What's your favorite line from a Steely Dan song?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by classicrockguy, Aug 31, 2019.

  1. vonwegen

    vonwegen Forum Resident

    For me, it's "Any Major Dude Will Tell You", hands-down.

    Lots of other gems, but that one really shows what compassion underpins their cynical hipness.
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  2. spondres

    spondres Forum Resident

    And they wandered in
    From the city of St. John
    Without a dime
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  3. saborlord123

    saborlord123 "I'm not a genius. I'm just a hard-working guy."

    Show biz kids making movies
    Of themselves you know they
    Don't give a **** about anybody else
  4. Blue Cactus

    Blue Cactus Forum Resident

    "You see it all in 3-D,
    it's your favorite foreign movie
    It will come back to you."
    - Peg
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  5. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    All night long
    We would sing that stupid song
    And every word we sang
    I knew was true

    That and...

    Bodacious cowboys such as your friend
    Will never be welcome here
    High in the Custerdome.
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  6. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Sold out the Enormodome

    Tampa, FL
    Can I use a line from the live intro to Bodhisattva? :laugh:
  7. Scope J

    Scope J Forum Resident

    Certainly on my "short-list"

    Stepped up on the platform
    The man gave me the news
    He said, You must be joking son
    Where did you get those shoes?
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  8. Dingly Del Boy

    Dingly Del Boy Forum Resident

    British Columbia
    Probably my favorite Steely Dan song. The whole chorus is just a wonderful piece of writing:

    Learn to work the saxophone
    I play just what I feel
    Drink Scotch whiskey all night long
    And die behind the wheel
    They got a name for the winners in the world
    I want a name when I lose
    They call Alabama the Crimson Tide
    Call me Deacon Blues
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  9. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    Slow down, I'll tell you when
    I may never walk again
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  10. Victor/Victrola

    Victor/Victrola Makng shure its write

    The "Is there gas in the car" line needs the lines around it so it makes sense.

    Clean this mess up or we'll all end up in jail, the test tubes and the scale
    Just get it out of here
    Is there gas in the car? Yes there's gas in the car.
    I think the people down the hall know who you are.
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  11. Haristar

    Haristar Apollo C. Vermouth

    West Sussex, UK
    Your everlasting summer and you can see it fading fast
    So you grab a piece of something that you think is gonna last
  12. Radagast

    Radagast Forum Resident

    Anybody on the street has murder in his eyes. You feel no pain, and you're younger than you realize.
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  13. Radagast

    Radagast Forum Resident

    Careful what you carry. Don't you realize, you are still an outlaw in their eyes.
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  14. Echoes Myron

    Echoes Myron Forum Resident

    In the land of milk and honey
    You must put them on the table
  15. negative1

    negative1 80s retro fan

    Lots of clever lines in FM
    Worry the bottle Mama
    It's grapefruit wine
    Kick off your high heel sneakers
    It's party time
    The girls don't seem to care what's on
    As long as they play till dawn
    Nothin' but blues and Elvis
    And somebody elses' favorite song
    Give her some funked up music
    She treats you nice
    Feed her some hungry reggae
    She'll love you twice
    The girls don't seem to care tonight
    As long as the mood is right
    No static at all
    (no static, no static at all)
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  16. Hoops

    Hoops Forum Resident

    Will you still have a song to sing
    When the razor boy comes and takes your fancy things away?
    Will you still be singing it on that cold and windy day?

    But my all time favorite is the opening lines of Haitian Divorce. Such a vivid and funny scene evoked in seventeen words:

    Babs and Clean Willie were in love, they said
    So in love the preacher’s face turned red
  17. MKHopkins

    MKHopkins Cool Aid Chemist

    Beaver Falls, PA
    MR STEELY DAN and whatever
  18. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Rikki Don't Lose That Number...
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  19. Alan Beasley

    Alan Beasley Forum Resident

    On the hill the stuff was laced with kerosene
    But yours was kitchen-clean
  20. Driving like a fool out to Hackensack
    Drinking his dinner from a paper sack
  21. Mark B.

    Mark B. Forum Resident

    Concord, NC
    Ha! "Tell 'em they missed it!"
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  22. jwoverho

    jwoverho Forum Resident

    Mobile, AL USA
    The whole of time we gain or lose
    And power enough to choose-- "Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)"
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  23. merlperl

    merlperl Forum Resident

    Sherman Oaks, CA
    I love this line:
    I take one last drag
    As I approach the stand

    But I love the whole verse:

    This is the night of the expanding man
    I take one last drag
    As I approach the stand
    I cried when I wrote this song
    Sue me if I play too long
    This brother is free
    I'll be what I want to be
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  24. Mark B.

    Mark B. Forum Resident

    Concord, NC
    "Mr. Stevie Dan." That's what makes it so funny.
  25. Ken.e.

    Ken.e. Spinning music since...

    Babylon Sisters..... Shake It!

    Here come those Santa Ana winds again

    I don't have a clue what it all means but when they say shake it I believe it.
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