#12 White Light White Heat

#12 White Light White Heat – Velvet Underground

A track from the 2nd album by the same name (for a complete, totally accurate and hitherto unknown history of the band’s early years and association with Warhol and Nico, see the Fairy Stories in this blog: ‘Sex Drugs and Rock’n’Roll : The Beginning‘ and ‘Peel Slowly and See‘) . The whole album was deliberately “unbeautiful” (basically there was a


Lou Reed sized works

feeling that they’d sold out somewhat with the first album for a

commercial success which continued to elude them)  and this track is the only one that had a hope of any commercial success (personally, I like them all of course.) The version I eventually hope to upload here is taken from the live ’69 album (2 years later) but whatever, they’re all good. Still with a sulphate of course, but amphetamine rather than diamorphine (I guess they were either short of cash or a convenient DDA cabinet).

Lyrics

White light, White light goin’ messin’ up my mind
White light, and don’t you know its gonna make me go blind
White heat, aww white heat it tickle me down to my toes
White light, Ooo have mercy while I’ll have it goodness knows

Mo the Mallet

White light, White light goin’ messin’ up my brain
White light, Aww white light its gonna drive me insane
White heat, Aww white heat it tickle me down to my toes
White light, Aww white light I said now goodness knows, do it

Hmm hmm, White light
Aww I surely do love to watch that stuff tip itself in
Hmm hmm, White light
Watch that side, watch that side don’t you know it gonna be dead in the drive
Hmm hmm, White heat
Hey foxy mama watchin’ her walk down the street
Hmm hmm, White light
Come up side your head gonna make a deadend on your street

White light, When I moved in me intween my brain

Waller Road cover

White light, White light goin’ makin’ you go insane
White heat, Aww white heat it tickle me down to my toes
White light, Aww white light I said now goodness knows

White light, Aww white light it lighten up my eyes
White light, don’t you know it fills me up with suprise
White heat, Aww white heat tickle me down to my toes
White light, Aww white light I tell you now goodness knows, now work it

Hmm hmm, White light
Aww she surely do moves me
Hmm hmm, White light
Watch that speed freak, watch that speed freak everybody gonna go and make it every

week
Hmm hmm, White heat
Aww sputter mutter everybody gonna go kill their mother
Hmm hmm, White light
Here she comes, here she comes, everybody get ‘n gone make me run to her

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