Eulogy To Lenny Bruce


“Never again will we get together to die.”


Nico didn’t know Lenny Bruce, but she moved in the same circles as Tim Hardin and it’s only appropriate that she adopted his song. The three of them – singer, songwriter and subject – form an eerie circle indeed. They all shared one thing, the nihilism of narcotic addiction. It’s in Hardin’s lyrics and in the desolation of Nico’s voice, though in 1967 she was far from the spectre she would become. To, from and about a junkie.

I’ve lost a friend
And I don’t know why
But never again
Will we get together to die.
And why after every last shot
Was there always another?
Why after all you hadn’t got
Did you leave your life to your mother?

And Honey Harlow
The singer burlesque queen
How did she know
You needed morphine?
Why didn’t you listen
To the warning words of your friends
While they told you so?
I know you couldn’t listen
To people talk about
What they didn’t know.

I’ve lost a friend
And I don’t know why
But never again
Will we get together to die.
And why after every last shot
Was there always another?
Why after all you hadn’t got
Did you leave your life to your mother?

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