And the actresses relate To the actor who comes home late After the plays have gone down And the crowds have scattered around Though the city lights and the streets No ticket could be beat For the beautiful show of shows Ah, broadway only knows The great white milky way It had something to say When he fell down on his knees After soaring through the air With nothing to hold him there It was really not so cute To play without a parachute As he stood upon the ledge Looking out, he thought he saw a brook And he hollered, look, there are the bells And he sang out, here come the bells Here come the bells, here come the bells Here come the bells Here come the bells Here come the bells Here come the bells Here come the bells



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"The Bells" as written by Marty Fogel Lou Reed

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    General Comment:What a song!!
    placebiston April 10, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Am I the only one who adores this song?
    placebiston November 01, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:It is a truly amazing piece of music, I think the moody instrumental section lends alot more meaning to this song than the words themselves.

    I think its kindof a looking back type song for Lou, kindof like a midlife crisis, looking back and realizing he was getting old, and that all the parties and the sex and the drugs were no longer possible, maybe? I don't know, definitely one of his more introspective songs. I think that "the Bells" are supposed to bbe something to the effect of his past catching up with him.
    Ejiron December 11, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:I've seen an interview with Lou where he's explaining this one, and it basically amounts to: it's the motherfucking bells!
    DrLorenzoon October 13, 2009   Link

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