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"Talking Book"
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album _Perfect Night Live In London_
(Lou Reed, 1998)

written by Lou Reed

* written for the play _Time Rocker_ (1996)

Jul 03, 1997
Royal Festival Hall, London
(Meltdown Festival)
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        I wish I had a talking book
        that told me how to act and look
        A talking book that contained keys
        to past and present memories

        A talking book that said your name
        so if you were gone you'd still remain
        More than a picture on a shelf
        in imagination I could touch

        A talking-talking book

        I wish I had a talking book
        filled with buttons you could push
        Containing looks and sights, your touch
        your feel, your breath, your sounds, your sighs

        How much I'd ask to ask it why
        one must live and one must die

        I wish I had a talking book
        by my side so I could look
        And touch and feel and dream a look
        much bigger than a talking book
        A taste of lovings future and past
        is that so much to really ask
        In this one moment's time and space
        can our love really be replaced
        By a talking book

        Can our love really be replaced
        by a talking book
        Can our love really be replaced
        by a talking book
        Can our love ever, forever be replaced
        Can our love, baby, be replaced

        Can our love ever be replaced
        (can our love really be replaced)
        By a talking book



intro   {D/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}
        {G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/Bm}{F#m/D..      (I -)

        {D/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}          (- wish I had a ...)
        {G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/Bm}{F#m/D..      (- talking book ...)

        {D}{G.Em/D}{D/G}{G.Em/D}               (A -)

        {D/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}          (- talking book ...)
        {G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/D}{F#m/G}        (- than a ...)

        {D/Asus4}{D}                           (- talking ...)

        {D/Bm}{G/D}{D/Bm}{G/D}                 (I -)

        {D/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}          (- wish I had a ...)
        {G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/G}{Bm.F#m/G}     (-taining looks ...)

        {G.Em/D}{A/G}{G/D}{A/G..               (- much I'd ask ...)

        {D/Bm}{G/D}{D/Bm}{F#m/G}               (- wish I had a ...)
        {G.Em/D}{Bm.F#m/G}{G.Em/D}{Bm.F#m/G}   (- touch and ...)
        {G.Em/D}{Bm.F#m/G}{G.Em/D}{Bm/G}       (- taste of ...)
        {G.Em/D}{Bm/G}{G.Em/D}{Bm.F#m/G}       (- this one ...)
        {G/A}                                  (By a talking -)

drums   {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- book, Can -)

        {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- our love ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- our love ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- our love ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G..                          (- our love ...)

        {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- our love ...)
        {D}{G}{D...                            (By a talking book)




* chord progression
       ______   ______    ______   ______
      / / / /  / / / /   / / / /  / / / /
     {D       /Bm}      {F#m     /G}
 1e --2--------2---------2--------3--------
 2B --3---3----3---2-----2---2----3--------
 3G --2--------4---------2--------4--------
 4D --0--------4---------4--------5--------
 5A -----------2---------4--------5--------
 6E ---------------------2--------3-----3--

   ______   ______    ______   ______
  / / / /  / / / /   / / / /  / / / /
 {G.  Em  /Bm}      {F#m     /G}
-----------2---------2--------3--------
--3---5----3---3-----2---2----3--------
--0---0----4---------2--------4--------
--0--------4---------4--------5--------
-----------2---------4--------5--------
---------------------2--------3-----3--

   ______   ______    ______   ______
  / / / /  / / / /   / / / /  / / / /
 {G.  Em  /Bm}      {F#m     /G}
-----------2---------2--------3--------
--3---5----3---3-----2---2----3--------
--0---0----4---------2--------4--------
--0--------4---------4--------5--------
-----------2---------4--------5--------
---------------------2--------3-----3--

   ______   ______    ______   ______
  / / / /  / / / /   / / / /  / / / /
 {G.  Em  /Bm}      {F#m     /D..
-----------2---------2---2----2--------
--3---5----3---3-----2---2----3--------
--0---0----4---------2---2----2--------
--0--------4---------4---4----0--------
-----------2---------4---4-------------
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"Talking Book"
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from the play _Time Rocker_
(Robert Wilson/Darryl Pinckney/Lou Reed, 1996)

performed by actors, German musicians

Jun 11, 1996
Thalia Theater, Hamburg, Germany
(pre-premiere)
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        I wish I had a talking book
        taught me how to act and look
        A talking book that contained keys
        to past and present memories

        A talking book that said your name
        so if you were gone you'd still remain
        More than a picture on a shelf
        in imagination I could touch

        A talking-talking book

        I wish I had a talking book
        filled with buttons you could push
        Containing looks and sights, your touch
        your look, your eyes, your scent, your touch
        Your feel, your breath, your sounds, your sighs
        how much I'd live to ask it why
        One must live and one must die

        I wish I had a talking book
        by my side so I could look
        And feel and touch and dream a look
        much bigger than a talking book
        A taste of lovings future and past
        is that so much to really ask
        In this one moment's time and space
        can our love really be replaced
        By a talking book

        Can our love really be replaced
        by a talking book
        Can our love really be replaced
        by a talking book
        Can our love really be replaced
        by a talking book
        Can our love really be replaced
        by a talking book
        Can our love really be replaced
        by a talking book
        Can our love really be replaced
        by a talking book
        Can our love really be replaced
        by a talking book
        Can our love really be replaced
        by a talking book

        Can our love really be replaced
        by a talking book



intro   {D/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}          dialogue in German
        {G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/Bm}{F#m/D..      (I -)

        {D/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}          (- wish I had a ...)
        {G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/Bm}{F#m/D..      (- talking book ...)

        {D}{G.A/D}{D/F#m}{G/D}                 (A -)

        {D/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}          (- talking book ...)
        {G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/D}{F#m/G}        (- than a ...)

        {D/Asus4.A}{D}                         (- talking ...)

        {D/Bm}{G/D}{D/Bm}{Asus4.A/D}           (I -)

        {D/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}          (- wish I had a ...)
        {G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}{G.Em/Bm}{F#m/G}       (-taining looks  ...)
        {G.Em/D}{Bm.F#m/G}{G.Em/D}{A/G}        (Your feel, your ...)
        {G.Em/D}{A/G..                         (One must live ...)

        {D/Bm}{G/D}{D/Bm}{F#m/G}               (- wish I had a ...)
        {G.Em/D}{Bm.F#m/G}{G.Em/D}{Bm.F#m/G}   (- feel and ...)
        {G.Em/D}{Bm.F#m/G}{G.Em/D}{Bm.F#m/G}   (- taste of ...)
        {G.Em/D}{Bm.F#m/G}{G.Em/D}{Bm.F#m/G}   (- this one ...)
        {G/A}                                  (By a talking -)

drums   {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- book, Can -)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- our love ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- our love ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- our love ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- our love ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- our love ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- our love ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- our love ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (- our love ...)
        {D}{G}{D}{G}                           (Can our love ...)
        {D...




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thanks: Jose Alberto (brooklyn@usuarios.retecal.es)
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These are the lyrics for Talking Book.
They're not completed but will be soon!


Talking Book

I wish I had a talking book
That told me how to act and look
A talking book that contains keys
To past and present memories

A t.b that said your name
So if you were gone, you still remain
More than a picture on a shelf
In the imagination I could touch a talking, talking book.

I wish I had a talking book
Filled with buttons you could push
Containing looks and sights
Your touch, your feel, your breath
Your sounds, your sighs
How much I...to ask it why
One must live and one must die
I wish I had a talking book
By my side so I could look
And touch and feel and dream
Ah, look much bigger than a talking book
..........future and past.

Is that so much to really ask?
In this one moment as time and space
How can love really be replaced by a talking book
How can love really be replaced 
How can love really be replaced

How can love ever be replaced by a talking book.


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this is an update for the lyrics.



Talking Book (update)

I wish I had a talking book
That told me how to act and look
A talking book that contains keys
To past and present memories

A talking book that said your name
So if you were gone, you still remain
More than a picture on a shelf
In the imagination I could touch a talking, talking book.

I wish I had a talking book
Filled with buttons you could push
Containing looks and sights
Your touch, your feel, your breath
Your sounds, your sighs
How much I'd...to ask it why
One must live and one must die
I wish I had a talking book
By my side so I could look
And touch and feel and dream
Ah, look much bigger than a talking book
A taste of lovings future and past.

Is that so much to really ask?
In this one moment as time and space
Can our love really be replaced by a talking book 
Can our love ever be replaced 
Can our love ever be replaced
Can our love ever be replaced by a talking book.


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Talking Book


I wish I had a Talking Book
That told me how to act and look
A Talking Book that contained keys 
To past and present memories
A Talking Book that said your name
So if you were gone you'd still remain
More than a picture on a shelf
In imagination I could touch
A Talking Book
I wish I had a Talking Book
Filled with buttons you could push
Containing looks and sights
Your touch
Your look, your eyes, your scent
Your touch
Your feel, your breath
Your sounds, your sighs
How much I'd love to ask it why
One must live and one must die
I wish I had a Talking Book
By my side so I could look
And touch and feel and dream a look
Much bigger than a Talking Book
A taste of lovings future and past
Is that so much to really ask
In this, one moment's time in space
Can our love really be replaced
By a Talking Book?


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