Vanishing Act

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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 commercial failure in the late 1960s, the group has gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era. As the Velvet Underground's principal songwriter, Reed wrote about subjects of personal experience that rarely had been examined so openly in rock and roll, including sexuality and drug culture. more »


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It must be nice to disappear 
To have a vanishing act
To always be looking forward
And never looking back 

How nice it is to disappear
Float into a mist
With a young lady on your arm
Looking for a kiss 

It might be nice to disappear
To have a vanishing act
To always be looking forward
Never look over your back 

It must be nice to disappear
Float into a mist
With a young lady on your arm
Looking for a kiss
I want to Know (Pit and Pendulum)
Young Poe 

Young Poe: 

Under the intense scrutiny of Ligeia's eyes I have felt the full knowledge and force of their expression and yet been unable to possess it and have felt it leave me as so many other things have left, the letter half read the bottle half drunk finding in the commonest objects of the universe a circle of analogies, of metaphors for that expression which has been willfully withheld from me, the access to the inner soul denied. 

Judges (Choir): I want to know 

Young Poe:

In consideration of the faculties and impulses of the human soul in consideration of our arrogance our radical, primitive irreducible arrogance of reason we have all overlooked the propensity. We saw no need for it, the paradoxical something which we may call perverseness. Through its promptings we act without comprehensible object.

We act for the reason we should not. For certain minds this is absolutely irresistible. The conviction of the wrong or impolicy of an action is often the unconquerable force. It is a primitive impulse. The overwhelming tendency to do wrong for the wrong's sake. We persist in acts because we feel that we should not persist in them.

Judges and the dead people (Choir): I want to know

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Written by: LOU REED

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