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Monday, January 6, 2014

"Pale Blue Eyes" by The Velvet Underground

Do you have that one song where no matter how many times you listen to it, you are still almost driven to tears with each listen?  Even though you know exactly what's coming next, you still can't avoid feeling the same emotional sting?  "Pale Blue Eyes" is that song for me.  Everything about this song is so subtle - the gentle guitar, the softly sung lyrics, the repetitive, hypnotic chorus - that it conveys a contradictory loudness that cannot be described.  As with most VU songs, the poetic lyrics are simply brilliant, and this song has my favorite Lou Reed lyrics of all.  Is there anybody out there that can't relate to this: "It was good what we did yesterday/And I'd do it once again./The fact that you are married/Only proves you're my best friend.  But it's truly, truly a sin."?  Somber bliss.

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