Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by classicrockguy, Aug 31, 2019.
skate a little lower now
in the night you hide from the madman
you're longing to be
but it all comes out on the inside
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
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 ....
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
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!!
<note: Jerome Aniton's live intro has been posted and linked elsewhere on the Forum in its entirety. with history and discussion
That's a great line, never could figure out if it was the band or the football game
Katie lies, you could see it in her eyes
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
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..."
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.
<who are these children who scheme and run wild
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
And all the jive asses and the true believers,
the bull***t givers and receivers -
to the triage tent in the great beyond,
wherein the angel tangoes with the infidel.
From Walter Becker's Medical Science.
She calls me daddy and I just go numb,
down in the bottom where the love comes from.
From Walter Becker's Cringemaker.
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
She takes the taxi to the good hotel
bon marché as far as she can tell (Haitian divorce)
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.
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.
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.
"Mechanized hum" sounds like Fagen. Maybe I'm reading it wrong...are you saying you think SD's lyrics are 95% Fagen?
Yes. I think Becker's contributions amount to moral support and minor suggestions. To me, SD is basically all Fagen.
Hmmmm, okay....thanks for clarifying
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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