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Lou Reed: Walk on the Wild Side Meaning

Song Released: 1972

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Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the USA
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She says, Hey babe
Take a walk on the wild side
She said, Hey honey
Take a walk on the wild...


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    Mar 28th, 2009 3:41pm report

    This song is dated. It wouldn't be written now. The wild side is probably wilder now but is more crack whore in the gutter. I guess it had a bit of shock value by telling the world about aspirations of people coming to the NYC and how close to the edge and on the wild side they were. How times have changed. Lou Reid has also got older and wiser. He's a NYC man.


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    Sep 7th, 2007 9:22pm report

    This song is about all the drag queens that loitered around him in the 60's while hanging out with Andy Warhol.

    "Holly" is Holly Woodlawn
    "Candy" is Candy Darling
    "Little Joe" is Joe Dallesandro
    "Sugar Plum Fairy" is Joe Campbell
    "Jackie" is Jackie Curtis


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    Aug 4th, 2006 8:34am report

    This song is lou reed simply talking about people he knew in nyc, the grenwich village area, in particular. It was, at least in the 60's and 70's, quite the bohemian part of the city.


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    Jul 10th, 2005 7:36am report

    This song is about a tranvestite that goes to NY to get..."work"

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