Run Run Run (The Velvet Underground song)

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"Run Run Run"
Song by The Velvet Underground from the album The Velvet Underground & Nico
Released March 1967
Recorded April 1966, Scepter Studios,[1] Manhattan
Genre Experimental rock, rock and roll, garage rock[2]
Length 4:22
Label Verve Records
Writer Lou Reed
Composer Lou Reed
Producer Andy Warhol
The Velvet Underground & Nico track listing
  1. "Sunday Morning"
  2. "I'm Waiting for the Man"
  3. "Femme Fatale"
  4. "Venus in Furs"
  5. "Run Run Run"
  6. "All Tomorrow's Parties"
  7. "Heroin"
  8. "There She Goes Again"
  9. "I'll Be Your Mirror"
  10. "The Black Angel's Death Song"
  11. "European Son"

"Run Run Run" is a song by The Velvet Underground originally released on the band's 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico.

The song was written on the back of an envelope by Lou Reed while he and the band were on their way to a gig at the Café Bizarre.[3] The song details a number of characters living in New York City, including Teenage Mary, Margarita Passion, Seasick Sarah, and Beardless Harry; all of whom are detailed using or seeking drugs. In addition to mentioning New York scenery such as Union Square and 47th Street, the song makes use of drug terms paired with religious imagery. Two of the four verses directly speak of heroin use, a theme found in the album. In the song, Marguerita Passion tried to sell her soul in order to get "a fix", while Seasick Sarah "turned blue", causing her angels to panic. The song is also well known because of Lou Reed's guitar solo, and its lack of a conventional approach.


Cover versions[edit]

  • Električni Orgazam's lead vocalist, Srđan Gojković, recorded a cover version of the song for an art exhibition of Andy Warhol's works at the Modern Arts Museum in Zagreb, released in 2008 on his compilation Muzika za film, TV i muzej.


  1. ^ Discogs - Scepter Records (Manhattan) profile and discography
  2. ^ John McFerrin Review. John McFerrin. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  3. ^ Harvard, Joe (2007) [2004]. The Velvet Underground & Nico. 33⅓. New York, NY: Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 105. ISBN 0-8264-1550-4. 
  4. ^ Adams, Gregory (September 7, 2012). "Flowers Of Hell Reveal Odes Details". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 9, 2012.