Reed, Lou - Strawman Lyrics




We who have so much to you who have so little
To you who don't have anything at all
We who have so much more than any one man does need
And you who don't have anything at all, ah

Does anybody need another million dollar movie?
Does anybody need another million dollar star?
Does anybody need to be told over and over
Spitting in the wind comes back at you twice as hard?

Strawman, going straight to the devil
Strawman, going straight to hell
Strawman, going straight to the devil

Strawman
Strawman
Strawman
Strawman, yes

Does anyone really need a billion dollar rocket?
Does anyone need a $60,000 car?
Does anyone need another president?
Or the sins of Swaggart parts 6, 7, 8 and 9? Ah

Does anyone need yet another politician
Caught with his pants down and money sticking in his hole?
Does anyone need another racist preacher?
Spittin' in the wind can only do you harm, ooohhh

Strawman, going straight to the devil
Strawman, going straight to hell
Strawman, going straight to the devil

Strawman
Strawman
Strawman
Strawman, yes

Does anyone need another faulty shuttle
Blasting off to the moon, Venus or Mars?
Does anybody need another self-righteous rock singer
Whose nose he says has led him straight to God?

Does anyone need yet another blank skyscraper?
If you're like me I'm sure a minor miracle will do
A flaming sword or maybe a gold ark floating up the Hudson
When you spit in the wind it comes right back at you

Strawman, going straight to the devil
Strawman, going straight to hell
Strawman, going straight to the devil

Strawman
Strawman
Strawman
Strawman





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Reed, Lou Strawman Comments
  1. Rod Williams

    Totally under appreciated track from a totally under appreciated musician. Much more to LR than 'Take a Walk'.

  2. Kevin Bennett

    WE MISS YA LOU. SEE YA REAL SOON.

  3. Paul o Brien

    The guitar, it's like crying

  4. Paul o Brien

    Straw lights

  5. Bruce Williams

    What a song, and WHAT an album.

  6. jamuga60

    Fuck he sticks it up em………………...……...and they don't like it up em!

  7. MAURO B. VIEIRA.

    New York minstrel was gone and nobody will be able to take his place. Whoever trying is not gonna be the same poetry skill, cause skill has gone with the same man whose look was a capability to see and translate oppressed people inner feelings! It was not adrift his famous nickname he got, cause ever better known as damn poet. Nothing was done for new yorkers high society! Always and actually closer to a kind of punk heritage, something that comes from New York dolls or maybe Ramones. Lou will be the greatest ever since the first album until ever.

  8. Andrea Prodan

    THESE are the lyrics for our age! LOU is the man who speaks my/our mind!!!

  9. Shannon Kringen

    love this song. listening over and over i feel so angry about trump etc.

  10. Shannon Kringen

    love this song. relevant today more than ever

    Jere M.

    Very powerful. Cranked it this morning. Really felt it. Goosebumps. I miss Lou Reed. We need him today more then ever.

  11. Marissa Dower-morgan

    should be played at the UN loudly

  12. strangelizard

    prescient aptness….

  13. Marc Hamlin

    So sad you're gone, Lou. Your country needs you now more than ever! Miss you, brother.

  14. ZardozSpeakstoYou

    Lou's best tune.

  15. B B

    Socialism in motion. NY Style. :)

  16. tukomusic

    Awesome rock song. Brilliant guitar break too. Just a few notes with heaps of feel and power. Take note, shredders.

    Gabriele Gagliardi

    One fact i hate about shredders is that the care only about notes, scales etc. But they put zero effort to find a good tone. Lou's guitar tone tone is amazing. Playing 289459 notes x second that sound like plastic or a toy found inside an happy meal ain't a good idea.

  17. Dave Albiston

    ‪Love that ‘durty geetar’ sound and.. well.. never one to ‘pull punches’ lyrically too.. ‘gotta’ admire that eh?! 👍🕶💫‬

  18. Alessandro Maresca

    What an album !!!

  19. Cesar cs

    Lou eres y eras lo massss++++++

  20. joseph lemko

    This song is so powerful it is hard to ignore it's meaning, even if you disagree with everything that Lou Reed is saying. 👍. Great art has that power.

  21. dunce funce

    Love Lou Reed, but still don't get what's special about this album.

    tie oneon

    duncie>>he shits alll over lefty but they dont get it

  22. Colin Cleveland

    Lou would have eviscerated Trump.

    David Furnish

    Would love to see it - actually eviscerating

  23. Luca Marcellino

    Best recent rock song don't like any music that came aut after the 2000

    Charlie S

    Luca Marcellino the strokes?

  24. Espen Larsen

    love it!

  25. Paul R

    Here was a prohpet. A mercy he did not live to see Trump elected.

    Donald Jabba The Trump

    Lou would have hated Trump as president.

  26. Fatima Almeida

    Strawman. Adoro. Esta. Música vem me. As. Lembranças. No. Estrangeiro. Ao. Som. Daquela. Voz. Forte. Restam. Lembranças

  27. Löwe Raöss

    Strawman ... Strawman !!

  28. Ton Wijnen

    The strawmen are still ruling this world.

  29. Ton Wijnen

    Beautiful mix of reality and melancholia.

  30. Matt M-S

    have you noticed ? chords are starting as they ends, are we in the loop here? Lou’s talking to you

  31. Matt M-S

    France in December 2018, but nobody cares for the lyrics of a poet anyhow, good luck y'all

  32. LANGE J.

    だけど、案山子は晴、雨、曇天を知っている。遠くから(杣道)来て遠くに逝く人々(没落)のことも。

     requiescat in pace. Mr. Brooklyn.

  33. JORGE SEBASTIAN

    Puro r'n'r obra maestra

  34. luis olivera pueyo

    M pinché escuchándolo hace varios años, palabra, aunque las agujas m dan miedo, sólo lo hice dos veces,las demás la esnife

  35. JC S

    still a blast! RIP Lou!

  36. genki2 genki3

    In one memorable week I saw Lou play solo followed a few nights later by his Songs for Drella show with John Cale. Damn, I was one fortunate person.

  37. Fatima Almeida

    Lou. Reed tenho a. Num. Cd. Strawman. Adoro. A. Voz. Forte Muito Bonita. Era um. Bom 😊 cantor pena. A. Perda. Dele. Ficam. As. Lembranças

  38. Kevin Foley

    I miss You, we need more men and women musicians like him.

  39. Wasko Maleducado

    Goosebumps.

  40. Lonely Mars

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcyV5blsTg0pDAJCmGcemgA

    our band

  41. Jake Riley

    ****) MAD DOG SEAL OF SAINTHOOD (****

  42. nathar40

    sing it Lou

  43. Jim James

    A E then D. there you go kids the world is yours

    Ciaran O Sullivan

    Jim James also C G and F.

  44. Shannon Kringen

    love the guitar on this fucking song

  45. Shannon Kringen

    love this song

  46. ZardozSpeakstoYou

    Lou saw the future 29 years ago.

  47. Octavian Alexander

    Fuckyeah

  48. Montgomery Denzer

    PERFECT

  49. Shakey Greene

    The loss of Lou Reed hit me hard. Lost my father several months earlier and Reed's passing two days after my mother's 62nd birthday. It shocked me.

  50. Shakey Greene

    Been listening to Lou Reed since age 11. "Heard Sweet Jane" on my older brother's Walkman, and never looked back. Took me from Sesame Street to the Dirty Blvd. I'm 33 now, but he was like my musical father. A hero. Reed was the reason I write and play guitar. Personally, my favorite album is Street Hassle. Thanks, Lou, your music keeps my rock n' roll heart beating.

    Kevin Chouinard

    I love Street Hassle!

  51. Jan H Hansen

    I understand that Lou Reed didn't´t like Jesse Jackson so much.

  52. windy miller

    Whew!!...dat's da bollux!!

  53. Andy McFarlane

    Lou continues to speak the Truth to power!

  54. Earl Grey

    This song is a masterpiece...not big fan of LR....but this is a star track on a star album..

  55. JC S

    letting alone 'rock ´n´ roll animal' i´ve been loving the 'new york' album the most. R.I.P, Lou!

  56. paul hughes

    good song

  57. paul hughes

    Great lyrics

  58. Monika Kahl

    so viel Power, mein absolutes Stück, das mir aus der Seele spricht

  59. jsilence418

    Timeless as always Lou .

  60. Nomail Today

    no ...repeat ......... respect...

  61. steinar nilsen

    nothing but the best
    ,lou

  62. Marcelo Bonilla

    sos puto

  63. Marcelo Bonilla

    soy jevy

  64. Marcelo Bonilla

    cagon nunca te inyectaste un sorete gil!!!!! farsante say no more!!!!!

  65. Marcelo Bonilla

    este disco me lo inyecte 89 veces en una noche......kill gil

  66. Marcelo Bonilla

    pañales para esfinteres sin suerte...... over and over, ha!

  67. Marcelo Bonilla

    a la salida.........vemos.

  68. Michael Binder

    Bernie Sanders' theme song #feelthebern

  69. Erik Lawaetz

    had a little anger issue there Mr.Reed?

  70. Charles Littles

    blistering

    Charles Littles

    fucking pure rock n' roll gold. been loving this song since it came out.

  71. Alexandre M

    I hear STARMAN

    Arthur Dent

    +Draven ...Get a hearing aid then...

    Federico Aguzzi

    Alexandre M My mum does too. She points that out every time she listens to this song

    Shamea Cortes

    At 1:05 it does sound like "starman" but throughout the song Lou alternates between "strawman" and "starman" that's what I'm hearing too.

    Donald McLeod Keefer

    ...especially in light of the opening lyric "Does anybody need another million dollar movie?"....

  72. Dieter Stenzel

    Jeah,

    does anyone need another raciest preacher,
    spitten' in the wind does only do you harm...

    Marty Keller

    But they are all over now,Sad

  73. Lee Ricciuti

    Five minutes and 54 seconds of goosebumps.

    carabuser

    Five minutes and 54 seconds of Bull$#!t

    Lee Ricciuti

    +fshaia hey now

    JP Shaia

    +Zerojimm just messing around !

    Arthur Dent

    +fshaia ...It's spelled Bullshit, and You're Full of it sport...

    missingremote

    I bought this Lou Reed song on cassette 1990. Listened to it on my walkman during Gulfwar Desert shield/Storm years 1990/1991. I still have the cassette. Sounded great!

  74. Tommy Amoeba

    wow that last verse kind of sounds like he predicted 9/11:
    Does anyone need yet another blank skyscraper?
    If you're like me I'm sure a minor miracle will do
    A flaming sword or maybe a gold ark floating up the Hudson
    When you spit in the wind it comes right back at you

  75. Russ Healy

    lou was cool. a real east coast, nyc, anti-hippie. he helped me survive being a teenager

    Nigel Loughnan

    Agreed and I was probably a hippie.

    Nigel Loughnan

    In fact isn’t this anti-selfish ?

    Wasko Maleducado

    strawman says it all..

    Wasko Maleducado

    in fact, I never heard Lou Reed so angry as he is in this song :)

    Jim Herron

    Me, too.

  76. MrRockliferi

    everyday in my heart.! love it :)

  77. Joseph a‘ Christian

    ..................More Hopeless Bellowing.
                                                                       
    Jesus is Freedom,    Joseph

    morrisonreed1

    @truthaboveagenda jesus would very possibly agree with this song ; it has that clear the temple energy

    Joseph a‘ Christian

    @morrisonreed1  Like many, i grew up listening to a lot of rock music. Years ago i realized that many of the most popular musicians: stones, who, black sabbath, linda ronstadt... Yelled out numerous songs that were complaints, no solutions- just whining really. 

    This album is an example of lou reed complaining. He lived a do as you please life- heroin, weed, wearing make-up... and then complains of how shitty american culture is.

                                                     Joseph

    Joseph a‘ Christian

    +kittyand fox I appreciate some of his lyrics, it's that the older i become the more i realize that an overwhelming amount of rock music is complaining about life, by numerous selfish, queer millionaires. Joseph

    Lee Ricciuti

    +truthaboveagenda Fuck off.

  78. preciousbodilyfluid1

    Does anyone need yet another politician
    caught with his pants down and money sticking in his hole?

    crobarus

    +preciousbodilyfluid1 We got lot's of em

  79. emi bonilla

    el mejor album de rock de todos los tiempos !!! sabelo pelo

    crobarus

    +emi bonilla Si

  80. Ben Turner

    Perfect record (and song) to mark the end of the 1980's. Amazing. You will be missed, Lou.

  81. Gary Hunter

    whats to say

  82. Daniel Hayes

    This was the song that sold me on this album. Shame "End Of The Innocence" won the Grammy for "Album Of The Year" instead of this masterpiece. Corporate Rock strikes again.

  83. Patrick Miller

    Strawman is one the greatest rock songs ever written. Never a big Lou Reed fan myself-the bitter, dark, pointless meme of that entire New York scene offers no hope really. But New York is different. Every song, an angry, sad and compassionate Lou leads me to tears. And Strawman is the kind of song I wish I could write. It's perfect in its structure and Lou's mad as hell voice is so superb and authentic that to this day I can still hear it echoing off the walls of Alphabet CIty's drunken and OD'd tenements. Strawman is always the right song for whatever times one finds oneself living in. 

    Mats Frånlund

    @Patrick Miller Thank you for putting in words what my feelings are. No, really Thank You! These folks are not extinct.

    MAURO B. VIEIRA.

    New York minstrel was gone and nobody will be able to take his place. Whoever trying is not gonna be the same poetry skill, cause skill has gone with the same man whose look was a capability to see and translate oppressed people inner feelings! It was not adrift his famous nickname he got, cause ever better known as damn poet. Nothing was done for new yorkers high society! Always and actually closer to a kind of punk heritage, something that comes from New York dolls or maybe Ramones. Lou will be the greatest ever since the first album until ever.

  84. krshark

    Awesome. What's he talking about anyway? He sure seems pissed.

    ricky clayton

    Ronald Reagan

  85. joe strummer

    R.I.P LEGEND

  86. mark foley

    just...................................................   THANK YOU .......................................

  87. Peter Hicks

    This is such a brilliant track from a sensational album...

  88. Ben Turner

    Even if you can only do a little, do what you can. Even if you can only help one or two people, it's worth it. The people you help would certainly say so.

  89. VainEldritch

    Best track on one of his best albums - this song is pure Lou Reed: angry, bitter, wistful and funny as fuck… really missing you, Lou.

  90. paul spencer

    As a musician i would love to record this song,it is so powerful.

  91. Steven Robinson

    RIP Lou straight to Rocn and Roll Heaven! We love you ...

  92. cletusallretus1

    rip lou and thanks

  93. Artis Silde

    R.I.P. Lou - Wee miss U.
    thanks for Your Music. did help me in hard time...

  94. soyounoat

    Good job Lou. Farewell.

  95. Jiri Dobrovolny

    Thanks for brilliant music Lou..... Legend. R.I.P

  96. mojotheaverage

    You will be sorely missed Lou. God bless

  97. MikeOfThePeach

    Lou you and your songs will never be forgotten.
    See you on the wild side one of these days.

  98. Alt90s

    R.I.P. Lou Reed (10-27-13)