"Sheltered Life" as written by and Lou Reed....
Never been to London,
never been to France
never was sorry
never learned to dance
Never walked down
to 42nd Street and Frairs
never smoked any
filtered air

Guess it's true
what all the people say
gonna have to mend
my old time ways, yeah
I guess it's true, guess,
I've lived a sheltered life

Never walked about
on the streets at night
never got into
an uptown fight
Never smoked a hookah,
never saw a rug
couldn't even squash
a beetle bug

Guess it's true
I'm gonna have to change my ways
guess it's true
what all the people say, yeah
I know it's true, guess,
I've lived a sheltered life

Never went to parties
in a chauffeured car
never wore a top hat
'cause I won't get far
Never learned to handle
all the things that I've seen
maybe I'll grow up
to be big and mean

Guess it's true
what all the people say
gonna have to change
my old fashioned ways, well
I guess it's true, guess,
I've lived a sheltered life



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"Sheltered Life" as written by Lou Reed Lewis Allen Reed

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    General CommentLou Reed lived a sheltered life? Who does he think he's kidding? Well, I really like this song. Maybe he's trying to point out that there's really no such thing as a sheltered life and it doesn't matter that much if you've been to exotic places or had experiences that seem outwardly unusual. "Never learned to handle all the things that I've seen" is a key line, I think, because even though he's lived a sheltered life by some people's standards, he doesn't feel very sheltered.
    thebodiesobtainedon February 12, 2008   Link

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