Velvet Underground — I'm Waiting For The Man
Album: The Velvet Underground & Nico
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Released: 1967
Length: 4:28
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I'm waiting for my man
Twenty-six dollars in my hand
Up to Lexington, 125
Feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive

I'm waiting for my man

Hey, white boy, what you doin' uptown?
Hey, white boy, you chasin' our women around?
Oh pardon me sir, it's the furthest from my mind
I'm just lookin' for a dear, dear friend of mine

I'm waiting for my man

Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
P.R. shoes and a big straw hat
He's never early, he's always late
First thing you learn is you always gotta wait

I'm waiting for my man

Up to a Brownstone, up three flights of stairs
Everybody's pinned you, but nobody cares
He's got the works, gives you sweet taste
Ah then you gotta split because you got no time to waste

I'm waiting for my man

Baby don't you holler, darlin' don't you bawl and shout
I'm feeling good, you know I'm gonna work it on out
I'm feeling good, I'm feeling oh so fine
Until tomorrow, but that's just some other time

I'm waiting for my man
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I think the monotonic sound of this song is trying to replicate the main character's drive to score some H. 
Overrated
 lemmoth wrote:

Bowie's version - which he performed many times - happens to be wonderful and reverential to one of his great influences.


 
I first heard it on the "Almost Famous" soundrack.  It's a live take from the Santa Monica show in '72 during the height of Ziggy-Mania.  It's really good.
 LinThizzy wrote:
i'm waiting for the man to end the earworm...in every part of this song, right from the beginning, it sounds like they are going into the end of the song and i expect fadeout.....but it never comes.
A fucking uninspired horrible jingle, sounds badly recorded and performed, that gets way overplayed on this station and that never seems to end.
 
It's like the blink of an eye compared to your endless whining.
i'm waiting for the man to end the earworm...in every part of this song, right from the beginning, it sounds like they are going into the end of the song and i expect fadeout.....but it never comes.
A fucking uninspired horrible jingle, sounds badly recorded and performed, that gets way overplayed on this station and that never seems to end.

{#Devil_pimp}zesty ! john cale era / some cale following this would be double zesty
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Classic Lou!

pre-punk.


Hey, white boy, what you doin' uptown?
Hey, white boy, you chasin' our women around?
Oh pardon me sir, it's the furthest from my mind
I'm just lookin' for a dear, dear friend of mine
. . . I'm waiting for my man
 kingart wrote:
Repetitive, not very innovative. 
But fun. Really NYC, during the 1960s urban scourge.
 
"Not very innovative"?  Really?  Ask the hundreds of bands who would later emulate the Velvet Underground about that.
My parents truly hated this song.  {#Bananajam}
Repetitive, not very innovative. 
But fun. Really NYC, during the 1960s urban scourge.
 
Sheer brilliance.
there isn't anything i like about this draining, repetitive song.  boring and hurts my ears.  are there only 2 chords in this thing?   worse than my neighbors garage band.   yukko...

{#Stop}
 LinThizzy wrote:
Musically boring, bass line is the only happening thing going on, waaaaayyyyyy too much heroin and not enough soul.

 
OK .... but it sets up an interesting groove.  Too much heroin?  Or stepped-up down tempo-style beat?  

Not enough soul?  You are not getting into the groove.  

No matter, VU is not for everyone.  
I really wish Bill followed this with something from the Modern Lovers..
 LinThizzy wrote:
Musically boring, bass line is the only happening thing going on, waaaaayyyyyy too much heroin and not enough soul.

 
Subjectivism is subjective.
Musically boring, bass line is the only happening thing going on, waaaaayyyyyy too much heroin and not enough soul.