Here comes the ocean
And the waves down by the shore
Here comes the ocean
And the waves down by the sea

Insects are evil thoughts, thought of by selfish men
Nearly drives me crazy
I am a lazy son
And I never get things done
'Cause we're made up of water but

Here comes the wave
Down by the shore
Washing the eye of our land
That has been down by the sea
Way down by the sea, down by the shore
Way down by the sea

Here comes the ocean
And the waves down by the shore
Here comes the ocean
And the waves down by the sea

Insects are evil thoughts, thought of by selfish men
It nearly drives me crazy
Now I am a lazy son
I never get things done
'Cause we're made up of water but

Here comes the wave
Down by the shore
Washing the eye of our land
That has been down by the shore
Way down by the sea
Down by the shore
Down by the sea

Here come the waves

Here come the waves

Here come the waves

Here come the waves

Here come the waves

Thank you


Lyrics submitted by Dasch, edited by minuette

"The Ocean" as written by Lou Reed

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    General CommentOh, sorry, an interpretation? The original (the one up here is the Lou Reed solo version) is about reminiscing while sitting upon the beach, watching the waves. As a treat, I'll post the Live 1969 version's lyrics. That was an awesome rendition:

    Here comes the ocean
    and the waves down by the shore
    Here comes the ocean
    and the waves down by the sea

    Earth is a hollow hair, part of a bigger head
    it nearly drives me crazy
    I am a lazy son, I never get things done
    mostly made up of water

    But here comes the waves
    down by the shore
    Washing the eye of the land
    that has been

    Down by the sea
    down by the sea
    Down by the sea
    down by the sea

    Here comes the ocean
    and the waves down by the shore
    Here comes the ocean
    and the waves down by the sea

    Insects are evil thoughts, thought of by selfish men
    it nearly drives me crazy
    I am a lazy son, I never get things done
    mostly made up of water

    But here comes the waves
    down by the shore
    Washing the eye of the land
    that has been

    Down by the sea
    Down by the sea

    Here come the waves
    Here come the waves
    Here come the waves
    Here come the waves
    Here come the waves
    Here come the waves
    Here come the waves
    Cynothoglyson June 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese lyrics are WAY off
    five_to_oneon January 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey 'five to one' - there are two versions of this song; the version recorded at the 'Loaded' sessions available on 'Peel Slowly & See' box set (WITH THESE LYRICS), and the earlier 1968 version that appeared on V.U. in 1985.

    Both are spooky, but the 'Peel Slowly' version is more so.
    elephant_rangeon February 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHere are the original 1968 lyrics:

    OCEAN
    --------
    The Ocean


    Here comes the ocean and the waves
    Down by the shore
    Here comes the ocean and the waves
    Dawn by the sea

    birthes a hollow hair
    Part of a figure head
    It nearly drive me crazy
    I am a lazy son
    My death would get things done
    Mostly they ho-ho-ho

    But here comes the waves
    Down by the shore
    Washing the eye of the land
    That has been

    Down by the sea, down by the sea
    Down by the sea, down by the sea

    Here comes the ocean and the waves
    Down by the shore
    Here comes the ocean and the waves
    Dawn by the sea

    Insects are evil thoughts
    Fought off by selfish men
    It nearly drives me crazy
    I am a lazy son
    I never get things done
    Mostly they ho-ho-holler

    But here comes the waves
    Down by the shore
    Washing the eye of the land
    That has been

    Dawn by the sea,...

    Here comes,...
    elephant_rangeon March 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's "Mostly...made of water", elephant range. I've heard the 1968 demo.
    Cynothoglyson June 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI think it means being a person without much value.
    Being swollowd up by life "The Ocean"
    And that if you were to die, You'd make more changes then living on.

    The song to me is about looking back on life, and being ready to die
    nickkershakon December 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe solo is the most beautiful thing I have ever herd. It puts my soul at easy and sets me free
    nickkershakon December 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song wish more people would listen to bands like vu instead of all the sh*tty pop stuff around today
    stutteringsilentlyon May 23, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"insects are evil thoughts" .... this line always stood out to me because it seemed pretty silly, and then I read somewhere just by chance, that Lou Reed was a big fan of Alice Bailey's "A Treatise on White Magic," which is a very spiritual book that had a strong effect on Lou and some of his friends that he introduced it to (one of them, I think it might have been Bill Name, locked himself in a room for 5 months because of this book).
    Anyway, the idea that insects are physical manifestations of evil thoughts is actually directly from the religion of the book.
    minuetteon December 01, 2016   Link

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