Sweet Jane is a song written by Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground.
It was originally released in 1970 on their album Loaded. The song has become a staple of classic rock radio and is considered one of the band’s most popular songs. The lyrics tell the story of a woman named Jane, who is in a relationship with a man that is not always faithful to her.
The song is known for its catchy chorus and its simple, yet powerful lyrics. The song has been covered by many artists, including the Cowboy Junkies, who released their version in 1988. Sweet Jane has been featured in several films, including Dazed and Confused, The Cable Guy and The Big Lebowski.
The Velvet Underground
Is a legendary American rock and roll band that was formed in New York City in 1964 (featured many times in the New York Times). The band is widely considered to be one of the most influential and important bands of the 1960s and 1970s. Their music has had a major influence on both punk and alternative rock music.
The Velvet Underground was founded by singer/songwriter Lou Reed, who was joined by multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Maureen Tucker. The band’s sound was a unique blend of folk, rock and avant-garde music. Their lyrics often explored topics such as drug use, sexuality and urban life.
The Velvet Underground released four studio albums during their career, including their 1967 debut The Velvet Underground & Nico, which featured the iconic song. The band disbanded in 1973, but their influence has continued to be felt in the decades since.
Lou Reed wrote Sweet Jane as a tribute to his then-girlfriend, singer Nico. He wrote the song in a single night and it was recorded the following day. The song has been praised for its simple yet powerful lyrics, which speak to the universal themes of love, loss and betrayal.
Listen to Sweet Jane by Lou Reed on Spotify here.