I’m Waiting For The Man – The Velvet Underground  Lyrics

August 1, 2011

I'm Waiting For The Man - The Velvet UndergroundAlbum: The Velvet Underground & Nico
Genre: Rock
Length: 4:39
Lyrics by: Lou Reed
Label: Verve Record
Release Date: March, 1967
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One emblematic rock bands during 60’s was The Velvet Underground, title that was inspired on a book written by the journalist Michael Leigh and published in 1963. The group was first named “The Primitives” by the time Lou Reed and John Cale decided to form a band.

The first album of this band was “The Velvet Underground & Nico”. Nico,¬†the superstar of Andy Warhol, who also became their producer.

One of the remarkable singles of the band was I’m Waiting for the Man, a Garage rock song written by Lou Reed. The lyrics is a about a man purchasing 26 dollars worth of heroin in a Harlem Browstone. The one has been considered as one of the best 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone. I’m Waiting for the Man was ranked at #159.

Nico, ¬†died in 1988 at the age 50 after a bicycling accident where she suffered different injuries. On the other hand, the band was dissolved in 1996, one year later after the death of the electric guitar, Sterling Morrison, who died at age 53 due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Recently, Metallica announced that Lou Reed will do a collaboration for their new single. While John Cale, the other singer has continued his career by releasing more then 30 albums until now.


I’m waiting for my man
Twenty-six dollars in my hand
Up to Lexington, 125
Feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive

I’m waiting for my man
Hey, white boy
what you doin’ uptown?
Hey, white boy
You chasin’ our women around?
Oh pardon me sir
It’s the furthest from my mind

I’m just lookin’ for a dear
Dear friend of mine
I’m waiting for my man
Here he comes
He’s all dressed in black

Beat up shoes and a big straw hat
He’s never early, he’s always late
First thing you learn is you always Gotta wait I’m waiting for my man
Up to a Brownstone
Up three flights of stairs
Everybody’s pinned you
But nobody cares

He’s got the works
Gives you sweet taste
Ah then you gotta split
Because you got no time to waste

I’m waiting for my man
Baby don’t you holler
Darlin’ don’t you bawl and shout
I’m feeling good
You know I’m gonna work it on out

I’m feeling good
I’m feeling oh so fine
Until tomorrow
But that’s just some other time
I’m waiting for my man