You know, man, when I was a young man in high school
You believe in or not, that I wanted to play football for the coach
And all those older guys
They said that he was mean and cruel but you know
I wanted to play football, for the coach
They said I was a little too lightweight to play lineback and so I'm playing right-end
Wanted to play football for the coach
'Cause, you know some day, man you gotta stand up straight unless you're gonna fall
Then you're going to die
And the straightest dude I ever knew was standing right for me, all the time
So I had to play football for the coach
And I wanted to play football for the coach

When you're all alone and lonely
In your midnight hour
And you find that your soul
It has been up for sale

And you're getting to think about
All the things that you done

And you're getting to hate
Just about everything

But remember the princess who lived on the hill
Who loved you even though she knew you was wrong
And right now she just might come shining through
And the

Glory of love
Glory of love
Glory of love, just might come through

And all your two-bit friends have gone and ripped you off
They're talking behind your back saying "man, you are never going to be no human being"
And you start thinking again about all those things that you've done
And who it was and what it was
And all the different things that made every different scene

Ah, but remember that the city is a funny place
Something like a circus or a sewer

And just remember, different people have peculiar tastes
And the

Glory of love
The glory of love
The glory of love, might see you through
Yeah, but now, now
Glory of love
The glory of love
The glory of love might see you through
Glory of love, uh, huh-huh
The glory of love
Glory of love, glory of love
Glory of love, now, glory of love, now
Glory of love, now, now, now, glory of love
Glory of love, give it to me now, glory of love to see you through, huh

Oh, my Coney Island baby, now
I'm a Coney Island baby, now

I'd like to send this one out to Lou and Rachel
And all the kids at P.S. one-ninety-two (Coney Island baby)
Man, I'd swear, I'd give the whole thing up for you

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Coney Island Baby Lyrics as written by Lou Reed

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  • +5
    General CommentA really great song, and a nice simple sentiment about taking comfort from the people who believe in you (i.e. the coach and the princess) even when you feel worthless.
    ghost_of_freudon May 01, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentDefinetely Lou's finest. I adore this song especially all the 'ah huh huh' bits at the end
    "But remember the princess who lived on the hill
    Who loved you even though she knew you was wrong
    And right now she just might come shining through"
    Greatest three lines ever written! So beautiful to hear!
    Coney_island_babyon December 15, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think ghost nailed it, but I would add that it's about growing up and feeling like you can't rely on anyone anymore. Recounting the things you regret. The production on this song is immaculate. It actually *sounds* like walking around Coney Island at night.
    untrueon August 17, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBy the way, here is a *very* informative and interesting article about Lou and Rachel.
    Much better than any of the famous articles on the same subject. There are also comments at the bottom of the page from people who have anecdotes about Rachel. I don't mean this in a gossipy way at all... it's just a beautiful story.…
    minuetteon July 28, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe guitar licks are out of this world, the whole song is just unimaginable brilliant
    always makes me wish to be in new york city, lookin at it from a distance, by sunset

    one day, one day..
    Kevnon January 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVery nostalgic.
    othatzsokewlon December 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first time that I listened to this song I thought that maybe Lou was talking about a certain type of person in high school. Someone who lives there entire life doing things for other people. Who only joined a football team to play for the coach. I mean as I listen to it more it seems less likely.

    But great song. Definitely one of my favourites by him. Sounds like walking around NYC at night.
    leahwilliamsonon May 23, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has been a re-affirmation of life as long as I can remember. Lou just opening it up. And when this guy opens up the clouds roll, the winds kick up, and the soul is cleared.
    I aklways thought the last line went "here's to all the kids at PS 192."
    Doesn't matter. Rock on.
    septimuson April 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNever mind that this song was about Lou's love for a transvestite named Rachel, I still think it was one of the finest love songs he ever wrote.

    And yeah, it's PS 192, though the version printed here is interesting.
    tjarretton June 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionOnly someone who's lived in New York would probably understand the, "to all the kids at PS 192." lyric. I wish someone would correct that here, hahahaha...…
    royalslackon April 20, 2010   Link

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