List of songs recorded by The Velvet Underground

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The following is a list of all songs by The Velvet Underground, excluding those after the departure of Lou Reed on the Squeeze album and the reunion tour. This list details the name of the song and any officially released recordings of the song. In the case of studio recordings, the album title and date of album release have been included. In the case of live recordings, demos or rehearsal recordings, the date of recording and album the track appears on have been included.

The songs, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

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Unreleased songs / See also / References

A[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"After Hours"

Studio recording:

Live recordings:

"All Tomorrow's Parties"

Studio recordings:

Demo/rehearsal recordings:

Released as a single in 1966 with "I'll Be Your Mirror".

"Andy's Chest"

Studio recording:

  • VU (1985)

Lou Reed recovered it on the album Transformer (album)

B[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Beginning to See the Light"

Studio recording:

Live recordings:

"The Black Angel's Death Song"

Studio recording:

Live recording:

"Booker T"

Live recording:

"Booker T" would later be recorded as an element of "The Gift". The song was separated into the right channel of the stereo mix while a short story was performed in the left.

C[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Candy Says"

Studio recording:

Live recording:

"Chelsea Girls"

Studio recording:

Written by Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison, performed by Nico, Reed and Morrison.

"Coney Island Steeplechase"

Studio recording:

"Cool It Down"

Studio recording:

"Countess from Hong Kong"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

"Crash"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

E[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"European Son (to Delmore Schwartz)"

Studio recording:

F[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Femme Fatale"

Studio recording:

Live recordings:

Released as the b-side to "Sunday Morning" in 1966.

"Ferryboat Bill"

Studio recording:

"Foggy Notion"

Studio recording:

  • VU (1985)

Live recording:

"Follow the Leader"

Live recording:

G[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"The Gift"

Studio recording:

"Guess I'm Falling in Love"

Studio recording:

Live recording:

H[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Head Held High"

Studio recordings:

"Here She Comes Now"

Studio recording:

Demo/rehearsal recording:

"Heroin"

Studio recording:

Demo/rehearsal recording:

Live recordings:

"Hey Mr. Rain"

Studio recording:

I[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"I Can't Stand It"

Studio recordings:

  • VU (1985)

Live recordings:

"I Found a Reason"

Studio recording:

Demo/rehearsal recording:

"I Heard Her Call My Name"

Studio recording:

"I'll Be Your Mirror"

Studio recording:

"I Love You"

Studio recording:

Demo/rehearsal recording:

"I'm Gonna Move Right In"

Studio recording:

"I'm Not Too Sorry (Now That You're Gone)"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

"I'm Set Free"

Studio recording:

Live recording:

"I'm Sticking With You"

Studio recording:

Live recording:

"I'm Waiting for the Man"

Studio recording:

Demo/rehearsal recording:

Live recording:

"It's Alright (The Way That You Live)"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

"It's Just Too Much"

Live recordings:

"It Was a Pleasure Then"

Studio recordings:

Written and performed by Nico, Lou Reed and John Cale.

J[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Jesus"

Studio recordings:

L[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Lady Godiva's Operation"

Studio recordings:

"Lisa Says"

Studio recordings:

  • VU (1985)

Live recordings:

  • November 12-December 3, 1969 (1969)
"Little Sister"

Studio recordings:

Written by John Cale and Lou Reed, performed by Nico, Reed and Cale.

"Lonesome Cowboy Bill"

Studio recordings:

Live recordings:

"Loop"

Studio recordings:

  • Aspen #3 (1966)

Released on a flexidisc split with "White Wind" by Peter Walker for issue #3 of Aspen magazine (designed by Andy Warhol).[1] Credited to The Velvet Underground, but in reality a solo effort by John Cale.

"Love Makes You Feel Ten Feet Tall"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

M[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Melody Laughter"

Live recordings:

"The Murder Mystery"

Studio recordings:

N[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"New Age"

Studio recordings:

"Noise"

Studio recordings:

Released in 1966 as part of the "first electric newspaper" by the East Village Other, a collage of sounds which involved many contributors including Ingrid Superstar, Allen Ginsberg, Ed Sanders, Andy Warhol, and the Velvet Underground.

O[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Ocean"

Studio recordings:

Demo/rehearsal recordings:

Live recordings:

  • November 12-December 3, 1969 (1969)
"Oh Gin"

Demo/rehearsal recordings:

"Oh! Sweet Nuthin'"

Studio recordings:

"One of These Days"

Studio recordings:

  • VU (1985)

P[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Pale Blue Eyes"

Studio recordings:

Live recordings:

"Prominent Men"

Demo/rehearsal recordings:

R[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Ride into the Sun"

Studio recordings:

Demo/rehearsal recordings:

"Rock and Roll"

Studio recordings:

Demo/rehearsal recordings:

  • April 15, 1970 (Fully Loaded)

Live recordings:

On November 25, 1969, "Rock and Roll" was recorded by two separate groups. The first recording would appear on 1969 while Robert Quine's recording would later appear on The Quine Tapes.

"Run Run Run"

Studio recordings:

S[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Sad Song"

Demo/rehearsal recordings:

"Satellite of Love"

Demo/rehearsal recordings:

"Sheltered Life"

Demo/rehearsal recordings:

"She's My Best Friend"

Studio recordings:

  • VU (1985)
"She'll Make You Cry"

Studio recordings:

  • [Squeeze/Doug Yule] (1972)
"Sister Ray"

Studio recording:

Live recordings:

  • November 11, 1969 (The Quine Tapes)
  • November 7, 1969 (The Quine Tapes)
  • December 3, 1969 (The Quine Tapes)
"Some Kinda Love"

Studio recording:

Live recordings:

"Stephanie Says"

Studio recording:

  • VU (1985)
"Sunday Morning"

Studio recording:

Live recordings:

"Sweet Bonnie Brown"

Live recording:

  • November 12-December 3, 1969 (1969)
"Sweet Jane"

Studio recordings:

Live recordings:

T[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Temptation Inside Your Heart"

Studio recording:

"That's the Story of My Life"

Studio recording:

"There Is No Reason"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

"There She Goes Again"

Studio recording:

"Train Round the Bend"

Studio recording:

V[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Venus in Furs"

Studio recording:

Demo/rehearsal recording:

Live recordings:

W[edit]

Song title Released recordings Notes
"Walk and Talk (It)"

Demo/rehearsal recordings:

"We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together"

Studio recording:

Live recording:

  • November 12-December 3, 1969 (1969)
"What Goes On"

Studio recording:

Live recording:

"White Light/White Heat"

Studio recording:

Live recording:

"Who Loves the Sun"

Studio recording:

Live recording:

"Winter Song"

Studio recording:

Written by John Cale, performed by Nico and Cale.

"Wrap Your Trouble in Dreams"

Studio recording:

Demo/rehearsal recording:

Unreleased songs[edit]

Song title Recordings/performances Notes
"A Short Lived Torture Of Cacophony"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • 1965

Performed at the Factory

"A Symphony of Sound"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • Gennary 1966

Film Soundtrack

"Blue Velvet Jazz Jam"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • October, 1969

Performed at End Cole Ave, Dallas

"Blues Instrumental"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • January 3, 1966

Performed at the Andy Warhol Museum

"Chic Mystique"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • Gennary 1966

Performed at the Delmonico's Hotel, New York

"Crackin'Up"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • January 3, 1966

Performed at the Andy Warhol Museum

"Day Tripper Intro To Boom Boom Boom Instrumental"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • January 3, 1966

Performed at the Andy Warhol Museum

"Diaries Notes and Sketches"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • April 1966

Film Soundtrack

"Get It On Time"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • March 1966

Performed at the Factory

"Green Onion"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • January 3, 1966

Performed at the Andy Warhol Museum

"I'll Keep It With Mine"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • February 1966

Performed at the Uptight, Cinematheque, New York

"I'm Free"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • 1967-68

Studio Session

"I'm Not A Young Man Anymore"

Live performances:

  • April, 1967

Performed at the Gymnasium, New York [2]

"Instrumental Jam"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • April 1966

Performed at the Dom, New York

"Last Night I Said Goodbye to My Friend"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • 1996

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

"Lucy Brown"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • 1970

Appears on a set-list during the Doug Yule era

"Miss Joanie Lee"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • January 3, 1966

Was planned for release on the deluxe 2-disc CD edition of The Velvet Underground & Nico but was pulled at the last minute.[3][4]

"Move right in"

Live performances:

  • October 2, 1968, La Cave, Cleveland

Performed at the Valleydalle Ballroom, Columbus, OH

"Never Get Emotionally Involved With a Man, Woman, Beast, or Child"

Demo/rehearsal performance:

  • Summer 1965

Sterling Morrison mentioned this song among a number of songs written/recorded during the summer of 1965 at the band's loft in Ludlow Street. Maureen Tucker has confirmed the song's existence.[3][4]

"Noise part 1 & 2"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • March 1966

Film soundtrack performed at the Factory

"Nothing Song"

Live performances:

  • November 4, 1966

Performed at the Valleydalle Ballroom, Columbus, OH

"Rockabilly Instrumental"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • January 3, 1966

Performed at the Andy Warhol Museum

"Rhythm & Blues Instrumental"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • January 3, 1966

Performed at the Andy Warhol Museum

"Sweet Rock & Roll" aka "Sister Ray, Part Two" and "Sweet Sister Ray"

Live performances:

  • July 1968

A performance of the song in July 1968 in San Diego at The Hippodrome is mentioned in the article "Dead Lie the Velvets, Underground" by Lester Bangs. The refrain to the song is reportedly: "sweet rock and roll, it'll cleanse your soul". Sterling Morrison also contends that the song was a "preamble" to "Sister Ray".[3][4]

"Walk Alone"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • January 3, 1966

Performed at the Andy Warhol Museum

"Wild Child"

Demo/rehearsal recording:

  • July 1970

Performed at the rehearsal for Live at Max's Kansas City.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aspen no. 3, item 6: Audio: Peter Walker / John Cale
  2. ^ "The Libertines: Velvet Underground - brand spanking new bootleg from 1967!!!". Network54.com. 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  3. ^ a b c d Clinton Heylin, ed. (2005). All Yesterday's Parties: The Velvet Underground in Print 1966-1971 (first edition ed.). United States: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-81477-3. 
  4. ^ a b c The Velvet Underground - Lost songs, The Velvet Underground Web Page