Lyrics to
With You

Released by Lou Reed in 1979
From the Album: The Bells |

This version of With You was released by Lou Reed in 1979.

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With you, life moves so fast
with you, everything’s a mess
Slow down

Don’t you think you could be less capricious
I’m not you, I don’t have no death wish
Slow down
slow down

With you, there is no denying
it’s you, not my lack of trying
With you, everybody’s lying
it’s you, it’s not me who’s crying
Crying, crying
crying, crying

With you, stay and hold tightly from the streets
with you, every friend’s a possible beat
Slow down
slow down

With you, it’s a foregone conclusion
with you, envy, it’s all a delusion
With you, I can have no illusions
it’s you, who has the contusions
Crying, crying
crying, crying

With you, everyone’s a sucker
with you, it’s fuckee or fucker
Slow down
slow down

With you, life is just a scramble
with you, every day is a gamble
With you, I can’t forget life barely
with you, playing the Virgin Mary
And your crying, crying
crying, crying
Crying, crying


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Lou Reed has released many songs over the years besides With You. Lou Reed released songs from 1972 to 2000 spanning across albums like Transformer, Lou Reed, Berlin, Sally Can't Dance, Rock 'n' Roll Animal, Coney Island Baby, Rock And Roll Heart, Street Hassle, The Bells, Growing Up In Public, The Blue Mask, Legendary Hearts, New Sensations, Mistrial, New York, Magic And Loss, Set The Twilight Reeling, and Ecstasy. Decade Lyrics has over lyrics & songs by Lou Reed.

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About Lyrics and With You by Lou Reed

The lyrics for With You are made up of the words, verses and background chorus for the popular 1979 song by Lou Reed. Like a lot of songs, the lyrics to With You have both direct meanings and metaphorical context hidden within the song's words. All of the meanings are only truly known by the creators of the lyrics for With You - Lou Reed and any of the writers who worked with them on the song.

If you have an interest in the structure of words and phrases, you can dissect the lyrics to With You by Lou Reed in multiple ways. The word "lyric" itself derives from the Latin word lyricus, with the actual English word lyrics applied to the definition "words set to music" listed in Stainer and Barrett's 1876 Dictionary of Musical Terms. Continuing the chain, the Latin word lyricus derives from the Greek word λυρικός or lyrikós. This somewhat means "poetry accompanied by the lyre" or "words set to music." You can easily see that by looking at the background of the word lyric, that the "lyrics to With You" means the words set to the music of With You, or poetry accompanied by the lyre played by Lou Reed. The singular form "lyric" is still used to mean the complete words to a song. However, the singular form lyric is also commonly used to refer to a specific line (or phrase) within a song's lyrics. Hence, by this analysis of word structure, you could say that the lyric to With You and the lyrics to With You are both one and the same thing. None of this talk about the word Lyrics is really relevant to fans of Lou Reed who came here looking just for the lyrics to With You, but we feel it is still fun to learn what's behind commonly used words and lyrics in songs.

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