"European Son" as written by and John Cale Lou Reed....
You killed your European son
You spit on those under twenty-one
But now your blue car's gone
You better say so long
Hey hey, bye bye bye
You made your wallpapers green
You want to make love to the scene
Your European son is gone
You'd better say so long
Your clown's bid you goodbye

Lyrics submitted by capitol76

"European Son" as written by Maureen Tucker Sterling Morrison

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, GARNANT MUSIC

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  • +5
    General CommentHa, a friend of mine who turned me onto VU used to laugh at me for listening to metal when I was younger, calling it 'men masturbating with guitars'.

    He stopped after I reminded him of this song. Great one though. Apparently the 'explosion' is John Cale hitting a stack of plates with a chair.
    caddonon December 04, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDelmore Schwartz also had a hatred for pop music forms, reflected in the song's cacophony.
    roostifiedon March 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe professors name is Delmore Schwartz, an excellent American poet. European Son was dedicated to him shortly after he died. Schwartz didn't like rock lyrics that much so the song has the least lyrics in the entire album.
    PetSoundson May 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentexcellent noise rock song.
    sam_forston May 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...the last line is 'your clouds driftin goodbye'...and as for the meaning...lou reed dedicated this song to one of his professors at syracuse...just like the lyrics point out, its a plee against the white collard squares of our past and future...ruining everything freedom really stands for...(control to the free will)...wdc
    venusinfurson August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDelmore Schwartz also had a hatred for pop music forms, reflected in the song's cacophony.
    roostifiedon March 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it takes a different kind of person to listen to the velvet underground and actually hear what they're putting accross...you either have to be totally high...or have a more open mind then most...this song is the perfect example with its mixed melodies and untamed perfection. brilliant song.
    ELECTRIKaveon August 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe sort of 'explosion' after the final lyrics, made me laugh out loud, it came out of nowhere, such an interesting song, great way to finish off this sort of album
    Lt. Salton June 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow this is an amazing song and an amaing album! This was my first time hearing it.
    supernukeon June 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyric is definitely 'now your blue collar's gone'. No one can touch this song. It breaks pop and rock as literally as they can be broken.
    Renaissance Danon March 12, 2009   Link

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