One, two, three If you close the door The night could last forever Leave the sunshine out And say hello to never All the people are dancing And they're having such fun I wish it could happen to me But if you close the door I'd never have to see the day again If you close the door The night could last forever Leave the wine-glass out And drink a toast to never Oh, someday I know Someone will look into my eyes And say hello You're my very special one But if you close the door I'd never have to see the day again Dark party bars, shiny Cadillac cars And the people on subways and trains Looking gray in the rain, As they stand disarrayed Oh, but people look well in the dark And if you close the door The night could last forever Leave the sunshine out And say hello to never All the people are dancing And they're having such fun I wish it could happen to me Cause if you close the door I'd never have to see the day again I'd never have to see the day again, Once more I'd never have to see the day again
Written by: Lou Reed
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11 facts about this song
"After Hours" is a song by American experimental rock band, The Velvet Underground.
The song is featured on the band's self-titled third album, "The Velvet Underground" which was released in 1969.
Despite the band's primary songwriter being Lou Reed, "After Hours" was entirely written by Lou Reed himself.
Interestingly, the vocals for this song are not done by Reed, but by drummer Moe Tucker.
"After Hours" is often considered one of the VU's most tender and beautiful tracks, and it has been interpreted as a melancholy reflection on loneliness and unrequited love.
The song is noted for its distinct style - it is sung in a straightforward, unadorned manner, which gives it an intimate and personal feel.
"After Hours" has often been referenced and covered by multiple artists, including R.E.M., proving its enduring impact and influence.
This song suits the overarching introspective and progressively experimental themes of the band's third album.
Use in Films
The song was used in Martin Scorsese's film "The Departed" during a scene where the main characters are in a bar after hours, reinforcing its cultural relevance and connection to themes of nightlife and solitude.
Moe Tucker's Perspective
In interviews, Tucker has admitted that she was shy about singing the song, and that's why Reed had to convince her to do it. The band also had to leave the studio so she could sing it alone.
Unlike much of the Velvet Underground's discography, which is known for its use of feedback and distortion, "After Hours" is much more musically subdued, featuring just Tucker's voice and a simple acoustic guitar.
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