"Andy's Chest" as written by and Lou Reed....
If I could be anything in the world that flew
I would be a bat and come swooping after you
And if the last time you were here, things were a bit askew
Well, you know what happens after dark
When rattlesnakes loose their skins and their hearts
And all the missionaries loose their bark
All the trees are calling after you
And all the venom snipers after you
Are all the mountains boulder after you

If I could be anything of the things in this world that bite
Instead of being a tethered ocelot on a leash
I'd rather be your kite
And be tied to the end of your string
And flying in the air, babe, at night
Because you know what they say about honey bears
When you shave off all their baby hair
You've got a hairy minded big bare bear
And all the bells are rolling out for you
And stones are all erupting out for you
And all the cheap bloodsuckers are flying after you

Yesterday, Daisy Mae and Biff were grooving down the street
And just like in a movie, her hands became her feet
Her belly button was her mouth
Which meant she tasted what she'd speak
But the funny thing is what happened to her nose
It grew until it reached all of her toes
Now, when people say her feet smell, they mean her nose
And curtains laced with diamonds, dear, for you
And kingdom's Christian sailors (soldiers), dear, for you
And melting ice cap mountains, dear, for you
And knights in flaming silver robes for you
And bats, that with a kiss turn prince for you
Swoop, swoop, oh, baby, rock, rock ...

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"Andy's Chest" as written by Lou Reed

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    General Commentshe was a paranoid schizophrenic and a very radical feminist. i like this song, its frivolous and simply entirely happy. good work mr. reed
    blakleberryon October 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI believe Valerie shot Andy because he was supposed to buy a script of hers to shoot, then never paid her (or shot the movie). He then lost the script, angering her to no end. It was that, and the fact that she's a total nutcase.

    The song does describe some of the weirdos that hung around the Factory. The title literally refers to the scar on Andy's chest following the incident, but I also took it to mean like another kind of chest, a treasure trove of sorts, a trove of weird characters.
    leamancon December 27, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis has always seemed to me like a bunch of random, free-associative, possibly adlibbed nonsense.

    does anyone know if it actually has any meaning?
    TeNon August 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLou Reed wrote this song for Andy Warhol to cheer him up after he was shot by Valerie Solanis. It's many just a silly song to make him laugh but also tell Andy that he still cared about him, because they did have a sort of falling out.
    jackrabbit37on January 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentValerie Solanis is a bitch. if i remember right, she shoot him cause he didnt use her work for his. Correct me if im wrong
    m2bow+deon June 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLove that last verse - that would have cheered Andy up if anything could. VS shot him because she was a nutter (not in a good way).
    morbid moragon October 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a great song!
    I like the Velvet Underground version much more than the one on "Transformer".
    acidandflowerson February 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAlso, I think it's "instead of a dentured ocelot on a leash..."
    acidandflowerson February 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love the bass line! and the sound of his voice~!
    HWOntoFireon June 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of my favorite VU songs. it'd cheer me up if i got shot.
    jessieagogoon September 24, 2009   Link

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