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"Prominent Men"
(demo)
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box set _Peel Slowly And See_
(The Velvet Underground, 1995)

written by Lou Reed/John Cale

Jul 1965
John Cale's Ludlow Street loft,
lower Manhattan, NYC
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        Through all of the highways, the byways I've travelled
        through all of the sidestreets and alleys of sin
        Through all that's been heard nothing sinks quite as low
        as the prominent statements of prominent men

        Prominent men tell prominent stories
        prominent men tell prominent lies
        Prominent men kiss the ass of Dame Fortune
        prominent men will tear out your eyes

        The streets that have life with the cat's underbelly
        aligned with their tracks of a thousand good-byes
        A poor woman screams with the heat of disaster
        as the prominent men sit and strengthen their ties

        Oh, the prominent girls of the prominent people
        make prominent dresses and prominent hair
        Oh, their prominent wealth and their eyes blazed with shadow
        the prominent horrors with the ghost millionaire

        The shiny stained window now cracked at sunset
        they shiny red dawn of the heart soon must fall
        This simply occurred at the seat of the cauldron
        those prominent men hadn't been there at all

        Prominent men tell prominent stories
        prominent men tell prominent lies
        Prominent men kiss the ass of Dame Fortune
        prominent men will tear out your eyes

        Oh, the prominent child of these prominent people
        seeks prominent schools with the finery of age
        With a prominent pink of a tasteless red orchid
        the prominent men casts a prominent heir

        The child of the agent walks barefoot upon grass
        he screams with a power that terror's green eyes
        His knife harshly glistening, stabs noways and always
        but those prominent men in nowhere in sight

        Prominent men tell prominent stories
        prominent men tell prominent lies
        Prominent men kiss the ass of Dame Fortune
        prominent men will tear out your eyes



* 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   {G}{G}{C}{C}
        {D}{D}{G}{G}

        {G/D}{Em}{Am/C}{G/      (Through all of the highways ...)
        {D}{D}                  (- sin)
        {G/D}{Em}{Am/C}{G/      (Through all that's been heard ...)
        {D}{D}                  (- men)

        {G/D}{Em}{Am/C}{G/      (Prominent men tell prominent ...)
        {D}{D}                  (- lies)
        {G/D}{Em}{Am/C}{G/      (Prominent men kiss the ass of...)
        {G}                     (- eyes)

harp    {G}{G}{C}{C}
        {D}{D}{G}{G}

        ....

harp    {G}{G}{C}{C}
        {D}{D}{G/C}{G...




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thanks: Bob Johnson (adamweishaupt@hotmail.com)
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Prominent Men off of Peel Slowly and See are actually as follows:


        Through all of the highways and byways I've travelled,
        Through all of the sidestreets and alleys of sin
        Through all that's been heard nothing sinks quite as low
        As the prominent statements of prominent men

        Prominent men tell prominent stories
        Prominent men tell prominent lies
        Prominent men kiss the ass of Dame Fortune
        Prominent men will tear out your eyes

        The streets that have life with the cat's underbelly
        Aligned with their tracks of a thousand good-byes
        A poor woman screams with the heat of disaster
        As the prominent men sit and strengthen their ties

        Oh the prominent girls of the prominent people
        Make prominent dresses and prominent hair
        Oh their prominent wealth and their eyes blazed with shadow
        The prominent horrors with the ghost millionaires

        The shiny stained windows now crackle at sunset
        They shiny red dawn of the heart soon must fall
        This (simply occurred at the seat?) of the cauldron
        Those prominent men hadn't been there at all

        Prominent men tell prominent stories
        Prominent men tell prominent lies
        Prominent men kiss the ass of Dame Fortune
        Prominent men will tear out your eyes

        Oh the prominent child of these prominent people
        Seeks prominent schools with the finery of age
        With a prominent pink of a tasteless red orchid
        The prominent men cast a prominent heir

        The child of the agent walks barefoot upon grass
        He screams with a power of terror's green eye
        His knife harshly glistening
        Stabs noways and always
        But those prominent men in nowhere in sight

        Prominent men tell prominent stories
        Prominent men tell prominent lies
        Prominent men kiss the ass of Dame Fortune
        Prominent men will tear out your eyes


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