Archive for the ‘Berlin (1973) – Lou Reed’ Category

10 ‘Sad Song’ – Berlin (1973) – Lou Reed

  • slight crossfade with discordant choir
  • flutes phrase repeating as intro
  • doubled bass joins, + reed woodwind
  • strings and vox
  • drums and horns come in in chorus (B)
  • searing lead elct gtr outros chorus and into ‘sad song’
  • lou vox choir sing ‘sad song’ + lead vox spoken over top
  • final ‘sad song’ section: starts with only strings and vox
  • drums, elect gtr and bass join
  • sliding elect gtr (or synth?) moments
  • final few bars; just flutes and reed woodwind

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. lyric: (1. location 2. her 3. him 4. he says/she says 5. drug paranoia 6. hate 7. numb 8. loss 9. the final act) 10. AFTER
  2. lyric structure; A B C A B C

09 ‘The Bed’ – Berlin (1973) – Lou Reed

  • plucked and strummed acoustic gtr, delayed
  • vox joins, big reverb
  • subtle strings? woodwind? organ? join – very quiet
  • reverbed female (choir?) backing vox between chorus and second verse
  • strings/organ and choir becomes more prominent in 2nd chorus
  • after 3rd chorus acst gtr stops
  • choir does discord ‘ligeti 2001 requiem’ section – big reverb

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. lyric: (1. location 2. her 3. him 4. he says/she says 5. drug paranoia 6. hate 7. numb 8. loss) 9. THE FINAL ACT (10. after)
  2. lyric structure; A B A B C A B

08 ‘The Kids’ – Berlin (1973) – Lou Reed

  • tinny, metallic acoustic guitar + vox
  • bass joins with a nice woody sounding run – doubled? verbed?
  • drums, slide guitar
  • strange out of key flute in ‘solo’ + kids calling for their mother
  • final verse all drops outs, just dry acoustic (titally unlike the original acst gtr sound) and vox (a lot closer)

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. lyric: (1. location 2. her 3. him 4. he says/she says 5. drug paranoia 6. hate 7. numb) 8. LOSS (9. the final act)
  2. lyric structure: A1 A2 B A1 A2 B
    within A; lines 1,2,3 constant, lines 4,5,6 vary

07 ‘Caroline Says II’ – Berlin (1973) – Lou Reed

  • acoustic guitar, cymbal swells, subtle drums and bass
  • vox with verb
  • piano joins, drums break into beat in chorus
  • strings enter at the end of the chorus
  • strings a big part of next verse
  • chimes in middle 8

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. lyric: (1. location 2. her 3. him 4. he says/she says 5. drug paranoia 6. hate) 7. NUMB (8. loss)
  2. lyric structure: A1 A2 B A1 A2 B C B2

06 ‘Oh, Jim’ – Berlin (1973) – Lou Reed

  • rolling toms beat
  • horns
  • vox lyric; his pov
  • section 1 ends: drums and bass with elct gtr solo and 2 horn section phrases all fade out
  • section 2 crossfade in: acoustic guitar fast strum (2 string)
  • vox joins with heavy delay/verb (lyric; her pov)
  • fade out with repeat ‘when you’re lookin through the eyes of hate, oh oh oh’

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. lyric: (1. location 2. her 3. him 4. he says/she says 5. drug paranoia) 6. HATE (7. numb)
  2. lyric structure; A B C A2 A B C D D E D2 E F
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