"Chelsea Girls" as written by Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison....
Here's Room five four six
it's enough to make you sick
Bridget's all wrapped up in foil
you wonder if
she can uncoil

Here they come now
see them run now
Here they come now
Chelsea Girls

Here's Room One fifteen
filled with SM queens
Magic marker row
you wonder just
how high they go

Here they come now
see them run now
Here they come now
Chelsea Girls

Here's Pope dear Ondine
Rona's treated him so mean
She wants another scene
she wants to be
a human being

Here they come now
see them run now
Here they come now
Chelsea Girls

Pepe she's having fun
she thinks she's some men's son
Her perfect loves don't last
her future died
in someone's past

Here they come now
see them run now
Here they come now
Chelsea Girls

Dear Ingrid's found her lick
she's turned another trick
Her treats and times revolves
she's got problems
to be solved

Here they come now
see them run now
Here they come now
Chelsea Girls

Poor Mary, she's uptight
she can't turn out her light
She rolled Susan in a ball
and now she can't
see her at all

Here they come now
see them run now
Here they come now
Chelsea Girls

Drop out, she's in a fix
amphetamine has made her sick
White powder in the air
she's got no bones
and can't be scared

Here they come now
see them run now
Here they come now
Chelsea Girls

Here comes Johnny Bore
he collapsed on the floor
They shut him up with milk
and when he died
sold him for silk

Here they come now
see them run now
Here they come now
Chelsea Girls

Here they come now
see them run now
Here they come now
Chelsea Girls



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"Chelsea Girls" as written by Sterling Morrison Lou A. Reed

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    General Comment"She wants another scene
    She wants to be a human being."

    amazing line....
    lost_in_twlighton April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems to be about prostitution.
    Zero As A Limiton September 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was originally written for Andy Warhol's movie The Chelsea Girls. The song describes various people in the film and other "Warhol Superstars" who hung around the Factory. Ondine was an actor in various Warhol movies. Bridget refers to Briged Berlin (Polk). I can only geuss who the other people are though.
    Drella_smon August 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI haven't heard this version yet, but its a great song. I think this is my favorite song at the moment. I heard it through an Elliott Smith cover. I have only heard the Nico solo version.
    first timeron December 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have heard of a few of the mentioned factory people. Including Ondine, Bridget, Ingrid (Superstar), Mary(Woronov), Susan (Bottomly) and Johnny Bore. Susan is most notably known as International Velvet. Of all the people listed, I know that everyone except for Johnny Bore were in the film Chelsea Girls, including Nico. They all must have been involved somehow in the making of Chelsea Girls or stayed at the Chelsea Hotel. The Chelsea Hotel is a major hotel that musicians, artists, and etc. stay in in Manhattan. A lot of these people stay for long periods of time, including Edie Sedgwick who started a fire in her room there because she tipped over a candle(i think, if i am remembering it correctly) during a drug induced state, she was also in Chelsea Girls, but made Warhol cut her out because of other issues involving Bob Dylan and a supposed contract she signed.

    I haven't seen the movie, unfortunately, but wikipedia says that Ondine is in one of the more notable segments of the film entitled "Pope," which is where that reference derives from.

    First_timer, where did you find an Elliott Smith cover of this song?
    jennytakeabowon December 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOndine was the self-proclaimed Pope of Greenwich Village, jennytakeabow.
    homgshon October 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOhh okay, that makes sense. Thanks, homgsh!
    jennytakeabowon October 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems to be about the whole Factory scene and how fucked up it is.

    No idea who Johnny Bore is. Or Pepper, or Dropout. Someone explain? I tried looking for Johnny, couldn't get any results.
    othatzsokewlon November 14, 2009   Link

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