#24 Sweet Bonnie Brown

#24 Sweet Bonnie Brown / It’s all too much – The Velvet Underground

The best track from the best band ever – no question. What I wouldn’t have given to have been at that gig. If you don’t know about the Velvet Underground, you really should find out and if you’ve never heard eveything they’ve ever recorded, you should. The first 3 albums are  perhaps more together than some of the others (for a review and true+complete history be sure to reference the Fairies of New York – handily available at this blog) – but everything’s worth a listen to at least once (even Nico when she was feeling especially dismal).

I once knew a mad woman who had a harmonium in the basement but that’s another story. I simply love the guitar work on this track – not sophisticated or especially difficult, but very much to the point.

Lyrics

Sweet bonnie brown, looking like a baby
Coming down all over me
She looked real good, like a real nice lady
Coming down all over me

Sweet bonnie brown (sweet bonnie brown)
Sweet bonnie brown (sweet bonnie brown)
Sweet bonnie brown (sweet bonnie brown)
Oh, roll me over, like I’m coming home

Well, she looked really like another …
Coming down all over me
She looked real good, like a real low lady
Coming down all over me, yeah

Sweet bonnie brown (sweet bonnie brown)
Sweet bonnie brown (sweet bonnie brown)
Sweet bonnie brown (sweet bonnie brown)
She looked real good, like I know she would

I’ve been loving mary-ann so long
Do-do-do-do, do-do-do-do
And every time I see her, you know, I go too long
Do-do-do-do, do-do-do-do
Well, I ain’t lying, baby, I ain’t crying
I’ve been this way for a long, long time, wow, wow …

Sweet bonnie brown, looking like a baby
Coming down all over me
She looked real good, just like a real low lady
Coming down all over me

Sweet bonnie brown (sweet bonnie brown)
Sweet bonnie brown (sweet bonnie brown)
Sweet bonnie brown (sweet bonnie brown)
She looked real good, like I know she would

Oh, wow, I’m up on a pony, spending all my money
Don’t you come on after me
Oh, she looked real good, just like a real low lady
Coming down all over me, oh

Sweet bonnie brown
Oh, sweet bonnie brown
Oh, sweet bonnie brown
She looked real good, like I know she would, oh, oh

Oh, I’ve been loving mary-lou, but so long
Do-do-do-do, do-do-do-do
Everytime I know her I ….
Do-do-do-do, do-do-do-do
Well I like baby, I ain’t crying
I’ve been this way for a long, long, long this time, oh
Wow, wow, oh, baby …

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