Take “A Walk On The Wild Side” With Lou Reed Back In 1973

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Hey Babe, Take A Walk On The Wild Side

Written about well-known crossdresser Holly Woodlawn, Lou Reed’s “Take A Walk On The Wild Side” is about a young homosexual man trying to find himself while experimenting with exciting people like Andy Warhol, Candy Darling and Jackie Curtis on the streets of New York.

“Plucked her eyebrows on the way, shaved her legs and then he was a she. She said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side…”

Lou considered this an intense and revealing song that he could very much relate to having struggled with his sexuality since he was a young child, his words were knowingly true from the story’s spread around town by Holly herself. When Holly heard the song on the radio, she reached out to Lou and questioned how he knew these things about her, his reply was “Holly, you have the biggest mouth in town.”

Interesting Quote: “This an outright gay song, from me to them, but they’re carefully worded so the straights can miss out on the implications and enjoy them without being offended. I suppose though the album is going to offend some people.” – Lou Reed

Draped in intense makeup, this video reveals a rare, remastered high quality Lou Reed ” Walk On The Wild Side” original video and it’s more than a treat.

+ Walk On The Wild Side Lyrics +

Holly came from Miami F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side,
Said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side.

Candy came from out on the island,
In the backroom she was everybody’s darling,
But she never lost her head
Even when she was giving head
She sayes, hey baby, take a walk on the wild side
Said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
And the colored girls go,

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

Little Joe never once gave it away
Everybody had to pay and pay
A hustle here and a hustle there
New York City is the place where they said:
Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
I said hey Joe, take a walk on the wild side

Sugar Plum Fairy came and hit the streets
Lookin’ for soul food and a place to eat
Went to the Apollo
You should have seen him go, go, go
They said, hey Sugar, take a walk on the wild side
I said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side, alright, huh

Jackie is just speeding away
Thought she was James Dean for a day
Then I guess she had to crash
Valium would have helped that bash
She said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
I said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side
And the colored girls say

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

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