I haven"t to be to your website for a while, but it seems favor you provided to have actually an explanation of who"s who in the track "Walk on the Wild Side." whereby is it?

Mike from SF




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Dear Mike,

Sorry! that page obtained lost in a site update, yet I"m including the translation of the 1972 tune by Lou Reed and also the Velvet underground here:


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Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.

Hitch-hiked her method across the USA

Plucked her eyebrows on the way

Shaved her legs and also then he to be a she

She says, Hey babe

Take a to walk on the wild side

She said, Hey honey

Take a go on the wild side


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Holly—transvestite actress Holly Woodlawn, star of Andy Warhol"s film Trash (1970) Woodlawn is quiet acting, most notably in Billy"s Hollywood screen Kiss (1998) v Sean Hayes of will & Grace

F.L.A.—Florida

Hitchhiked—got vehicle rides from strangers

he to be a she—he came to be a woman

babe—an endearment, native baby

Take a to walk on the wild side—do miscellaneous crazy

honey—an endearment


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Candy come from out on the Island

In the backroom she to be everybody"s darlin"

But she never lost her head

Even as soon as she was giving head

She says, Hey babe

Take a walk on the wild side

Said, Hey babe

Take a to walk on the wild side

And the fancy girls walk

doo execute doo perform doo perform do doo


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Candy—Candy Darling, a transvestite actress in Andy Warhol films. Lou Reed likewise wrote "Candy Says" about her in 1969

the Island—Long Island, NY

darlin"—darling, girlfriend

lost she head—lost she composure

giving head—giving dental sex

colored—African-American. Agree at the moment the tune was written however now taken into consideration impolite.


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Little Joe never once offered it away

Everybody had actually to pay and pay

A hustle here and also a hustle there

New York City"s the ar where they said, Hey babe

Take a go on the wild side

I said, Hey Joe

Take a go on the wild side


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Little Joe—nickname of gibbs Joe Dallesandro, who showed up in Warhol"s movies Trash, Flesh, and Heat.

gave that away—had sex because that free

hustle—prostitution




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Sugar Plum Fairy came and also hit the streets

Lookin" for spirit food and a place to eat

Went come the Apollo

You should"ve watched "em go go go

They said, Hey sugar

Take a to walk on the wild side

I Said, Hey babe

Take a go on the wild side

All right, huh


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Sugar Plum Fairy—nickname of Warhol gibbs Joe Campbell (originally the name of a character in The Nutcracker ballet. Fairy is a derogatory ax for happy men. And though it is most likely coincidental, nuts also has the double an interpretation of testicles.)