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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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.
easy 10.

 
Recommended: VU Live in 69. The whole album is good but this cranks mo bettah.
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In 1982, musician Brian Eno famously stated that while The Velvet Underground & Nico initially only sold 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."

way cool album 
 Proclivities wrote:

I guess they really "felt it" from all the times they went up to Harlem to score heroin.

 

It's really a long drive from Rockford, IL to NYC!
 chadlymn wrote:
Cheap Trick remade this song and I must say, it blows the original out of the water! 

 
I guess they really "felt it" from all the times they went up to Harlem to score heroin.
Here he comes, HE'S ALL DRESSED IN BLACK!
Great song, but VU has much better ones like "Foggy Notion", "She's My Best Friend", "Beginning to See The Light", "Head Held High" to name a few. Someone mentioned Bowie's version of this tune from his Bowie at the Beeb CD. Bowie's version with Mick Ronson on lead guitar is fantastic!
 steeler wrote:
 
Art is not just about technique.  It also is about concepts, and mining the wells of the spirit and soul.

 

And about the proper placement of phallic shaped fruits.


 Chrisjea wrote:

Well if you get crucified, there will be two.  Never got VU

 
Me three.
 paisleydancer66 wrote:
be careful not to overrate this

 
Wouldn't think of it!  I always perk up when I hear that intro.

1st thing I learn is I can't wait to hear Lou start his vocal. 

2nd thing I learn is it's disappointing not to hear Nico start crooning "Femme Fatale" once it's over. 
 bronorb wrote:
I know I will get crucified, but here goes:
VU was very over-rated, IMHO. I have one of their albums on vinyl, probably listened to it 3 times since I purchased it in the 80's. This song is no different, monotone vocals and poor guitar-playing. Even the cover is lame.
Warhol was no artist, BTW. 

 
Well if you get crucified, there will be two.  Never got VU
be careful not to overrate this
8 > 9
Lovely,
 steeler wrote:
 
Art is not just about technique.  It also is about concepts, and mining the wells of the spirit and soul.

 
Bravo.
 bronorb wrote:
I know I will get crucified, but here goes:
VU was very over-rated, IMHO. I have one of their albums on vinyl, probably listened to it 3 times since I purchased it in the 80's. This song is no different, monotone vocals and poor guitar-playing. Even the cover is lame.
Warhol was no artist, BTW. 

  
Art is not just about technique.  It also is about concepts, and mining the wells of the spirit and soul.
 bronorb wrote:
I know I will get crucified, but here goes:
VU was very over-rated, IMHO. I have one of their albums on vinyl, probably listened to it 3 times since I purchased it in the 80's. This song is no different, monotone vocals and poor guitar-playing. Even the cover is lame.
Warhol was no artist, BTW. 

 
Do you want the left hand or the right hand done  first?
hey bronorb,

I kind of get what you are saying.

It's just this kinds of songs capture a feel, a vibe, and moment in time....and that's the real buzz of the song.    
I know I will get crucified, but here goes:
VU was very over-rated, IMHO. I have one of their albums on vinyl, probably listened to it 3 times since I purchased it in the 80's. This song is no different, monotone vocals and poor guitar-playing. Even the cover is lame.
Warhol was no artist, BTW. 
Nice!
"Hey White Boy"!  "What choo doin' Uptown"?
Check out David Bowie's version (Disc 2) on 'Bowie at Beeb: Best Of BBC Radio 68-72'

Guaranteed to please!! {#Angel}

Whhooooooo there's an echoooo
First RP tune of 2013.... it's going to be a good year!

Seminal - a word much overused, but appropriate in this case... VU didn't change the rules, they gave us a whole new set! 
Like version on live album better. 
 chadlymn wrote:
Cheap Trick remade this song and I must say, it blows the original out of the water! 
 
Bowie's version - which he performed many times - happens to be wonderful and reverential to one of his great influences.

The very definition of lyrical brilliance.  10


 chadlymn wrote:
Cheap Trick remade this song and I must say, it blows the original out of the water! 
 
Now THAT'S funny......


 
chadlymn wrote:
Cheap Trick remade this song and I must say, it blows the original out of the water! 
 
uh....you might want to g check that out again..

Song has fascinated me since I first discovered it years ago (probably RP) and I have acquired a number of versions. And I still get new revelations when listening; for instance, the clanking piano towards the end—no effort to change key or volume seems to add to the sense of urgency. Perfect. I probably hear that because of a personal sense of urgency. Not for drugs these days but nontheless...One of those magic songs.
Cheap Trick remade this song and I must say, it blows the original out of the water! 
 sirdroseph wrote:


Nope, I assure you he is waiting for his man with $26 in his hand, Lou doesn't fool around with artsy fartsy pretentious bullshit like that.
 
Moreover, I can attest that he's never early. He's always late.

We're all waiting for something or someone.

How did Bill know that I'm Waiting for The Man? Oh, I forgot, Bill knows everything! Thanks Bill for always getting it right.


If he was waiting for his Woman, then the guitar playing would have been George Harrisonesque. However, Lou is waiting for his drug dealer (his 'Man') and so the guitar playing, staccato and ragged, is quite apropos, IMHO. Good song, has been for many years.

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 nicolewe wrote:
i'm waiting for MY man...{#Bananajam}{#Kiss}
 
"I'll wait here one more hour (in the pouring rain) and then that guy can borrow the $50 from someone else!" —Caspar Milquetoast