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Black Angel's Death Song Lyrics

Artist: Velvet Underground
Album: Velvet Underground And Nico

The myriad choices of his fate
Set themselves out upon a plate
For him to choose
What had he to lose
Not a ghost bloodied country
All covered with sleep
Where the black angel did weep
Not an old city street in the east
Gone to choose
And wandering's brother
Walked on through the night
With his hair in his face
On a long splintered cut from the knife of G.T.
The rally man's patter ran on through the dawn
Until we said so long
To his skull-shrill yell
Shining brightly red-rimmed and
Red-lined with the time
Infused with the choice of the mind
On ice skates scraping chunks
From the bells
Cut mouth bleeding razor's
Forgetting the pain
Antiseptic remains cool goodbye
So you fly
To the cozy brown snow of the east
Gone to choose, choose again
Sacrificials remains make it hard to forget
Where you come from
The stools of your eyes
Serve to realize fame, choose again
And roverman's refrain of the sacrilege recluse
For the loss of a horse
Went the bowels and a tail of a rat
Come again, choose to go
And if Epiphany's terror reduced you to shame
Have your head bobbed and weaved
Choose a side to be on
If the stone glances off
Split didactics in two
Leave the colors of the mouse trails
Don't scream, try between
If you choose, if you choose, try to lose
For the loss of remain come and start
Start the game I che che che che I
Che che ka tak koh
Choose to choose
Choose to choose, choose to go

Comments/Interpretations

by Markus Mannberg on 10/5/2008 4:43pm
First class poetry.
by Gnome N. Klature on 10/27/2008 9:43pm
Was Lou high, low, serious, screwin or just plain pretentious when he wrote these? Who knows. John Cale's viola and hissing make this song interesting, certainly not the lyrics.
by Bob on 5/18/2009 1:24am
What the hell is this song about.
by Ivan on 9/8/2009 4:48am
Some kindly call it stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Others, unkindly call it doggerel.
by JackPat on 1/23/2011 12:56am
I beg to differ... I certainly think the lyrics help make the song interesting.








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