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Velvet Underground Heroin Lyrics

Last updated: 05/22/2014 08:00:39 AM


I don't know just where I'm going
But I'm gonna try for the kingdom, if I can
'Cause it makes me feel like I'm a man
When I put a spike into my vein
And I'll tell ya, things aren't quite the same
When I'm rushing on my run
And I feel just like Jesus' son
And I guess that I just don't know
And I guess that I just don't know

I have made the big decision
I'm gonna try to nullify my life
'Cause when the blood begins to flow
When it shoots up the dropper's neck
When I'm closing in on death
And you can't help me not, you guys
And all you sweet girls with all your sweet talk
You can all go take a walk
And I guess that I just don't know
And I guess that I just don't know

I wish that I was born a thousand years ago
I wish that I'd sailed the darkened seas
On a great big clipper ship
Going from this land here to that
Put on a sailor's suit and cap
Away from the big city
Where a man can not be free
Of all of the evils of this town
And of himself, and those around
Oh, and I guess that I just don't know
Oh, and I guess that I just don't know

Heroin, be the death of me
Heroin, it's my wife and it's my life
Because a mainer to my vein
Leads to a center in my head
And then I'm better off than dead
Because when the smack begins to flow
I really don't care anymore
About all the Jim-Jim's in this town
And all the politicians makin' crazy sounds
And everybody puttin' everybody else down
And all the dead bodies piled up in mounds

'Cause when the smack begins to flow
Then I really don't care anymore
Ah, when the heroin is in my blood
And that blood is in my head
And thank God that I'm as good as dead
And thank your God that I'm not aware
And thank God that I just don't care
And I guess I just don't know
And I guess I just don't know

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nothing really mattters | Reviewer: NOBODYIMPORTANT | 5/22/14

this song makes me wanna do harder drugs to inspire my artwork like it has for him. i mean whatshisface cut off his own ear for his artwork im willing to make some sacrifices also

i have no life | Reviewer: fuckuall imadyke | 5/22/14

so im going to review this.
first of all lou reed is god along with kurt cobain and jim morrison
i love this song because he just sounds so passionat about his addiction, like it means so much to him. like its given him somthing to care about when there is nothing that really matters.

Hope | Reviewer: Chris | 11/11/13

Reading these reviews, it becomes obvious how beautiful people are. You are all amazing people. No I am not high, I don't touch drugs...I truly mean what I say. I really feel for those who've got caught up in the web of heroin. This song sends shivers down my spine.

Heroin | Reviewer: Sunday Morning | 11/4/13

The song doesn't glorify heroin, people. It's an honest assessment. I'm sick of anti-drug statements not being honest about why people get addicted. Of course there is a positive side to drug addiction, in the short run. But Lou doesn't sugar coat it:

"I have made the big decision / I'm gonna try to nullify my life"

Is that a positive statement? There's a huge section where he fantasizes about being born "a thousand years ago" where things like heroin didn't exist.

"Heroin, be the death of me / Heroin, it's my wife and it's my life"

Don't understand... | Reviewer: Pothead | 7/14/13

This song is pretty special in my opinion. Not the best musicianship neither the best voice to me it sounds like he was high on heroin then he made this song, also just the beat in this song.

However that is something strange about it that makes it attractive. Im not using heroin or any hard drugs so i can't relate to anything he sings about.

But to me Heroin and oppiates in general just the negative side effects outweights the positive effect. I mean why not just stick with weed, because most likely heroin addicts started out with weed as their first real illegal psychoactive drug. Why go further because im satisfyied with the high i get from smoking hash or weed, i haven't tried any other drugs that get you stoned so why go further if you haven't tried it you can't miss it.

- | Reviewer: Waltz of death | 6/22/12

I couldn't agree more with "heroin is heaven". I have never tried heroin, so I cannot fully understand what it is about, but I can try and interpretate the song's meaning. Doing heroin must be like reaching the ultimate happiness, like feeling complete or realized. But oh you know that incomparable waves of joy will turn into the flames of hell after a while, and the only way of coping with it is to extinguish the pain with more heroin, but in fact you are only adding more fuel to the fire of your sin. I don't know if I would ever try heroin, and I would never really could unless I had it in my own hands. I don't like the idea of getting stung with a needle, but if I ever happen to do it, it'd be with people I know and trust, and just once in my life because it would be horrible to depend on it to the point of endangering my life.

heroin is heaven | Reviewer: richie | 5/11/12

anybody who has never done heroin, don't judge people who do until you either try it or are open minded and empathetic enough to really try and understand the drug and its affect on people. imagine a drug that can literally change your mood from total depression or anger to bliss and happiness and the most content feeling youve ever felt in your life. well that is exactly what heroin can do (good, real heroin), it makes you more social, it makes you happy, it makes you able to forget about all your problems and anxiety. it is a miracle drug. and because of this it is evil, because your life seems to dull and depressing once you are off it, and you think to yourself how much better i could feel if only i did a little dope. heroin is bad, but for those of us who know how to use it recreationally and only on occassion (once a month or so) it really isn't so bad. but i'd say only about 1 in 20 people can do it that way. and by the way lou reed was not glorifying heroin in this song he was simply singing about it from his own perspective, not glorifying nor railing against it, but simply seeing it was it was in his life!

One opinion of many..... | Reviewer: Jamie Jo | 5/10/12

Let me start out by saying, that whoever made the statements that you got clean listening to this song is totally ironic, but congratulations! It would make me do the exact opposite, but I'm glad for you all!! I've heard this song before but I never sat down and listen to the lyrics until today. My husband and I went for a motorcycle ride and he just started singing this song, and I said, " honey what song are you singing? It sounds familiar to me. " He then said to me, " Whenever i was a teenager, my buddies and I used to sit around & listen to this song whenever we would get high. " Then he told me that whenever we got home he was gonna download this song, and he said, " I want you to listen to the lyrics and tell me what you think about it. " So I did, and I loved it. So thank you Lou Reed. I found my new sit back and relax song.

truthfully speaking | Reviewer: | 2/28/12

I have to agree with surprises me that so many of the people here have quit because of this song. I find that very beautiful though. I'm very happy for all of you. This song makes me crave for opiates as well. I have a thing for dilaudid..which I usually call my medical heroin, since I get it from doctors and such. So everytime I hear this Velvet Underground song, it immediately makes me crave or I listen to this song while I'm high on occasions. I hope that eventually I wont feel this way anymore because this is a beautiful song..I absolutely love it. I also read somewhere that Lou Reed was told by a few fans that they shot up heroin while playing the song..Lou Reed mentioned that that was not the intention of the song's meaning. So hope my review was helpful.

Sounds just like being high | Reviewer: Steven_Tyler77 | 1/19/12

I don't know how you people have been helped by this song to stay clean (I mean, it's great that you did, good for you). If anything, to me, it just gives opiate cravings (I have never done heroin, but I'm a regular recreational codeine user). The way the music flows and the mellow lyrics about not caring about what goes on in the world anymore describe very well the pleasures of an opiate high... I can't see how you were frightened by it, when this song really glorifies the drug. I perfectly understand why Lou Reed stopped singing it after quitting heroin use: had he sung it, it would've make him crave the high. I guess it takes an opiate user to understand this, but do take my word for it. Do not mess with opiates and expect you won't get hooked, because eventually you will...

i'm not a drug addict. | Reviewer: love! | 7/30/11

i've never been a drug addict. but i'm codependent, and there are a lot of parallels between reed's experience as described in this song and my experiences with my ex.

a lot of songs about heroin seem to work for codependency too, in my opinion; and although a lot of songs about heroin are sad--this one included--this isn't the one i listen to when i need to cry. this is the one i listen to when i just need a little reminder as to what aspect of my nature i'm struggling against. :)

incidentally, i hear lou reed stopped performing this song after he got clean. judging from how many people here have said it helped them get/stay clean, that's kind of ironic, isn't it?

spiritual beeing | Reviewer: paragnostic sinner | 3/7/11

hi folks,
genious expression for what an awaking, self consciousness creating human being is to make fool of itself in contact with so called "zeitgeist". Am (ab)user, in process to free myself from this painful binding. My "deepest love" in order to destroy myself, transforms me to "material"ism i never ever wanna be part of. But awaking grows and so next step leads to spiritual being, the red thread always loose`n`found in history until...
hopefully on the way, which is destination itself.
agreeing "venus in furs" gives hint, too.

Jesus' Son | Reviewer: Jonathan Clark | 2/19/11

I'm so glad to hear you guys are clean and doing well =) I have never tried heroin but I am a recovering intravenous Crystal Methamphetamine user. I started using at 19 and overdosed a few times, now I'm 21 and the Lord Jesus Christ saved my life and has given me the strength to overcome and his love is freely given to anyone who asks. Now it's just one day at a time and hope everyday. I'm really happy for all of you =)

favorite | Reviewer: somesh | 12/30/10

its one of my favorite song after venus in furs. It tells exactly how a person becomes a drug addict:) what he feels when he becomes a drug addict and how he does not know that it gradually leads to his death and still after he knows he doesnt case

Heroin addicts suck | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/2/10

People there's no feedback at the end of the song. It's an electric violin/viola, one of the two. If you love the song so much at least know what instruments are in it. I don't do heroin, like most people commenting here. But this is a great song about the view inside the mind of a heroin addict.