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John Cale releases track in homage to late Lou Reed

By | Published on Tuesday 28 October 2014

John Cale

John Cale has released a new version of ‘If You Were Still Around’, a track from his 1982 LP ‘Music For A New Society’, to commemorate his long-time musical sparring partner, the late Lou Reed.

Revealing the track nearly a year to the day since Reed’s death aged 71, Cale added a metaphorical note on their relationship.

It reads: “A moth and a candle met. They decided to become friends. Everyone enjoyed watching their discourse – especially the risk takers. Then one day a big rain came. The moth couldn’t fly and the candle puttered out. Everyone laughed in bitter awe and blamed the rain. Most however knew the deeper truth – the candle remains lit and the moth will stay close”.

View the video for the song, which plays on the images of Cale, Reed and their bandmates from the back sleeve of the Velvet Underground & Nico’s 1960 eponymous LP, here: