I Heard Her Call My Name

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"I Heard Her Call My Name"
Song by The Velvet Underground
from the album White Light/White Heat
Released January 30, 1968
Recorded September 1967, Scepter Studios,[1] Manhattan
Length 4:38
Label Verve Records
Songwriter(s) Lou Reed
Producer(s) Tom Wilson
White Light/White Heat track listing
  1. "White Light/White Heat"
  2. "The Gift"
  3. "Lady Godiva's Operation"
  4. "Here She Comes Now"
  5. "I Heard Her Call My Name"
  6. "Sister Ray"

"I Heard Her Call My Name" is a song by American rock band The Velvet Underground. It is the fifth track from the band's second album, White Light/White Heat. It is a particularly loud, brash and aggressive song that features a pair of atonal guitar solos performed by Lou Reed and repeated use of piercing feedback.[2]

In an interview, guitarist Sterling Morrison said, "I quit the group for a couple of days because I thought they chose the wrong mix for 'I Heard Her Call My Name', one of our best songs that was completely ruined in the studio."[3]

The song features on the David Toop-compiled ambient compilation album Ocean of Sound (1996). Toop programmed the song so that its muted feedback would segue into an underwater recording of bearded seals barking.[4]



  1. ^ Discogs - Scepter Records (Manhattan) profile and discography
  2. ^ Malitz, David (October 28, 2013). "Lou Reed and the single greatest second of recorded music in rock-and-roll history". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Bockris, Victor (2003). Uptight: The Velvet Underground Story. Cooper Square Press. p. 89. ISBN 978-0815412854. 
  4. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (23 September 1999). "All Over the Map". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 12 January 2014.