=====================
"Street Hassle"
=====================
album _Street Hassle_
(Lou Reed, 1978)

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


        a) Waltzing Matilda

        Waltzing Matilda whipped out her wallet
        the sexy boy smiled in dismay
        She took out four twenties 'cause she liked round figures
        everybody's queen for a day
        Oh babe, I'm on fire and you know I admire your body
        why don't we slip away
        Although I'm sure you're certain it's a rarity me flirtin'
        sha-la-la-la, this way

        Oh, sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la
        hey baby, come on let's slip away

        Luscious and gorgeous, oh what a happy muscle
        call out the National Guard
        She creamed in her jeans as he picked up her means
        from off of the formica topped bar
        And cascading slowly, he lifted her wholly
        and boldly out of this world
        And despite people's derision
        proved to be more than a diversion
        sha-la-la-la, later on

        And then sha-la-la-la-la, he entered her slowly
        and showed her where he was coming from
        And then sha-la-la-la-la, he made love to her gently
        it was like she'd never ever come
        And then sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la
        when the sun rose and he made to leave
        You know, sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la
        neither one regretted a thing


        b) Street Hassle

        Hey, that cunt's not breathing
        I think she's had too much
        of something or other, hey man, you know what I mean
        I don't mean to scare you
        but you're the one who came here
        and you're the one who's gotta take her when you leave
        I'm not being smart
        or trying to be cold on my part
        and I'm not gonna wear my heart on my sleeve
        But you know people get all emotional
        and sometimes, man, they just don't act rational
        then you know they think they're just on TV

        Sha-la-la-la-la, man
        why don't you just slip away

        You know I'm glad that we met, man
        it really was nice talking
        and I really wish that there was a little more time to speak
        But you know it could be a hassle
        trying to explain myself to a police officer
        about how it was your old lady got herself stiffed
        And it's not like we could help her
        there was nothing no one could do
        and if there was, man, you know I would have been the first
        But when someone turns that blue
        it is a universal truth
        then you just know that bitch will never fuck again
        By the way, that's really some bad shit
        that you came to our place with
        but you ought to be more careful around the little girls
        It's either the best or it's the worst
        and since I don't have to choose I guess I won't
        and I know this ain't no way to treat a guest
        But why don't you grab your old lady by the feet
        and just lay her out on the darkened street
        and by morning, she's just another hit and run
        You know some people got no choice
        and they can't never find a voice
        to talk with that they can even call their own
        So the first thing that they see
        that allows them the right to be
        why they follow it, you know it's called bad luck


        c) Slipaway

        Wait, man, that's just a lie
        it's a lie she tells her friends
        there's a real song, a real song
        that she wouldn't even admit to herself
        Bleeding in her heart, it's a song lots of people moan
        it's a painful song
        with a lot of sad truths
        and life's full of sad songs
        a penny for a wish
        and wishing won't make it so Joe
        Where pretty kiss, where a pretty face
        can't have its way
        Though tramps like us who were born to play

        Love has gone away
        and there's no one here now
        And there's nothing left to say
        but oh how I miss him, baby
        Ah baby, come on and slip away
        come on baby, why don't you slip away

        Love has gone away
        took the rings off my fingers
        And there's nothing left to say
        but oh how, oh how I need it, baby
        Come on baby, I need you baby
        oh please don't slip away
        I need your loving so bad, babe
        please don't slip away




intro   {E}{E}{A}{A}
        {E}{E}{A}{A}
        {E}{E}{A}{A}
        {E}{E}{F#m}{A}

        {E}{E}{A}{A}
        {E}{E}{A}{A}
guitar  {E}{E}{F#m}{A}
        {E}{E}{F#m}{A}

        {E}{E}{F#m}{A}
        {E}{E}{F#m}{A}
        {E}{E}{A}{A}
        {E}{E}{F#m}{A}
        {E}{E/A}

        {E}{E}{A}{A}     (Waltzing Matilda whipped out her ...)
        {E}{E}{A}{A}     (- took out four twenties 'cause ...)
        {E}{E}{A}{A}     (- babe, I'm on fire and you know I ...)
        {E}{E}{A}{A}     (Although I'm sure you're certain ...)

        {E}{E}{A}{A}     (- sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la ...)
        {E}{E}{F#m}{A}   (- away)

        ....




* riff

      {E}              {E}
 1e -----------------------------------
 2B -----------------------------------
 3G --1-1--1-1h4--1----1-1--1-1h4--1---
 4D --2-2--2-2----2----2-2--2-2----2---
 5A -----------------------------------
 6E -----------------------------------

  {F#m}            {A}
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-------------------2-2--2-2h4--2--
--4-4--4-4h7--4----2-2--2-2----2--
--4-4--4-4----4-------------------
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* guitar solo: scale
(between "b) Street Hassle" part and "c) Slipaway" part)

         4   5   6   7   8   9
1e ... --|---|---|---|---|---|- ...
2B ... --|---|---|---|---|---|- ...
3G ... --|---|---|---|---|---|- ...
4D ... --|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|- ...
5A ... --|-o-|---|-o-|---|---|- ...
6E ... --|---|---|---|---|---|- ...



*** please note ***

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







=========================
"Street Hassle"
=========================
album _Take No Prisoners_
(Lou Reed, 1978)

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




* lyrics: see the posted transcriptions/corrections below.




* chords: same as _Street Hassle_ version








========================
"Street Hassle"
========================
album _Animal Serenade_
(Lou Reed, 2004)

Jun 24, 2003
The Wiltern, Los Angeles
========================


        So I wanna tell you a little bit
        about this song called Street Hassle
        I wanted to write a song that had
        a great model act set to rock
        something that could've been written by
        William Burroughs, Hubert Selby, John Reechy
        Tennesse Williams, Nelson Algren
        maybe a little Raymond Chandler
        you mix it all up and you have Street Hassle

        Waltzing Matilda whipped out her wallet
        the sexy boy smiled in dismay
        Took out four twenties 'cause she liked round figures
        everybody's queen for a day
        Oh baby, I'm on fire
        don't you know I admire your body
        why don't we slip away
        Although I'm sure you're certain
        it's a rarity me flirtin'
        sha-la-la-la, that way

        Sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la
        hey babe, why don't we slip away

        Luscious and lovely, oh what a hunk of muscle
        why don't you call out the National Guard
        She creamed in her jeans as he picked up her means
        from off of the formica topped bar
        And cascading slowly, he lifted her wholly
        and boldly out of this world
        Despite people's derision
        he proved to be more than a diversion
        and then sha-la-la-la-la, later on

        Said, sha-la-la-la-la, he entered her slowly
        and he showed her where he was coming from
        And then sha-la-la-la-la, he made love to her gently
        it was like she'd never ever come
        Then sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la
        when the sun rose and he made to leave
        Sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la
        neither one regretted a thing


        That cunt's not breathing, baby
        I think she's had too much
        something or other, you know what I mean
        I don't mean to scare you
        but you're the one who came here
        but who's gotta get her out here when you leave
        I'm not being smart
        or trying to be cold on my part
        and I'm not gonna wear my heart on my sleeve
        But you know people get all emotional
        and they just don't act rational
        they think they're on TV

        Sha-la-la-la-la, Sha-la-la-la-la
        hey hey, why don't we slip away

        You know I'm really glad that we met, man
        I'm really glad that we've got talking
        really wish that there was a little more time
        that we could speak
        But it could turn into some kind of hassle
        you got to explain to a cop
        how it was your old lady got stiffed
        And it's not like there was something someone could do
        somebody could help her and if there was, baby
        I would have been the first
        But you know it's a universal truth
        somebody turns that blue
        you know that bitch will never fuck again
        So grab your old lady by the feet
        to take her out to the darkened street
        tomorrow morning, she's just another hit and run
        Hit and run, hit and run
        hit and run

        Some people are got no choice
        they can't even find a voice
        to talk with they can call their own
        So the first thing that they see
        takes them the right to be
        what they go ahead and follow it
        you know what that's called bad luck

        Sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la
        sha-la-la-la-la-la
        Sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la
        sha-la-la-la-la-la
        Sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la
        sha-la-la-la-la-la
        Sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la
        sha-la-la-la-la-la

        Sha-la-la-la-la




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

        {E}{E}{A}{A}   (Waltzing Matilda whipped out her wallet ...)
        {E}{E}{A}{A}   (Took out four twenties 'cause she ...)
        {E}{E}{A}{A}   (Oh baby, I'm on fire ...)
        {E}{E}{A}{A}   (Although I'm sure you're certain ...)

        {E}{E}{A}{A}   (Sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la ...)

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

        ....




* riff

     {E}                {E}
 1e ---------------------------------------
 2B ---------------------------------------
 3G ----1------4---1-------1------4---1----
 4D ----2------2---2-------2------2---2----
 5A ---------------------------------------
 6E --0-----0----0-------0-----0----0------

 {A}                {A}
---------------------------------------
---------------------------------------
----2------4---2-------2------4---2----
----2------2---2-------2------2---2----
---------------------------------------
--0-----0----0-------0-----0----0------



*** 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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I'm sending you revised lyrics.


'Street Hassle'

a. Waltzing Matilda

Waltzing Matilda whipped out her wallet
sexy boys smiled in dismay
She took out four twenties 'cause she liked round figures
everybody's a queen for a day
.........
She creamed in her jeans as he picked up her means
.........

b. Street Hassle

Hey, that cunt's not breathing, I think she's had too much
..........
I'm not being smart or trying to be cold on my part
..........
But you know people get all emotional
and sometimes, man they just don't act rational
..........


c. Slip Away

Believe me, that's just a lie
that's what she tells her friends
there's a real song, the real song
she won't even admit it to herself
Narrow heart, the song let's the people know
it's a painful song
It'll only say the truth
it lasts for sad songs
twenty for wish
wish it won't make it so
A pretty kiss and a pretty face
can't have it's way
There're tramps like us who were born to pay

Love has gone away
and there's no one here now
And there's nothing left to say
but, oh, how I miss him, baby
Oh, baby, come on and slip away
come on, baby
why don't you slip away

Love has gone away
took the rings of my fingers
And there's nothing left to say
but, oh how, oh how I need you, baby
Come on, baby, I need you baby
oh, please don't slip away
I need your loving so bad, babe
please don't slip away


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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 know some guys say Lou Reed's mellow and he's older.
 ...he talks ... we'll ... later if you feel better.
[feedback]
Isn't that annoying
[feedback]
monitor monitor you're paying attention?
Alan Stanley these are your microphones
[feedback]
we get charged for the ... here
[feedback]
that's how Metal Machine was born by the way.
I can drown you out.
Go leave if you don't like it.

One two, one two three four


"Street Hassle"


a. Waltzing Matilda


Waltzing Matilda she whipped out her wallet
And the sexy boys smiled in dismay
She whipped out four twenties, 'cause she liked brown figures
Don't you know that everybody's fucking queer for a day
Babe, don't you know how much I'm on fire
and your body I fucking admire man
Why don't we just fucking go and slip away, hey
I know you're certain, it's a rarity me flirtin'
You know she-la-la-la this way, hey

Oh, sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la
Hey, baby, come on, let's slip away
Let's walk the middle way

Luscious and lovely, hey what a fucking hunk of muscle
Why don't you hey go and call out the National Guard man
Hey she creamed in her jeans as he picked up her knees
From off of the formica topped board
And cascading slowly, man he just he lifted her body wholly
Oh wholly out of this world
And despite people's derision proved to be more than diversion
And then hey
Sha-la-la-la, later on she says

And then sha-la-la-la-la, as he entered her slowly
And showed her where he was coming from
And then sha-la-la-la-la
Hahaha
It was like she never ever come
And then sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la
And later when the sun set and he made her leave
See baby
Hey man neither one fucking regretted a thing

Oh whoa

That was beautiful
That was beautiful

...
Why don't you slip away
Oh baby ooh baby
Slip away


b. Street Hassle


Hey, you know man that chick
that bee you know I think she had too much
Of somebody you know what I mean
Hey I don't mean to scare you,
but you're the one who came here right
So you're the one gotta take her when you leave
Hey look man I'm not trying to be smart be cold...
And I'm not gonna wear my heart on my sleeve
Hey look man people get emotional and don't act rational
They think they're on TV

Hey look it was really nice meeting
It was really nice talking
And I really wish we had a little more we could meet

But you know it could turn into some kind of a hassle
Trying to explain to a fucking police officer
How your old lady got her ass stiffed

Hey look man there's nobody could help
And there's nobody could do a thing
And if there was I would be fucking first man

Look somebody turns that blue
It's fucking universal truth man
That chick ain't gonna fuck again

Hey look man by the way, that's some bad shit
That you came our place with
Maybe you ought to be a little more careful
around these little girls

Hey look man it's either best or it's the fucking worst
I don't gotta choose so I won't
And I know, this is no way to treat a guest
But why don't you grab your old lady by the feet

You go drag her out to the darkest street
Tomorrow morning man she's just another hit and run

Hey look man some people don't have a choice
They don't even have a voice they can talk with
Just call their own

So the first thing they see allows them the right to be
They go ahead and they follow it what else do they want
You know, what it's called
Bad luck


c. Slip Away


Love has gone away
And there's no one here now
And there's nothing left to say
Oh, how I miss him, baby
Oh, baby, come on and slip away
Come on, baby
Why don't you slip away

Love has gone away
Took the rings right of my fingers
And there's nothing left to say
But, oh how, oh how I need you, baby
Come on, baby, I need you baby
Oh, please don't slip away
I need your loving so bad, babe
Please don't slip away

Slip away


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In the transciptions are a few (little) gaps left,
and there may be a few (minor) mistakes in them.

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"Street Hassle"
(_Take No Prisoners_)


Waltzing Matilda, she whipped out her wallet
and the sexy boy smiled in dismay
She went down for twenties 'cause she liked round figures,
don't you know, that everybody's a fuckin' queen for a day, baby
Don't you know, how much, I'm on fire and your body
I fuckin' admire, man, why don't we just fuck and then slip away
Hey, I know you're certain, it's a rarity me flirtin', you know
sha-la-la-la, this way

Oh, baby
hey, come on, baby, let's walk and slip away
slip away, I wanna slip away   

A luscious and lovely, hey, what a fuckin' hunky muscle
Why don't you go ahead and call out that national guard
Hey, she creamed in her jeans as he picked up her means
from off that formica topped board, ooh, and -
Cascading slowly, man, they just lifted her boldly and wholly
oooh, and wholly out of this world
And despite people's derision
you proved to be more than diversion
and then, hey, sha-la-la-la, later on, she says 

Sha-la-la-la-la-la, baby, as he entered her slowly
and showed her where he was coming from
Sha-la-la, sha-la, sha-la-la-la-la, ah
it was like she'd never ever come
hey later when the sun set and he made her leave
See you, baby
hey, man, neither one fuckin' regretted a thing


(ooooooo,oooooo,ooooooo,oooooo,oooooo)

That was beautiful, that was beautiful
Oh, that makes me feel good, I feel like singing, ah
Hey, slip away, hey, baby, slip away
Why don't you slip, ah, why don't you slip away
Ooohhh-baby, ooohhh-baby, ooohhh-baby, ooohhh-ooohhh-ooohhh

(slip away, oooo, ooooooo, ooooooo)

Uh, uh, that's right, damned, close but not true, oh
Hey, you know, man that chick, not breathing, man
You know I think she's had too much of something out,
do you know what I mean 
Hey, I don't mean to scare you
but you're the one who came here, right
So, eh, you're the one who's gotta take her when you leave
Hey look man, I'm not trying to act smart, be cold on my part
and I'm not gonna wear my heart on my sleeve, you know
Hey, look man, people get emotional
and they don't act rational,
they think they're on TV

Ah, huh
Hey, look

It was really nice meeting man, it was really nice talking and
I really wish we had a little more time we could meet
Don't get me wrong
But you know it could turn in to some kind of hassle
trying to explain to a fuckin' police officer
how your old lady got her ass stiffed
Hey, look man, just nobody could help and nothing
nobody could do, if there was I'd be the fucking first, man
Look, somebody turns that blue
it's a fuckin' universal truth, man
The chick ain't gonna fuck again
Hey, look man, by the way, that's a bad shit
you came to our place with
maybe you ought to be little more careful around those little girls
Hey, look man, it's either the best or it's the fucking worst
I don't got to choose, so I won't
and I know this ain't no way to treat a guest
why don't you just grab your old lady by the feet
You go drag her out to the darkened street
and tomorrow morning, man, she's just another hit and run
Hey, look man, some people don't have a choice,
they don't even have a voice they can talk with,
just call their own, so the first thing they see,
allows them the right to be,
they go ahead and follow it, what else do you want
you know what it's called: bad luck

Love is gone away,
there's no one here now
There's nothing left to say,
oh, how I need your love, baby
Need your love, babe
Slip away

Love is gone away,
took the rings right off my fingers
And nothing left to say
oh baby, how I need your love, babe
Baby, your, slip away
(Slip away, slip away, slip away, slip away)
(Slip away, slip away, slip away, slip away)
(Slip away, slip away, slip away, slip away)
(Slip away, slip away, slip away, slip away)
(Slip away, slip away, slip away, slip away)
Slip away (Slip away, slip away, slip away, slip away)
Slip away (Slip away, slip away, slip away, slip away)
(Slip away, slip away, slip away, slip away)
why don't you slip away
(Slip away, slip away, slip away, slip away)


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_Animal Serenade_ talking part:

so i wanna tell you a little bit
about this song called street hassle.
i wanted to write a song that had a great model act set to rock.
something that could've been written by
william burroughs, hubert selby, john reechy,
tennesse williams, nelson grant?
maybe a little raymond chandler,
you mix it all up and you have street hassle.


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_Animal Serenade_ talking part:

Nelson ......


Nelson Algren

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Algren


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

Street hassle
====



I know some guys say Lou Reed's mellow and he's older.
 ...he talks ... we'll ... later if you feel better.
[feedback]
Isn't that annoying
[feedback]
monitor monitor you're paying attention?
Alan Stanley these are your microphones
[feedback]
we get charged for the TOWELS... here
[feedback]
that's how Metal Machine was born by the way.
I can drown you out.
Go leave if you don't like it.

One two, one two three four


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http://ww21.tiki.ne.jp/~wildside/
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