It was a thrill in January 2011 to see Lou Reed perform a short set inside the Kimball Art Center during the Sundance Film Festival. Although he didn't perform "Venus in Furs," he performed a number of other Velvet Underground songs for a few hundred huddled together, escaping the snowstorm outside.
For some reason, many mornings when I would be awakened by my alarm clock at 5:50 every weekday during college, I would think of the "I am tired" lyrics. (I didn't so much think about kissing the boot of shiny, shiny leather, but I did shine my share of leather shoes in college.)
I wish I went to a different college, where perpas a dear mistress would strike or not strike.
Here is the live version taken from the band's reunion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m22hw-kd19E
Here is the album version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwzaifhSw2c
And here is Lou at Sundance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eatcmxR7lY and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQPh3d3F5nE