However, I was listening to Internet radio while doing some mundane online task recently and that song came on and it crept right up on me with its sneaky sexiness.
Perhaps it was because this was the first time I listened to it with headphones: I really picked up on Lou Reed's sexy little noises for the first time. Which in turn made me really listen to the lyrics.
Here it is. Put on your red headphones and find out.
Some kinds of loveMarguerita told TomBetween thought and expressionLies a lifetimeSituations ariseBecause of the weatherAnd no kinds of loveAre better than others.Some kinds of loveMarguerita told TomLike a dirty French novelCombines the absurd with the vulgarIn some kinds of loveThe possibilities're endlessAnd for me to miss oneWould seem to be groundless.I heard what you saidMarguerita heard TomAnd of course you're a boreBut in that you're not charmlessCause a bore is a straight lineThat finds a wealth in divisionAnd some kinds of loveAre mistaken for vision.Put jelly on your shoulderLet us do what you fear mostThat from which you recoilBut which still makes your eyes moistPut jelly on your shoulder babyLie down upon the carpetBetween thought and expressionLet us now kiss the culprit.I don't know just what it's all aboutBut put on your red pajamas and find out
The song is only partially like a dirty French novel. Rather than combining the absurd with the vulgar it combines the absurd with the subtle.
We know that this isn't some kind of actual love because of the insult in the lyrics: "And of course you're a bore, but in that you're not charmless." That's not what you say to someone you love, it's what you say to someone you don't even like very much but you still find them sexually desirable.
And that's what makes the possibilities endless.
Another subtle feature: put on your red pajamas. Not "put on your fishnet stockings" or "put on your ass-less chaps" but pajamas. Although they are still red pajamas.
Now about the jelly on your shoulder, which is mentioned twice. The Internet has thoughts:
Jelly was old black jazz slang eg Jelly Roll and commonly picked up by white musicians like Van Morrison etc.
The "jelly" is KY, and it's on the shoulder for easy reaching?
Lou introduces this song on their live album as follows:"This song is called 'Some Kinda Love', which is a dialogue between a guy called Tom and a woman called Margharita, and he's just trying to drink her like tequila and she doesn't like being salt thrown over her shoulder."Hope to have helped.
Though I will say that “Some Kinda Love” ends with a pretty strong insinuation of girl-on-guy buttsex, unless there’s another way to read “Put jelly on your shoulder/ and do what you feel most… that from which you recoil but which still makes your eyes moist…lie down upon the carpet.” Who needs Fifty Shades of Gray?
petroleum jelly on the shoulder was used so the lube is easy to reach I believe
Between thoughts and expression...
This one was my favorite:
That's the way to do it - it keeps things slightly inscrutable and open to imagination.
I never found Lou Reed especially attractive except for maybe his Transformer period.
But that man can make some sexy noises.