"Sweet Sister Ray" as written by and Maureen Tucker Sterling Morrison....
Doc and Sally inside
They're cooking for the down five
Who's 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
Whip it on

Rosie 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's big and dressed in pink and leather
He's just here from Alabama
He wants to know a way to earn a dollar
I'm searching for my mainer
I said I couldn't hit it sideways
I couldn't hit it sideways
Oh, just like Sister Ray said
Play it on

Cecil's got his new piece
He cocks and shoots it 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 c-c-c-ouldn't hit it sideways
I c-c-c-c-c-c-couldn't hit it sideways
Oh do it, do it, oh just, just, just do it, bless Sister Ray sir, go on!
Oh

Now, who is that knocking?
Who's knocking at my chamber door?
Now could it be the police?
They come and 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 busy sucking on my ding-dong
Oh, now, do it just like Sister Ray said
I'm searching for my mainline
I couldn't hit it sideways
I couldn't hit it sideways
Oh, now, just like
Oh, just like
Oh, just like
Oh, just like
Oh, just like
Oh, just like

Doc and sally inside, now move it along!
Cooking for the down five
Who's staring at Miss Rayon, do it, do it, do it, do it, do it!
licking up pig pen
I've been s-s-s-s-searching for my mainline
I couldn't hit it sideways
I couldn't hit it sideways
Just like
Oh, just like, do it, do it, do it!
Just like
Just like that
Just like

Now Rosie and Miss Rayon
They're busy waiting for her booster
She's just back from Carolina
She says she's bound to meet a sailor
I said you haven't got the time-time
You're busy sucking on my ding-dong
You're busy sucking on my ding-dong
Now, just like Sister Ray said
I'm searching for my mainline
I said I couldn't hit it sideways
Whip it on me Jim, whip it on me Jim
Whip it on me Jim, whip it on me Jim
Said I couldn't hit it sideways, oh, do it!
Yeah, just like, yeah just like Sister Ray said
I said now Cecil's got his new piece
He cocks and shoots it, bang! between three and four
He aims it at the sailor
He shoots him down dead on the floor
Oh, you shouldn't do that, don't you know you'll hit the carper, don't you know you'll mess the carpet

Oh, she hasn't got the time-time
Busy sucking on his ding-dong
She's busy sucking on his ding-dong
Yeah, just like Sister Ray said
I'm searching for my mainline
Couldn't hit it sideways
Couldn't hit it sideways
Now just like
Now just like
Now just like, like Sister Ray said, now do it to him!

Doc and Sally inside
They're busy cooking for the down five, oh
Who's staring at Miss Rayon
Busy licking up her pig pen
I'm busy searching for my mainline
I said I couldn't hit it sideways
I said I couldn't hit it sideways
Now just like
Now just like
I said oh, oh, just like
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"Sister Ray" as written by Maureen Tucker Sterling Morrison

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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
  • 0
    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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