"How Do You Think It Feels" as written by and Lou Reed....
How do you think it feels
When you're speeding and lonely
Come here baby
How do you think it feels
When all you can say is: If only

If only I had a little
If only I had some change
If only, if only, only
How do you think it feels
And when do you think it stops?

How do you think it feels
When you've been up for five days
Come down here Mamma
Hunting around always - ooh
'Cause you're afraid of sleeping

How do you think it feels
To feel like a wolf and foxy
How do you think it feels
To always make love by proxy?
How do you think it feels
And when do you think it stops?
When do you think it stops?

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song, and it's companion, "Oh JIm" are the centerpieces to Lou Reed's 1973 concept album, Berlin. In the album, Reed tells the story of two doomed lovers, Jim, the primary narrator of the album, and Caroline, his drug addicted wife. Jim narrates the album as a retrospective, explaining how Caroline became dependent on the external validation of others (called "two-bit friends," by Jim) and became a drug addict, selling herself to get another fix. In the story arc of the album, this song occurs just after Jim discovers that Caroline has begun prostituting herself to support her growing amphetamine addiction. The song is posed as a series of searing questions: "How do you think it feels when all you can say is 'if only: if only I had a little, if only I had some change, if only, if only if only...'" Here Jim mocks Caroline's drug seeking behavior when she's desperate for a fix. The interjections in the song "Come 'ere baby - Come down here, Mama" presumably come from men attempting to pick up Caroline. The song contains two of the most searing lines ever written, in my opinion: "How do you think it feels when you've been up for five days, hunting around always, 'cause you're afraid of sleeping" and "How do you think it feels to always make love by proxy?" All in all, this is one of the crown jewels of the Berlin album, an under appreciated album that I think highlights some of Reed's best lyrics ever.

    Is the song about Reed? Maybe, but probably not. He has held throughout the years that Berlin was an original work and not related to his life. Indeed, many of the songs were penned at discontinuous times in his life, and assembled and rewritten for the purpose of the album.
    landfillpoeton November 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song just builds. He sounds so desperate it is painful to listen to. Lou doesn't mind showing the worst parts of his personality. It's great.
    thebodiesobtainedon April 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRealy hits the spot this track. His emotion is untouched on this track and a few others on the album.
    TheGrillon July 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song by a god.
    this song is about being a drug addict.
    mrs-mojo-risinon November 01, 2004   Link
  • -4
    General Commentspeeeeed freak.
    crazy/beautifulon March 22, 2008   Link

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