Though this song first saw the light of day on Transformer
, it dates back to Reed's band The Velvet Underground, and a version of the song recorded by The Velvet Underground surfaced on the Peel Slowly And See
box set. That version is a much harder rocker than the version on Transformer
, with a faster tempo, and without the piano line that dominates the later version.
The lyrics are also different; "I've been told that you've been bold with Harry, Mark and John," Reed sings in the bridge. In the Velvets' take, the three cads came from a 19th century children's poem: Wynken, Blynken and Nod.
"Best left forgotten," Reed explained of the original lyric in 1994. "I probably wanted to make sure I wasn't using a name that really meant something to me. I mean the song is about the worst kind of jealousy."
James - Lexington, KY