Song Lyric Sunday: Partying – ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’

I was never a party-pooper, you understand – at least I hope not – but at most of the parties I went to in my youth I’d most likely be the one on his own in the corner, crippled by tongue-tied shyness, avoiding eye contact and trying not to be noticed. ‘Twas ever thus.

So I hope Helen will forgive me if, for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme of ‘Parties/Partying’ I go for something that falls a little short of relentlessly upbeat, written by Lou Reed and sung by Nico with The Velvet Underground.

And what costume shall the poor girl wear
To all tomorrow’s parties ?
A hand-me-down dress from who knows where
To all tomorrow’s parties
And what shall she do and where will she go
When midnight comes around ?
She’ll turn once more to Sunday’s clown
And cry behind the door

And what costume shall the poor girl wear
To all tomorrow’s parties ?
White silks and linens of yesterday’s gowns
To all tomorrow’s parties
And what will she do with Thursday’s rags
When Monday comes around ?
She’ll turn once more to Sunday’s clown
And cry behind the door

And what costume shall the poor girl wear
To all tomorrow’s parties ?
For Thursday’s child is Sunday’s clown
For whom none will go mourning
A blackened shroud, a hand-me-down gown
Of rags and silks — a costume
Fit for one who sits and cries
For all tomorrow’s parties

Written by Lou Reed

Song Lyric Sunday 29 October 2017

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