"Hangin' 'Round" as written by and Lou Reed....
Harry was a rich young man
Who would become a priest
He dug up his dear father
Who was recently deceased

He did it with tarot cards
And a mystically attuned mind
And shortly there
And after he did find

Jeanie was a spoiled young brat
She thought she knew it all
She smoked mentholated cigarettes
And she had sex in the hall

But she was not my kind
Or even of my sigh
The kind of animal
That I would be about

Woh-woh-woh, you keep hangin' round me
And I'm not so glad you found me
You're still doing things that I gave up years ago
Oh-woh-woh-woh, you keep hangin' round me
And I'm not so glad you found me
You're still doing things that I gave up years ago
All right now
Ah-huh-huh

Kathy was a bit surreal
She painted all her toes
And on her face she wore dentures
Clamped tightly to her nose

And when she finally spoke
Her twang her glasses broke
And no one else could smoke
While she was in the room

Hark the herald angels sang
And reached out for a phone
And plucking it with a knife in hand
Dialed long distance home

But it was all too much
Sprinkling angel dust
To AT&T
Who didn't wish you well

Oh, but you keep hangin' round me
And I'm not so glad you found me
You're still doing things that I gave up years ago
Ho-ho-ho-ho, you keep hangin' round me
And I'm not so glad you found me
You're still doing things that I gave up years ago

Hangin' round
Hangin' round, that's all you're doing baby
Hangin' round
Hangin' round, ooohhh
Hangin' round
Hangin' round
Hangin' round
Hangin' round


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    General CommentI just listened to Hangin Round Acoustic Demo. Between Jeanny and Cathy, there is a Raymond. It goes like this:
    "Raymond was a stranger who had come from ports unknown.
    He had no hair upon his head, so he did not use a comb.
    But desperately wished for it, and every day did bathe, and when at last he found himself his dirt was cleanly saved."
    Too weird for the mainstream version I guess....
    Hogswhiskerson April 08, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationJust a guess, but this song came out in 1972, the year LR turned 30...time to grow up, right? By that time he'd probably lost quite a few friends to drugs (e.g., Edie Sedgwick OD'd in 1971). The song is probably meant to be ambiguous: you can take it simply and literally, as a complaint about living people from his past, or more sadly, as a sort of mock complaint about the ghosts of those people who won't leave him alone; maybe he found those people silly and annoying when they were alive, and yet he still finds himself thinking about them from time to time and even missing them. It's that little bit of complexity that makes his lyrics so good.
    rosalyreon February 02, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWhy has no one commented? This is a good song! The lyrics are catchy and the sound is a bit 'pop', but it's naughty too-- sex in the hall! wild!
    Coney_island_babyon December 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReminds me of some buggers I know. =P Love this song.
    thinwhiteduchesson March 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI guess no one has commented because they do not know what the song means. Me neither, actually. I guess about a few buggers who won't leave him alone.
    Catroaron July 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah I guess he's being bugged by... the people he describes in the song? The guy who dug up his dad? That's fucked. Made me think of pet sematary, then I thought that the whole song would be about that. A bit of a stretch but what if the chorus is sarcastically dead people [in general, or a person], who gave up living and wants some peace but people brought him back to life and kept hangin' round him. And the people in the chorus are either people that die or that end up bringing somebody back to life. haha I bet I'm way off, was fun anyway.
    DJgifon July 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJust a guess, but this song came out in 1972, the year LR turned 30...time to grow up, right? By that time he'd probably lost quite a few friends to drugs (e.g., Edie Sedgwick OD'd in 1971). The song is probably meant to be ambiguous: you can take it simply and literally, as a complaint about living people from his past, or more sadly, as a sort of mock complaint about the ghosts of those people who won't leave him alone; maybe he found those people silly and annoying when they were alive, and yet he still finds himself thinking about them from time to time and even missing them. It's that little bit of complexity that makes his lyrics so good.
    rosalyreon February 02, 2013   Link

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