Velvet Underground, “Rock and Roll”

Lou Reed, “Rock and Roll,” from the album “Velvet Underground,” 1969.

If this isn’t the greatest music ever made, I’ll eat my hat. Lou Reed is God.

Oh one more thing for all you capitalists out there. The late, great, short-lived Velvet Underground? You know, them? They never made a nickel. Hey capitalists, take your “success” bullshit and cram it up right up your greedy asses, ok?

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 all right (it was all right) Hey baby, you know it was all right (it was all right)

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 all right (it was all right) Hey it was alright (it was all right) 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 all right

Well, listen to me now And it was all right

Come on, man, listen It was all right It was all right And it was all right

All right! It’s all right All right! Yeah, it’s all right now All right! Yeah, it’s all right now All right! It is all all right All right! Yeah, all right now All right! And it’s all right right now All right! And it’s all right now All right! Oh baby all right! Oh baby all right! Oh baby all right! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah All right! Now it’s alright now All right! Ooh, it’s alright now All right! Oh, all right All right! All right now All right!

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