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

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  1. Rigoberto

    Rigoberto Forum Resident

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    skate a little lower now
     
  2. mr. suit

    mr. suit Well-Known Member

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    in the night you hide from the madman
    you're longing to be
    but it all comes out on the inside
    eventually
     
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  3. Pines Brook

    Pines Brook That sums up Squatter for me

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    When the joker tried to tell me
    I could cut it in this rube town
    When he tried to hang that sign on me
    I said Take it down
    When the dawn patrol got to tell you twice
    They're gonna do it with a shotgun
    Yes, I'm cashing in this ten-cent life
    For another one
     
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  4. G L Tirebiter

    G L Tirebiter Forum Resident

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    Ha ha. That's a classic. Think i tracked down the 45 years ago. Wasn't it a B side?

    I thought he said " Santa Monickda has been set on Fi-ya....ha ha ha ....
     
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  5. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    LOL I think you're right. I always thought it was "pants", which kind of makes sense as well. Either way, it's Surrealist dark humor that is SD's lyrical trademark :D:D
     
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  6. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    It's funny my vinyl always skipped at that part, what I've heard is "I can smell the.(click)..at the top of the stairs" - so that's what he sang!!
     
  7. yes.

    <note: Jerome Aniton's live intro has been posted and linked elsewhere on the Forum in its entirety. with history and discussion
     
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  8. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    That's a great line, never could figure out if it was the band or the football gameo_O
     
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  9. Cupids_bow

    Cupids_bow Burnt plantain member

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    Katie lies, you could see it in her eyes
     
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  10. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    One of my favorite SD lines from my favorite SD song "FM (No Static at All)"

    "Nothing but blues and Elvis
    and somebody else's favorite song..."

    How true, that line gets me every time
     
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  11. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    The classic bridge from "Sign In Stranger"

    "Love or leave her, yellow fever
    Sure, it's all in the game
    And who are you
    Just another scurvy brother..."
     
  12. ARK

    ARK Forum Resident

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    I am terrible with lyrics. Here are 2 I’ve always misheard until reading this thread just now...

    “...Dine behind the wheel”
    “All those dago freaks...”

    As for one of my favorites that hasn’t been mentioned yet (i think)....

    “They’re gonna break out the hats and hooters when Josie comes home”.

    Hope I have that one right at least.
     
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  13. <who are these children who scheme and run wild
     
  14. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

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    They got a name for the winners in the world
    And I want a name for when I lose
    They call Alabama “The Crimson Tide”
    Call me Deacon Blues
     
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  15. edenofflowers

    edenofflowers A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular!

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    And all the jive asses and the true believers,
    the bull***t givers and receivers -
    here today
    tomorrow gone,
    to the triage tent in the great beyond,
    wherein the angel tangoes with the infidel.

    From Walter Becker's Medical Science.
     
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  16. edenofflowers

    edenofflowers A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular!

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    She calls me daddy and I just go numb,
    down in the bottom where the love comes from.

    From Walter Becker's Cringemaker.
     
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  17. edenofflowers

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    And oh the heartache of the thief,
    strung out on his own stash of grief.
    A line for you,
    a flake for me -
    but now it's ancient history.

    From Walter Becker's Upside Looking Down
     
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  18. anduandi

    anduandi Forum Resident

    She takes the taxi to the good hotel
    bon marché as far as she can tell
    (Haitian divorce)
     
  19. Il Zio

    Il Zio Forum Resident

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    Is there any way to tell which of those two guys wrote those lyrics? With the Beatles I guess we have a pretty good idea who penned just about every word.
     
  20. GregM

    GregM Ready to cross that fine line

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    If I had to choose just one line:
    "The mechanized hum of another world"

    I'd say you're safe going with Fagen. From my perspective it's 95% Fagen and 5% Becker. You get a sense of it by evaluating The Nightfly and other Fagen solo outings, as well as Becker's. The quotes of his sings above seem totally antithetic to what Steely Dan did.
     
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  21. Il Zio

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    A nice complementary topic for another day might be: What's your favorite chord from a Steely Dan song? I'm thinking of the G7#9 that opens Don't Take Me Alive.
     
  22. sekaer

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    "Mechanized hum" sounds like Fagen. Maybe I'm reading it wrong...are you saying you think SD's lyrics are 95% Fagen?
     
  23. GregM

    GregM Ready to cross that fine line

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    Yes. I think Becker's contributions amount to moral support and minor suggestions. To me, SD is basically all Fagen.
     
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  24. sekaer

    sekaer Forum Resident

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    Hmmmm, okay....thanks for clarifying
     
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  25. GodShifter

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    It certainly became that way, but not for the first couple of albums. But as the years went by, yeah, definitely Fagen became the dominant force and Becker faded into the background.
     
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