"Beginning to See the Light" as written by and Lou Reed....
Well I'm beginning to see the light
Well I'm beginning to see the light
Some people work very hard
But still they never get it right
Well I'm beginning to see the light
Wanna tell all you people now
Now, now people, I'm beginning to see the light
Hey now, baby, I'm beginning to see the light
Wine in the morning
And some breakfast at night
Well, I'm beginning to see the light

Here we go again
Playing the fool again
Here we go again
Acting hard again, all right!

Well I'm beginning to see the light
I wanna tell you now, ooh-ooh-ooh
Hey now, baby, I'm beginning to see the light
It come a bit softer now
I wore my teeth in my hands
So I could mess the hair of the night
Hey, well I'm beginning to see the light
Now, now, now, now, now, now baby I'm beginning to see the night, now
It's comin' softer
Hey now, baby I'm beginning to see the light
I met myself in a dream
And I just want to tell you everything was alright
Hey now, baby, I'm beginning to see the light

Here comes two of you
Which one will you chose?
One is black and one is blue
Don't know just what to do, all right!

Well I'm beginning to see the light
All right now, here she comes!
Yeah, yeah, baby I'm beginning to see the light
Oh, some people work very hard
But still they never get it right
Well I'm beginning to see the light
Come on, let's get a little softer there now
Now, now, baby I'm beginning to see the light
Oh, it's coming around again
Hey now, now, now, now baby I'm beginning to see the light
One more time
There are problems in these times
But ooh, none of them are mine
Oh baby, I'm beginning to see the light

Here we go again
I thought that you were my friend
Here we go again
I thought that you were my friend

How does it feel to be loved?
How does it feel to be loved?
How does it feel to be loved?
How does it feel to be loved?
How does it feel to be loved?
How does it feel to be loved?


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"Beginning to See the Light" as written by Lou Reed

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  • +5
    General CommentI wonder if that's the same light 'that never goes out'
    MyHollandon March 27, 2010   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningOf course this is about the person in the song suddenly coming to a conclusion or realization of a state of enlightenment or truth. I think I've lived this song during a short brief and perhaps regrettable time in my life, so let me explain some things that people have not noticed or overlooked so far:

    Beginning to see the light works in two ways. One as explained before and another that is more apparent by observing the next section of the song. It is quite a literal interpretation: he is beginning to see the light, as in sun up. As any night owl knows, when the sun comes up, it's definitely time for bed. You might first initially think the person wakes up in the morning and drinks wine and then later at night eats breakfast... no, he sleeps all day, wakes up at night, eats breakfast, is up until sunrise, enjoys the peace and solitude of the wee morning with some wine. It's a backwards life, acting the fool, playing but not acting hard, not working hard...

    I think Lou Reed enjoys double meanings but tries about 80% of the time to execute with literal meanings. Such is the "one is black and one is blue" line. We all first think of pairing "black and blue" as a bruise. And the idea of getting beat is probably not too far from his intent. However, one is black and one is blue. One side is dark and dismal and the other is sad and blue... not very good alternatives. He refers to "two of you" but I think this is the person in the song's self in his dream asking which of the two to be. The two options aren't the best, so the person is confused.
    puzzudon July 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy take on it is, and it makes a lot of sense, is that it is a relationship. Lets just pretend we know its a man and a woman. In the first passage it is where he starts to realize that it is a waste of time to work the relationship out because it may never work and he might as well keep on partying and havinga good time. Then when he starts acting shady she is telling them that he is being foolish and acting hard, haha obviously. All Right! is his response, kind of saying it in an apathetic manor but then expresses to us that he wants to tell her that he is over it but he is "holding his teeth in his hands" or keeping his mouth shut so that they don't fight. The "It comes very softly" and "It comes softer" is him telling us he is letting her down gently. When she says "here comes two of you. Which one will you choose?" she wants him to chose between the him that would leave her and move on with his carefree life and the him that wants to work on it. The last passage of his lets us know that he still really wants to break up and the "ah, it's getting a little softer, maybe, in there" is where the actual break up occours. The "Ah its coming around again" and of coarse the great line "There are problems in these times, but wooo, none of them are mine" instill that he is happy with his decision. Then in the very last passage, it is her asking how it feels to be loved, she wouldn't know, because he didn't express love for her and took the easy way out. She expresses dissapointment in his actions when she says "Here we go again, I thought that you were my friend".
    nothing666ishon October 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, I love this song! It's so great! It feels like the ignorant man's happiness (sarcastic i suppose)..: "There are problems in these times, but woo! None of them are mine..! Oh baby I'm beginning to see the light". Like it was a great enlightment to understand that you'll live in bliss once you don't care..
    Dreamlandscapeon July 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the way it says "wine in the morning and some breakfast at night". It sort of says just do what you want and don't care about anyone else and you'll be happy. I don't think it's sarcastic, I think that it's just describing one mood that everyone probably feels at some point. Really though I think it's impossible to not care about anyone else.
    sweetydarlingon May 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdid anyone ever notice how many songs are about dreams?


    watch waking life.
    mrs-mojo-risinon October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely one of the Velvet Underground's more optimistic songs.
    confinedinsanityon April 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wouldn't say it's completely an optimistic song, Dreamlandscape described it very well. To me, it's very much like Sunday Morning, with the descriptions of paranoia. I feel like it's ignorance is bliss but then there's a realization there too, going back and forth with trust in relationships. The self-titled VU album is more subtle its own very beautiful ways.
    PetSoundson May 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI meant also to say, it seems to have a rather neutral tone, I guess its a recurring thing that happens in a lot of VU songs.
    PetSoundson May 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe characters enlightenment is shortlived, after the euphoria of "seeing the light" wears off, he still wonders how it feels to be loved.
    DevastatorJr.on January 04, 2006   Link

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