Venus In Furs

by The Velvet Underground with: Nico

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Lyrics for Venus In Furs by The Velvet Underground:

Verse 1
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

Verse 2
Downy sins of streetlight fancies
Chase the costumes she shall wear
Ermine furs adorn the imperious
Severin, Severin awaits you there

Chorus
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

Verse 3
Kiss the boot of shiny, shiny leather
Shiny leather in the dark
Tongue of thongs, the belt that does await you
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart

Verse 4
Severin, Severin, speak so slightly
Severin, down on your bended knee
Taste the whip, in love not given lightly
Taste the whip, now bleed for me

Chorus
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

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

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Song Facts

This song is named for, and based on, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novella Venus in Furs, in which the male main character seeks to be enslaved by his fur-adorned lover.

The song and its topic challenged songwriting conventions at the time, the celebration of sexual masochism out in the open wasn’t something you heard everyday. The word “masochism”, coined by 19th century sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing, also comes from Sacher-Masoch’s name, so dude wasn’t kidding around.

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