Lou Reed - My Old Man Lyrics




When I was a young boy in Brooklyn
going to public school
During recess in the concrete playground
they lined us up by twos
In alphabetical order, Reagan, Reed and Russo
I still remember the names
And stickball and stoopball were the only games
that we played

And I wanted to be like my old man
I, I wanted to grow up just like my old man
I wanted to be like my old man

I wanted to dress like, I wanted to be just like
I wanted to act like my old man
I wanted to be like, I wanted to act like
I wanted to be just like my old man

And then like everyone else I started to grow
And I didn't want to be like my father anymore
I was sick of his bullying
and having to hide under a desk on the floor
And when he beat my mother
it made me so mad I could choke

And I didn't want to be like my old man
I, I didn't even want to look like my old man
I didn't even want to seem like my old man

A son watches his father, being cruel to his mother
and makes a vow to return only when
He is so much richer, in every way so much bigger that -
- the old man will never hit anyone again

Like my old man (just like my old man)
like my old man
Like my old man (just like my old man)
like my old man
and can you believe what he said to me
he said, "Lou, act like a man" (walk like a man)
Why don't you act just like a man
act like your daddy, act like a man (just like my old man)
Oh, why don't you act just like a man
like your old man (walk like a man)
(Just like my old man)
(Just like my old man)





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  1. Leandra Jones

    FOR me this album is only a half step behind transformer.......................

  2. Michael Sokolowski

    Great album. My favorite band that Lou Reed compiled. Great players

  3. William Robinson

    I love this song, and identify with the sentiment.

  4. brian beveridge

    i like the bit where it goes ,'ding , da da ding da da ding !

  5. Matthew Bond

    Hard to believe LR's dead.  

  6. R. ROOKSBY

    Nobody ever talks about this album - lyrically, it's one of his best.

    ConnieLynchitz

    His first true collaboration on a complete album. His last great album of the 70's.
    His best from the Arista years. 
    My secret Lou Reed album. Now I guess people may grow to like it?

    bodeswell35

    Yeah, it's really on awesome album. It's really moves. Oddly, to me at least, it has a lot in common in its musical structure to this album, although I'm sure it's just happenstance :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UL7M9jUXZI&list=PLCB0FD2C6CD0F15F7

  7. pabloberry paolo

    better be like an ant than like my"old man".....

  8. bensimps123

    i've never wanted to be like my old man

    szs voc

    im complete opposite to to your experience