I Wanna Know (The Pit and the Pendulum)

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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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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

I want to know, ooohhh
I want to know
I want to know, oh
I want to know

In consideration
In consideration of the faculties and impulses
Of the human soul
Of the human soul
In consideration
Of our arrogance
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
We act for the reason we should not
For certain minds this is absolutely irre-, irre-
The conviction of the wrong
Or impolicy of an action
Is often the unconquerable force
The unconquerable force
It is a primitive impulse
It is a primitive impulse
Primitive impulse
The overwhelming tendency
The overwhelming tendency to do
Wrong for the wrong's sake
To do wrong for the wrong's sake
We persist in acts
Because we feel that we
Should not persist in them
Because we feel we, feel we
Should not persist, per-, persist in them, ah

So I want to know
I want to know
I want to know
I want to know

I want to, I want to know
I want to, I
Ooohhh, we persist in action
We persist in action
Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong
Wrong, wrong
Oh we persist in action
Ah yeah yeah
When you know that it's wrong

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