"Sally Can't Dance" as written by and Lou Reed....
Sally dances on the floor
She says that she can't do it anymore
She walks down St. Marks Place
And eats natural food at my place

Now Sally can't dance no more
she can't get it off of the floor
Sally can't dance no more
Sally, she can't dance no more

Sally is losing her face
She lives on St. Marks Place
In a rent-controlled apartment, eighty dollars a month
She has lots of fun, she has lots of fun

But, Sally can't dance no more
Oh Sally she can't dance no more
She went and carried on and can't get off of the floor
Now Sally, oh she can't dance no more

She was the first girl in the neighborhood
To wear tied-dyed pants, like she should
She was the first girl that I've ever seen
That had flowers painted on her jeans
Now she wears a sword, like Napoleon
And she kills the boys and acts like a son

Sally can't dance no more
Sally can't dance no more
Sally can't dance no more
Sally, hey she can't dance no more
Sally can't dance
Sally can't dance

She knew all the really right people
She went to Les Jardins
She danced with Picasso's illegitimate mistress
and wore Kenneth Lane jewels, really hey, it's trash, but

Sally, can't dance no more, yeah
Sally, she can't dance no more, you tell 'em about it
Sally can't get herself off the floor
Hey, Sally, girl, she can't dance no more
Sally can't dance
Sally can't dance

(Sally can't dance, Sally can't dance)
(Sally can't dance, Sally can't dance)
(Sally can't dance, Sally can't dance)
(Sally can't dance, Sally can't dance)



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    General CommentIt’s allegedly about the late Edie Sedgwick who was a “big model” that used to “ball folk singers” (Bob Dylan), though some suggest Nico is another candidate. Yet since Sedgwick was dead from a drug overdose when the song was penned, and certainly couldn’t dance no more, it’s likely to be about her. One of Reed’s nastiest songs, yet a classic nonetheless. It should be noted that the single version removes any references to drug addiction, rape and murder, meaning most listeners will simply presume the song is about a chick that dances badly. Reed’s ‘Femme Fatale’ is also supposedly about Sedgwick.
    imperial.bedroomon December 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentParty animal?
    hastalavictoriaon February 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI wouldn't necessarily say it's "about" Edie, but definitely based loosely on her and probably a few others.
    I cant for the life of me figure where the name Sally came from though...
    dullifeon November 02, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationFor me this song is about Edie, she used to dance and she did it really well, but she lost her self into so many drugs.
    She was the first girl in everything, was a boomb, and she learn how to distrust some man, cause she was "raped" by his dad, altought she trust Andy too much. She was a big model, well she was, the "it" girl, and she had a kind of affair with Dylan, altought Dylan hadn't admit it, Lou is telling us in some way.
    She knew all the really right people cause she was someone, people wanted to be by her side cause she had some kind of light inside her, but she has lost everything.

    I think that's what Lou's saying. I'm sorry Edie, you used to dance like a goddess, and be a goddess, but darling you can't dance forever.
    bowiereedthingon June 11, 2014   Link

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