Venus In Furs
By: Lou Reed

Original Performance: The Velvet Underground
Written by: Lou Reed

Versions:
  1. Venus In Furs (5:22)
    Available on Velvet Underground & Nico.
    Credits
    Brian Lebarton: Drums
    Joey Waronker: Flute
    Beck Hansen: Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
    Nigel Godrich: Guitar (Electric with Violin Bow)
    Chris Holmes: Sitar
    Thorunn Antonia Magnusdottir: Tambourine
 
Lyrics:
Venus In Furs [Version (a)]:

Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girlchild in the dark
Comes in bells, your servant, don't forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart

Downy sins of streetlight fancies
Chase the costume she shall wear
Ermine furs adorn the imperious
Severin, Severin awaits you there

I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears

Kiss the boot of shiny leather
Shiny leather in the dark
Tongue of thongs, the belt that does await you
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart

Severin, Severin, speak so slightly
Severin, down on your wounded knee
Taste the whip, in love not given lightly
Taste the whip, now bleed for me

I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears

Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girlchild in the dark
Severin, your servant comes in bells
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
 
The Song:

In March or April 2009, Beck got together with his band (Brian, Joey and Bram), Nigel Godrich, Chris Holmes, and Icelandic singer, Þórunn Antonía Magnúsdóttir. They formed the first Record Club project, and covered the legendary album, Velvet Underground + Nico in its entirety, in one day. "Venus Is Furs" is one of the songs from that album.

"Venus In Furs" is a song about sadomasochism. Beck wrote this about their cover: "possibly one of the first, if not the first goth song ever? for the occasion, we dragged out the sitar, nigel took a bow to his white SG and joey played a flute bought on the street in Japan fondly referred to as 'the dying goose.'"

 
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