"Down At The Arcade" as written by and Lou Reed....
Down at the arcade the defender is there
Down off of Broadway he's there playing his games
It's very dangerous putting money down on Robotron
Oh, I'm the Great Defender
And I really know just how to get along

Down at the arcade
Oh, I'm the Great Defender
And I really think I've got it made

A fistful of quarters, a fifty dollar stake
Life is a gamble on Videotape
I called a disc jockey to dedicate a song to Blair
It's the 'Four Tops' singing 'I'll be there'

Down at the arcade ...
The president called to give me the news
I've been awarded the Nobel Price in rhythm and blues
And Stevie Wonder wants to record one of my songs
Oh, I'm the Great Defender
And I really know just how to get along

Oh, I'm the Great Defender, listen to my song
I really hope you like it, it isn't very long
It's rooted in the fifties but its heart's in 1984
And if you really like it
Then I sing it for you once more

Down at the arcade ...


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"Down at the Arcade" as written by Lou Reed

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    General CommentIt's the 'Four Tops' singing 'I'll be there'

    Even though the lyrics on offical booklets and on the vinyl insert say 4 Tops or Four Tops that clearly isn't what he says. I'd assume he's saying The Temps (which is used as an abbreviation for The Temptations) since they sang a cover of I'll Be There by the Jackson 5
    Anus_Presleyon August 24, 2008   Link

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