"Black Velveteen" as written by and Lenny Albert Kravitz....
Black velveteen
Simple and clean
Oh what a bad machine
Black velveteen

Supple and plain
The 21st century dream
Ready to please
Free from disease

She's waiting on her knees
It's not a sin
Titanium skin
Just take her for a spin

Black velveteen
Simple and clean
Oh what a bad machine
Black velveteen

Supple and plain
The 21st century dream
Nice piece of kit
Electronic clit

Just sit down for a fit
Ready to trip
A guarantee hit
She's all you ever wished

Black velveteen don't give a damn she'll do dishes
Black velveteen knows all the night spots in France
Black velveteen's cat smells like strawberry kittens
Black velveteen always is ready to dance

She's ready to
Black velveteen
Simple and clean
Oh what a bad machine

Black velveteen
Supple and plain
The 21st century dream

Black velveteen don't give a damn she'll do dishes
Black velveteen knows all the night spots in France
Black velveteen's cat smells like strawberry kittens
Black velveteen always is ready to dance

Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Oh yes she's ready to

Black velveteen don't give a damn she'll do dishes
Black velveteen knows all the night spots in France
Black velveteen's cat smells like strawberry kittens
Oh Yeah

Black velveteen always is ready to dance
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Oh yes she's ready to
Black velveteen

Simple and clean
Oh what a bad machine
Black velveteen
Supple and plain

The 21st century dream
Black velveteen
Simple and clean
Oh what a bad machine

Black velveteen
Supple and plain
The 21st century dream


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"Black Velveteen" as written by Lenny Kravitz

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    General CommentWho do you think this song is about? I've always wondered. Think it could be Vanessa Paradis, Johnny Depp's significant other? She and Lenny used to date and she's from France.
    Cool_Dandyon February 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSome of my friends get the impression it's about a mechanical woman whose only purpose is to be a sex slave (ready to please, free from disease...) & take care of the house (don't give a damn, she'll do dishes). It seems too much like a futuristic idea to be an actual person - then again, I didn't write the song :)
    maski2002on May 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIn an interview, Lenny said that this was in fact a song about a futuristic robot woman. It's about how in the future love will become a meaningless emotion and you could resort to a robot to get your pleasure and companionship. Weird, but at the same time, frightening, because I know people who actually would take the robot over a human companion. O_o
    HatredInTechnicoloron July 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFor some strange reason, this is one of my favorite Lenny songs. I know it's about female robots and how the idea of love for most is degenerating but I still love it. The combo of Lenny's vocals, the futuristic-sounding instruments and the wacked lyrics just make it great. My favorite part of the song is when Lenny sings, "Black Velveteen don't give a damn, she'll do dishes." The way Lenny says dishes is funny. I have such superficial reasons for liking a song, I know.

    I hear some of the lyrics differently than they're listed here. I hear "bed machine" instead of "bad machine," and I also hear "Black Velveteen's cunt smells like strawberry cream" instead of "Black Velveteen's cat smells like strawberry kittens." Who knows, maybe I'm just perverted and hear what I wanna. :)
    fallonyourKNEESon July 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentConsidering the subject matter, I can't quite imagine a sex robot owning a cat, so I bet he's using cat in place of pussy. :P
    Ziraon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthmm, this is probably my favorite song by him. thing is, I never could actually hear the word "clit" in the song before, and makes this song very weird for me now o_O

    but it's still awesome
    eatmydonutson June 27, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song isn't just about a top-of-the-line sex robot/companion. It's a male fantasy about getting benefits of an intimate relationship without the responsibility of reciprocation.

    Also see the youtube video (not work friendly):
    youtube.com/…

    BTW the technology for this is not that far away. See:
    spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/…
    Myuzon March 08, 2011   Link

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