Velvet Underground, The - Rock And Roll Lyrics




Jenny said when she was just five years old
You know there's nothing happening at all
Every time she puts on the radio
There was nothing goin' down at all
Then one fine mornin' she puts on a New York station
She couldn't believe what she heard at all
She started dancin' to that fine fine music
You know her life was saved by Rock 'n' Roll

Despite all the amputations
You could just dance to a rock 'n' roll station

Jenny said when she was just five years old
My parents are gonna be the death of us all
Two TV sets and two Cadillac cars--
Ain't gonna help us at all

Then one fine mornin' she puts on a New York station
She don't believe what she heard at all
She started dancin' to that fine fine music
You know her life was saved by Rock 'n' Roll

Despite all the computations
You could just dance to a rock 'n' roll station
And it was alright.





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Velvet Underground, The Rock And Roll Comments
  1. Dannoga

    The mournful guitar is just ...just Yeah it is!

  2. Joe Schmidl

    Is lou Reed the coolest man to walk the earth?

    Jesse Smith

    David bowie takes the cake for me i think.

  3. Purple Daze

    Motorhead saved my life...poppa chubby now.

  4. AdAm AnDrEwS

    omg that second solo is otherworldly fuck yeah

    Luca Rango

    Oh yeah!

  5. Goldenberg Construction Llc

    Did J.Geils do a version of this? I could swear I heard them on a record doing this in '71 or so.

  6. Chris Chappell's Distortion Pedal

    See also: Chris Chappell’s Distortion Pedal

  7. ftsces

    My life was saved by rock and roll.

  8. NaughtyVampireGod

    Honestly when I was 5 years old I was listening to Mister Rogers . . .

  9. Brian Mahan

    Genius.

  10. John Mininger

    Can't listen to this song without tapping my foot.

  11. Joshua Dowling

    Lou. Period. Graduate.

  12. deathpunx13

    this song makes me throw up in my pants - in most countries that's a compliment - MONSTER 2019

  13. pedro

    Jenny said when she was just five years old
    There was nothing happening at all
    Every time she puts on a radio
    There was a nothin' goin' down at all, not at all
    Then one fine mornin' she puts on a New York station
    You know, she couldn't believe what she heard at all
    She started shakin' to that fine fine music
    You know her life was saved by rock 'n' roll

    Despite all the amputations
    You know you could just go out
    And dance to a rock 'n' roll station

    It was alright (it was alright)
    Hey baby, you know it was alright (it was alright)

    Jenny said
    When she was just about five years old
    You know why parents gonna be the death of us all
    Two TV sets and two Cadillac cars
    Well you know, it ain't gonna help me at all, not just a tiny bit
    Then one fine mornin' she turns on a New York station
    She doesn't believe what she hears at all
    Ooh, she started dancin' to that fine fine music
    You know her life is saved by rock 'n' roll, yeah rock 'n' roll

    Despite all the computations
    You could just dance
    To that rock 'n' roll station

    And baby it was alright (it was alright)
    Hey it was alright (it was alright)
    Hey here she comes now!
    Jump! jump!

    Jenny said when she was just about five years old
    Hey, you know, there was nothing happening at all, not at all
    Every time I put on the radio
    You know there's nothin' goin' down at all, not at all
    Then one fine mornin' she hears a New York station
    She just didn't believe what she heard at all, hey, not at all
    She started dancin' to that fine fine music
    You know her life was saved by rock 'n' roll, yes rock 'n' roll

    Despite all the computation
    You know you could just dance
    To a rock 'n' roll station

    All right
    All right
    And it was alright
    Well, listen to me now
    And it was alright
    Come on, man, listen
    It was alright
    It was alright
    And it was alright
    Alright!
    It's alright
    Alright!
    Yeah, it's alright now
    Alright!
    Yeah, it's alright now
    Alright!
    It is all alright
    Alright!
    Yeah, alright now
    Alright!
    And it's alright right now
    Alright!
    And it's alright now
    Alright!
    Oh baby
    Alright!
    Oh baby
    Alright!
    Oh baby
    Alright!
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Alright!
    Now it's alright now
    Alright!
    Ooh, it's alright now
    Alright!
    Oh, alright
    Alright!
    Alright now
    Alright!

  14. TriplePlay

    Velvet Underground wrote this 1969ish. THE RUNAWAYS - ROCK N ROLL - 1976. Early California punk version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYFeY1PcDow&list=PLo2aaBamFnLSZo7Xe19baRwlvGacPCBHf&index=16

  15. Andres Kronix

    🇬🇹🇬🇹🇬🇹🇬🇹

  16. Tony Higgins

    67 square mofos deny a stark reality :that your life can be saved by rock and roll

  17. Erwin Woodedge

    Best VU song

  18. Nitron DSP

    Loaded was so much better than nico, not even a competition

  19. Mr. Hinnerksen

    The first bars of the song and I have to dance.
    That was already 30 years ago.
    fine fine music ......😊

  20. Person 137856492

    Her life wasn't saved; Her mind was changed.


    Brilliant song: groovy, bouncy, yet grounded. Life-affirming, Sincere.

  21. harry pag

    this is the BEST version

  22. Luigi 80

    THANK YOU FOR ALL LOU. THANKS FOR ALL, MAN.

  23. Amanda Florence Charles

    This song is the perfect tonic for my mood today,
    ❤️

  24. Nick Voss

    Despite all the amputations you could just dance to the rock n roll station, it was alright. Yeah, it was alright.

  25. Wellen Dowd

    Now it’s time for life to save rock and roll.

    gary DIFFLEY

    I agree with you on that

    Saul Bogan

    @gary DIFFLEY you got life, life in you....you saved it.

    l t

    If all audio equipment got fried, we would tell tales of how great music was between the 30s to 72.

    NaughtyVampireGod

    Yeah - death to all this over-produced, un-original, heartless crap already.

  26. foxbasealpha

    As fresh as it was when it was originally recorded.

  27. Mark Foggy

    Also very important to know that they never made any money, so important for any music fan. This is God Like Genius.

  28. Mark Foggy

    Very cloe to the most important song of all time.

    Mike Girard

    why do velvets fans all say shit like this? come the fuck on.

  29. Agnes Philomena

    Two TV sets and two Cadillac cars . . . wait, according to the intelligentsia, that qualifies as poverty level.

  30. Guido Maniscalco

    Who else’s life was saved by rock and roll?

  31. steve conn

    Sympathy For The Devil chords

  32. Mister Arnauna De Lisio Clips & Pics

    great viola of John Cale

  33. clara bone

    Try not dancing...

  34. Marknetick

    I love how mad the climax of this song is.

  35. John Stewart

    Was listening to the entirety of TVU+N, and this song came after the album ended with European Son as a sort of mixed TVU playlist as Spotify does. And honestly, this would be a PERFECT ending for that album, especially since the whole half is Incredibly dreary.

  36. Romeo Alpha68

    Hearing the Happiness in Reeds voice in this song .
    Especially by the second verse .
    Love it .
    " fine fine music "

    John Stewart

    Romeo Alpha68 Hell dude, the backing acoustic riff alone can make the dreariest man happy in no time.

  37. Shake Your Guitar tutorials

    leçons en français .........cheers.

  38. Robi Szeles

    👍👍👍👍👍

  39. Noah Roseblade

    The velvet underground is like a mix between bob dylan and the rolling stones

    paulboizot

    Have you heard Sister Ray?

  40. Dave Fawcett

    Rock N Roll has so many great anthems, well Lou found one of them with this gem..

  41. Shake Your Guitar tutorials

    rock n' roll station !

  42. Joe Schmidl

    How fucking cool is Lou Reed??

  43. Zane McGahee

    Ty Segall used part of this song on his song The Drag. I hear it

  44. steez

    woodward season 9?

  45. Allen Darrow

    Where's Lou when we need him the most? Oh the songs he would of written regarding the "Coward In Chief" and the whore Melania.

  46. No Body

    To everyone who’s here listen .
    You have a good taste of music

    ari rodriguez

    Thank you 😌

    Occams OX

    Yeah, go pat yourself on the back dweeb. You like what I like so you’re smart. Agreed? Good for us.

    Non entity

    Nice name, No Body! I’d say we have similar names. Also, I cannot comprehend the previous reply as it seems to deprecate both you and the replier, which is quite odd to me

    Irena Jovanović

    Hahah :-)

  47. Christy Spencer

    This is my favorite Velvet Underground song. Music saved my life. Thank God for Rock and Roll!

  48. Erez Elias

    Very much like bob dylan

  49. Mister Arnauna De Lisio Clips & Pics

    In this song there is The 60th Spirit! La viola di John Cale è un capolavoro... masterpiece!

  50. JORGE LUIZ MALUF

    Who F..k are those 44 people ??

    JORGE LUIZ MALUF

    Now is 45.

  51. Rugged Individualist

    Civ IV brought me here.

  52. Tom Orourke

    What a beautiful sweet little simple yet profound guitar solo twice

    l t

    Reminds me of the kinks with different levels on the amp.

  53. heyhi me

    FINE FINE music!

  54. Peace Maker

    My life was saved by the Velvet Underground

  55. Colin Jennings

    I heard this at the end of the Brian Clough I believe in miracles documentary and had to find out what it was. This is a fantastic tune.

    Lenny 97

    Same here bro. What a documentary, what an ending, what a song to discover.

  56. Martin Haughey

    Amazing song but it's doug yule singing not lou.
    However I love it

    John Coan

    you are wrong

    Neil Stevens

    @John Coan Totally. Reed has one of the most distinctive voices ever.

  57. Adam Hansen

    They velvets are for people who have heard too much music and want something different and unorthodox. They are the Ginsburg of music and that ain't a compliment to Ginsburg I fucking hate Ginsburg and Kerouac. Howl is what I want to do after reading that pretentious bullshit. It's just a comparison.

  58. Joe Schmidl

    Most underrated band there is

    The Sprawl

    Underrated? The Velvets??

    James Cordey

    Nah there definitely 'rated'.

    Ed Ward

    Nah. Over-hyped for sure, but not underrated. A great NYC band.

  59. Jeff Bogue

    in my opinion Detroit's version is the best one out there Steve Hunter killed it

  60. Callum Slade

    Rock and Fucking Roll

  61. Jack Barlow

    Musically its a combo of the stones under my thumb and Roxy music's love is the drug terrific

  62. Mick Aneworderfan

    "In 17 years you're gonna like it, my friends. You're gonna call it Shaun Ryder"

    John Coan

    don't hear that at ALL

  63. martin smith

    probably the origionaters of punk

    Tommy Solomon

    martin smith they did it, along with Detroit bands like the stooges, mc5, and death. They all laid down the foundation for pumk, imo

    MorningView4

    Don't forget Bowie with ziggy stardust album as well.

  64. 38feet

    Takes you to the depths of NYC 1970 like nothing else.

  65. 2JOHNNYT

    What a tune - thank you Lou - ROCK & FUCKIN ROLL!

  66. DJ Xistential

    Best song EVER prove me wrong.

    Jim H

    no u provite it right

  67. Athena Duke

    Allison eats Lou out

  68. Russ Wilson

    Kim Thayil sent me here.

    The Lonely Traveller

    from where

    Russ Wilson

    @The Lonely Traveller This link is the interview. He talks about this song re: Soundgarden "A Thousand Days before" slide solo. Here ya go -it's an awesome interview. https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Interview_Soundgardens_Kim_Thayil

  69. Marc Shaw

    tryin 2 narrow choices 4 me last funeral song,specials-enjoy yurself,splodgenessabounds us-2 little boys,eddie an the hot rods-do anything u wanna do,then lou reed throughs this tiune in2 the mix

  70. Dominic Platt

    Ive been listening to soul exclusively lately and uni is cussing stressful and mighty lonely but this is a well deserved break : )

  71. Eli Malaga

    I think this is something like Proust to the new generation.

    Saul Bogan

    no seven volumes, just pure.

  72. franciscodelaurentii

    Rock 'n' Roll provides your civilization with five Hit Singles resources (which provide happiness). It increases the odds that its city will create a Great Artist.

    Giannis Mavrogiorgos

    this is definitely one of the best YouTube comments ever

    Scott D

    Civ 4 baby

  73. Brenton Horner

    I'm dancing to that fine, fine music. It was alright...

    James Cordey

    It was aaaaaaaallright!

  74. Epsilon

    3:27 트로트?

  75. Udey Chowdhury

    Discovered this yesterday, half a life in!!!

  76. K C

    ....Makes me wanna shake my thang

  77. PHAEDRIDER

    this remastered version sounds pretty good. that's some nice tambourine work

  78. Charles Tempest

    Play that guitar!

  79. madjailer1

    I just heard this in the car this morning, rushed home and found it here! It's now my favorite!

  80. Tim Elbert

    And how can you not like this

  81. NOOGIE 420

    2019, it's alright!

  82. Erik Wright

    As a rule I love all art made under the influence of heroin

    rockdude11028

    Erik Wright It's disgusting and killed plenty of people but it sure has made it's contribution to art and music, especially rock.

    ComboverSoul tig

    If I shit the bed, steal my granma's cuckoo clock, lose my teeth and call it art, will you love it?

    James Cordey

    @ComboverSoul tig perfect discription ,and I've been one! Lol

  83. Miles Jolly

    Love this. This one and Sweet Jane are my favourites from the Loaded album. I don't know what my favourite VU song overall is, there's so many great ones I couldn't possibly choose. I'm not very good at having favourites in general.

    Fragotron McFarland

    I don't listen to Jane anymore, but this is still good, though.

    The Sprawl

    Am I the only one who thinks Loaded is their weakest album?


    Not to say it's not a very good album, because it is, but compared to the first three it's not quite as intense and beautiful; it's more middle of the road. But then I think that was intentional. This was their 'classic rock' album.

    l t

    The best one is the one you heard last.
    Simple.

  84. Paul Caldwell

    Who played bass?

    Matthew Heinecke

    I don't know, but it sounds damn good.

    Vapor

    Doug Yule I believe

    ballhawk387

    Doug Yule. Awesome bass on this album.

  85. Paul Caldwell

    My life was saved by rock and roll.

    Gareth Beare

    Eyebrows raised. Really?

    Mister Arnauna De Lisio Clips & Pics

    Really... for us :-)

    Kirsten Dieker

    Amen to that, Brother Paul! And Rabbi, it DID save MINE. Now it's my conduit to "The Source" as well as the one true and holy thing for me.

    Tory Kluender

    🤘🍻

    Pablo Pires Fernandes

    if there's a religion here that matters is rock'n'roll. It saves lives.

  86. Bill Dobberpuhl

    Very few songs make me as happy as this one!!!!!

  87. Andee Green

    M A S T E R P I E C E

  88. mark terracin

    fabulous

  89. berry541

    This is always the first song I play whenever I pick up a guitar.
    One of the finest songs ever written.

  90. lassiecomehome

    this song is ridiculously hard to play on guitar

    Rock21

    I found it pretty easy, and I'm not even that good. what part were you stuck on?

  91. ivan rupee

    Takes me back to highschool ... Los Angeles 2008 John F Kennedy high... Was a huge fan of Jane's addiction and discovered these guys thru perry farell and Dave navarro..

    Dildo Schwaggins

    That's around the time I got into them as well, and I was also a senior in 2008 lol. I had a book that had "the best 500 albums ever" and Velvet Underground made quite a few mentions, so I checked em out and ended up loving them.

    MegaDragon1974

    @Dildo Schwaggins wow aren't you guys just a couple of dinosaurs. College freshman here and I love velvet underground

    MorningView4

    Janes Addiction & Velvet Underground are both amazing groups of musicians

  92. Johnny Sullivan

    6 people took the time to give this a thumbs down huh? Please just fuck off next time and grow a bit in the process

  93. Manel Saladich

    One of the best songs ever!!!

  94. Michael Bacon

    Lou Reed and David Bowie, R.I.P. Iggy Pop is still with us!

    Alex Block

    I am so happy he still is here, but with the way he lived for a while I am surprised he didn't join them. But long live that beautiful man!

    Mike Girard

    Who'd o' predicted that, amirite?

    the.mighty.kyuss

    ^^^ the real holy trinity

    morgan cox

    And Keith

  95. Michael Bacon

    It was alright!!

  96. torah joe

    fk yeah

  97. Pagano

    & this is supposed to be one of the greatest bands ever 😂🤦🏼‍♂️💩💩

    Super Intelligent Ape From The Future

    You're an infant

    mugxly

    Lol youre a fetus.

    Tom Smith

    You're an idiot kid. Learn some basic music history.

    Jeff Bogue

    Detroit's version of this kicked ass Steve Hunter took it to another level

    Esdra Zanga

    They are good but overrated by hipsters. people have the gall to say they better than the Beatles 😂🤦, Lou Reed was so damn overrated. Frank Zappa >>>> Lou reeed