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"Who Am I? (Tripitena's Song)"
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album _The Raven_
(Lou Reed, 2003)

written by Lou Reed

produced by Ric Wake
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        Sometimes I wonder who am I
        the world seeming to pass me by
        A younger man now getting old
        I have to wonder what the rest of life will hold

        I hold a mirror to my face
        there are some lines that I could trace
        To memories of loving you
        the passion that breaks reason in two

        I have to think and stop me now
        if reminisces make you frown
        One thinks of what one hoped to be
        and then faces reality

        Sometimes I wonder who am I
        who made the trees, who made the sky
        Who made the storms, who made heartbreak
        I wonder how much life I can take

        I know I like to dream a lot
        and think of other worlds that are not
        I hate that I need air to breathe
        I'd like to leave this body and be free

        I'd like to float like a mystic child
        I'd like to kiss an angel on the brow
        I'd love to solve the mysteries of life
        by cutting someone's throat or removing their heart

        You'd like to see it beat
        you'd like to hold your eyes
        And though you know I'm dead
        you'd like to hold my thighs

        If it's wrong to think on this
        to hold the dead past in your fist
        Why were we given memories
        let us lose our minds and be set free

        Some-, sometimes I, I wonder who am I
        the world seeming to pass me by
        A younger man now getting old
        I have to wonder what the rest of life will hold

        I wonder
        I wonder -

        - Ooohhh, who started all this
        was God in love and gave a kiss
        To someone who later betrayed
        and Godless love sent us away

        To someone who later betrayed
        and Godless love sent us away




intro   {G}{A}{F#m}{G}

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (Sometimes I wonder who am I ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- man now getting old ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- mirror to my face ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- memories of loving you ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- think and stop me now ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- what one hoped to be ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- wonder who am I ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- storms, who made heartbreak ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (I know I like to dream a lot ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (I hate that I need air to breathe ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- float like a mystic child ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (I'd love to solve the mysteries of ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (You'd like to see it beat ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (And though you know I'm dead ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (If it's wrong to think on this ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- were we given memories ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- I wonder who am I ...)
break   {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (A younger man now getting old ...)
break   {G}                (I wonder -)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- Ooohhh, who started all this ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (To someone who later betrayed ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G...   (To someone who later betrayed ...)








================================
"Who Am I? (Tripitena's Song)"
(alternate version)
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album _NYC Man_
(Lou Reed, 2003)

produced by Lou Reed/Hal Willner
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        Sometimes I wonder who am I
        the world seeming to pass me by
        A younger man now getting old
        I have to wonder what the rest of life will hold

        I hold a mirror to my face
        there are some lines that I could trace
        To memories of loving you
        a passion that breaks reason in two

        I, I, I have to think and, I have to think and stop me now
        if reminisces make you frown
        One thinks of what one hoped to be
        and then faces reality

        I wonder who started all this
        was God in love and gave a kiss
        To someone who later betrayed
        and Godless love sent us away

        Sometimes I wonder who am I
        who made the trees, who made the sky
        Who made the storms, who made heartbreak
        I wonder how much life I can take

        I see at last a future self
        were you alive I'd ask your help
        But thinking puts me in a daze
        and thinking never helped me anyway

        You always were so negative
        you never saw the positive
        You always stand upon the edge
        and dream of what it must be to be dead

        I know I like to dream a lot
        and think of other worlds that are not
        I hate that I need air to breathe
        I'd like to leave this body and be free

        You'd like to float like a mystic child
        you'd like to kiss an angel on the brow
        You'd love to solve the mystery of life
        by cutting someone's throat or removing their heart

        You'd like to see it beat
        you'd like to hold your eyes
        And though you know I'm dead
        you'd like to hold my thighs

        If it's wrong to think on this
        to hold the dead past, to hold the dead past in your fist
        Why were we, why were we given memories
        let us lose our minds, be set free

        Sometimes I wonder who am I
        the world seeming to pass me by
        A younger man now getting old
        I have to wonder what the rest of life will hold

        I wonder
        I wonder -

        - Who started all this, ooohhh
        was God in love and, was God in love and gave a kiss
        To someone who later betrayed
        and Godless love sent us away

        To someone who later betrayed
        Godless love sent us away
        To someone who later betrayed
        Godless love sent us away




intro   {G}{A}{F#m}{G}
break   {G}{A}{F#m}{G...   (Sometimes I -)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- wonder who am I ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- man now getting old ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- mirror to my face ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (-ries of loving you ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- I have to think and, I have to ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- of what one hoped to be ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- who started all this ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- someone who later betrayed ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (Sometimes I wonder who am I ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (Who made the storms, who made ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (I see at last a future self ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- thinking puts me in a daze ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- were so negative ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- stand upon the edge ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (I know I like to dream a lot ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (I hate that I need air to breathe ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (You'd like to float like a mystic ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- solve the mystery of life ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (You'd like to see it beat ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- eyes, And though you know I'm ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- wrong to think on this ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- fist, Why were we, why were we ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- free, Sometimes I wonder who am I ...)
break   {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- younger man now getting old ...)
break   {G}                (I wonder -)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- Who started all this, ooohhh ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (-one who later betrayed ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (-one who later betrayed ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G...   (-one who later betrayed ...)








=======================================
"Who Am I"
=======================================
unreleased live
(Lou Reed, 2000)

* written for the play _POE-try_ (2000)
(collaboration with Robert Wilson)

Apr 24, 2000
Phillipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
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        Sometimes I wonder who am I
        the world seeming to pass me by
        A younger man now getting old
        I have to wonder what the rest of life will hold

        I hold the mirror to my face
        there are some lines that I could trace
        To memories of loving you
        the passion that breaks reason in two

        I have to think and stop me now
        if reminisces make you frown
        One thinks of what one hoped to be
        and then faces reality

        I wonder who started all this
        was God in love and gave a kiss
        To someone who later betrayed
        and Godless love sent us away

        Sometimes I wonder who am I
        who made the trees, who made the sky
        Who made the storms, who made heartbreak
        I wonder how much life I can take

        I see at last a future self
        were you alive I'd ask your help
        But thinking, but thinking puts me in a daze
        and thinking never helped me anyway

        You always were so negative
        you always stared upon the edge
        --- [bass] ---
        and dream of what it must be to be dead

        I know I like to dream a lot
        and think of other worlds that are not
        I hate that I need air to breathe
        I'd like to leave this body and be free

        I'd like to float like a mystic child
        I'd like to kiss an angel on the brow
        I'd like to solve the mystery of life
        by cutting someone's throat or removing their heart

        You'd like so see it beat
        you'd like to hold your eyes
        And though you know I'm dead
        you'd like to hold my thighs

        If it's wrong to think of this
        to hold the dead past in your fist
        Why were we given the memories
        let us lose our minds and be set free

        Sometimes I wonder who am I
        the world seeming to pass me by
        A younger man now getting old
        I have to wonder what the rest of life will hold

        I wonder
        I wonder -

        - Who started this
        was God in love and gave a kiss
        To someone who later betrayed
        and Godless love sent us away

        To someone who later betrayed
        and Godless love sent us away



intro   {G}{A}{F#m}{G}
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (Sometimes I wonder who am I ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- man now getting old ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- mirror to my face ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (-ries of loving you ...)

drums   {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- think and stop me now ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- what one hoped to be ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- who started all this ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (-one who later betrayed ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- wonder who am I ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- storms, who made heartbreak ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- last a future self ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- thinking, but thinking puts me ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- were so negative ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (--- and dream of what it must be ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- know I like to dream a lot ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (I hate that I need air to breathe...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- float like a mystic child ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (I'd like to solve the mystery of ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (You'd like so see it beat ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (And though you know I'm dead ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- wrong to think of this ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- given the memories ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- wonder who am I ...)
break   {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- man now getting old ...)
break   {G}                (I wonder -)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- Who started this ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (-one who later betrayed ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G...   (-one who later betrayed ...)




* in some verse, add 9th note on G chord

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








========================================
"Who Am I"
========================================
from the play _POEtry_
(Robert Wilson/Lou Reed, 2000)

performed by actors, local musicians (?)

May 09, 2001
Muziek Theater, Amsterdam, Holland
========================================


        Sometimes I wonder who am I
        the world seeming to pass me by
        A younger man now getting old
        I have to wonder what the rest of life will hold

        I hold a mirror to my face
        there are some lines that I could trace
        To memories of loving you
        the passion that breaks reason in two

        I have to think and stop me now
        if reminisces make you frown
        One thinks of what one hoped to be
        and then faces reality

        I wonder who started all this
        was God in love and gave a kiss
        To someone who later betrayed
        and Godless love sent us away

        Sometimes I wonder who am I
        who made the trees, who made the sky
        Who made the storms, who made heartbreak
        I wonder how much life I can take

        I see at last a future self
        were you alive I'd ask your help
        But thinking puts me in a daze
        and thinking never helped me anyway

        You always were so negative
        you never saw the positive
        You always stand upon the edge
        and dream of what it must be to be dead

        I know I like to dream a lot
        and think of other worlds that are not
        I hate that I need air to breathe
        I'd like to leave this body and be free

        You'd like to float like a mystic child
        you'd like to kiss an angel on the brow
        You'd love to solve the mystery of life
        by cutting someone's throat or removing their heart

        You'd like to see it beat
        you'd like to hold your eyes
        And though you know I'm dead
        you'd like to hold my thighs

        If it's wrong to think on this
        to hold the dead past in your fist
        Why were we given memories
        let us lose our minds and be set free

        Sometimes I wonder who am I
        the world seeming to pass me by
        A younger man now getting old
        I have to wonder what the rest of life will hold

        I wonder
        I wonder -

        - Who started all this
        was God in love and gave a kiss
        To someone who later betrayed
        and Godless love sent us away

        To someone who later betrayed
        and Godless love sent us away
        To someone who later betrayed
        and Godless love sent us away




intro   {G...              (Sometimes I -)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- wonder who am I ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- man now getting old ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- mirror to my face ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (-ries of loving you  ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- think and stop me now ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- thinks of what one hoped to be ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- who started all this ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- who later betrayed ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- wonder who am I ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- storms, who made heartbreak ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- last a future self ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (But thinking puts me in a daze ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- were so negative ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- stand upon the edge ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (I know I like to dream a lot ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (I hate that I need air to breathe ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- float like a mystic child ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- solve the mystery of life ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (You'd like to see it beat ...)
break   {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (And though you know I'm dead ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- wrong to think on this ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- given memories ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- wonder who am I ...)
break   {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- man now getting old ...)
break   {G}                (I wonder -)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- Who started all this ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- who later betrayed ...)

        {G}{A}{F#m}{G}     (- who later betrayed ...)
        {G}{A}{F#m}{G...   (- later betrayed ...)




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Who Am I?
(Lou Reed)

Sometimes I wonder who am I
The world seeming to pass me by
A younger man now getting old
I have to wonder what the rest of life will hold
I hold the mirror to my face
There are some lines that I could trace
To memories of loving you
The passion that breaks reason in two
I have to think and stop me now
These reminisces make you frown
One thinks of what one hoped to be
And then faces reality
I wonder who started all this
Was god in love and gave a kiss
To who someone who later betrayed
And godless love sent us away
Sometimes I wonder who am I
Who made the trees who made the sky
Who made the storms who made heartbreak
I wonder how much life I can take
I see at last a future self
With you oh life I ask you help
But thinking but thinking puts me in a day
And thinking never helped me anyway
You always were so negative
You always stared upon the edge
And dreamed of what it must be to be dead
I know I like to dream a lot
And think of other worlds that are not
I hate that I need air to breathe
I'd like to leave this body and be free
I'd like to float like a mystic child
I'd like to kiss an angel on the brow
I'd like to solve the mystery of life
Like cutting someone's ... removing their heart
You like so see it beat
You like to hold your eye
And though you know I'm dead
You like to hold my ...
As if is wrong think of this
To hold the death as in your fist
Why were we given the memories
That all lose are minds and set free
Sometimes I wonder who am I
The world seeming to pass me by
A younger man now getting old
I have to wonder what the rest of life will hold
I wonder
I wonder
I wonder who started this
Was god in love and gave a kiss
To someone who later betrayed
And godless love sent us away
To someone who later betrayed
And godless love sent us away


Throughout: {G} {A} {F#m} {G}


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