20 November 2020
How does this sound like on paper…
“And the colored girls go “Doo do doo do doo do do doo“?
I don’t know about you, but to my ears, it sounds dull.
It doesn’t stop the moneymakers behind the late great genius
Lou Reed to publish a collected lyrics book called I’ll Be Your Mirror.
After reading (below) British newspaper The Guardian‘s thoughts on this
marketing move, I’m sure you’ll be, just like me, convinced not to buy this book.
” ‘I’ll Be Your Mirrore suffers from the same disjuncture that afflicts all volumes of collected song lyrics: the distance between poetry and songwriting. Good poetry sings on the page; even the greatest songs struggle to find their voice in print. The deft and seductive Walk on the Wild Side falls flat here – “Doo da doo da doo/ Doo da doo” anyone? Likewise the sense of nihilistic enervation that Reed evokes in the repeated line “And I guess that I just don’t know”, on Heroin. What you are left with is an echo of the song that plays in your head as you read the words. Without the surge and sway of the music and Reed’s drawled delivery, the poetry is drained from the lines.” Full review here.