Velvet Underground — Sweet Jane
Album: Loaded
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Released: 1970
Length: 4:00
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Standin' on a corner
Suitcase in my hand
Jack's in his corset, Jane is in her vest
and me I'm in a rock 'n' roll band. Huh.
Riding a Stutz Bear Cat, Jim
ya know, those were different times
all the poets studied rules of verse
and those ladies they rolled their eyes
Sweet Jane
Sweet Jane
Sweet Jane
Now Jack, he is a banker
and Jane, she's a clerk
and both of them save their monies
when they get home from work
sittin' down by the fire
Ooo, the radio does play
the classical music there, Jim
The March of the Wooden Soldiers
All you protest kids
you can hear Jack say
Sweet Jane
Sweet Jane
Sweet Jane
Some people they like to go out dancin'
and other people they have to work. Just watch me now
and there's even some evil mothers
Well they're gonna tell you that everything is just dirt
you know that women never really faint
and that villians always blink their eyes
that children are the only ones who blush
and that life is just to die
But anyone who ever had a heart
they wouldn't turn around and break it
and anyone who ever played a part
They wouldn't turn around and hate it
Sweet Jane, Sweet Sweet Jane
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Saw the Velvets perform this at the Cambridge Arts theatre in 1971. Even without Lou, truly memorable!
 Steely_D wrote:

THE BEST version is from Lou's record "Take No Prisoners."
True, the Hunter/Wagner guitar opener on the other live version is classic but the performance following it lacks lust.

Instead, do yourself a favor. 

 
Thanks for the great link!
Sweet 'Sweet Jane'
typically originals the best but mott the hoople does a great version of this as well ! keep rocking
 Danimal174 wrote:
Wow, I had no idea that Cowboy Junkies' version was a cover...nice to hear the original. 
 

 
THE BEST version is from Lou's record "Take No Prisoners."
True, the Hunter/Wagner guitar opener on the other live version is classic but the performance following it lacks lust.

Instead, do yourself a favor. 
 lemmoth wrote:
 It's   comments like this that remind me to remember that I've been obsessed with rock and roll for 45 plus years and that obvious facts to me may not be so for others.  {#Smile}

 
Lucky as we are lemmoth....
 
 Danimal174 wrote:
Wow, I had no idea that Cowboy Junkies' version was a cover...nice to hear the original. 
 

  It's   comments like this that remind me to remember that I've been obsessed with rock and roll for 45 plus years and that obvious facts to me may not be so for others.  {#Smile}


"Just watch me now"....how could you not think this song is cool?  I like the live version better, but sometimes it's best to hear the original guts version
Wow, I had no idea that Cowboy Junkies' version was a cover...nice to hear the original. 
 
Miss Lou Reed.
No wonder it is the live version that is so popular.
 leafmold wrote:
Love the Velvet Underground. Still sound fresh after all these years.

 
I agree whole-heartedly with this.  Fresh indeed.
I saw the late Lou Reed in 1996 and it was probably the best concert I was ever at.  He started the show with Sweet Jane which set the tempo for the next two hours.  Will never forget it  - what an opening.
 coloradojohn wrote:
I can clearly recall the first times I heard this; the babysitter Susie had it jamming a lot...  I freaked my parents out pretty good, too, at around age 8 or 9, spouting the lyrics at a family gathering, "— and Jane, she is a CLERCKK...both of them save their MOH-NEEES, and when they come home from work..."  Yes, LOU, my Life was saved by Rock 'n' Roll, and YOU were a huge, weird and wonderful part of it!

 
Great story.  This is the kind of thing that makes this message board special.  Not, as some posters seem to believe, comments expressing how much a particular song makes them want to barf, push the PSD button, or otherwise express their derision.  Thanks coloradojohn!
Ya gotta love the guitar, lyrics telling a story, and Lou's vocals. 
As rough as it may be, it is still PERFECT.
  Bad_Art wrote:

Wow!  I had never heard VU's studio version of this.  Hard to believe how bad it actually is.  I mean it sounds like some high schoolers made this in the den by sticking a sony walkman on record.  It's off key, out of tune, and the sound is weak.  The singer sounds like he's reading.  How bad does something have to become before it achieves 'art?'


cc_rider wrote:

It's bad on purpose. That makes it 'art'.

But to be fair, nobody's ever accused VU of being stellar musicians. They practically created the DIY punk ethos.
 
I agree with everything stated people, and I rate this version "10" cause I think it's really fuckin cool to hear, and I like it a lot
 treatment_bound wrote:
Thanks for playing the original "Fully-Loaded" version, even though I still can't get used to it.

 
I was in another room when the outro kicked in—I was wondering when Lou had followed Elvis out to a living death in Vegas. Never heard that before and I really don't have to hear it again fer a whiles.

XML: the devil's tongue. Avoid at all costs.  
 jagdriver wrote:

FYT.

 
I don't think his name is Tom.
Love the Velvet Underground. Still sound fresh after all these years.
 treatment_bound wrote:


That CJ version was a snore-fest.

 
...aww, give it a moment and listen up Skippy ... Margo rocks it
 azdcryan wrote:
HATE the Velvet Underground...this hit me in the belly! Vomitous and repugnant, how dreadful their rock n' roll.
 
FYT.
Good point..  Bill how about floating the Mott the Hoople's version of this sometime. Original is nice, but like others, I liked off shoots better on this one.. {#Cheers}
Thanks for playing the original "Fully-Loaded" version, even though I still can't get used to it.
REALLY digging' this one right now - not heard it in a loooong time.  It's almost fresh again! {#Dancingbanana_2}
I'll take Lou's R&R Animal version, Mott the Hoople's, hell, even CowboyJunkies' versions over the original - no matter how groundbreaking it was.
Meh.
 coloradojohn wrote:
I can clearly recall the first times I heard this; the babysitter Susie had it jamming a lot...  I freaked my parents out pretty good, too, at around age 8 or 9, spouting the lyrics at a family gathering, "-- and Jane, she is a CLERCKK...both of them save their MOH-NEEES, and when they come home from work..."  Yes, LOU, my Life was saved by Rock 'n' Roll, and YOU were a huge, weird and wonderful part of it!

 
I'm sure they thought the shades, leather jacket and little pills would come in little time. I was a little more sheltered--don't think I heard this song until junior high or even high school age.
 PA1749 wrote:
Wow, compared to the Cowboy Junkies, this sucks.

 

That CJ version was a snore-fest.
 dig wrote:


Yes, the Rock'n Roll Animal version is a 10, but  don't  ya think 4 is a little harsh? The origanal version is so visceral, so real, so fucking good.

 
No way, this version is by far the best - no, it's not a good recording. There's mistakes all over, but god damn it, it's so full of life - so damn raw. Love it.
RIP Lou Reed.   10+
I can clearly recall the first times I heard this; the babysitter Susie had it jamming a lot...  I freaked my parents out pretty good, too, at around age 8 or 9, spouting the lyrics at a family gathering, "-- and Jane, she is a CLERCKK...both of them save their MOH-NEEES, and when they come home from work..."  Yes, LOU, my Life was saved by Rock 'n' Roll, and YOU were a huge, weird and wonderful part of it!
A timeless song, still young, but not me...
May as well be Rolling Stones for cryin' out loud.
Swift recovery Lou! 
I agree with "dig", the original is excellent.
Just relax everyone. The Cowboy Junkies did a fine job but they were fortunate to have such a great song to work with. As far as definative version - track one, Rock 'n Roll Animal.
 merkin_muffley wrote:
Only gave this 4 as the live version is a 10. Twice as good and more, if that makes any sense.
 

Yes, the Rock'n Roll Animal version is a 10, but  don't  ya think 4 is a little harsh? The origanal version is so visceral, so real, so fucking good.
Ahh! This is just what the doctor ordered! Great classic tune! {#Dancingbanana_2}

For those of you who don't understand why I rate this a 9 see below:

{#Nyah} 

this song rocks...  love it...

 
You know how some songs can trigger a vivid memory? This song does that for me. I can picture exactly where I was and who I was with the first time I heard this song. I don't know the date exactly, but it was >40 yrs ago, the album was rather new, and I was an early teen. At that age of course I thought I knew everything; I think this song imprinted the memory because it was so different from what I *had* thought was "good music". Eye opening and transformative, it'll always be a 10 in my book.
stellar.  ..just as it is. perfect, like the wildflowers in light reflected off broken glass of a city street. it's not smooth and shouldn't be cause it's rock an roll
 PA1749 wrote:
Wow, compared to the Cowboy Junkies, this sucks.
 
Maybe to you it does; but you may also prefer the 1998 remake of "Psycho" to the original.
LOVE the Velvet Underground...this hit me in the belly! Visceral & awesome, how pure their rock n' roll.
Only gave this 4 as the live version is a 10. Twice as good and more, if that makes any sense.
so awesome to hear VU on RP
it hardly ever happens.
thanks bill!
Love live version on Rock n Roll Animal  - Live album. Leaves CJ in the dirt. 
Where's that confounded bridge? This is the version which is missing it!
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 romeotuma wrote:


Love this song, but this is one of the rare cases where I love a cover even more—  the Cowboy Junkies make this song soooo smooth and sexy...

 
 

Agreed...
Hey rotten,

Uh....do you like guitar in r n r songs?

Uh...maybe you want to listen to Reed playing it.

Some of the best.