LOU REED : THE KIDS [SONGS ABOUT YOUTH & CHILDHOOD]

Βασισμένο σε αληθινή ιστορία [η μητέρα της υποθέσεως έχει “πηγάσει” απ’ την μητέρα της τότε συζύγου του Lou Reed] το στιγμιότυπο του “The Kids” είναι ενσωματωμένο στον αφηγηματικό ιστό του Berlin [1973]. Το τραγούδι ένα από τα αριστουργήματα που συνθέτουν την κορυφαία δημιουργική στιγμή μιας ένδοξης καριέρας.

Based on a true story [the mother here has been “sourced” from the mother of
Lou Reed‘s then wife] the snapshot of “The Kids” is embedded in Berlin‘s narrative fabric – year of album’s release: 1973.
The song is one of the masterpieces that make up the top creative moment of a glorious career.

They’re taking her children away
Because they said she was not a good mother
They’re taking her children away
Because she was making it with sisters and brothers
And everyone else, all of the others
Like cheap officers who would stand there and flirt in front of me
They’re taking her children away
Because they said she was not a good mother
They’re taking her children away
Because of the things that they heard she had done
The black Air Force sergeant was not the first one
And all of the drugs she took, every one, every one
And I am the Water Boy, the real game’s not over here
But my heart is overflowin’ anyway
I’m just a tired man, no words to say
But since she lost her daughter
It’s her eyes that fill with water
And I am much happier this way
They’re taking her children away
Because they said she was not a good mother
They’re taking her children away
Because number on was the girl friend from Paris
The things that they did – ah – they didn’t have to ask us
And then the Welshman from India, who came here to stay
They’re taking her children away
Because they said she was not a good mother
They’re taking her children away
Because of the things she did in the streets
In the alleys and bars, no she couldn’t be beat
That miserable rotten slut couldn’t turn anyone away
I am the Water Boy, the real game’s not over here
But my heart is overflowin’ anyway
I’m just a tired man, no words to say
But since she lost her daughter
It’s her eyes that fill with water
And I am much happier this way

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2 Comments

  1. Resa September 10, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Egads…. he was brilliant, in a not shiny way.

  2. Oannes September 11, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Yes, a dark person all along the way… Never liked this guy as much as I liked many of his songs [meaning “too much”]
    Thank you Resa!

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