Only one recording of this song by Gary Numan is known, and no official
lyrics are available. It seems that Gary has combined elements from two
different versions of the song - the original Velvet Underground version
and the David Bowie cover - and then added some of his own, which is why
I've elected to credit all three musicians.
Original Velvet Underground Version

White light, go on messing up my mind
Don't you know it's gonna make me go blind?
White heat, it tickles me down to my toes
Have mercy, white light, have it, goodness knows

White light, go on messing up my brain
White light, it's gonna drive me insane
White heat, it tickles me down to my toes
White light I said now, goodness knows, do it

I surely do love to watch that stuff shooting itself in
Watch that side, watch that side, don't you know, gonna be dead and bright
Yeah, foxy mama, watch her walking down the street
Come upside, your head's gonna make a dead end on your street

White light, move in me and drain my brain
White heat, it tickles me down to my toes
White light, I said now, goodness knows

White light is lighting up my eyes
Don't you know it fills me up with surprise?
White heat, tickle me down to my toes
White light, I tell you now, goodness knows

Oh, she surely do move, speed
Watch that speed freak, watch that speed freak,
everybody gonna make it every week
Sputter mutter, everbody's gonna kill their mother
Here she comes, here she comes, everybody get it, gonna make me run, do it

Lyrics submitted by ButNeverOutgunned

White Light/White Heat song meanings
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    General CommentI much prefer the Velvet Underground version. I really love Lou Reed's voice in this song.
    jmarczak92on September 04, 2008   Link

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