Again, this is Reed's most natural subject: the experience of the unwanted and the despised. Some of the words we have today — bullied, gay, trans — didn't really exist as such back then. Reed thought that feeling "twisted" could warp someone's very identity, their own understanding of who they were. "Please put down your hands" may be the key line here, a powerful image of someone covering himself up, erasing himself. "You" and "your" appear in every line, as the singer tries to pair their humanity, replacing the other's dark self-image with the one she sees. Isn't this one of the most profound love songs of the era?