"A Gift" as written by and Lou Reed....
I'm just a gift to the women of this world
I'm just a gift to the women of this world

Responsibility sits so hard on my shoulder
Like a good wine, I'm better as I grow older, and now -

- I'm just a gift to the women of this world
I'm just a gift to the women of this world
I'm just a gift to the women of this world

It's hard to settle for second best
After you've had me, you know that you've had the best
And now you know that -

- I'm just a gift to the women of this world

(I'm just a gift to the women of this world)
(I'm just a gift to the women of this world)

Responsibility sits hard on my shoulder
Like a good wine, I'm better as I get older, and now -

- I'm just a gift to the women of this world
You know that I'm just a gift to the women of this world
Just a gift now

(I'm just a gift to the women of this world)
(I'm just a gift to the women of this world)
(I'm just a gift to the women of this world)
(I'm just a gift to the women of this world, just now)
(I'm just a gift to the women of this world, just a gift)
(I'm just a gift to the women of this world)
I'm just a gift to the women of this world
I'm just a gift to the women of this world
....



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"A Gift" as written by Eric Turner Adam Daniel Shore

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  • +1
    General CommentI think all the analyses so far miss the point of this song. Remember, this song appears on the Coney Island Baby album, which was at once both an examination of Lou Reed's formative years growing up in New York, and a concept album, where he details the seedier side of the area. Coney Island is often invoked as a metaphor for bygone American dreams. The concept of the album is that the different songs are sung by, or represent, stereotyped characters that inhabit Coney Island. For example, "Charley's Girl" explicitly tells the story of a down-on-her-luck Midwestern beauty turned stripper turned prostitute. This song is written from the perspective of a Coney Island male, predictably egocentric, and, who - obviously - thinks he is a gift to the women of the world. While the song itself is fairly straightforward, the meaning behind it is less so.
    landfillpoeton March 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAHAHA He's being sarcastic but... LMAO
    thinwhiteduchesson March 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf I'm not mistaken he thing was written during a period of over-the-top methamfetamine abuse, so I doubt he was able to get it up at the time..
    MAJOR sarcasm. It cracks me up everytime i hear it..
    vasquezon January 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAgree with the last comment. A lot of Lou Reed's songs take on characters that he'd met in the underbelly of New York.
    I feel like here he's just mocking a guy or type of guy that he would come across, thinking they're all that.
    mbagelyon May 30, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentUm... whatever you say, Lou. i don't quite know where he's going with this song... whether he's being sarcastic or ironic or... whatever. But the guy's a God. Let him have a couple not-quite-right songs...
    Coney_island_babyon December 18, 2005   Link

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