Song Lyric Sunday: Divided Exactly by Two

This week’s prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is Even/Odd. The song must contain one of these prompt words in either the title or the lyrics.

Good grief, did I struggle to find a song. Most of my contenders have already been used. That’ll teach me to be a lazy-lie-a-bed.

I am left with New York Telephone Conversation, a track from Lou Reed’s 1972 album Transformer. There is no mention of the word ODD and only one instance of the word EVEN. But at least the last verse (coda?) hints at a couple divided.

Please accept my apologies for a tenuous link to the prompt, but I love this song. It always makes me think of the Marlene Dietrich quote: It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.

I was sleeping, gently napping when I heard the phone
Who is on the other end talking, am I even home?
Did you see what she did to him; did you hear what they said?
Just a New York conversation rattling in my head
Ooh my, and what shall we wear, ooh my, and who really cares?

Just a New York conversation, gossip all of the time
Did you hear who did what to whom? Happens all the time
Who has touched and who has dabbled hear in the city of shows
Openings, closings, bad repartee – everybody knows
Ooh, how sad and why do we call, ooh I’m glad to hear from you all

I am calling; yes, I am calling just to speak to you
For I know this night will kill me, if I can’t be with you
If I can’t be with you

Songwriters: Lou Reed
© Oakfield Avenue Music Ltd

6 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Divided Exactly by Two

  1. What an interesting listen. I never heard of “New York Telephone Conversation” or the artist but it was pretty good.

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