"Dirty Blvd." as written by and Lou Reed....
Pedro lives out of the Wilshire Hotel
he looks out a window without glass
The walls are made of cardboard, newspapers on his feet
his father beats him 'cause he's too tired to beg

He's got 9 brothers and sisters
they're brought up on their knees
it's hard to run when a coat hanger beats you on the thighs
Pedro dreams of being older and killing the old man
but that's a slim chance he's going to the boulevard

He's going to end up, on the dirty boulevard
he's going out, to the dirty boulevard
He's going down, to the dirty boulevard

This room cost 2,000 dollars a month
you can believe it man it's true
somewhere a landlord's laughing till he wets his pants
No one here dreams of being a doctor or a lawyer or anything
they dream of dealing on the dirty boulevard

Give me your hungry, your tired your poor I'll piss on 'em
that's what the Statue of Bigotry says
Your poor huddled masses, let's club 'em to death
and get it over with and just dump 'em on the boulevard

Get to end up, on the dirty boulevard
going out, to the dirty boulevard
He's going down, on the dirty boulevard
going out

Outside it's a bright night
there's an opera at Lincoln Center
movie stars arrive by limousine
The klieg lights shoot up over the skyline of Manhattan
but the lights are out on the Mean Streets

A small kid stands by the Lincoln Tunnel
he's selling plastic roses for a buck
The traffic's backed up to 39th street
the TV whores are calling the cops out for a suck

And back at the Wilshire, Pedro sits there dreaming
he's found a book on magic in a garbage can
He looks at the pictures and stares at the cracked ceiling
"At the count of 3" he says, "I hope I can disappear"

And fly fly away, from this dirty boulevard
I want to fly, from dirty boulevard
I want to fly, from dirty boulevard
I want to fly-fly-fly-fly, from dirty boulevard

I want to fly away
I want to fly
Fly, fly away
I want to fly
Fly-fly away (Fly a-)
fly-fly-fly (-way, ooohhh...)
Fly-fly away (I want to fly-fly away)
fly away (I want to fly, wow-woh, no, fly away)

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"Dirty Blvd." as written by Lou Reed Lewis Allen Reed

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is great, I especially love the 'fly fly away' parts at the end. That's something I've noticed Lou does a lot at the end of his songs-- he sort of puts in a different chorus which is really catchy and gets you singing hours afterwards.
    Coney_island_babyon December 15, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think that it is describing the life of someone living in the slums, in the lowest of the low places, and in the end he talks about flying away, leaving forever. Getting out of there.
    kuroginon September 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSocial commentary with Lou's usual wonderfully cynical vision.
    DJacques75on February 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is so like Lou's attempt at Americana Sing Along's like Bryan Adam's "Summer of 69", John Mellancamp's "Jack and Diane" and anything by Bruce Springsteen. The simple guitar intro and hooks, vivid story telling and vocal hook "Fly Away" is just like those 80's anthems but it's just so Lou.
    SwoopSwoop_RockRocon July 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lines

    Your poor huddled masses, let's club 'em to death
    And get it over with and just dump 'em on the boulevard

    always remind me of

    And Louie the King said let me think for a minute son
    And he said yes I think it can be easily done
    Just take everything down to Highway 61.

    from Bob Dylan's 'Highway 61', and I wonder whether it's intended to.
    SuitBoyon September 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFantastic song. I always thought that the "book of magic" that Pedro finds was a brilliant allegory for drug use. "At the count of 3, he says, I hope I can disappear and fly fly away, from this dirty boulevard." Every time I hear that verse, it hits me right in the gut.
    joebarninon September 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason, and I don't know why, the music (not necessarily the lyrics) is what I think of sometimes when I see sexy looking girls or sexual activity.
    AnalysistManon December 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentincredible song with incredible lyrics
    ronaldo6on March 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wonder if the "dirty blvd." is based on any street in particular or just the life of the lower classes in general. Anybody know the answer?
    Yeahbro25on May 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis makes me think how hard life is for most of the people outthere,,while all of us here..posting comments of this song.
    bear_hug20on June 23, 2009   Link

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