Lou Reed Halloween Parade cover

Halloween Parade
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Lyrics and Meaning


Album
Released
February 25, 1989
Genre
Pop
Ratings

Song Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
There's a down town fairy singing out "Proud Mary"
as she cruises Christopher Street
And some Southern Queen is acting loud and mean
where the docks and the Badlands meet
Verse 2
This Halloween is something to be sure
Especially to be here without you
Verse 3
There's a Greta Garbo and an Alfred Hitchcock
and some black Jamaican stud
There's five Cinderellas and some leather drags
I almost fell into my mug
Verse 4
There's a Crawford, Davis and a tacky Cary Grant
And some Homeboys lookin' for trouble down here from the Bronx
Verse 5
But there ain't no Hairy and no Virgin Mary
you won't hear those voices again
And Johnny Rio and Rotten Rita
you'll never see those faces again
Verse 6
This Halloween is something to be sure
Especially to be here without you
Verse 7
There's the Born Again Losers and the Lavender Boozers
and some crack team from Washington Heights
The boys from Avenue B and the girls from Avenue D
a Tinkerbell in tights
Verse 8
This celebration somehow get me down
Especially when I see you're not around
Verse 9
There's no Peter Pedantic saying things romantic
in Latin, Greek or Spic
There's no Three bananas or Brandy Alexander
dishing all their tricks
Verse 10
It's a different feeling that I have today
Especially when I know you've gone away
Verse 11
There's a girl from Soho with a teeshirt saying "I Blow"
she's with the "jive five 2 plus 3"
And the girls for pay dates are giving cut rates
or else doing it for free
Verse 12
The past keeps knock, knock, knocking on my door
And I don't want to hear it anymore
Verse 13
No consolations please for feelin' funky
I got to get my head above my knees
But it makes me mad and mad makes me sad
and then I start to freeze
Verse 14
In the back of my mind I was afraid it might be true
In the back of my mind I was afraid that they meant you
Verse 15
The Halloween Parade
At the Halloween parade
At the Halloween parade
See you next year, at the Halloween parade

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