Waiting For The Man

(Lou A. Reed)

I'm waiting for the man
Twenty-six dollars in my hand
Up to Lexington One Two Five
So sick and dirty more dead than alive
I'm waiting for my man
Hey white boy, what you doin' uptown?
Hey white boy, you chasing our women around?
Oh pardon me sir, it springs to my mind
I'm just looking for a good friend of mine
I'm waiting for my man
Here he comes, he's all dressed in black
Creole shoes and a big straw hat
He's never early, he's always late
First thing you learn is that you always gotta wait
I'm waiting for my man

Dirty brownstone building, up three flights of stairs
Nobody's tried to stops you 'cos nobody cares
He's got the works gives you sweet taste
Then you gotta split because he's got no time to waste
I'm waiting for my man
Baby don't you holler, honey don't you ball and shout
I'm feeling good, I know I'm gonna work it on out
I'm feeling good, I'm feel oh so fine
Until tomorrow but that's just another time
I'm waiting for my man

To walk me home

First recorded with The Riot Squad at the Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead on 5th April 1967. Sessions produced by Gus Dudgeon.