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

    Location:
    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

    Location:
    Westfield, IN USA
    You little purty one
     
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  3. Manapua

    Manapua Forum Resident

    Location:
    Honolulu
    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
    Bodhisattva?
     
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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

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

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

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    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

    Location:
    NYC
    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

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

    Yawndave Forum Resident

    Location:
    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

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    U.S.
    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

    Location:
    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®

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

    blaken123 Your Greater Tri-County CD Superstore

    Location:
    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

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

    schnitzerphilip "Modern Dad" Unlocked Award

    Location:
    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

    Location:
    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

    Location:
    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

    Location:
    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

    Location:
    Boston
    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

    Location:
    Inland Empire, CA
  23. Fullbug

    Fullbug Forum Resident

    Location:
    Seattle
    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?

    Location:
    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

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