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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
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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
full lyrics

Features of This Track

mellow rock instrumentation
great lyrics
repetitive melodic phrasing
extensive vamping
demanding instrumental part writing
string section beds
major key tonality
a distinctive male lead vocal
a prominent role for the bass guitar
a partially spoken vocal delivery
a prominent saxophone part
vocal harmonies
emphasis on instrumental arranging

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Comments

For example you should NEVER shave your legs in the car
When you dissect this classic song you find some really deep meanings. I love Lou Reed.
Hey sugar take a walk on the wild side, Hey babe take a walk on the wild side
Song is a nod to Andy Warhol's factory people, mostly transvestite s :
Holly = Holly Woodlawn
Candy = Candy Darling
Little joe = Joe Dallesandro
Sugar plum fairy = ? At least two possibilitie s , one being a drug dealer
Jackie = Jackie Curtis
This song make me think about the movie"guess who" when bernie mac and ashton kutcher was in the car lol
ramanathan.r a g h u
One of the best songwriters ever RIP
kryall99
So sad to hear of his passing.
tomwray1
Awesome song! Grew up on it & it still makes me think & move. Love those colored girls!!!!!! Randy Wray
birddog055
colored girl says, this song sucks! no lol
mbowley75
No, that line isn't as innocent as a lot of you make it out to be. Who knows what the intent was, but it was a very antiquated adjective in the early 1970s (I believe) & hardly inoffensive. Lou was nothing if not confrontatio n a l however & pleasing the majority of people never seemed to be his primary objective.
This is better than any rap song lol
Is this a rap song?
She never lost her head, even when she was giving head!
WOW!!!! How wild!!!
This song blew my mind the first time I heard it.
Remember my parents listening to this.....Gre a t song.
do do do do do do do do do do
colored girls is respectful! was, in those days
One of the best songs in the entire history of the universe. Minimalist, urban folk rock. Say wha?
Why does the part about the colored girls tick you off? I don't find it racist or anything. He just points out a trend in songs of the time.
Here's a little trivia - the album 'Transformer ' that this song was originally released on was produced by David Bowie.
This song is SO funny. I can't listen to it without laughing- it just has that effect on me. I don't laugh when he says, "and the colored girls go"...That's the part that ticks me off! The rest of the song is good though!

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