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    Words and music: Lou Reed & John Cale

    It was a very cold clear fall night
    I had a terrible dream
    Billy Name and Brigid were playing under my stair case on the second floor about two o'clock in the morning

    I woke up because Amos and Archie had started barking
    That made me very angry because I wasn't feeling well and I told them I was very cross the real me that they just better remember what happened to Sam the bad cat that was left at home and got sick and went pussy heaven

    It was a very cold clear fall night
    Some snowflakes were falling
    Gee, it was so beautiful
    and so I went to get my camera to take some pictures
    And then I was taking the pictures
    but the exposure thing wasn't right
    and I was going to call Fred or Gerry
    to find out how to get set it
    I was too late
    and then I remembered they were still probably at dinner
    and anyway
    I felt really bad and didn't want to talk to anybody
    but the snowflakes were so beautiful and real looking
    and I really wanted to hold them
    And that's when I heard the voices
    from down the hall near the stairs
    So I got a flashlight
    and I was scared and I went out into the hallway
    There's been all kinds of troubles
    lately in the neighborhood
    and someone's got to bring home the bacon and anyway
    there were Brigid and Billy playing

    And under the stair case
    was a little meadow sort of like the park at 23rd street
    where all the young kids go and play frisbee
    Gee, that must be fun
    maybe we should do an article on that in the magazine
    but they'll just tell me I'm stupid and it won't sell
    but I'll just hold my ground this time, I mean
    it's my magazine, isn't it?

    So I was thinking that as the snowflakes fell
    and I heard those voices having so much fun
    Gee, it would be so great to have some fun
    So I called Billy
    but either he didn't hear me or he didn't want to answer
    which was so strange
    because
    even if I don't like reunions I've always loved Billy
    I'm so glad he's working
    I mean it's different than Ondine
    He keeps touring with those movies
    and he doesn't even pay us and the film
    I mean the film's just going to disintegrate and then what
    I mean he's so normal off of drugs
    I just don't get it

    And then I saw John Cale
    he's been looking really great
    He's been coming by the office to exercise with me
    Ronnie said I have a muscle
    but he's been really mean since he went to AA
    I mean what does it mean
    when you give up drinking and then you're still so mean
    He says I'm being lazy but I'm not
    I'm just can't find any ideas
    I mean I'm just not
    let's face it
    going to get any ideas up at the office

    And seeing John made me think of the Velvets
    and I had been thinking about them
    when I was on St. Marks Place
    going to that new gallery those sweet new kids have opened
    but the thought I was old
    and then I saw the old DOM
    the old club where we did our first shows
    It was so great
    And I don't understand about that Velvet's first album
    I mean I did the cover
    I was the producer
    and I always see it repackaged
    and I've never gotten a penny from it
    How could that be
    I should call Henry
    but it was good seeing John
    I did a cover for him
    but I did in black and white and he change it to color
    It would have been worth more if he'd left it my way
    but you can never tell any body anything I've leaned that

    I tried calling again to Billy and John
    they wouldn't recognize me it was like I wasn't there
    Why won't they let me in

    And then I saw Lou
    I'm so mad at him
    Lou Reed got married and didn't invite me
    I mean is it because he thought I'd bring too many people
    I don't get it
    could have at least called
    I mean he's doing so great
    Why doesn't he call me?
    I saw him at the MTV show
    and he was one row away and he didn't even say hello
    I don't get it
    You know I hate Lou
    I really do
    He won't even hire us for his videos
    And I was proud of him

    I was so scared today
    There was blood leaking thought my shirt
    from those old scars from being shot
    And the corset I wear to keep my insides in was hurting
    And I did three sets of fifteen pushups
    and four sets of ten setups
    But then my insides hurt
    and I saw drops of blood on my shirt and I remember
    the doctors saying I was dead
    And then later they had to take blood out of my hand
    'couse they ran out or veins
    but then
    all this thinking was making me an old grouch
    and you can't do anything anyway so
    if they wouldn't let me play with them in my own dream
    I was just going to have to make another
    and another
    and another
    Gee, wouldn't it be funny if I died in this dream
    before I could make another one up

    And nobody called

    And nobody came

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