Saturday, September 16

Lou Reed: Dirty Boulevard

"Dirty Boulevard", Lou Reed's poignant tale of Pedro, an immigrant kid with nine siblings, living in a hovel and beaten regularly by his father, but Pedro remains optimistic and hopes to escape. He finds a book on magic in a garbage can, looks up at the cracked ceiling and says “at the count of three I want to away”. Featuring arguably Reed's greatest chord progression since "Sweet Jane".

And back at the Wilshire,
Pedro sits there dreaming
He's found a book on magic in a garbage can
He looks at the pictures
And stares at the cracked ceiling
"At the count of 3," he says,
"I hope I can disappear"
And fly fly away,
From this Dirty Boulevard
I wanna fly... away...

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