Lou Reed: Street Hassle | Song-Factsheet


Song «Street Hassle» von Lou Reed.


Veröffentlichungsdaten: 1978 02 (LP), 1978 07 (12 Inch Single)
Label: Arista AB 4169, Arista ARIST 12 198
Songwriter Lou Reed
Produktion: Lou Reed & Richard Robinson
Genre: Rock - Artrock - Singer-Songwriter


Ein typischer Lou Reed Song, was die Lyrics angeht: Jemand stirbt auf der Strasse an einer Überdosis Heroin. Der Begleiter und Erzähler kann nichts dagegen tun und fühlt sich machtlos. Die Musik ist an die Minimalmusic der Zeit angelehnt.
Der elfminütige Song besteht aus drei Teilen: a) Waltzing Matilda, b) Street Hassle und c) Slipaway. Bruce Springsteen spricht eine abgewandelte Zeile aus Born To Run: «There're tramps like us who were born to pay,».
Der Song wurde 1984 in einer kurzen Version von den Simple Minds auf Sparkle In The Rain gecovert.
Dies ist das erste Pop-/Rock-Album, das mit der Binaural Technologie, das heisst mit einem Kunstkopf aufgenommen wurde. Es klingt daher im Kopfhörer besser als über Lautsprecher.

Personen und Querverweise

Lou Reed
Lou Reed
Lou Reed
Richard Robinson


Waltzing Matilda whipped out her wallet Sexy boys smiled in dismay She took out four twenties, 'cause she liked brown figures Everybody screamed for a day Oh, babe, I'm on fire and, you know that I admire your body Why don't we slip away - hey Although I'm sure you're certain, it's a rarity me flirtin' She la la la this way - hey Oh sha la la la la - sha la la la - hey Baby, come on, let's slip away Luscious and gorgeous, oh what a hunk of muscle Call out the National Guard She creamed in her jeans as he picked up her knees From off of the formica topped board And cascading slowly, he lifted her wholly and boldly Out of this world And despite people's derision proved to be more than diversion Sha la la la la later on and then sha la la la la la He entered her slowly and showed her where he was coming from And then sha la la la la he made love to her gently It was like she never ever come And then sha la la la la when the sun rose and he made to leave You know sha la la la la, sha la la la la Neither one regretted a thing Hey, that cunt's not breathing I think she had too much of something or other Hey, man, you know what I mean I don't mean to scare you But you're the one who came here And you're the one who's gotta take her when you leave I'm not being smart or trying to be pulling my part And I'm not gonna wear my heart on my sleeve But you know people get emotional And sometimes they just don't act rational They think they're just on TV - sha la la la, man Why don't you just slip her away You know. I'm glad that we met man It was really nice talking And I really wish there was a little more time to speak But you know it could be a hassle Trying to explain myself to a police officer About how it was that your old lady got herself stiffed And it's not like we could help But there's nothing no one could do And if there was, man, you know I would have been the first Only, someone turns that blue Well, it's a universal truth And you just know: That bitch will never fuck again By the way, that's really some bad shit That you came to our place with But you ought be more careful round the little girls It's either the best or it's the worst Since I don't have to choose, I guess I won't And I know, This is no way to treat a guest But why don't you grab your old lady by the feet And just lay her out in the darkest street And by morning, she's just another hit and run You know, some people got no choice And they can never even find a voice To talk with that they can even call their own So the first thing, that they see That allows them the right to be Why, they follow it You know, it's called bad luck Believe me, that's just a lie That's what she tells her friends There's a real song, the real song She won't even admit it to herself Narrow heart, the song let's the people know It's a painful song It'll only say the truth It lasts for sad songs Twenty for wish Wish it won't make it so a pretty kiss and a pretty face Can't have it's way There're tramps like us who were born to pay Love has gone away And there's no one here now And there's nothing left to way But, oh, how I miss him, baby Oh, baby, come on and slip away Come on, baby, why don't you slip away Love has gone away Took the rings of my fingers And there's nothing left to say But, oh how, oh how I need you, baby Come on, baby, I need you baby Oh, please don't slip away I need your loving so bad, baby, please don't slip away