"White Prism" as written by and Lou Reed....
There's a white prism with phony jism
Spread across its face
And the soulful convicts forever interred
Lose the smile across their faces
The smile that registered hopes or dreams
Has proven just a waste

And I'm the indentured servant
Forever in his place
I'm the indentured servant
Forever in his place

I wish I built a cabinet
Of shiny bolts and wood
Secret draws and hiding places
Sculpted out of wood
Secret places, secret lies
In a desk lying alone

A secret letter written to you
To be read when you're alone
A secret letter written to you
To be read when you're alone

It says I'm your indentured servant
I can no longer pretend
That I'm a lover or an equal
I'm not even a friend
I'm not good enough to serve you
I'm not good enough to stay

So it is that I beseech you
To please turn me away
So it is that I beseech you
To please turn me away

Turn me away
Turn me away
Turn me away

I'm asking you to let me go
It hurts me when you're sad
And I can not do better than this
Which must surely make you mad
I'd be better off in your cabinet
Or in a prison made of cloth

Crouched beneath your dress I come
Shooting little spurts
Crouched beneath your dress I come
Shooting little spurts

I'm your indentured servant
But even I have pride
In what I make or say or do
Although I've lots to hide
I hide from freedom and I hide from you
'cause you've found me out

I belong in prison beneath your legs
In a cabinet that I've built
Beneath a candle in a secret drawer
In a prison by a moat

I'm your indentured servant
And I'm asking you to leave
Me outside this prison cell
Where only you can breathe
I'm your indentured servant
But I'm asking you for this

Please release me from this love
And do it with a kiss
I'm your indentured servant
I'm the one you'll miss

Do it with a kiss
Do it with a kiss
Do it with a kiss
I'm the one you'll miss


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"White Prism" as written by Lou Reed

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    General CommentSo its about feeling inadequate right? And feeling trapped in the relationship and therefore feeling guilty and the longing for it all to be right just making him want to hide.. Indentured servant forever in his place - He doesnt want to end up like the other 'soulful convicts' 'forever interred' But at the same time its almost like he wants to resign himself in this way - 'I wish i built a cabinet of shiny bolts and wood, secret draws and hiding places sculpted out of wood' But he cant, so it is that he beseeches her 'To please turn me away'.. Well this is how I read it anyway.. I just think the line 'Crouched beneath your dress i come, Shooting little spurts' sums the song up in such a great way, fucking awesome song..
    teddavis29on April 01, 2007   Link

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