Lou Reed Poetry in 1971 Harvard Advocate

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Lou Reed Poetry in 1971 Harvard Advocate

Post by lurid » 23 Dec 2018 16:38

somewhat expensive item on Ebay which I'd never seen before - the fall 1971 "Harvard Advocate Special Poetry Edition" with work by our very own Uncle Lou. Here's the ebay blurb:

Harvard Advocate, Special Poetry Supplement, Fall 1971.
Included are 8 poems (or songs) attributed to "Louis Reed," which is Lou Reed:
1. Sweet Jane (VU song)
2. He Couldn't Find a Voice to Speak With
3. Pain
4. The Coach and Glory of Love (reworked words & it became "Coney Island Baby)
5. Candy Says (VU song)
6. True Love
7. Doors of Passion
8. Keep The Faith
Overall good condition. Semi-glossy covers have some wear and small dings; very minor dings at corners. Binding is very good. Pages are very good.

A snip at $225!

What interests me most is the early version of "Coney Island Baby". In the truncated picture in the ad you can see that the first verse looks to be almost identical to the finally recorded version. I had not known that this song had been written so early.

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Re: Lou Reed Poetry in 1971 Harvard Advocate

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Re: Lou Reed Poetry in 1971 Harvard Advocate

Post by lurid » 26 Dec 2018 02:46

Thanks a lot for that! Fascinating.

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Re: Lou Reed Poetry in 1971 Harvard Advocate

Post by Mark » 26 Dec 2018 14:39

Fascinating to see that early version of Coney Island Baby. I'd never thought of it before but it makes sense it being from 71 - Lou maybe wasn't inclined to be quite so tender and reflective by 75!
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Re: Lou Reed Poetry in 1971 Harvard Advocate

Post by lurid » 27 Dec 2018 15:05

Also interesting to compare with the version that Lou performed in Marseille, France, March 1975. Looks like he reverted to (more of) his older lyrics when he finally recorded it in the studio in late 75.

"Coney Island Baby" (The Glory Of Love)

When the sun comes up at night
And you find that everything has turned out wrong
And the midnight sun comes to claim your soul
And you wish you'd never done half the things you've done

Remember the princess on the hill
(She'll love you even though you're wrong)
And right now she'll come shining shining through

And the glory of love
The glory of love
The glory of love might see you through

When all your 2 bit friends have gone and ripped you off
They said you'd never be a human being
And you begin to regret all the things you've seen
And you wish you'd never been half the places that you've been

Remember that the city is a funny place
Like a circus or a sewer
And some people have peculiar tastes

The glory of love
The glory of love
The glory of love might see you through

The glory of love
The glory of love
The glory of love might see you through

(lyrics by Lou Reed)

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Re: Lou Reed Poetry in 1971 Harvard Advocate

Post by hkmartin » 28 Dec 2018 19:53

I also noticed that Sweet Jane included the "Heavenly Wine and Roses" line, which, as far as I know, was otherwise unknown at the time to anyone who hadn't seen them live.

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Re: Lou Reed Poetry in 1971 Harvard Advocate

Post by lurid » 30 Dec 2018 15:09

hkmartin wrote:
28 Dec 2018 19:53
I also noticed that Sweet Jane included the "Heavenly Wine and Roses" line, which, as far as I know, was otherwise unknown at the time to anyone who hadn't seen them live.
I saw that as well. Then I realised that this little bridge segment didn't appear in either "Between Thought And Expression" (1991) OR "Pass Through Fire" (2000). So apart from this original 1971 appearance in the Harvard Advocate has it ever been "officially" published?

I also noticed for the first time the change from "him/she smiled" to "her/he smiled" in the repeat!

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Re: Lou Reed Poetry in 1971 Harvard Advocate

Post by hkmartin » 31 Dec 2018 06:10

Wow, I haven't noticed the gender flipping until you pointed it out.

Also strange that it's attributed to "Louis Reed". Wasn't his first name "Lewis"? Maybe just a typo.

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