Sword of Damocles

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Lou Reed

Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (born March 2, 1942) is an American rock musician, songwriter, and photographer. He is best known as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground, and for his solo career, which has spanned several decades. Though the Velvet Underground were a comme… more »

I see the sword of Damocles is right above your head
They're trying a new treatment to get you out of bed
But radiation kills both bad and good
It can not differentiate 
So to cure you they must kill you
The sword of Damocles hangs above your head

Now I have seen lots of peoples die
From car crashes or drugs 
Last night on 33rd street, I saw a kid get hit by a bus
Bus this drawn out torture over which part of you lives 
Is very hard to take
To cure you, they must kill you
The sword of Damocles above your head

That mix of morphine and Dexedrine 
We use it on the street 
It kills the pain and keeps you up
Your very soul to keep
But this guessing game has its own rules 
The good don't always win
And might makes right 
The sword of Damocles 
Is hanging above your head

It seems everything's done that must be done
From over here, though things don't seem fair
But there are things that we can't know
 Maybe there's something over there 
Some other world that we don't know about 
I know you hate that mystic shit
It's just another way of seeing 
The sword of Damocles above your head

Written by: LOU REED

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