Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics

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Containing a body of work that spans more than three decades, Pass Thru Fire is a stunning collection of the lyrics of an American original. Through his many incarnations-from proto punk to glam rocker to elder statesman of the avant garde-Lou Reed’s work has maintained an undeniable vividness and raw beauty, fueled by precise character studies and rendered with an admirable shot of moral ambiguity. Beginning with his formative days in the Velvet Underground and continuing through his remarkable solo ...
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Containing a body of work that spans more than three decades, Pass Thru Fire is a stunning collection of the lyrics of an American original. Through his many incarnations-from proto punk to glam rocker to elder statesman of the avant garde-Lou Reed’s work has maintained an undeniable vividness and raw beauty, fueled by precise character studies and rendered with an admirable shot of moral ambiguity. Beginning with his formative days in the Velvet Underground and continuing through his remarkable solo career-albums like Transformer, Berlin, New York, Magic and Loss, and Ecstasy-Pass Thru Fire is crucial to an appreciation of Lou Reed, not only as a consummate underground musician, but as one of the truly significant poets of our time.
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Editorial Reviews

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New York Post
"This paperback collection of Reed ruminations is not only a lyrical walk on the wild side, it's a typographic wonder."

“John Shelton Ivany Top 21”
“A comprehensive collection…A must-have for any fan…Crucial to understanding and appreciating Lou Reed."

Gallery & Studio, 2/09
“The revelation of Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics is how well many of Lou’s words hold up on the page.”
“I felt lucky when Pass Thru Fire arrived at my door. It made my day.”

Hartford Advocate, 3/7/09
“Perusing this 576-page volume should be a lesson in humility for any aspiring rock poet.”

New York Times, 11/13/13
“In a 1987 interview, Mr. Reed talked about seeing his record albums as chapters in one huge, long novel: ‘They’re all in chronological order,’ he said. ‘You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there’s my Great American Novel.’ Pass Thru Fire, the recent volume of Reed’s collected lyrics—dedicated to ‘L.A.,’ Laurie Anderson—provides another version of that novel, and even without the essential soundtrack, the lyrics possess a remarkable organic coherence, charting a harrowing journey through the bohemian underworlds of New York City, through the ravages of heroin and speed, and emotional terror, fury and aloneness—and toward something like grace."

Seattle Times
Reed is one songwriter who really is a poet.
New York Magazine
Lou Reed has spent more than three decades . . . gritty, and painfully intense . . . Pass Thru Fire . . . truly deserving of that permanence.
Los Angeles Times
Reed [is] one of music's most literary writers, adept at detailed observation and flavorful dialogue.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306816307
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/2008
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 446,188
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lou Reed founded the legendary Velvet Underground in 1965 and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction XIX
The Velvet Underground & Nico 1
Sunday Morning
I'm Waiting for the Man
Femme Fatale
Venus in Furs
Run Run Run
All Tomorrow's Parties
There She Goes Again
I'll Be Your Mirror
Black Angel's Death Song
European Son
White Light / White Heat 17
White Light / White Heat
The Gift
Lady Godiva's Operation
Here She Comes Now
I Heard Her Call My Name
Sister Ray
The Velvet Underground 35
Candy Says
What Goes On
Some Kinda Love
Pale Blue Eyes
Beginning to See the Light
I'm Set Free
That's the Story of My Life
The Murder Mystery
After Hours
1969 Velvet Underground Live 61
Sweet Jane (Prototype)
New Age (Prototype)
Over You
Loaded 65
Who Loves the Sun
Sweet Jane (Final Version)
Rock 'n' Roll
Cool It Down
New Age (Final Version)
Head Held High
Lonesome Cowboy Bill
I Found a Reason
Train Round the Bend
Oh! Sweet Nothing
Vu 81
Stephanie Says
Temptation Inside Your Heart
One of These Days
I'm Sticking with You
Another View 89
Hey Mr. Rain
Ferryboat Bill
The Velvet Underground Live Mcmxciii 93
Velvet Nursery Rhyme
Nico: Chelsea Girl 97
Chelsea Girls
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
Lou Reed 103
I Can't Stand It
Going Down
Walk and Talk It
Lisa Says
I Love You
Wild Child
Love Makes You Feel
Ride Into the Sun
Transformer 117
Andy's Chest
Perfect Day
Hangin' Round
Walk on the Wild Side
Make Up
Satellite of Love
Wagon Wheel
New York Telephone Conversation
I'm So Free
Goodnight Ladies
Berlin 135
Berlin (see Lou Reed LP)
Lady Day
Men of Good Fortune
Caroline Says I
How Do You Think It Feels
Oh, Jim
Caroline Says II
The Kids
The Bed
Sad Song
Sally Can't Dance 149
Ride Sally Ride
Animal Language
Baby Face
N.Y. Stars
Kill Your Sons
Sally Can't Dance
Metal Machine Music 161
Liner Notes
Coney Island Baby 169
Crazy Feeling
Charley's Girl
She's My Best Friend
A Gift
Ooohhh Baby
Nobody's Business
Coney Island Baby
Rock and Roll Heart 183
I Believe in Love
Banging on My Drum
Follow the Leader
You Wear It So Well
Ladies Pay
Rock and Roll Heart
Senselessly Cruel
Claim to Fame
Vicious Circle
A Sheltered Life
Temporary Thing
Street Hassle 197
Gimmie Some Good Times
Dirt (Final Version)
Street Hassle: Waltzing Matilda, Part I; Street Hassle, Part II; Slip Away, Part III
I Wanna Be Black
Real Good Time Together
Shooting Star
Leave Me Alone
The Bells 211
Stupid Man
Disco Mystic
I Wanna Boogie With You
With You
Looking for Love
City Lights
All Through The Night
The Bells
Growing Up in Public 225
How Do You Speak to an Angel
My Old Man
Keep Away
Growing Up in Public
Standing on Ceremony
So Alone
Love Is Here To Stay
The Power Of Positive Drinking
Think It Over
Teach The Gifted Children
The Blue Mask 241
My House
Underneath the Bottle
The Gun
The Blue Mask
Average Guy
The Heroine
Waves of Fear
The Day John Kennedy Died
Heavenly Arms
Legendary Hearts 255
Legendary Hearts
Don't Talk to Me About Work
Make Up My Mind
Martial Law
The Last Shot
Turn Out the Light
Pow Wow
Bottoming Out
Home of the Brave
Rooftop Garden
New Sensations 271
I Love You, Suzanne
Endlessly Jealous
My Red Joystick
Turn To Me
New Sensations
Doin' The Things That We Want To
What Becomes A Legend Most
Fly Into The Sun
My Friend George
High In The City
Down at the Arcade
Mistrial 285
No Money Down
Don't Hurt a Woman
Video Violence
Spit It Out
The Original Wrapper
Mama's Got a Lover
I Remember You
Tell It to Your Heart
New York 303
Romeo Had Juliette
Halloween Parade
Dirty Blvd
Endless Cycle
There Is No Time
Last Great American Whale
Beginning of a Great Adventure
Busload of Faith
Sick of You
Hold On
Good Evening Mr. Waldheim
Xmas in February
Dime Store Mystery
Songs for Drella 331
Small Town
Open House
Style It Takes
Trouble with Classicists
Faces and Names
Slip Away (A Warning)
It Wasn't Me
I Believe
Nobody But You
A Dream
Forever Changed
Hello It's Me
Magic and Loss 359
What's Good--The Thesis
Power and Glory--The Situation
Sword of Damocles--Externally
Goodbye Mass--In a Chapel Bodily Termination
Cremation--Ashes to Ashes
No Chance--Regret
The Warrior King--Revenge
Harry's Circumcision--Reverie Gone Astray
Gassed and Stoked--Loss
Power and the Glory Part II--Magic - Transformation
Magic and Loss--The Summation
Set the Twilight Reeling 381
Egg Cream
Finish Line (For Sterl)
Trade In
Hang On to Your Emotions
Sex with Your Parents (Motherfucker) Part II
The Proposition
The Adventurer
Set the Twilight Reeling
Miscellaneous Songs 405
Ocean 1970
You Can Dance 1975
Such a Pretty Face 1977
Affirmative Action (PO #99) 1977
Better Get Up and Dance 1977
Here Comes the Bride 1978
My Name Is Mok 1983
Little Sister 1983
Something Happened 1988
Letters to the Vatican 1988
The Calm Before the Storm 1988
One World One Voice 1990
Why Can't I Be Good 1993
You'll Know You Were Loved 1995
Is Anybody Listening 1997
Downtown Dirt (Prototype)
Time Rocker 411
Alone at Last
Blood of the Lamb
Vanishing Act
Mongo and Longo
A Witness to Life
Gossip Song
Future Farmers of America
Putting on a New Skin
Reverse Diminuendo
Turning Time Around
Into the Divine
Why Do You Talk
I Don't Need This
Talking Book
On the Run
Ecstasy 433
Mystic Child
Paranoia Key of E
Modern Dance
Baton Rouge
The White Prism
Big Sky
The Rock Minuet
Like a Possum
Discography 463
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  • Posted September 14, 2013

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    One of the greatest writers in rock history!!!

    Everyone knows "Walk on the Wild Side". But what about the rest of Lou Reed's work. Well, here it is all in one book!! This is a great book and pretty much covers the history of Lou Reed.

    Raw and real is the only way I can describe Lou's lyrics. One would be VERY hard pressed to find a better writer than Lou Reed.

    If you are serious about wanting to learn how to write lyrics or poems. Have a seat and let Lou Reed teach you.

    I'll double your money back if this book does not please your taste for lyrics and poems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2000


    The lyrics of Lou Reed are something that everybody should read. Lou delves into what's taboo in order to enlighten you. When you're feeling blue, this book of lyrics will get you through. The wait is over when you read this book by the man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    'All the poets they studied rules of verse'

    Critic Tom Gogola has already stated that,'A comparison between Lou Reed and Jim Morrison is done at the readers own risk.' However, Lou Reed studied with Delmore Schwartz, his poetic contemporary. Jim Morrison studied his 19th Century counterpart Arthur Rimbaud. A comparison between two of Rock n' Roll's leading frontmen is not necessary at this point, especially a comparison in which two contemporaries are pitted against each other. The Reader should not have to choose between Lou Reed or Jim Morrison nor should The Reader have to choose between Delmore Schartz or Arthur Rimbaud. We, The Readers, We, The Consumers, should be able to choose both Lou Reed and Jim Morrison. 'Pass Through Fire' is the complete works of Lou Reed and as I was marvelling at Lou Reed's lyrical prowess, I began to cry, lyrics from, 'Sweet Jane' came to mind, 'All the poets they studied rules of verse And those ladies they rolled their eyes' That verse made me ask myself the following question, 'What would it have been like if these two Rock n' Roll Literary Giants could have come to the end of their careers together?'

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