lou reed

Young Junkie (All Your Dreams Come True)

…inspired by a girl i saw walking down 23rd street in the city one day on my lunch break. She was one of those “crusties”. Young, pretty. I used to see them all the time around my place by Tompkins square park. It bummed me out tho because their thing was just begging for heroin money & being proud to be homeless. I dunno. Seemed like it was probably a pretty romantic life for her anyway. Ah youth. Anyway, the “young junkie” line came right away and it seemed like a lou reed kind of thing, new york and all, so I went that way with it.

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young junkie look so cool
young junkie on the avenue
don’t have nobody to care about
don’t have no reason to work it out
young junkie she’s a beauty queen
young junkie new york city scene
wild, wild times… tales of sin
and in her story she’s the heroine

oooo keep dreamin
oooo keep dreamin
oooo keep dreamin
all your dreams come true
yes they do

young junkie street urchin style
hung over with a half smile
oh so charming, she’s got to be
invincible at seventeen
young junkie stays forever young
and when she dies she goes straight to the sun
love is a pearl and we’re all divers
life is a war with no survivors

oooo keep dreamin
oooo keep dreamin
oooo keep dreamin
all your dreams come true
yes they do

The Only Chord You’ll Ever Need

“One chord is fine, two chords is pushing it, and three chords is jazz.” – Lou Reed

Here’s a cool riff in E… Just one chord.

The kind of riffs I like best are what I’ll call “rolling riffs”. They have a circular quality, which means you can play them on loop and never tire of them. They’re addictive.

Also, each riff has a personality. When you play it, it’s almost as if the two of you are hanging out together.

Now, about this riff. This is the kind of riff that you’d want with you in a street fight. It’s tough, but not without a sense of humor. You’ve got to earn this riff’s company. Once you do, it’s fiercely loyal.

Make that low E blare like a siren and those high strings cut like a blade.