Sweet Jane


Recorded by Velvet Underground

Album Loaded

On the session:  Lou Reed, Stirling Morrison, Doug Yule

Written by Lou Reed

Recorded April-August, 1970 at Atlantic Studios, New York, NY

Released, September, 1970

Label Atlantic

Recorded by Mott the Hoople

Album All The Young Dudes

On the session:  Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs,

Peter Overend Watts, Dale Griffin

Written by Lou Reed

Recorded May-July, 1972 at Trident Studios, London

Released, September, 1972

Label Columbia

Sweet Jane Lyrics

Standing on the corner,

Suitcase in my hand

Jack is in his corset, and Jane is her vest,

And me I'm in a rock'n'roll band Hah!

Ridin' in a Stutz Bear Cat, Jim

You know, those were different times!

Oh, all the poets they studied rules of verse

And those ladies, they rolled their eyes

Sweet Jane! Whoa! Sweet Jane, oh-oh-a! Sweet Jane!

I'll tell you something

Jack, he is a banker

And Jane, she is a clerk

Both of them save their monies, ha

And when, when they come home from work

Oh, Sittin' down by the fire, oh!

The radio does play

The classical music there, Jim

"The March of the Wooden Soldiers"

All you protest kids

You can hear Jack say, get ready, ah

Sweet Jane! Come on baby! Sweet Jane! Oh-oh-a! Sweet Jane!

Some people, they like to go out dancing

And other peoples, they have to work, Just watch me now!

And there's even some evil mothers

Well they're gonna tell you that everything is just dirt

Y'know that, women, never really faint

And that villains always blink their eyes, woo!

And that, y'know, children are the only ones who blush!

And that, life is just to die!

And, everyone who ever had a heart

They wouldn't turn around and break it

And anyone who ever played a part

Oh wouldn't turn around and hate it!

Sweet Jane! Whoa-oh-oh! Sweet Jane! Sweet Jane!

Heavenly wine and roses

Seems to whisper to her when he smiles

Heavenly wine and roses

Seems to whisper to her when she smiles

La lala lala la, la lala lala la

Sweet Jane

Sweet Jane

Sweet Jane

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A Michael Stanley version of Sweet Jane..... a bonus track

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