Metallica & Lou Reed – The View

Here is my first post in the “Music” category. This is something most expected, since music has always had a prominent space in my life.

Anyway, Metallica and Lou Reed are about to release a new album together. Lulu is a ten songs album that will be available October 30th and that has been inspired by Frank Wedekind‘s plays Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box (which tell a story of a young abused dancer’s life and relationships and are now collectively known as the Lulu Plays). As you can read on the album’s official website, “originally the lyrics and musical landscape were sketched out by Lou for a theatrical production in Berlin”, but after playing together at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009, Reed and Metallica decided to work together on this project and eventually Metallica have had a huge impact on the riffs and arrangements of the opera.

Rolling Stones’ David Fricke says:

Indeed, the wildest thing aboutLulu may be how natural he and the band sound together: the way James Hetfield’s Viking bellow dogs Reed’s parched vocal desperation in Cheat on Me; Metallica’s perfect whiplash against the masochistic pleading in Mistress Dread.

Here is “The View”, the second song in the album. Judge by yourself.

The View – Lou Reed and Metallica

I am a chorus of the voices 
That gather up the magnets 
Set before me

I attract you and repel you 
A science of the heart 
And blood and meaning

The coldness of most beauties 
Is a challenge that our youth 
Must quickly conquer

There is no time for guilt 
Or second guessing, second guessing
Based on feeling

I am the truth, the beauty 
That causes you to cross 
Your sacred boundaries

I have no morals
Some think me cheap
And someone who despises
The normalcy of heartbreak 
The purity of love

But I worship the young 
And just formed angel

Who sits upon the pin of lust
Everything else
Bores me

I want to see your suicide 
I want to see you give it up 
Your life of reason
I want you on the floor
And in a coffin your soul shaking
I want to have you doubting 
Every meaning you’ve amassed 
Like a fortune

Oh throw it away

For worship someone 
Who actively despises you

For worship someone 
Who actively despises you

I am the root 
I am the progress 
I’m the aggressor 
I am the tablet 
These ten stories

Worship
Worship

Pain and evil have their place 
Sitting here beside me 
I offer them to you as servants 
Of the gold that you must give

Pain and evil have their place 
Sitting here beside me
And I’ll offer them, I offer them to you 
As servants of the gold 
That you must give to me

I want to see your suicide 
I want to see you give it up, give it up
Your your life of reason

I want to see you on the floor

And in a coffin, soul shaking 
Soul shaking
I want to have you doubting 
Every meaning you’ve amassed 
Like a fortune, like a fortune
Throw it away

For worship of someone who actively despises you

Who actively despises you

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