The lyrics of the Lou Reed’s song, “I’m So Free” on the Transformer album read:
“Oh please, Saint Germaine
I have come this way
Do you remember the shape I was in
I had horns and fins”
Is the “Saint Germaine” referred to in this song the actual Saint (which I think is Germain) or is it a reference to Lou Reed’s sound engineer, to Ron Saint Germain (a sound engineer, I believe) or something completely different?
If anyone can clear this up it would be greatly appreciated.
The Comte de Saint-Germain was the Dick Clark of the 18th century. People who knew him over the span of many years said he never seemed to age. He hung out in the salons of fashionable high society in the era of Louis XV, and claimed to be centuries old, thanks to his alchemical skill.
I think that it was a reference to the Comte. The idea behind it being that “horns and fins” refers to the singer’s reincarnation over hundreds of millenia, having previously met the immortal St-Germaine.