"Sad Song" as written by and Lou Reed....
Staring at my picture book
She looks like Mary, Queen of Scots
She seemed very regal to me
Just goes to show how wrong you can be

I'm gonna stop wastin' my time
Somebody else would have broken both of her arms

Sad song, Sad song, Sad song, Sad song

My castle, kids and home
I thought she was Mary, Queen of Scots
I tried so very hard
Shows just how wrong you can be

I'm gonna stop wasting time
Somebody else would have broken both of her arms

Sad song, Sad song, Sad song, Sad song

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  • +4
    General CommentIsn't it interesting that an album as sobering as Berlin would end with the voice of the abusive husband who contributed to the abandonment of children and the suicide of his own wife? He has no qualms about it either ("Someone else would have broke both her arms.") and the half-enthusiastic chant of "sad song" only add to this effect. We can't mourn this situation anymore than he can; we are forced to say, "Oh, this is sad, let's move on." It's a stream of half hearted emotion that beautifully concludes this record. Lou gives voice to those forgotten.
    bowiefan1on November 04, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti don't think it's hopeful at all. the male character hasn't learned anything from what's happened. he isn't repentent about what he's done. he still thinks he's in the right. he's just going to shrug it off and do the same to some other girl.
    grazbosson August 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti enjoy this song a lot. especially the flute.
    i'd say it's about someone who has realized that this woman is not worth "wasting his time". but as he looks back, he thinks about how real everything seemed to him and how hopeful he was of her.

    and thats the depressing part.

    but i'd say, even though the album is considered one of the most depressing, it ends with this song that sorta leaves you with a glimmer of hope..
    def_linuson August 25, 2005   Link

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