4 pages | PDF | 951.3 KB"Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed is an upbeat and melancholic rock song about the lives of marginalized people in New York City. The song is composed in 34 measures in the key of C major, with occasional transitions to A minor. The main riff is a laid-back bluesy theme backed by a tight rhythm section. Reed's lyrics are both a reflection on his own life as an outsider and a tribute to the characters he finds in the city. He speaks of their struggles and resilience, with a message of hope and acceptance. The song has been used in many movies and shows, and has become an iconic moment in the history of rock.