"Venus in Furs" as written by and Lou Reed....
Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girl child in the dark
Comes in bells, your servant, don't forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Downy sins of streetlight fancies
Chase the costumes she shall wear
Ermine furs adorn the imperious
Severin, Severin awaits you there
I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears
Kiss the boot of shiny, shiny leather
Shiny leather in the dark
Tongue of thongs, the belt that does await you
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Severin, Severin, speak so slightly
Severin, down on your bended knee
Taste the whip, in love not given lightly
Taste the whip, now plead for me
I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears
Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girl child in the dark
Severin, your servant comes in bells, please don't forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart


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"Venus in Furs" as written by Lou Reed

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  • +5
    General Commenti think it is bleed. gives me shivers down my spine when Lou sings that line. I sure hope it is bleed. plead would be less chilling to me.
    yoladuon December 15, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentOf course it's about S&M.
    "Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather..." Man, I LOVE this song.
    parttimecynicon February 12, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentYeah it's about S&M, more specifically the story from the book 'Venus in Furs' which is basically about 'Severin', the slave and the girl he is obsessed with who he gets to mistreat him for pleasure. Then she falls for the 'Black Russian Prince' and blah blah, just a trashy novel as described by lou reed.

    one of the best songs,
    billiecapuleton February 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVenus in Furs was, off the top of my head, a book written by Baron Sadler-Masoch about his unusual relationship with a girl that eventually gave birth to the term 'Masochism', i.e., to gain sexual enjoyment from being hurt. I think 'Severin' might have been the name of a character from the book. Anyway, it's about S & M isn't it?
    Rich_Mon May 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazing song, the lyrics flow and fit perfectly with the rythem. And its spoken almost gently with a certain force in words.
    Morphinehazeon August 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentanne rice- claiming of sleeping beauty. "i could sleep for a thousand years"
    i just read the series not too long ago and i was sitting hear reading the lyrics to this song and it just dawned on me. its exactly like those novels how sleeping beauty, after a thousand years sleep, is finally awaken by her prince who then takes her in as his sex slave. if you haven't read these books.. do.
    sierracg1on May 09, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am tired, I am weary
    I could sleep for a thousand years
    A thousand dreams that would awake me
    Different colors made of tears

    RIP Lou
    TheWrongGirlon October 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeverin isn't the guy's name, it's what his abusive aunt used to call him. Later in life, he finds a domanatrix and gets her to dress like his aunt, call him "Severin", and treat him like she did, because it turns him on or somehing.
    Chloe le Fayon July 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am tired, I am weary
    I could sleep for a thousand years
    A thousand dreams that would awake me
    Different colors made of tears

    ...the greatest stanza ever written by the velvets....by anyone for that matter...i find this song as a definition for so much in my life...mainly because an order follows a choice and i just get pissed off about it...why should i care what others want...why should i care what i want...perception is a blackhole...wdc
    venusinfurson September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHeeeh. Trash Palace covered this song. They're both beautiful <3
    itsatsixon April 13, 2003   Link

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