Lou Reed - Waves Of Fear Lyrics




Waves of fear, attack in the night
waves of revulsion, sickening sights
My heart's nearly bursting, my chest's choking tight

Waves of fear, waves of fear

Waves of fear, squat on the floor
looking for some pill, the liquor is gone
Blood drips from my nose, I can barely breathe
waves of fear, I'm too scared to leave

Waves of fear, waves of fear
waves of fear, waves of fear

I'm too afraid to use the phone
I'm too afraid to put the light on
I'm so afraid I've lost control
I'm suffocating without a word

Crazy with sweat, spittle on my jaw
what's that funny noise, what's that on the floor
Waves of fear, pulsing with death
I curse my tremors, I jump at my own step
I cringe at my terror, I hate my own smell
I know where I must be, I must be in hell

Waves of fear, waves of fear
waves of fear, waves of fear





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  1. Flaviano Mariano

    Scusate il disguido ma volevo solo tornare sul mio pianeta.

  2. Mark Konzerowsky

    If you look at "White Light/White Heat" and this song as bookends of a long and harrowing addiction, it all starts to make sense.

  3. Ernő Csernik

    Waves of fear, attack in the night
    waves of revulsion, sickening sights
    My heart's nearly bursting, my chest's choking tight

    Waves of fear, waves of fear

    Waves of fear, squat on the floor
    looking for some pill, the liquor is gone
    Blood drips from my nose, I can barely breathe
    waves of fear, I'm too scared to leave

    Waves of fear, waves of fear
    waves of fear, waves of fear

    I'm too afraid to use the phone
    I'm too afraid to put the light on
    I'm so afraid I've lost control
    I'm suffocating without a word

    Crazy with sweat, spittle on my jaw
    what's that funny noise, what's that on the floor
    Waves of fear, pulsing with death
    I curse my tremors, I jump at my own step
    I cringe at my terror, I hate my own smell
    I know where I must be, I must be in hell

    Waves of fear, waves of fear
    waves of fear, waves of fear

  4. Dexoine

    The most beautiful way to describe a horrible Panic Attack.

  5. Malaika

    my absolute favourite by lou reed !!! thank you. this brilliant description of paranoia. you cannot explain it better with words what depression and panic means. tearing you in pieces. never tried this song during a panic attack, but ill try it out. it tells me i am not alone and not crazy.

  6. viajesbertasio

    Cocaine comedown

  7. Sebastian Caterva

    Rip Lou

  8. Lady GoDiva

    fcking drunk its my birthday!!!!!

  9. Lady GoDiva

    Happy New Year!! Waves of fear!!

  10. szs voc

    ladies and gentleman mr chris eliot imeanrobert quien

  11. Sebastian Caterva

    Genio irremplazableeee!! Eterno Lou!!!

  12. normgr00

    Sadly it becomes more socialy relevant day by day.

  13. Keiley Mynk

    My Mother use tor play just "Like" that (solo)

  14. zax the reds

    Ill Kick One of these Nites

  15. Apollo Belvidere

    Sounds like he wrote this after the 8 ball was done at 4 AM

  16. michael france

    sounds like me going to the doctor!

  17. Spyridon Kaprinis

    Doane Perry is a great drummer !

  18. Fritz Idler

    I got over my waves of fear, and still love this song.

  19. Ignasi L. M.

    Posiblemente el mejor tema de la colaboración Reed-Quine y una obra maestra. RIP Lou Reed y Robert Quine.

  20. Brian Davitt

    the guitar sounds like what i experience in my head daily

  21. Emmett Sherlock Music

    You should have more subscribers lol thanks man

  22. John Rapp

    Quine must have been listening to Sonny Sharrock. BRAVO!

  23. Pedro Sanchez

    Waves of fear, attack in the night
    Waves if revulsion, sickening sights
    My heart's nearly bursting, my chest's choking tight
    Waves of fear, waves of fear
    Waves of fear, squat on the floor
    Looking for some pill, the liquor is gone
    Blood trips from my nose, I can barely breathe
    Waves of fear, I'm too scared to leave
    Waves of fear, waves of fear
    Waves of fear, waves of fear
    I'm too afraid to use the phone
    I'm too afraid to put the light on
    I'm so afraid I've lost control
    I'm suffocating without a word
    Crazy with sweat, spittle on my jaw
    What's that funny noise, what's that on the floor
    Waves of fear, pulsing with death
    I curse my tremors, I jump at my own step
    I cringe at my terror, I hate my own smell
    I know where I must be, I must be in hell
    Waves of fear, waves of fear
    Waves of fear, waves of fear

  24. Michael surname

    This is the only song that comes close to describing depersonalisation, panic attacks and alcohol withdrawal

  25. zax the reds

    Comin Down.....sux

  26. Rod A

    Great distorted bass

  27. Liverevil

    I know this song is about withdrawal, but I always felt I could relate personally to it with daily panic attacks that often feel like this. Lou Reed is a fuicking master.

  28. enna1913

    Lotta laughs.

  29. J. David

    Most brutal song about withdrawal, hands down.

  30. Nicholas DeRienzo

    Speed binge set to music. I can't hardly listen to it, it's so dead on. The song is describing that point when you feel the speed comedown coming on and you know that there isn't a damn thing you can do about it. No amount of speed will make you feel better, in fact it will just amplify the paranoia. You've been up for days and realize that your body is trashed. All you can do is sweat, shake and hope for sleep. Whenever I want to do any type of amphetamine, I just listen to this song and the urge disappears. Lou Reed knew the ins and outs of the speed freak.

    Nicholas DeRienzo

    Plus- You’re also hungover from all the booze you’ve been using to keep your overstimulated nervous system on an even keel. So, you switch from an alcohol/benzo mix to just a straight up benzo diet and pray that the sleep depravation ghosts only lead you to the outer rings of hell before you pass out or even better, die.

  31. Fred Zeppelin

    This is such an underrated song

  32. Cataclysm

    His voice killed my ears.


    Dis song succ

  33. Travis Rutledge

    Sloppy Jane sent me here.

  34. Evac Electro

    LOVETHIS SONG

  35. Tomislav Grgic

    same like me..I have the same shit thousands time...I m clean now but this is fucking hevy fight...thank you lou...its easier when you know that ,you are not only one who have that problem...R.I.P LEGEND

  36. Die Tratschwelle

    Always simply cool^^

  37. Belle Aimée Hendrix

    happy halloween!

  38. Neale Floyd

    a real man

  39. Donn Patton

    Robert Quine my friends. A terror on the guitar.

    Timothy Hanser

    ABSOLUTELY!! Feel the paranoia!

    szs voc

    sukit injn fgt

    Josef Mária Cajthaml

    Mr. Guitarist ! <3

    graham chapple

    he could sqeeze a guitar strangle a note .Apparently he died shortly after his wife passed away. Very sad. rip

  40. Mozer Von Fersen

    Six hippies doesn t like.

    Park

    Mozer Von Fersen hippies love this

  41. iashera iashera

    best song

  42. Daniel Mullarkey

    KILLER TRACK

  43. 33ra band

    Makes me want to kill myself. :)

    33ra band

    Not quite.

    kummituspoukama?

    what about now?

    33ra band

    Yes I am now dead...Inside.

    kummituspoukama?

    okay, nice

    Nobody Strange

    are you there?

  44. Oana Renault

    Fucking love weaves of fears.just Perfect.Thanx loulou

  45. Jan Green

    Great guitar solo.

    Bruce Solomon

    Robert Quine guitar!

  46. Mar Cello

    magnifico.

  47. Esteban Espejel

    This song rocks in so many levels! Underrated.

  48. Goblintrain

    Been there done that! ;0

  49. O.D. Jones

    Quine is epic on this.

  50. Sandra Pleash

    Keep going Bobby Joe I'm 28 years sober! God bless all Lou Reed fans.

  51. actron

    I guess nobody on here has ever been addicted to speed. And I hope you never are.

    Malaika

    are you kidding ?

    Nicholas DeRienzo

    Yeah, anyone who has experienced the come down from a long speed binge will instantly relate.

    Yusef Malenky

    The panic that Lou Reed sings about here is not limited to amphetamine comedown, although it does capture that as well.

  52. matt mammone

    Felt like this last night and the night before. Then I seized up. I got help now.

    nallly

    +matt mammone   White light is going down to your toes!!

    matt mammone

    I use Dexedrine to focus, but sometimes it really feels like mania.

  53. TonyStraightEdgeVegan

    The most accurate depiction of alcohol withdrawal I've ever heard in a song. It takes me back, 15 yrs sober now through the grace of.......

    BigPapa Paradox

    +Blind Terry Tucci
    I completely agree having dealt with both as well. But mentally a speed comedown way is worse, where alcohol withdraw is by far physically worse and way harder to overcome without using again.

    Ruby Night

    +BigPapa Canaan alcohol withdrawal can kill you

    Blind Terry Tucci

    I can see where you're coming from and how that would be the case for a lot of people. Coming down from speed was a frequent occurrence so I suppose I might have just become used to it.

    nallly

    +StraightEdge Vegan     Yourself!

  54. Casey Jones

    4 in the morning just full of drugs cant leave your buddys house .. mannn love this track

  55. peter hoyt

    put on headphones and crank it up

  56. bshivelyx

    Its about running out of "drugs" as an addict

  57. MOUCHADOR

    I would like to play these solos...

    edward james

    yes me to me to

  58. jk fn

    I always thought this song was more about heroin withdrawal...

  59. SFFO13

    Anyone that's ever been on a week long (or longer) cocaine binge knows EXACTLY what this song is about.  Blood drips from my nose?  Remember..this was written in the 80's when coke was everywhere.  This song describes that feeling PERFECTLY

    billbrovold

    @SFFO13 When you can't even leave the house anymore and you are drinking the last of the old beers and everything has turned to shit. Blood dots on the front of your shirt. Yep. 1982 was a weird year in the Lower East Side.

    SFFO13

    1984 living on the Florida to Chicago pipeline in rural Illinois was pretty brutal too.  BAD old times

    Buford Montgomery

    +SFFO13 yea.... must have been really crazy in middle of nowhere bumblefuck.....

  60. The Grouch

    people say this is a song about addiction, but sounds to me like this is what a paranoid schizophrenic feels like. I know what they feel like. Wawes of fear of everything and everyone, everyone is an evil entity . 

    Loxley Crovant

    I've experienced what Lou Reed is singing about through binge drinking for weeks on end.  Drug or alcohol induced psychosis is nearly identical to psychosis from schizophrenia, the only difference is the cause.

    Domenico

    From what he describes in the song, what he describes is typical of alcohol withdrawal delirium. He may have been withdrawing from other drugs, but unless they also acted on GABA receptors, alcohol withdrawal is the most deadly.

  61. hairymarx

    Personally I'll take Ecstasy and The Blue Mask over Berlin and Transformer any day. 

    R M

    You are right. And Set the Twilight too.

    Ruby Night

    Street hassle ain't bad either. Wait is extremely underrated

    Erik Frost

    Three words: Coney. Island. Baby.

    Charlie Pashayan

    I'll take this song and Metal Machine Music and nothing else since he left VU.

  62. erik sluter

    I miss the guitar solo

    billbrovold

    @erik sluter Farewell, Lou and Robert Quine.

    Malaika

    check your headphone connection. guitar solo is only on left channel :) :) :)

  63. Nacho Herrera

    Perdón Fuel Fandango y perdón al P.P.

  64. xX_RezDog_Xx

    Lou Reed R.I.P :(

  65. Joseph Wichman

    ever listened to a song you wished you wrote? 

    Malaika

    i am not that blessed

    Yusef Malenky

    I'm just happy that someone wrote a song that captures parts of my experience so vividly. But I hear you.

    Peter Fountotos

    ha yeah but not this one!

  66. Jeff Fish

    Having lived in a family blighted by drugs, alcohol and mental health issues I can relate to this song. A very vivid portrayal of the illness that is addiction. A very brave song for Lou to write, very personal. Very accurate. He writes the story with such clarity. A very intelligent man. Despite any disparaging comments regarding his addictions, he was a genius as a writer, composer, poet, but he suffered an illness. Ask an alcoholic in recovery if they ever wanted to be ill, the majority will say 'NO'. The need for substances develops due to underlying causes in most cases, and also genetics. Treatment for addiction is a tough thing to administer and the road to recovery is a never ending journey. One day at a time, or even one hour. So before anyone judges Lou Reed for his falabilities, remember, it could be you or a close friend or family member that can relate to this song. I'd rather speak to Lou than a person who judges people because of their misunderstanding of addiction. A waste of a liver? I think not.

    jk fn

    A few years ago, I was deeply part of the whole drug culture. A lot of my friends were heroin users, though I never went further than psychedelics. Some of them were perfectly functioning and the heroin didn't ruin their lives, but some got fucked over bad. I was there with them through their withdrawal and to me, this song perfectly conveys the sheer dread and terror someone goes through in withdrawal because the only thing that can make them feel better is just another hit and knowing they gotta ride it out feeling sick just makes it exponentially harder. People judge drug users as degenerates and lowlifes and often forget that they are people just like us and everyone else.

    Darryl Nelson

    You instantly become an Animal of the Street if the Straight people hear you play this~

    J DH87

    nice selection of words!

    szs voc

    stfu self centred geek

    Pestilence Wolf

    @Darryl Nelson that's exactly what I was told. I love ya man

  67. lrwiersum

    Almost shot myself in the head,felt just like this.I couldn't get up the nerve to pull the trigger. Jesus himself would not have blamed me.But I am glad I didn't, I got sober,I got better. Not well,but better.I am often happy and it's a good life.

    BigPapa Paradox

    Congrats for sticking it out and getting better

    jk fn

    Good on ya, mate. Withdrawal is a hell of an uphill battle. You must be a very strong person now.

    Jules Gilmour

    Good luck man!

    Guy Pseudonym

    It's been 5 years since you posted this. Here's for the best.

  68. George Elliott

    was Quine channeling...Yoko?

    natetheguitarkid

    You are one funny guy

  69. françois Longuemare

    Quine is a great guitarist! and fernando saunders a beautiful bassist.

  70. The420destry

    To atish raja a big fuck you

  71. Indi

    best guitar solo ever

    Bruce Solomon

    Robert Quine!
    Guitar

  72. itgetseasierlessitry

    In my youth Lou was that special friend who lived in a dark place, and once in a while we would meet up and chat about the other "Side" he knew all about. And "it was very nice".

  73. itgetseasierlessitry

    In my youth Lou was that special friend who lived in a dark place, and we would meet up once in a while and chat about stuff that he knew all about. And "it was very nice".

  74. knut gerald engler

    ich find es ist eine der besten lps von lou. blue mask u. vor allem waves of fear sind einfach einzigartig

  75. Atish Raja

    lou reed the original emo

  76. James Lee

    Dude! Seriously???

  77. bowieisking

    I miss you so much Lou! You have been one of my heroes since I was a kid. Rest in peace Lou.

  78. Michael Colello

    Godspeed, Rock n' Roll Animal. Your music has been a friend and and companion to me for decades. Thank you.

  79. Music Is The Dope

    Sunday Oct. 27, 2013 - Fuckin Sad Day !

    Crazy with sweat, spittle on my jaw
    what's that funny noise, what's that on the floor
    Waves of fear, pulsing with death
    I curse my tremors, I jump at my own step
    I cringe at my terror, I hate my own smell
    I know where I must be, I must be in hell

  80. Atish Raja

    that liver could have gone to someone more deserving than a drug addict

    Malaika

    asshole

  81. wberdan7

    Quine.

  82. valueape88

    shoulda used yours, POS.

  83. Scott Medlen

    R.I.P.

  84. Atish Raja

    wasted a good liver

    Malaika

    not your business

  85. marbleLit34

    love you louie

  86. hankbuk9

    ;'(
    rip lou

  87. Gotanine Define

    Is he really dead? Can it be possible :'(

  88. Marta M.

    goodbye angel

  89. Marlene Adelle

    RIP <3

  90. Eric Williams

    RIP Lou!

  91. Alex Man

    goodbye lou

  92. lennydylan

    great album......only bettered by ''Growing Up In Public''

  93. lennydylan

    that's how i feel every night....then i have a bottle of whiskey....then the sun shines...rock n roll

  94. Govert de Jong

    sure !

  95. Alan Nurthen

    As good as it gets! Love this album!!!

  96. naturphilosophie1

    i've had many experiences alot like the one he singing about