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Stephanie Says Lyrics By The Velvet Underground Songs Album: VU Year: 1985 Stephanie says That she wants to know Why she's given half her life, To peopl

The Velvet Underground - Stephanie Says
The Velvet Underground - Stephanie Says


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Album: VU
Released: 1985

Stephanie Says Lyrics


Stephanie Says
That she wants to know
Why she's given half her life,
To people she hates now

Stephanie says
When answering the phone
What country shall I say
Is calling from across the world

But she's not afraid to die,
The people all call her Alaska
Between worlds so the people ask her
Cause it's all in her mind
It's all in her mind

Stephanie says
That she wants to know
Why it is though she's the door
She can't be the room

Stephanie says
But doesn't hang up the phone
What sea shell she is calling
From across the world

But she's not afraid to die,
The people all cal her Alaska
Between worlds so the people ask her
Cause it's all in her mind
It's all in her mind

They're asking
Is it good or bad
It's such an icy feeling
It's so cold in Alaska,
It's so cold in Alaska,
It's so cold in Alaska

Writer/s: LOU REED
Publisher: SONY ATV MUSIC PUB LLC
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Stephanie Says
  • This song demonstrates a sensitive side of Lou Reed's songwriting. Like many of Reed's songs, the lyrics are rather complicated, but they seem to be about a girl who was once very restricted, but escaped and moved on to another life. As she reflects on what once was, she becomes depressed about her life.
  • As written in The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side , this is one of three final songs recorded by the Velvet Underground's seminal line-up of Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, John Cale, and Maureen Tucker. Tucker had taken maternity leave and came back with family commitments interfering with her career; Reed and Cale continued to feud, and the group members also had clashes with their manager, Sesnick. Combined tensions with the lack of radio support in New York, lack of chart recognition, and lack of money spelled the last days of the Velvet Underground. The three final songs recorded were "Stephanie Says" and "Temptation Inside Your Heart," in February of 1968 at New York's A&R Studios, and "Hey Mr. Rain" at T.T.G. Studios in Los Angeles, in May of 1968.
  • This song was covered by Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, in the 1994 album Fifteen Minutes: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground.
  • One of the sources of tension within the group was Cale's new girlfriend, designer Betsy Johnson, whom Reed resented interfering with the group's chemistry in a kind of imitation of the way Yoko Ono was said to drive a wedge between the Beatles. Speaking of Yoko Ono, she, too, was active in the New York avant-garde art scene, having been a member of Fluxus, worked with John Cage, and visiting the "art happenings" around the Bohemian sections of town. She was even part of the Theatre of Eternal Music, which also included John Cale, as well as Warhol-era personalities such as La Monte Young and Tony Conrad. So she just missed being a direct part of the Velvet Underground - oh, what might have been?

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