"Candy Says" as written by and Lou Reed....
Candy says I've come to hate my body
And all that it requires in this world
Candy says I'd like to know completely
What others so discretely talk about

I'm gonna watch the blue birds fly over my shoulder
I'm gonna watch them pass me by
Maybe when I'm older
What do you think I'd see
If I could walk away from me

Candy says I hate the quiet places
That cause the smallest taste of what will be
Candy says I hate the big decisions
That cause endless revisions in my mind

I'm gonna watch the blue birds fly over my shoulder
I'm gonna watch them pass me by
Maybe when I'm older
What do you think I'd see
If I could walk away from me


Lyrics submitted by capitol76

"Candy Says" as written by Lou Reed Lewis Allen Reed

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  • +12
    General CommentIt doesn't have to be about Candy or about a sex change.
    To me, it speaks of the sad and futile yearning to be as free as blue birds, to be a part of the flow of nature and without the heavy burdens of a human body and big decisions draining your soul.
    I like to think of it as wanting to just BE. to not have a body or any of that, to just exist. And that is what the question means: what would we see if we were able to be free of our selves?
    words&trickson July 05, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe crossdresser makes more sense but until now I always thought Candy was a prostitute.

    She hates the way she uses her body and the things that happen as a result.

    Candy came from out on the island
    In the backroom she was everybody's darlin
    But she never lost her head, even while she was giving head.
    She said hey baby, take a walk on the wildside.
    Okita-Kunon April 26, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIts so cool listening to this song right after "Sister Ray" ends. Its like the morning after a big blowout (White Light /White Heat album) into a calming after effect (The Velvet Underground). Beautiful song, beautiful album. Really shows the diversity and brillaince of the VU.
    billhilfon February 10, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm sure the song is about Candy Darling. Thanks for sharing all of your interpretations, I learn from each and everyone of you. Beautiful song.
    jinxedsunshineon January 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song's about Candy Darling, who was a cross-dresser in the '60s and part of Andy Warhol's regular crowd...great song; one of their best.
    stephaniesayson March 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSorry SIsterRay, but Stephaniesays is right. The song is about Candy Darling, who was also part of Andy Warhol's Factory, along with Lou Reed and a lot of people mentioned in Reed's lyrics. I've always interpreted the line

    "Candy says I hate the big decisions
    that cause endless revisions in my mind"

    to be about the sex change operation that Candy had wanted but never got. Unfortunately, Candy died of leukemia at the age of 25. Such a a sad and meloncholy song since it mentions "getting older" which Candy never got to do.

    Beautiful song.
    jackrabbit37on January 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI think it's about wanting to fit in with the world around you, and the fact remains you haven't ever been part of the world which adds to confusion. So you want to get rid of yourself to become like others and be connected with them rather than apart. It's a personal song about a person who is taking things personally at this stage in his life as for me, this song means a lot to my teen years, because you can't figure things out and hate the big decisions in life that are thrown at you. Looking ahead.... you wish you could just walk away from these things in your life but you can't... even when you're older than before.
    INLimBo7on October 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song reflects some of the nihilistic ideas of the Velvet Underground.

    "Candy says I hate the quiet places
    that cause the smallest taste of what will be."

    ie, she hates being alone and confused, not least because of an overwhelming fear of the nothingness of death.
    poshboyon December 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy FAVORITE SONG EVER
    instant_karmaon March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI first heard this song this year, remade by Beth Gibbons, in her cd, Out of Season [bonus edition], in one of the bonus tracks (live). I believe stephaniesays is right, and SisterRay is WAY off, but oh well. You can interperet it how you want.
    Phrogexon December 21, 2004   Link

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