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

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

  1. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    On the street he spied my face I heard him hail
    In our plot of frozen space he told his tale
    Poor man, he showed his hand
    So righteous was his need
    And me so wise I bought his prize
    For chicken feed

    I guess that’s a verse, not a line
  2. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    Westfield, IN USA
    You little purty one
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  3. Manapua

    Manapua Forum Resident

    Lots to choose from. Lots already mentioned but not this one from my favorite Dan album:

    Can you show me
    The shine of your Japan
    The sparkle of your China
    Can you show me
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  4. bataclan2002

    bataclan2002 All You Need Is Now.

    Show Biz kids making movies of themselves and they don’t give a **** about anybody else.
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  5. Prophetzong

    Prophetzong Forum Resident

    Central VA
    Biscayne Bay
    Where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day
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  6. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

    Central NY
    "Your Gold Teeth": "Even Cathy Berberian knows there's one roulade she can't sing.

    Cathy Berberian was a classical vocalist once married to Italian composer Luciano Berio.
  7. maui jim

    maui jim Forum Resident

    Mine from same song,
    Daddy can’t get no fine cigar
    But we know you’re smoking
    Where ever you are(as in hell)

    Basically my father
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  8. Marc Perman

    Marc Perman Forum Resident

    East of the Hudson
    Daddy don’t live in that New York City no more.
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  9. Yawndave

    Yawndave Forum Resident

    Santa Clara CA
    I said oh no, William and Mary won't do
    Well I did not think the girl could be so cruel
    And I'm never going back to my old school
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  10. Moshe V

    Moshe V Forum Resident

    I don't if we can include Donald Fagen but I like this.

    "I've got plenty of java and Chesterfield Kings but I feel like crying.
    I wish I had a heart of ice"
  11. Lightworker

    Lightworker Forum Resident

    Deep Texas
    "Show biz kids making movies of themselves
    you know they don't give a f*** about anybody else"...
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  12. GodShifter

    GodShifter Forum Hot Take Resident®

    Dallas, TX, USA
    Drink scotch whiskey all night long
    And die behind the wheel ...
  13. blaken123

    blaken123 Your Greater Tri-County CD Superstore

    United States
    "I'll drop him near the freeway
    Doesn't he have a home"
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  14. Instant Dharma

    Instant Dharma It’s 2112 Somewhere

    East Bay, Ca
    Just until were out of town
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  15. schnitzerphilip

    schnitzerphilip "Modern Dad" Unlocked Award

    NJ USA
    Nothin' you can't handle
    Nothin' you ain't got
    Put your money on the table
    And drive it off the lot
    Turn on that old love light
    And turn a "maybe" to a "yes"
    Same old schoolboy game got you into this mess

    [I know, but work with me]
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  16. Instant Dharma

    Instant Dharma It’s 2112 Somewhere

    East Bay, Ca
    Pour out the wine little girl
    Ive got just two friends in this whole wide world

    -The Second Arrangement

    Any news was good news
    And the feeling was bad at home
    I was out of my mind and you were on the phone

    - The Boston Rag
  17. MKHopkins

    MKHopkins Cool Aid Chemist

    Beaver Falls, PA
    While he plundered far and wide
    All his starving children cried
    And though we sung his fame
    We all went hungry just the same

    - Kings (no political significance)
  18. kaztor

    kaztor Music Is The Best!

    Where did the bastard run?
    Is he still around?
  19. Graboid

    Graboid Forum Resident

    Westmont, Illinois
    You fellah, you tearin' up the street
    You wear that white tuxedo
    How you gonna beat the heat
    Do you take me for a fool
    Do you think that I don't see
    That ditch out in the valley
    That they're digging just for me
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  20. Crazydiamond

    Crazydiamond Well-Known Member

    Always loved, “turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening...”
  21. john lennonist

    john lennonist There ONCE was a NOTE, PURE and EASY...

    I had posted lines from The Pearl of the Quarter previously in this thread, but had I not gone with that one, I would have gone with this.

  22. SonyTek

    SonyTek Forum Resident

    Inland Empire, CA
  23. Fullbug

    Fullbug Forum Resident

    She said, "Maybe it's the skeevy look in your eyes
    Or that your mind has turned to applesauce
    The dreary architecture of your soul"
    I said, "But what is it exactly turns you off?"

    How about a kiss for your Cousin Dupree
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  24. varispeed

    varispeed what if?

    Los Angeles Ca
    I love all Steely Dan lyrics except "spent the last piaster".....dunno....don't like that line much.
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  25. Il Zio

    Il Zio Forum Resident

    Marco Island, FL
    Where's that fatback chord I found?
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