know, my friend Michael,
he said to me something very very funny, the other night,
he says: you know, this, this isn't fun anymore
I meant he was choking, you know, 'cause he's like that
(it's just a temporaly thing)
But it was all fucking day, half the night, man,
the fucking asshole got stuck at a taxi
I thought I'd hit
He was straight, he wasn't burning anybody,
(it's just a temporaly thing)
Full moon, triple scorpio, aha
Now the fucking city ain't tripping man, gimmie out an asshole
(it's just a temporaly thing)
Yeah, yeah, it's like fucking cold
Get over there bitch,
we're goin' to bed
........ get out of here quick
Ooohhh baby, baby, don't you know I'm afraid
half thing of my age is sick
(it's just a temporaly thing)
I don't wanna hear about it anymore
(it's just a temporaly thing)
Because if you can't say love is good,
(it's just a temporaly thing)
Why don't you just get the fuck out of the door
You know what Groucho Marx said?
Groucho Marx said: Hey man, the best song
Bring me a rose, or leave me alone
Either up or go man I don't wanna know about it
Tomorrow, aahh baby, don't you holler, don't you bawl and shout
Ooooo babe, it's just a temporary thing


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The B chord in "I'm Wating for the Man" should be  F#.
(album _The Velvet Underground and Nico_ version)


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It would seem that, semantically speaking,
the word "ball" in the lyric
"Baby don't you holler, baby don't you ball and shout"
should actually be "bawl,"

as in:
"Baby don't you holler, baby don't you bawl and shout."


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It's not a mystery, no .....
"mistake" i believe


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