Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side




"Walk on the Wild Side" is a song by Lou Reed from his second solo album, Transformer (1972). It was produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson and released as a double A-side with "Perfect Day". Known as a counterculture anthem, the song received wide radio coverage and became Reed's biggest hit and signature song while touching on topics considered taboo at the time, such as transgender people, drugs, male prostitution, and oral sex.


The song's lyrics, describing a series of individuals and their journeys to New York City, refer to several of the regular "superstars" at Andy Warhol's New York studio, the Factory; the song mentions Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, Joe Dallesandro, Jackie Curtis and Joe Campbell (referred to in the song by the nickname "Sugar Plum Fairy").


In 2013, The New York Times described "Walk on the Wild Side" as a "ballad of misfits and oddballs" that "became an unlikely cultural anthem, a siren song luring generations of people...to a New York so long forgotten as to seem imaginary". In 2010, Rolling Stone ranked "Walk on the Wild Side" at number 223 in its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.







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 says, "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 back room she was everybody's darling

But she never lost her head

Even when she was giving head

She says, "Hey, babe,

Take a walk on the wild side."

Said, "Hey, babe,

Take a walk on the wild side."

And the colored girls go

"Doo do doo do doo do do doo..."


Little Joe never once gave it away

Everybody had to pay and pay

A hustle here and a hustle there

New York City's 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

Looking for soul food and a place to eat

Went to the Apollo

You should've seen them 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."

All right, 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

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 do doo do doo do do doo..."