Black Angel's Death Song

Album: The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
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  • The myriad choices of his fate
    Set themselves out upon a plate
    For him to choose
    What had he to lose

    Not a ghost bloodied country
    All covered with sleep
    Where the black angel did weep
    Not an old city street in the east
    Gone to choose

    And wandering's brother
    Walked on through the night
    With his hair in his face
    On a long splintered cut from the knife of g.t.

    The rally man's patter ran on through the dawn
    Until we said so long
    To his skull-shrill yell

    Shining brightly red-rimmed and
    Red-lined with the time
    Infused with the choice of the mind
    On ice skates scraping chunks
    From the bells

    Cut mouth bleeding razor's
    Forgetting the pain
    Antiseptic remains cool goodbye
    So you fly
    To the cozy brown snow of the east
    Gone to choose, choose again

    Sacrificials remains make it hard to forget
    Where you come from
    The stools of your eyes
    Serve to realize fame, choose again

    And roverman's refrain of the sacrilege recluse
    For the loss of a horse
    Went the bowels and a tail of a rat
    Come again, choose to go

    And if epiphany's terror reduced you to shame
    Have your head bobbed and weaved
    Choose a side to be on

    If the stone glances off
    Split didactics in two
    Leave the colors of the mouse trails
    Don't scream, try between
    If you choose, if you choose, try to lose
    For the loss of remain come and start

    Start the game i che che che che i
    Che che ka tak koh
    Choose to choose
    Choose to choose, choose to go

Comments: 10

  • Subs from Nyc"To the cozy brown snow of the east" is a reference to heroin. Not communism. Come on.
  • Arlette from Corona, CaG.T. is the brand of the knife.
  • Chloe from St. Louis, MoSlightly Bob Dylan-y.
  • Erik from Bloomfield Hills, MiReed says that this song wasn't really supposed to be about anything, just words put together for the way they sound.
  • Edward from London, EnglandJust for Steve, I stumbled on G.T. as well. Gran Turismo? To be honest I have never understood the song either but I find the connection to Communism a rather clumsy one.
  • Paul from Cincinnati, OhThis song has a very cinematic feel and seems to kind of cement the epic sweep of the album since it's near the end. This is one of several songs on the album that constructively (as opposed to simply abusively) uses noise. There's a sort of brief white noise sound that occurs several times throughout the song. This is definitely the most lyrically obscure song on an album whose lyrics are mostly easily understood. It's interesting that this is interpreted to be about Russia. I just assumed that he meant the east coast of America when he said the east, but I'll defer to the likely more knowledgable opinion of the SongFacts contributers.
  • Steve from -----, Padoes any one know what he means by g.t. "On a long splintered cut from the knife of G.T."
  • Erik from Bloomfield Hills, MiThe lyrics sound like they're about something extremely cryptic, and this song has an overall sound that's spooky as hell. When I first heard this song, it scared the $h!t out of me in the coolest way. I love it!
  • Spencer from Rhode Islandthis is a great song. some people might say it's hard to listen to, but i love it.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI've seen the title written as "The Black Angel's Death Song." Which one is correct. Btw, the viola in this is cool. it adds to the mood I think.
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