After Hours

The Velvet Underground

About After Hours

"After Hours" is a 1969 song written by Lou Reed and originally performed by The Velvet Underground. It is the tenth and final track on their self-titled third album. It is one of few songs with lead vocals by drummer Maureen Tucker, as Lou Reed stated the song was "so innocent and pure" that he could not possibly sing it himself. Tucker's vocals are accompanied by acoustic and bass guitar. The style of the lyrics and the music is somewhat reminiscent of Tin Pan Alley songs of the 1930s. The song was re-recorded by Maureen Tucker with instrumentation by The Changelings in 2002. It was released on the single "I'm Sticking with You/After Hours". 


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1969
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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

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The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground was an American rock band formed in New York City. First active from 1964 to 1973, their best-known members were Lou Reed and John Cale, who both went on to find success as solo artists. Although experiencing little commercial success while together, the band is often cited by many critics as one of the most important and influential groups of the 1960s. An often-repeated statement, made by Brian Eno in a 1982 interview, is that while the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band." more »

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Written by: Lou Reed

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11 facts about this song

Artist Background
"After Hours" is a song by American experimental rock band, The Velvet Underground.
Album Information
The song is featured on the band's self-titled third album, "The Velvet Underground" which was released in 1969.
Songwriter
Despite the band's primary songwriter being Lou Reed, "After Hours" was entirely written by Lou Reed himself.
Vocalist
Interestingly, the vocals for this song are not done by Reed, but by drummer Moe Tucker.
Song Meaning
"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.
Performance Style
The song is noted for its distinct style - it is sung in a straightforward, unadorned manner, which gives it an intimate and personal feel.
Cultural Impact
"After Hours" has often been referenced and covered by multiple artists, including R.E.M., proving its enduring impact and influence.
Album Theme
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.
Musical Arrangement
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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