Doug and Sally inside
They're cooking for the down five
Who're staring at Miss Rayon
Who's busy licking up her pig pen
I'm searching for my mainline
I said I couldn't hit it sideways
I said I couldn't hit it sideways
Oh, just like Sister Ray said
Live it on

Rosey and Miss Rayon
They're busy waiting for her booster
Who just got back from Carolina
She said she didn't like the weather
They're busy waiting for her sailor
Who says he's just as big as ever
He says he's from Alabama
He wants to know a way to earn a dollar
I'm searching for my mainline
I said I couldn't hit it sideways
I couldn't hit it sideways
Oh, just like Sister Ray said
Play on

Cecil's got his new piece
He cocks and shoots between three and four
He aims it at the sailor
Shoots him down dead on the floor
Oh, you shouldn't do that
Don't you know, you'll stain the carpet?
Now don't you know you'll stain the carpet
And by the way, have you got a dollar
Oh, no, man, I haven't got the time time
Too busy sucking on a ding-dong
She's busy sucking on my ding-dong
Oh, she does just like Sister Ray said
I'm searching for my mainline
I said I couldn't hit it sideways
Oh, couldn't, couldn't hit it sideways
Oh it, it just, just all over the floor, the floor

Now, who's that knocking
Who's that knocking on my chamber door
Now could it be the police
They come to take me for a ride ride
Oh, but I haven't got the time time
Hey, hey, hey she's busy sucking on my ding-dong
She's too busy sucking on my ding-dong
Oh, now, just like Sister Ray said
I'm searching for my mainline
I couldn't hit it sideways
I couldn't hit it sideways
Oh, just like


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    General Commentbahbahmakr, as stated at the end of the lyrics, this is from a live performance in Cleveland, 1968. It is available on many bootlegs, including one that is also called "Sweet Sister Ray." I also have a multi-CD bootleg set that has it (it's either the Sarchin' For My Mainline bootleg, or Caught Between the Twisted Stars).
    leamancon July 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentStream of consciousness intro to "Sister Ray". It's about the title character, I believe a crossdressing heroin dealer. Lou would just make it up as he went along. Similar lyrics appear on the lost song "Sweet Rock 'n' Roll", a.k.a. "Sister Ray Part 2". There was also a "Sister Ray Part 3". Both sounded totally different from the original, as does "Sweet Sister Ray". Part 2 was dolorous, kind of "Venus in Furs"-ish according to Lester Bangs, part 3 starting totally insane and slowing down slowly but surely until it started to sound like the original.
    Cynothoglyson July 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnyone know what album/recording this if from? I'd love to hear it.
    bahbahmakron September 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis*

    not if
    bahbahmakron September 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd really like to hear this. These are honestly some of Lou Reed's most interesting lyrics, improvised though they may be. I've never heard him allude to his own electroshock treatment in a song before.
    timbrewolfon July 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI found this, but I can't find the sister ray that should go with it, it's a bit frustrating when it cuts off, anyone know where to find it?
    Luthanderon September 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI need to find this!
    othatzsokewlon October 08, 2009   Link

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