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Deconstructing the song “Heroin” by The Velvet Underground

“Heroin” written by Lou Reed and released in 1967 on the album The Velvet Underground & Nico


– Confident loner reporting back from the edges of experience, reflecting, mirror zen limits.

– A process played out, it’s anticipation. But the devil doesn’t run.

– Transports to an abstract region, the mortified, the beautiful. All possibilities or nothing.

– A listening substitute for actual use, no medicine-help death-path.

– Turn on the quick beat. Meaning may not be in the truth, or the heart.

– The sharp sonic equivalent of solving a problem if reduced to creativity. Lonesome gets the job done.

– Communicating the senses working, depth drone. Angels hovering, plenty here.

– Never come back the same person, forever infused with the music. The music is listening to the listener – feeding off of the listener.

– Talking to the gods indulgence, compassion, empathy. That’s what is left to do.

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