Velvet Underground, The - The Murder Mystery Lyrics




[Left voice:]
Candy-screen wrappers of silkscreen fantastic, requiring memories both lovely and guiltfree, lurid and lovely with twilight of ages, luscious and lovely and filthy with laughter, laconic giggles, ennui fort the passions, in order to justify most spurious desires, rectify moments, most serious and urgent to hail upon the face of most odious time, requiring replies most facile and vacuous with words nearly singed, with the heartbeat of passions, spew forth with the grace of a tart going under subject of a great concern, noble origin

[Right voice:]
Denigrate obtuse and active, verbs, pronouns, skewer the sieve of the optical sewer, release the handle that holds all the gates up, puncture the eyeballs that seep all the muck up, read all the books and the people worth reading and still see the muck on the sky of the ceiling

[Left voice:]
Please raise the flag, rosy red carpet envy
English used here; this messenger is nervous
It's not fun at all out here in the hall

[Right voice:]
Mister Moonlight, succulent smooth and gorgeous
Isn't it nice? We're number one and so forth
Isn't it sweet being unique

[Left voice:]
For screeching and yelling and various offenses, lower the queen and bend her over the tub; against the state, the country, the commitee; hold her head under the water, please, for an hour, for groveling and spewing and various offenses; puncture the bloat with the wing of a sparrow, the inverse, the obverse, the converse, the reverse, the sharpening wing of the edge of a sparrow, for suitable reckonings too numerous to mention, as the queen is fat, she is devoured by rats; there is one way to skin a cat or poison a rat; it is here forth, hear to three, forthirightly stated

[Right voice:]
Relent and obverse and inverse and perverse and reverse the inverse of perverse and reverse and reverse and reverse and reverse and reverse and chop it and pluck it and cut it and spit it and sew it to joy on the edge of a cyclop and spin it to rage on the edge of a cylindrical minute

[Left voice:]
Put down that rag simpering, callow and morose
Who let you in? If I knew, then I could get out
The murder you see is a mystery to me

[Right voice:]
Dear Mister Muse, fellow of wit and gentry
Medieval ruse filling the shallow and empty
Fools that duel, duel in pools

[Left voice:]
To Rembrandt and Oswald, to peanuts and ketchup, sanctimonious sycophants stir in the bushes, up to the stand with your foot on the Bible; as king, I must order and constantly arouse, if you swear to catch up and throw up and up-up, a king full of virgin and kiss me and spin it, excuse to willow and wander, dark wonders divest me of robes, sutures, Harry and pig meat, the fate of a nation, rests hard on your bosoms, the king on his throne, puts his hand down his robe, the torture of inverse and silkscreen and Harry, and set the tongue squealing the reverse and inverse

[Right voice:]
Tantalize poets with visions of grandeur, their faces turn blue with the reek of the compost, as the living try hard to retain what the dead lost, with double-dead sickness from writing at what cost and business and business and reverse and reverse and set the brain reeling the inverse and perverse

[Left voice:]
Objections suffice apelike and tactile bassoon
Oboeing me cordon the virus' section
Off to the left is what is not right

[Right voice:]
English arcane, tantamount here to frenzy
Passing for me, lascivious elder passion
Corpulent filth disguised as silk

[Left voice:]
Contempt, contempt, and contempt for the boredom, I shall poison the city and sink it with fire, for cordless and Harry and ape-pig and scissor, the messenger's wig seems fraught with desire, for blueberry picnics and pince-nez and magpies, the messenger's skirt, would you please hook it higher, for children and adults, all those under ninety, how truly disgusting. Would you please put it down? A stray in this fray is no condom worth saving, as king, I'm quite just, but it's just quite impossible, a robe and a robe and a robe and a bat, no double-class inverse could make lying worth dying

[Right voice:]
With cheap simian melodies, hillbilly outgush, for illiterate ramblings, for cheap understanding, for misunderstranding, the simple, the inverse, the compost, the reverse, the obtuse and stupid, and business and business, and cheap stupid lyrics, and simple mass reverse while the real thing is dying

[Left voice:]
Exit the pig, enter the owl and gorgeous
King on the left, it on the right and primping
Adjusting his nose as he reads from his scroll

[Right voice:]
Folksy knockwurst, peel back the skin of French
And what do you find? Follicles intertwining
Succulent prose wrapped up in robes

[Left voice:]
Off with his head, take his head from his neck off, requiring memories both lovely and guiltfree, put out his eyes, then cut his nose off, sanctimonius sycophants stir in the bushes, scoop out his brain, put a string where his ears were, all the king's horses and all the king's men, swing the whole mess at the end of the wire, scratch out his eyes with the tip of a razor, let the wire extend from the tip of a rose, Caroline, Caroline, Caroline, oh! but retains the remnants of what once was a nose, pass me my robe, fill my bath up with water

[Right voice:]
Jumpsuit and pigmeat and making his fortune, while making them happy with the inverse and obverse and making them happy and making them happy with the coy and the stupid, just another dumb lackey who puts out the one thing while singing the other, but the real thing's alone and it is no man's brother

[Left voice:]
No one knows no nose is good news and senseless
Extend the wine, drink here a toast to selfless
Ten-year-old port is perfect in court

[Right voice:]
Safety is nice, not an unwise word spoken
Scary bad dreams made safe in lovely songs
No doom or gloom allowed in this room

[Left voice:]
Casbah and cascade and rosehip and feeling, cascade and cyanide, Rachaminoff, Beethoven, skull-silly wagon and justice and perverse and reverse the inverse and inverse and inverse, blueberry catalog, questionable earnings, hustler's lament and the rest will in due cry, to battle and scramble and browbeat and hurt while chewing on minstrels and choking on dirt, disease please seems the order of the day, please the king, please the king, please the king day, casbah and cascade and rosehip and feeling, point of order, return the king here to the ceiling

[Right voice:]
Oh, not to be whistled or studied or hummed or remembered at nights when the eye is alone, but to skewer and ravage and savage and split with the grace of a diamond then bellicose wit, to stun and to stagger with words as such stone, that those who do hear cannot again return home

[Left voice:]
Razzamatazz, there's nothing on my shoulder
Lust is a must, shaving my head's made me bolder
Will you kindly read what it was I brought thee?

[Right voice:]
Hello to Ray, hello to Godiva and Angel
Who let you in? Isn't it nice, the party?
Aren't the lights pretty at night?

[Left voice:]
Sick leaf and sorrow and pincers not scissors, regard and refrain from the daughters of marriage, regards for the elders and youngest in carriage, regard and regard for the inverse and perverse and obverse, and diverse, of reverse and reverse, regard from the sick, the dumb, and the camel from pump's storing water, like brain is too marrow to x-ray and filthy and cutting and then peeling to skin and to skin and to bone and to structure to livid and pallid and turgid and structured and structured and structured and structured and structured and regard and refrain, the sick and the dumb, inverse, reverse and perverse

[Right voice:]
Contempt, contempt, and contempt for the seething for writhing and reeling and two-bit reportage, for sick with the body and sinister holy, the drown burst blue babies now dead on the seashore, the valorous horseman, who hang from the ceiling, the pig on the carpet, the dusty pale jissom, that has no effect for the sick with the see-saw, the inverse, obverse converse, reverse of reverse the diverse and converse of reverse and perverse and sweet pyrotechnics, and let's have another of inverse, converse, diverse, perverse and reverse, hell's graveyard is damned as they chew on their brains, the slick and the scum, reverse, inverse and perverse

[Left voice:]
Plowing while it's done away
Dumb and ready pig meat
Sick upon the carpet
Climb into the casket
Safe within the parapet
Sack is in the parapet
Pigs are out and growling
Slaughter by the seashore
See the lifeguard drowning
Sea is full of fishes
Fishes full of china
China plates are falling
All fall down
Sick and shiny carpet
Lie before my eyes-eyes
Lead me to the ceiling
Walk upon the wall wall
Tender as the green grass
Drink the whisky horror
See the young girls dancing
Flies upon the beaches
Beaches are for sailors
Nuns across the sea-wall
Black hood horseman raging
Swordsman eating fire
Fire on the carpet
Set the house ablazing
Seize and bring it flaming
Gently to the ground ground
Dizzy Bell Miss Fortune
Fat and full of love-juice
Drip it on the carpet
Down below the fire hose
Weep and whisky fortune
Sail me to the moon, dear
Drunken dungeon sailors
Headless Roman horsemen
The king and queen are empty
Their heads are in the outhouse
Fish upon the water
Bowl upon the saviour
Toothless wigged Laureate
Plain and full of fancy
Name upon a letterhead
Impressing all the wheat germ
Love you for a nickel
Maul you for a quarter
Set the casket flaming
Do not go gentle blazing

[Right voice:]
Sick upon the staircase
Sick upon the staircase
Blood upon the pillow
Climb into the parapet
See the church bells gleaming
Knife that scrapes a sick plate
Dentures full of air holes
The tailor couldn't mend straight
Shoot her full of air holes
Climbing up the casket
Take me to the casket
Teeth upon her red throat
Screw me in the daisies
Rip upon her holler
Snip the seas fantastic
Treat her like a sailor
Full and free and nervous
Out to make his fortune
Either this or that way
Sickly or in good health
Piss upon a building
Like a dog in training
Teach to heel or holler
Yodel on a sing song
Down upon the carpet
Tickle polyester
Sick within the parapet
Screwing for a dollar
Sucking on a fire-hose
Chewing on a rubber line
Tied to chairs and rare bits
Pay another player
Oh you're such a good lad
Here's another dollar
Tie him to the bedpost
Sick with witches' covens
Craving for a raw meat
Bones upon the metal
Sick upon the circle
Down upon the carpet
Down upon the carpet
Down below the parapet
Waiting for your bidding
Pig upon the carpet
Tumenescent railroad
Neuro-anaesthesia analog
Ready for a good look
Drooling at the birches
Swinging from the birches
Succulent Nebraska





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Velvet Underground, The The Murder Mystery Comments
  1. Przemysław Gwozdziowski

    should be mandatory to listen by quantum-so-called-phisicists :D

  2. Victor Eduardo

    mister moonlight / please raise the flag <33

  3. marcos

    Chop suey may have had some inspiration from this

  4. Nugsy Malone

    As I drag my dagger across Google's throat

  5. Ted Cantu

    the ending is so weird

  6. Bautista Pappolla

    so this is Pram before Pram ever existed

  7. uuuueber

    SEE THE LIFEGUARD DROWNING

  8. Nallely P

    no ma, geniales!

  9. No Body

    Chop suey def copied this song

  10. BubbaZen10

    What if a super high William Burroughs and some weird spooky voiced chick jumped on stage with The Doors? (Jim already passed out)

  11. Greg Hubbard

    This track is outrageously Epic

  12. Greg Hubbard

    Love you for a nickel maul u 4 quarter

  13. Greg Hubbard

    Screw me in the daisies

  14. Just Rutland

    This song is special for me because when I first heard it I realized that we can see our eyelids with our eyes as we are opening them (its a bit tricky) I felt weird upon realizing it. It felt like an achievement. Anyway, wonderful song.

  15. William Quiterio

    Did anyone really need further evidence that the VU were the best and most audaciously inventive pop-rock band of the 1960’s?

  16. sweet wagner

    Eddy me trouxe aqui

  17. Ignasi L. M.

    Posiblemente una de las mejores canciones psicodélicas de toda la historia de uno de los grupos más opuestos a la psicodelia, The Velvet Underground, los mejores entonces y siempre. RIP Lou Reed y Sterling Morrison.

  18. eleni afouxenidou

    💛💛

  19. funkmasterjee

    IMO a masterpiece.
    Unfortunately empty headed 13 - 17 yr olds don't get to hear stuff as good as this ....they have been conditioned to Beyoncé, Katy Perry et all.

    Eat Them

    I bought this album 3 years ago when i was 17. Dont lose hope:) there will always be a group of people that is listening to this amazing stuff

    Greg Hubbard

    @CV what bands exactly are you calling underground kid or are you just using that term because of the Velvet Underground how did you find out about them

    Greg Hubbard

    @Eat Them 20 years old listening to this album that's a bit different yeah

  20. TG Special

    Good song. Shit album cover. I don't care what they say. It's suck. Not artsy. At all.

  21. Adrian Cazares

    Lo mejor! <3

  22. zoey peep

    5 days in2 meth binge
    plays this song to synergize with my halucinations

    Greg Hubbard

    You're an idiot if you do that s*** kid

    nuhnuhnuhnuhnuh35

    no one thinks youre cool for doing meth

    IndoSmoke151 FREE

    Rock on if it makes u feel good go 4 it Like we used 2 say in the 80s FTW !!!!

  23. Random User

    Does anyone else think of Chop Suey when they hear the start?

    No Body

    I agree the rambling and the riff is almost the same

  24. Arpit Bharti

    Does this sound like Death Grips to anyone? Getting Year of the Snitch vibes from this.

  25. goncas rc

    And this folks is why the velvet underground are the best rock and roll band to ever exist

  26. Danyo Man

    Sterling's voice sounds similar to Frank Zappa in this. Always thought that.

  27. Aiden Noeue

    The whimsical chaos of this song fills me with glee.

  28. De La

    can I hear instrumental version of this ??

  29. Paulo Junior Batista Lauxen

    Isso lembra muito Mutantes!

  30. Prof NYC

    This son is amazing. It reminds me of Frankie Teardrop by Suicide for some weird reason....

  31. Anthony Perez

    Wow, I'm fucking impressed, they should make a biopic about The Velvets

  32. Vako LaFleur

    This is what I call "art"

  33. Goomer

    F'ing Beautiful

  34. Devon Angell

    Imma just save y'all the trouble...EVERYONE was influenced by this

  35. Brian Burke

    Drink the whiskey horror.
    Love you for a nickel.

    Greg Hubbard

    maul u 4 a quarter

  36. Jaime Hendrikx

    maar so fucking vooruitstrevend goeie shit

  37. Jaime Hendrikx

    oh wat ken ze toch lekker vals zingen ze is ook nog eens dik

  38. David Lockwood

    When people ask where gothic rock comes from, direct them here

  39. A. Xmax

    Mehr geht nicht!

  40. María Antonella Ancarola Romano

    Sterling was a truly genius!

  41. musicsavage

    The V.U. third album was oh so tamed compared to the first two ones, and no it is not a compliment.
    "The murder mystery" was the only exciting track on the record.

    William Quiterio

    musicsavage You are wrong, the third VU album is beautiful and features some of their best songs.

    Greg Hubbard

    ur on crack asshole I say that you became better with the addition of Doug yule John kale couldn't play bass guitar for s h i t and Doug had a great voice unlike John Cale

  42. Colleen Whalen

    Around :23 secondes it sounds EXACTLY like The Doors - now I know where Jim Morrision and the Doors got the idea for moody organ music they were so famous for FROM THE VELVETS !!!! Art imitates life - imitation and being copied is the way it goes. Lou Reed lived into his 70's whereas Jim Morrison "Lived Young, Died Fast, and Left a Beautiful Corpse".

    Damien Williams

    Oh look another Jim Morrison worshipper. There isn’t a single fucking Jim Morrison comparison here

    gordo64ful

    The Doors had already released 3 albums before this song was out, stupid.

  43. Hobbes

    Radiohead was influenced by this maybe?

    Counter-Weight Official Channel

    Bro, this group influenced the best. David Bowie, Radiohead, Floyd, Sonic Youth, Joy Division, and I wouldn't be surprised if they inspired the Talking Heads

    DrRestezi

    @Counter-Weight Official Channel ...and Roxy Music, Brian Eno, The Stooges, Patti Smith, Television, The Sex Pistols, U2, REM, Dinosaur Jr, Nick Cave, the Pixies, Nirvana, Yo La Tengo, The Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire..... I could go on....

    de strokes

    @DrRestezi how did you mention all these but didn't mention the strokes

    DrRestezi

    @de strokes Yep, them as well.

  44. Vibrantly Brantly

    The least popular karaoke song but one of the best recordings ever.

    BubbaZen10

    Be cool if they had a karaoke version.
    Just seems like some of them words might go by a bit quick.

  45. Joe Nicholls

    Their most underrated album and the most underrated song on it. Lou could do anything and redefined music

  46. Christian Lemelin

    Definitely not made to be played live!

    Jonathan Thompson

    Would definitely be fantastic live though. This song is alright in any form.

    Rick G

    Christian Lemelin I think they did play it live, albeit differently than this..

  47. Luis Medina

    00:00-00:24 SYSTEM OF A DOWN.

  48. the dude

    I thought only one guy was singing the entire time because only one of my earphones worked until I put on proper ones and realised lmao

  49. Rich Latta

    I'm into it...except when Mo and Yule sing....There is a perfect edit of this song without their voices. I especially cannot stand to hear "Oboe and me" - ugh

  50. Bad Seed

    Esto es música pura

  51. Chris Johnson

    Set this to play three times before leaving a bar. Most people will be driven batshit, it's definitely not popular among most people.

  52. Scrappy Doo Is A Dilf

    too bad my left earphone is busted

  53. Elijah Hanson

    I understand it's art and I do like the velvet underground but it's a bit annoying to listen to. I'd rather just read the poetry.

  54. bigboxbobby2

    And just remember the Velvets were supposed to have run out of ideas after John Cale left and Andy Warhol lost interest in them. Bowie loved all their albums I believe.

    William Quiterio

    bigboxbobby2 All four of their proper studio albums (forget Squeeze) are brilliant.

    Jonathan Thompson

    @William Quiterio Squeeze is fantastic too

    sharkfin

    Bowie loved Lou Reed and his work with the Velvets so much that he went on to produce Lou Reed’s most popular album- Transformer. It was a match made in heaven, really. Mainly because Bowie wanted to cover more serious topics rather than being a pop star, and Lou wanted the opposite. It was great for the both of them to work together

    de strokes

    john cale didn't quit he was fired lol

  55. RowanBows

    theres a band called "the babies" the singers voices sound very similar to reed and yule

  56. SwitcherooU

    Moe Tucker was the best and she never gets any love. I love you Moe!

    de strokes

    @Caalamus shut the fuck up this trump propaganda ain't working here

    hugo ache

    @Caalamus Trump's supporters are really mad.

    Caalamus

    @de strokes you read often?

    "trump propaganda" :P

    I'm preaching the Gospel of Locke & trying to remind
    you morons what the term Liberal means!!!

    You are why there is a Trump!

    Caalamus

    @hugo ache what are they mad about? That their guy won... is continuing to win... & that it's your fault? I don't think they're mad.

    But I am... you idiots are ruining the Left! ...& empowering fascism!

    hugo ache

    @Caalamus Stop running... You are a Trump supporter because you appreciate his ideas and his politics, you don't?... To be there only because you think that liberals and leftist are idiots is a insane position, is sado masochism.

  57. christopher pesce

    I remember I was walking around Oceanside beach with earbuds listening to this and I was frying off 2 tabs and I started flipping out cause it was too much and my cocaine got wet from the ocean water and I couldn't get straight so I went home and the whole trip was fucking nuts

  58. Joey MAXhead

    6:35 onwards... I could listen to that forever ^^

  59. ChuckDeFuque

    "The Murder Mystery"

    [Left voice:]
    Candy-screen wrappers of silkscreen fantastic, requiring memories both lovely and guiltfree, lurid and lovely with twilight of ages, luscious and lovely and filthy with laughter, laconic giggles, ennui fort the passions, in order to justify most spurious desires, rectify moments, most serious and urgent to hail upon the face of most odious time, requiring replies most facile and vacuous with words nearly singed, with the heartbeat of passions, spew forth with the grace of a tart going under subject of a great concern, noble origin

    [Right voice:]
    Denigrate obtuse and active, verbs, pronouns, skewer the sieve of the optical sewer, release the handle that holds all the gates up, puncture the eyeballs that seep all the muck up, read all the books and the people worth reading and still see the muck on the sky of the ceiling

    [Left voice:]
    Please raise the flag, rosy red carpet envy
    English used here; this messenger is nervous
    It's not fun at all out here in the hall

    [Right voice:]
    Mister Moonlight, succulent smooth and gorgeous
    Isn't it nice? We're number one and so forth
    Isn't it sweet being unique

    [Left voice:]
    For screeching and yelling and various offenses, lower the queen and bend her over the tub; against the state, the country, the commitee; hold her head under the water, please, for an hour, for groveling and spewing and various offenses; puncture the bloat with the wing of a sparrow, the inverse, the obverse, the converse, the reverse, the sharpening wing of the edge of a sparrow, for suitable reckonings too numerous to mention, as the queen is fat, she is devoured by rats; there is one way to skin a cat or poison a rat; it is here forth, hear to three, forthirightly stated

    [Right voice:]
    Relent and obverse and inverse and perverse and reverse the inverse of perverse and reverse and reverse and reverse and reverse and reverse and chop it and pluck it and cut it and spit it and sew it to joy on the edge of a cyclop and spin it to rage on the edge of a cylindrical minute

    [Left voice:]
    Put down that rag simpering, callow and morose
    Who let you in? If I knew, then I could get out
    The murder you see is a mystery to me

    [Right voice:]
    Dear Mister Muse, fellow of wit and gentry
    Medieval ruse filling the shallow and empty
    Fools that duel, duel in pools

    [Left voice:]
    To Rembrandt and Oswald, to peanuts and ketchup, sanctimonious sycophants stir in the bushes, up to the stand with your foot on the Bible; as king, I must order and constantly arouse, if you swear to catch up and throw up and up-up, a king full of virgin and kiss me and spin it, excuse to willow and wander, dark wonders divest me of robes, sutures, Harry and pig meat, the fate of a nation, rests hard on your bosoms, the king on his throne, puts his hand down his robe, the torture of inverse and silkscreen and Harry, and set the tongue squealing the reverse and inverse

    [Right voice:]
    Tantalize poets with visions of grandeur, their faces turn blue with the reek of the compost, as the living try hard to retain what the dead lost, with double-dead sickness from writing at what cost and business and business and reverse and reverse and set the brain reeling the inverse and perverse

    [Left voice:]
    Objections suffice apelike and tactile bassoon
    Oboeing me cordon the virus' section
    Off to the left is what is not right

    [Right voice:]
    English arcane, tantamount here to frenzy
    Passing for me, lascivious elder passion
    Corpulent filth disguised as silk

    [Left voice:]
    Contempt, contempt, and contempt for the boredom, I shall poison the city and sink it with fire, for cordless and Harry and ape-pig and scissor, the messenger's wig seems fraught with desire, for blueberry picnics and pince-nez and magpies, the messenger's skirt, would you please hook it higher, for children and adults, all those under ninety, how truly disgusting. Would you please put it down? A stray in this fray is no condom worth saving, as king, I'm quite just, but it's just quite impossible, a robe and a robe and a robe and a bat, no double-class inverse could make lying worth dying

    [Right voice:]
    With cheap simian melodies, hillbilly outgush, for illiterate ramblings, for cheap understanding, for misunderstranding, the simple, the inverse, the compost, the reverse, the obtuse and stupid, and business and business, and cheap stupid lyrics, and simple mass reverse while the real thing is dying

    [Left voice:]
    Exit the pig, enter the owl and gorgeous
    King on the left, it on the right and primping
    Adjusting his nose as he reads from his scroll

    [Right voice:]
    Folksy knockwurst, peel back the skin of French
    And what do you find? Follicles intertwining
    Succulent prose wrapped up in robes

    [Left voice:]
    Off with his head, take his head from his neck off, requiring memories both lovely and guiltfree, put out his eyes, then cut his nose off, sanctimonius sycophants stir in the bushes, scoop out his brain, put a string where his ears were, all the king's horses and all the king's men, swing the whole mess at the end of the wire, scratch out his eyes with the tip of a razor, let the wire extend from the tip of a rose, Caroline, Caroline, Caroline, oh! but retains the remnants of what once was a nose, pass me my robe, fill my bath up with water

    [Right voice:]
    Jumpsuit and pigmeat and making his fortune, while making them happy with the inverse and obverse and making them happy and making them happy with the coy and the stupid, just another dumb lackey who puts out the one thing while singing the other, but the real thing's alone and it is no man's brother

    [Left voice:]
    No one knows no nose is good news and senseless
    Extend the wine, drink here a toast to selfless
    Ten-year-old port is perfect in court

    [Right voice:]
    Safety is nice, not an unwise word spoken
    Scary bad dreams made safe in lovely songs
    No doom or gloom allowed in this room

    [Left voice:]
    Casbah and cascade and rosehip and feeling, cascade and cyanide, Rachaminoff, Beethoven, skull-silly wagon and justice and perverse and reverse the inverse and inverse and inverse, blueberry catalog, questionable earnings, hustler's lament and the rest will in due cry, to battle and scramble and browbeat and hurt while chewing on minstrels and choking on dirt, disease please seems the order of the day, please the king, please the king, please the king day, casbah and cascade and rosehip and feeling, point of order, return the king here to the ceiling

    [Right voice:]
    Oh, not to be whistled or studied or hummed or remembered at nights when the eye is alone, but to skewer and ravage and savage and split with the grace of a diamond then bellicose wit, to stun and to stagger with words as such stone, that those who do hear cannot again return home

    [Left voice:]
    Razzamatazz, there's nothing on my shoulder
    Lust is a must, shaving my head's made me bolder
    Will you kindly read what it was I brought thee?

    [Right voice:]
    Hello to Ray, hello to Godiva and Angel
    Who let you in? Isn't it nice, the party?
    Aren't the lights pretty at night?

    [Left voice:]
    Sick leaf and sorrow and pincers not scissors, regard and refrain from the daughters of marriage, regards for the elders and youngest in carriage, regard and regard for the inverse and perverse and obverse, and diverse, of reverse and reverse, regard from the sick, the dumb, and the camel from pump's storing water, like brain is too marrow to x-ray and filthy and cutting and then peeling to skin and to skin and to bone and to structure to livid and pallid and turgid and structured and structured and structured and structured and structured and regard and refrain, the sick and the dumb, inverse, reverse and perverse

    [Right voice:]
    Contempt, contempt, and contempt for the seething for writhing and reeling and two-bit reportage, for sick with the body and sinister holy, the drown burst blue babies now dead on the seashore, the valorous horseman, who hang from the ceiling, the pig on the carpet, the dusty pale jissom, that has no effect for the sick with the see-saw, the inverse, obverse converse, reverse of reverse the diverse and converse of reverse and perverse and sweet pyrotechnics, and let's have another of inverse, converse, diverse, perverse and reverse, hell's graveyard is damned as they chew on their brains, the slick and the scum, reverse, inverse and perverse

    [Left voice:]
    Plowing while it's done away
    Dumb and ready pig meat
    Sick upon the carpet
    Climb into the casket
    Safe within the parapet
    Sack is in the parapet
    Pigs are out and growling
    Slaughter by the seashore
    See the lifeguard drowning
    Sea is full of fishes
    Fishes full of china
    China plates are falling
    All fall down
    Sick and shiny carpet
    Lie before my eyes-eyes
    Lead me to the ceiling
    Walk upon the wall wall
    Tender as the green grass
    Drink the whisky horror
    See the young girls dancing
    Flies upon the beaches
    Beaches are for sailors
    Nuns across the sea-wall
    Black hood horseman raging
    Swordsman eating fire
    Fire on the carpet
    Set the house ablazing
    Seize and bring it flaming
    Gently to the ground ground
    Dizzy Bell Miss Fortune
    Fat and full of love-juice
    Drip it on the carpet
    Down below the fire hose
    Weep and whisky fortune
    Sail me to the moon, dear
    Drunken dungeon sailors
    Headless Roman horsemen
    The king and queen are empty
    Their heads are in the outhouse
    Fish upon the water
    Bowl upon the saviour
    Toothless wigged Laureate
    Plain and full of fancy
    Name upon a letterhead
    Impressing all the wheat germ
    Love you for a nickel
    Maul you for a quarter
    Set the casket flaming
    Do not go gentle blazing

    [Right voice:]
    Sick upon the staircase
    Sick upon the staircase
    Blood upon the pillow
    Climb into the parapet
    See the church bells gleaming
    Knife that scrapes a sick plate
    Dentures full of air holes
    The tailor couldn't mend straight
    Shoot her full of air holes
    Climbing up the casket
    Take me to the casket
    Teeth upon her red throat
    Screw me in the daisies
    Rip upon her holler
    Snip the seas fantastic
    Treat her like a sailor
    Full and free

    Brian Burke

    Thank you Chuck. For those of us that really appreciate this song for what it is, we bow in the most sincere way. Listening to this song 15 years ago got me right where I am now, reading these lyrics you skillfully typed up. Keep up the vibes Chuck.

    Zach

    ChuckDeFuque Z

    funkmasterjee

    COULD YOU GO INTO MORE DETAIL ??

    big body

    damn, my headphones are in the wrong ears

    Del Stevenson

    Chuck you are my hero man! Thank you so much for posting these lyrics! Chuck DeFuque for President..!

  60. Pan's Central Express

    Does any one know off hand what System of a Down song sounds just like this?

    Pan's Central Express

    Okay but theres a second one, as well, Ive listened to this more extensively and the Vocals are on a song, and the riff is too. So whats the song where serj is talking like this song.

    Alexander Yubari

    Mary Magdalene
    Talking? You might be talking about Prison Song then. Half of their riffs sound the same.

  61. Francine Medina

    This song got me hooked to Velvet Underground... love it.

  62. Deathbat Nightfall

    Got to love the story behind this song.

  63. Lune granite

    fucking disturbing and awesome

  64. epilobia1 Dinmail

    I read a lot of crap here ....look at the title ! obviously the mind of a fucked up speed junkie going through periods of thought- storm and calm , unable to stop the inevitable murder about to spew forth from his overactive meaningless brain .....

  65. PappyWappy43

    I heard this album was more accessible, and that each band member was in this song, so I expected a story-song where each member of the band was part of a Mystery Inc. kind of group and tried to solve a murder mystery.
    The song is better then that, but I still wish my idea was what happened.

    Noga Goldstein

    destroyernoah omg I thought the same when I read the Wikipedia article for the album

  66. Sam Carver

    Without a doubt this is the VU's most underrated song

  67. TomorrowNeverKnows

    This is Dark psychedelia

  68. Sebastián Abril

    This is a bop

  69. Chris Johnson

    They full set of their work was $20 through BMG(1995 or 1996). It sold well among my friend. Already had VU and Nico before the box set, traded it for "Slanted and Enchanted" by Pavement. Great trade. My friend of course bought the box set.

  70. Chris Johnson

    This is a good one to play in bars and make everyone angry.

    Nugsy Malone

    Does it really? Why would they get angry?

  71. Joseph

    scoop out his brain put a string where his ears were

  72. Bennie Townsend

    It's like Chelsea Mystery

  73. Shelby

    love this song. listened to it repeatedly while tripping once and it really through me for a loop

  74. Andy Boerger

    I personally feel that the only thing that makes this song enjoyable is Mo Tucker's voice.

    Alexander Yubari

    Andy Boerger
    Lame.

    Jonathan Thompson

    @Alexander Yubari Doug Yule's voice, Sterling Morrison's voice, Lou Reed's voice, the guitar, the piano...

  75. vdklippe

    The Val Valentin Mix -: The Closet Mix, ?

  76. Red Mother

    sublime

  77. Jack Alexander

    absolute insanity

  78. Michael garrett

    thank god for the piano part... relief.

  79. Adrian Johnson

    This song sounds like something the avant garde group Pram would do. Rosie Cuckson and Mo Tucker sound so identical to one another.

    Bautista Pappolla

    i totally agree, btw i love pram

  80. Clotilde Vivier

    this is my favourite velvet underground song. it's... amazing

    Sam Carver

    so very unknown that's the thing, love showing my alternative friends this gem

    Erin Lindsey

    My sister played this for me once in her car, and I have never been able to get it out of my head. A masterpiece, but then a lot of stuff the Velvet Underground produced is.

  81. kabeauregardajax

    Oh! Sweet heaven.

  82. Del Royster

    bought the album 20 years ago..still love it..always will remind me of growing up playing guitar.. beginning to see the light was one of the 1st songs I taught myself to play.. go Lou...

  83. TheRedJokerrr

    Reminds me a looooot of the album An Electric Storm by White Noise. The singing, the avant-gardism, the voices on left and right radio, the drumming, the psychedelic organ (or even the acid keyboard in general) and much more.

    Tony Towers

    TheRedJokerrr Just listened to the White Noise album, out of curiosity, and holy shit! Thanks, man!

    TheRedJokerrr

    Ho nice haha I like the sharing of music like that. It's great to see that some actually take the time to discover new stuff.

    PrizewinnersPaws

    yes and melodically a lot like "Love Without Sound." Reminded me of it a lot.

    John Eshuis

    'and I give you a kiss'

  84. Lucas De Munter

    Chop Suey?

    Benjamín Cabrera

    ... no?

    Nathaniel Hoyt

    get out

    Vako LaFleur

    Fuck Chop Suey. Seriously.

  85. abbi -

    what the fuck is wrong with people that this song isn't more popular ????? i cant stop listening to it

    Paddy le Blanc

    Because people are generally morons who need not only their art, but their beliefs, spoon fed to them. Too much work to think for yourself it would seem

  86. Bastard Child

    I was scared when in teh piano part (6:37) the first time i listened this album

    Iván Méndez Ortiz

    Are you sure you don't mean around 6:31 when the piano slides erratically with that sound effect? At least that's what scared me too the first time.

    Cutroofer

    afx,velvet uderground, zappa

  87. Бојан Квргић

    Crazy. Castaneda. Mind splitting. Magical sixties. I wish I was born in fifties, not seventies.

  88. Matthew Wilson

    [Left voice:]
    Plowing while it's done away
    Dumb and ready pig meat
    Sick upon the carpet
    Climb into the casket
    Safe within the parapet
    Sack is in the parapet
    Pigs are out and growling
    Slaughter by the seashore
    See the lifeguard drowning
    Sea is full of fishes
    Fishes full of china
    China plates are falling
    All fall down
    Sick and shiny carpet
    Lie before my eyes-eyes
    Lead me to the ceiling
    Walk upon the wall wall
    Tender as the green grass
    Drink the whisky horror
    See the young girls dancing
    Flies upon the beaches
    Beaches are for sailors
    Nuns across the sea-wall
    Black hood horseman raging
    Swordsman eating fire
    Fire on the carpet
    Set the house ablazing
    Seize and bring it flaming
    Gently to the ground ground
    Dizzy Bell Miss Fortune
    Fat and full of love-juice
    Drip it on the carpet
    Down below the fire hose
    Weep and whisky fortune
    Sail me to the moon, dear
    Drunken dungeon sailors
    Headless Roman horsemen
    The king and queen are empty
    Their heads are in the outhouse
    Fish upon the water
    Bowl upon the saviour
    Toothless wigged Laureate
    Plain and full of fancy
    Name upon a letterhead
    Impressing all the wheat germ
    Love you for a nickel
    Maul you for a quarter
    Set the casket flaming
    Do not go gentle blazing

    [Right voice:]
    Sick upon the staircase
    Sick upon the staircase
    Blood upon the pillow
    Climb into the parapet
    See the church bells gleaming
    Knife that scrapes a sick plate
    Dentures full of air holes
    The tailor couldn't mend straight
    Shoot her full of air holes
    Climbing up the casket
    Take me to the casket
    Teeth upon her red throat
    Screw me in the daisies
    Rip upon her holler
    Snip the seas fantastic
    Treat her like a sailor
    Full and free and nervous
    Out to make his fortune
    Either this or that way
    Sickly or in good health
    Piss upon a building
    Like a dog in training
    Teach to heel or holler
    Yodel on a sing song
    Down upon the carpet
    Tickle polyester
    Sick within the parapet
    Screwing for a dollar
    Sucking on a fire-hose
    Chewing on a rubber line
    Tied to chairs and rare bits
    Pay another player
    Oh you're such a good lad
    Here's another dollar
    Tie him to the bedpost
    Sick with witches' covens
    Craving for a raw meat
    Bones upon the metal
    Sick upon the circle
    Down upon the carpet
    Down upon the carpet
    Down below the parapet
    Waiting for your bidding
    Pig upon the carpet
    Tumenescent railroad
    Neuro-anaesthesia analog
    Ready for a good look
    Drooling at the birches
    Swinging from the birches
    Succulent Nebraska

    Deathbat Nightfall

    Matthew Music thank you!

  89. Andrew Staal

    Ok first this trips a circut in my brain second on the album cover what is that creepy face to the far right

    Andrew Staal

    +Stephanie la I ment to say left there's just a dudes face with glowing eyes

    Peter Baird

    +Andrew Staal Oh! Haha! That's just doug yule hiding out in the back

    Iván Méndez Ortiz

    hahahahaha

    Iván Méndez Ortiz

    Yeah, this cover is supposed to depict a band cheerfully passing time but irremediably conveys an eerie, strange vibe into it. This song definitely helps to feeling it.

    Destructive DJ

    But there is a face to the right, you can just barely see two menacing eyes. I'm not gonna get any sleep because of you

  90. Parched Pinemarten

    This song is the definition of avant-garde.
    Menacingly fantastic.

    Laucha Gutiérrez

    +Parched Pinemarten I wouldn't go as far as to say this song is the synoym of avant-garde, though I agree that is "menacingly fantastic".
    but hey thats just my opinion man!

    Topo

    Laucha Gutiérrez
    It has many elements of avant garde I would say.

    Alexander Yubari

    Topo
    Yeah, but it probably isn't enough to call it the "synonym" of avant-garde.

    Luis Mario Guerrero Sánchez

    You're confusing it with Sister Ray.

  91. Octavio Bobadilla

    Esto es llevar la música a otro nivel.

    TomorrowNeverKnows

    Prefiero pink floyd

    Alexander Yubari

    TomorrowNeverKnows
    Gay.

    Overman98

    tu foto, FLCL :)

  92. AFTimeLord

    I just got this song on vinyl and just realized that there are two voices, one on the left earphone, one on the right. This was in the sixties, people. THIS WAS BACK WHEN MUSIC WAS ART.

    Alli Zappa McMinn

    AFTimeLord Because LSD was still legalized?

    Alexander Yubari

    You don't need to have it on vinyl to notice that. If anything that's just a small trick, it doesn't make the song any better.

    Alexander Yubari

    chase ruel
    "Yeah man check out these bands like Radiohead, Death Grips, Neutral Milk Hotel and the Swans you probably haven't listened to them already :)"

    Greg Hubbard

    @Trent King you must be smoking plenty of crack these days my friend

    Greg Hubbard

    @Alexander Yubari they all suck big donkey cock

  93. Dave Mellor

    I bought it long ago .. as with a lot of things. down the can with the repo man lol

  94. Pedro Nascimento

    this song makes me feel evil

  95. Del Royster

    somebody got lou reed mixed up with captain beefheart

    Alan Reynolds

    No I didn't, I know the difference between Velvet, Beefheart,Zappa etc.

  96. Santiago Canalla

    so much strokes in the intro

    Helle Fyre

    Because those punks have no originality

    Alexander Yubari

    You're deaf.

    Qey Qashmal

    Sonic Youth ?

  97. Dr. Mantis Toboggan, M.D.

    This is truly a unique composition. 

    Nicholas Hesser

    I'M THE TRASHMAN

    Traimax

    No, it isn't.

    Ricardo Allan

    @Traimax Why?

  98. Hoel Spiers

    how is this not more popular???

    John Eshuis

    let it be obscure!

    John Eshuis

    The moment that my family appreciated Pink Floyd (the wall) I realized that it was a bad album. Difference MUST be!

    JD Chase

    One of Pink Floyd's worst albums... got kicked off a PF Facebook page for saying it...

    KERLOND

    Hoel Spiers
    It's too good to be populair

    nuhnuhnuhnuhnuh35

    wanted to like your comment but saw it was at 69 likes so i didnt

  99. Alan Reynolds

    Brilliant group, still ahead of their time. After splitting your mind in two, finish it with Trout Mask Replica, an album I'm still trying to understand.

    Laucha Gutiérrez

    The Velvet and The Captain: all the music a man needs.

    Dan G

    Nothing difficult to understand. It just fucking sucks

    JM555

    Dan G Eat shit kid. Leave avant-garde music that you clearly don't understand for us adults.