Here she comes, you better watch your step
She's going to break your heart in two, it's true
It's not hard to realize
Just look into her false colored eyes
She builds you up to just put you down, what a clown

'Cause everybody knows
(She's a femme fatale)
The things she does to please
(She's a femme fatale)
She's just a little tease
(She's a femme fatale)
See the way she walks
Hear the way she talks

You're put down in her book
You're number thirty seven, have a look
She's going to smile to make you frown, what a clown
Little boy, she's from the street
Before you start, you're already beat
She's going to play you for a fool, yes it's true

'Cause everybody knows
(She's a femme fatale)
The things she does to please
(She's a femme fatale)
She's just a little tease
(She's a femme fatale)
See the way she walks
Hear the way she talks

'Cause everybody knows
(She's a femme fatale)
The things she does to please
(She's a femme fatale)
She's just a little tease
(She's a femme fatale)
Ooh ooh oh
(She's a femme fatale)
Ooh ooh oh


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Femme Fatale Lyrics as written by Lou Reed

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  • +4
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    andy warhol asked lou reed to write a song about edie and her enchanting looks and where it gets her, then lou gave it to nico, deciding it would sound better with a female voice

    but andy was a bitch to edie

    aunaturaleon January 23, 2009   Link
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    "Femme Fatale" is a song by The Velvet Underground (main singers at the time being Lou Reed and Nico). At Andy Warhol's request, LOU REED WROTE THE SONG ABOUT Warhol's superstar EDIE SEDGWICK.

    The lyrics do not portray Edie as being "mean." She was a poor little rich girl who came from an extremely wealthy but also extremely MESSED UP family.. Warhol finding her, being enchanted by her; Edie was his muse until he decided she got too much into drugs (that he initially supplied at all of his Warehouse parties).

    Lyrics in the song, such as "She's going to break your heart in two" -- well everyone loved her and couldn't have her so of course that was true. "The things she does to please" regards Warhol because she did things beyond her comfort zone to please him. And the part about "little boy she's from the street" is a joke. As I said before she was rolling in wealth.. but she carelessly spent it and became a junkie due to Warhol and his environment. He used her as long as he needed her, then she was helpless and hopeless. Broke. And she didn't go around sleeping with guys. Guess that's why they called her a tease. But when they refer to "your number 37, have a look." That I believe is hearts she's broken not people she has slept with.

    There is a book called "EDIE" by Jean Stein & George Plimpton. Check it out at the library or buy it. I found mine at Goodwill years ago and there were several copies.

    LamentingHarloton February 18, 2011   Link
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    Lou Reed: "Andy said I should write a song about Edie Sedgwick. I said 'Like what?' and he said, 'Oh, don't you think she's a femme fatale, Lou?' So I wrote 'Femme Fatale' and we gave it to Nico."

    tiffany-twistedon February 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
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    I have read that it is possibly about Edie Sedgwick.

    (the same person Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' & 'Leapord-Skin Pillbox Hats' is purportedly about) and The Cult's 'Edie (Ciao Baby)'

    JeffKaos71on November 27, 2004   Link
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    Yep, femme fatale IS about Edie Sedgwick. Andy Warhol told Lou to write a song about her because he thought she was a "femme fatale."

    jackrabbit37on January 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    "Before you start, you're already beat"

    To know how it ends before it starts and still find yourself caught in their rapture = humility. No amount of intelligence and logic can overcome the human heart.

    gradxon February 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
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    what a bad ass song

    mahargrepooc13on July 08, 2002   Link
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    It doesn't matter who it is about to lou.( he wrote it i think) Its about to me, all those girls we just cant have, about the ones that just tease or beutiful ones that just act to high above us. "she's going to smile to make you frown, what a clown" its a great song

    mr.pharmaciston December 17, 2004   Link
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    All I know is that in the intro to this song on the Live 1969 album, Lou Reed says: "This is a song called 'Femme Fatale' which we wrote about someone who was one and has since been committed to an institution for being one and will one day maybe open up a school to train others."

    time_warpon December 23, 2004   Link
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    ...and upon further investigation, it IS about Edie Sedgwick. Lou says so in his intro to the song on the Quine Tapes album. And I believe Lou of all people.

    time_warpon January 08, 2005   Link

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