Kill Your Sons

Album: Sally Can't Dance (1974)


  • As a teenager, Lou Reed was sent to a mental hospital for psychiatric care when he was caught engaging in homosexual activity. While there, he received electroconvulsive therapy - shock treatment. The treatments left Reed feeling like a "vegetable," and he said that it caused him to lose his memory and his ability to concentrate enough to read: hence the lyrics, "But every time you tried to read a book you couldn't get to page 17, because you forgot where you were so you couldn't even read." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    James - Lexington, KY

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  • Funkspiel from Cambridge, MaI'm puzzled why on "A Night With Lou Reed" video, he sings "You're going to kill your sons" and everywhere else it's "They're going to kill your sons".

    He sometimes sings PCP instead of PHC, maybe he wants to forget that place.
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