Steely Dan Lyrics



Can't Buy A Thrill

MCA 1972 		MCAD 31192

This is their Debut album.

Steely Dan are:
	Jeff (skunk) Baxter: Guitar, Pedal Steel 
			     Guitar, Spanish Guitar
	Walter Becker: 	     Bass, Vocals
	Denny Dias: 	     Guitar, Electric Sitar
	Donald Fagen: 	     Piano, Electric Piano, 
			     Plastic Organ, Vocals
	Jim Hodder: 	     Percussion, Drums, Vocals
	David Palmer: 	     Vocals
Great.

	Produced by Gary Katz
	All Songs by Becker and Fagen

Track List

	Do It Again (5:56)
	Dirty Work (3:08)
	Kings (3:45)
	Midnight Cruiser (4:09)
	Only A Fool Would Say That (2:54)
	Reelin' In The Years (4:35)
	Fire In The Hole (3:26)
	Brooklyn (4:20)
	Change Of The Guard (3:28)
	Turn That Heartbeat Over Again (4:58)
	
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Do It Again
 
In the mornin' you go gunnin' for the man who stole your water
And you fire till he is done in but they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all singin' as they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn't hangin' so they put you on the street

You go back, Jack, do it again, wheels turinin' 'round and 'round
You go back, Jack, do it again

When you know she's no high climber then you find your only friend
In a room with your two timer, but you're sure you're near the end
Then you love a little wild one, and she brings you only sorrow
All the time you know she's smilin', you'll be on your knees tomorrow

Chorus

Guitar Solo
Keyboard Solo

Now you swear and kick and beg us that yopu're not a gamblin' man;
Then you find you're back in Vegas with a handle in your hand
Your black cards can bring you money so you hide them when you're able
In the land of milk and honey you must put them on the table

Chorus

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Dirty Work
 
Times are hard, you're afraid to pay the fee
So you find yourself somebody who can do the job for free
When you need a bit of lovin' 'cause your man is out of town
That's the time you get me runnin' and you know I'll be around

I'm a fool to do your dirty work oh yeah
I don't wanna do your dirty work no more
I'm a fool to do your dirty work oh yeah

Light the candle, put the lock upon the door
You have sent the maid home early like a thousand times before
Like the castle in his corner in a medieval game
I foresee terrible trouble but I stay here just the same

Chorus

Solo

Chorus

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Kings
 
Now they lay his body down, Sad old men who run this town
I still recall the way he led the charge and saved the day;
Blue blood and rain, I can hear the bugle playin'

We've seen the last of good King Richard
Ring out the past, his name lives on and on
Roll out the bones and raise up the pitchers
Raise up your glass to good King John Uh huh

While they plundered far and wide, all his starving children cried
And though we sung his fame we all went hungry just the same
He meant to shine to the end of line

Chorus

Raise up your glass to good King John
Raise up your glass to good King John

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Midnight Cruiser
 
Thelonius my old friend step on in and let me shake your hand
So glad that you're here again for one more time let your madness run with mine
Streets still unseen we'll find somehow; no time is better than now

Tell me where are drivin' midnight cruiser
Where is your bounty of fortune and fame
I am another gentle man loser
Drive to Harlem or somewhere the same

The world that we used to know people tell me it don't turn no more
The places we used to go familiar faces that aint smilin' like before
The time of our time has come and gone; I fear we been waitin' too long

Chorus

Solo

Chorus

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Only A Fool Would Say That
 
A world become one of salads and sun, only a fool would say that
A boy with a plan, a natural man wearin' a white Stetson hat
Unhand that gun begone; there's no one to fire upon
If he's holding it high he's telling a lie

I heard it was you talkin' bout a world where all is free
It just couldn't be, and only a fool would say that

The man in the street draggin' his feet, don't wanna hear the bad news
Imagine your face there in his place standing inside his brown shoes
You do his nine to five drag yourself home half alive
And there on the screen a man with a dream

Chorus

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Reelin' In The Years
 
Your everlastin' summer, you can see it fadin' fast,
So you grab a piece of somethin' that you think is gonna last
Well, you wouldn't even know a diamond if you held it in your hand;
The things you think are precious I can't understand

Are you reelin' in the years, stowin' away the time
Are you gatherin' up the tears, have you had enough of mine
Are you reelin' in the years, stowin' away the time
Are you gatherin' up the tears, have you had enough of mine

You've been tellin' me you're a genius since you were seventeen
In all the time I've known you, I still don't know what you mean
The weekend at the college didn't turn out like you planned
The things that pass for knowledge, I can't understand

Chorus

I spent a lot of money and I spent a lot of time
The trip we made to Hollywood is still etched upon my mind
After all the things we've done and seen you find another man
The things you think are useless I can't understand

Chorus

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Fire In The Hole
 
I decline to walk the line; they tell me that I'm lazy
Worldly wise I realise that everybody's crazy
A womans voice reminds me to serve and not to speak
Am I myself or just another freak

You know there's fire in the hole and nothing left to burn
I'd love to run out now; there's nowhere left to turn

With a cough I shake it off and work around my yellow stripe
Should I hide or eat my pride or wait until it's good and ripe?
My life is boiling over; It's happened once before
I wish someone would open up the door

Don't you know there's fire in the hole and nothing left to burn
I'd love to run out now; there's nowhere left to turn

Solo

Chorus

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Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer)
 
A race of angels bound with one another
A dish of dollars laid out for all to see
A tower room at Eden Rock, his golf at noon for free
Brooklyn owes the charmer under me
Brooklyn owes the charner under me

His lady's aching to bring a body down
She daily preaches on where she wants to be
An evening with a movie queen, a face we all have seen
Brooklyn owes the charmer under me
Brooklyn owes the charmer under me

A case of aces done up loose for dealing
A piece of island coolin' in the sea
The whole of time we gain or lose, and power enough to choose
Brooklyn owes the charmer under me
Brooklyn owes the charmer under me

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Change of The Guard
 
If you listen you can hear it; it's the laughter in the street
It's the motion in the music, and the fire beneath your feet
All the signs are right this time, you don't have to try so very hard
If you live in this world, you're feelin' the change of the guard
Na na na na, na na na na
Na na na na, na na na na

All you cowboys and your neighbours, can you swallow up your pride ?
Take your guns off if you're willin', and you know we're on your side
If you wanna get through the years, It's high time you played your card
If you live in this world, you're feelin' the change of the guard
Na na na na, na na na na
Na na na na, na na na na

Repeat [Na na na na, na na na na] to fade

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Turn That Heartbeat Over Again
 
With stocking face I bought a gun, the plan was set, the plan was done
Looked at my watch and started for the door,
Now the food here aint so good no more and they closed the package store

Love your mama, love your brother, love 'em till they run for cover
Turn the light off, keep your shirt on cry a jag on me
Oh Michael, oh, Jesus, you know I'm not to blame
You know my reputation for playing a ggod clean game
Oh Michael, oh, Jesus, I'll keep my promise when
You turn that heartbeat over again

My poisons named, you know my brand, so please make mine a double, Sam
Stir it up nice, I'll eat it right here;
Yeah, this highway runs from Paraguay and I've just come all the way

Chorus

We warned the corpse of William Wright not to cuss and drink all night
Ticket in hand, we saw him laid to rest;
Oh, but zombie see and zombie do, he's here with me and you

Chorus

====================

Countdown To Ecstasy

MCA 1973				MCAD 37041

Steely Dan are:
	Denny Dias: 		Guitar, Stereo Mixmaster
	Jeff 'Skunk Baxter:	Guitar, Pedal Steel
	Walter Becker:		Bass, Harmonica, Vocals
	Jim Hodder:		Drums, Percussion, Vocals
	Donald Fagen:		Piano, Electric Piano, Synth, Vocals.

Still great.

	Produced by Gary Katz
	All Songs by Becker and Fagen

Track List

	Bodhisattva (5:16)
	Razor Boy (4:10)
	The Boston Rag (5:48)
	Your Gold Teeth (6:45)
	Show Biz Kids (5:21)
	My Old School (4:46)
	Pearl Of The Quarter (3:55)
	King Of The World (5:03)
	
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Bodhisattva
 
Bodhisattva, would you take me by the hand
Bodhisattva, would you take me by the hand
Can you show me the shine in your Japan,
The sparkle of your China, can you show me
Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva

I'm gonna sell my house in town
Bodhisattva, I'm gonna sell my house in town
And I'll be there, I'll shine in your Japan
I'll sparkle in your China, Yes I'll be there
Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva

Repeats above verses ad nauseum (well not quite)

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Razor Boy
 
I hear you are singing a song of the past; I see no tears
I know that you know that it may be the last for many years
You'd gamble or give anything to be n qith the better half,
But how many friends must I have to begin with to make you laugh

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

You know that the coming is so close at hand, you feel all right
I guess only women in cages can stand this kind of night
I guess only women in cages can play down the things they lose
You think no tomorrow will come when you lay down you can't refuse

[Chorus]

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(The) Boston Rag
 
Any news was good news, and the feeling was bad at home
I was out of my mind and you were on the phone
Lonnie was the kingpin back in nineteen sixty five
I was singing this song when Lonnie came alive

Bring back the Boston Rag,
Tell all your buddies that it aint no drag
Bring back the Boston Rag

You were Lady Bayside, there was nothing that I could do
So I pointed my car down Seventh Avenue
Lonnie swept the playroom and he swallowed up all he found
It was fourty eight hours till Lonnie came around

[Chorus]
[Chorus and fade]

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Your Gold Teeth
 
Got a feeling I've been here before
Watching as you cross the killing floor
You know you'll have to pay it all
You'll pay today or pay tomorrow
You fasten up your beaded gown
Then you try to tie me down
Do you work it one by one
Or played in combination

You throw out your gold teeth
Do you see how they roll?

I have seen your iron and your brass
Can't you see it shine behind the glass?
Your fortune is your roving eye
Your mouth and legs your gift for the runaround
Torture is the main attraction
I don't need that kind of action
You don't have to dance for me
I've seen your dance before

Do you throw out your gold teeth?
Do you see how they roll?

Tobacco they grow in Peking
In the Year of the Locust you'll see a sad thing
Even Cathy Berberian knows there's on roulade she can't sing
Dumb luck my friend, won't suck me in this time

Got a feeling I've been here before
Won't you let me help you find the door
All you got to do is use your silver shoes
A gift for the runaround
Use your knack darling
Take one step back darling
There aint nothing in Chicago
For a monkey woman to do

Do throw out your gold teeth?
Do you see how they roll?

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Showbiz Kids
 
Background: Go to Las Wages, Los Wages, go to Las Wages
(continues throughout)

While the poor people sleep with the shade on the light
While the poor people sleep all the stars come out at night
While the poor people sleep with the shade on the light
While the poor people sleep all the stars come out at night

After closing time at the Guernsey Fair,
I detect the El Supremo from the room at the top of the stairs
Well I've been around the world, and I've been in the Washington Zoo
And in all my travels as the facts unravel, I've found this to be true

[Chorus]

They got the house on the corner, with the rug inside
They got the booze they need, all that money can buy
They got the shapely bodies, they got the Steely Dan T-shirts
And for the coupe de grace, they're outrageous
Honey let me tell you

[Chorus]

Show bus'ness kids makin' movies of themselves
You know they don't give a fuck about anybody else

You know you go to Las Wages, Las Wages, go to  Las Wages

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My Old School
 
I remember the thirty five sweet goodbyes
When you put me on the Wolverine up in Annandale
It was still September when your daddy was quite surprised
To find you with the working girls in the county jail

I was smoking with the boys upstairs
When I heard about the whole affair 
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

Oleander growing outside her door
Soon they're gonna be in bloom up in Annandale
I can't stand her doing what she did before
Living like a gypsy queen in a fairy tale

Well I hear the whistle but I can't go
I'm gonna take her down to Mexico
She said "Oh no Guadalajara won't do"
Well I did not think the girl could be so cruel
And I'm never going back to my old school

[Solos]

California tumbles into the sea
That'll be the day I go back to Annandale
Tried to warn her about Chino and Buddy Gee
But I can't seem to get to you through the US mail

Well I hear the whistle but I can't go
I'm gonna take her down to Mexico
She said "Oh no Guadalajara won't do"
Well I did not think the girl could be so cruel
And I'm never going back to my old school

[Solos to fade]

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Pearl Of The Quarter
 
On the water down in New Orleans,
My baby's the pearl of the quarter
She's a charmer like you never seen,
Singing voulez, voulez, voulez, vous?
Where the sailor spends his hard earned pay,
Red beans and rice for a quarter
You can see her almost any day
Singing voulez, voulez, voulez, vous?

And if you hear from my Louise,
Won't you tell her I say hello
Please make it clear when her day is done
She got a place to go

I walked alone down the Miracle Mile;
I met my baby by the shrine of the martyr
She stole my heart with her Cajun smile,
Singing voulez, voulez, voulez, vous?
She loved the million dollar words I say;
She loved the candy and the flowers I bought her
She said she loved me anad was on her way
Singing voulez, voulez, voulez, vous?

And if you hear from my Louise,
Won't you tell her I love her so
Please make it clear when her day is done
She got a place to go

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King of The World
 
Hello one and all; was it you I used to know?
Can't you hear me call on this old ham radio?
All I've got to say, I'm alive and feeling fine
Should you come my way you can share my poison wine

No marigolds in the promised land,
There's a hole in the ground where they used to grow
Any man left on the Rio Grande
Is the king of the world as far as I know

I won't take your bread; I don't need no helping hand
I can't be no savage; I can't be no highwayman
Show me where you are; you and I can spend this day
Driving in my car through the ruins of Santa Fe

[Chorus]

I'm reading last years papers, although I don't know why
Assassins, cons and rapers might as well die

When you come around, no more plain regrets
Watch the sun go brown smoking cobalt cigarettes
There's no need to hide, taking things the easy way
If I stay inside I might live till Saturday

No marigolds in the promised land
There's a hole in the ground where they used to grow
Any man left of the Rio Grande
Is the king of the world, king of the world as far as I know

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Pretzel Logic

MCA 1974			MCAD-37042

Steely Dan are: 		Donald Fagen:
				Walter Becker:
				Denny Dias:
				Jeff "Skunk" Baxter:
				Jim Hodder:

	Other Musicians playing on Pretzel Logic:

Michael Omartian, Jim Gordon, Jeff Porcaro, David Paich, Chuck Rainey,
Ben Benay, Dean Parks, Tim Schmitt, Victor Feldman, Plas Johnson,
Ollie Mitchell,Jerome Richardson, Lew McCreary, Ernie Watts, Wilson Felder,
Bruce Dee and others.

Orchestration by Jimmie Haskell.

	All Songs by Becker and Fagen
	Produced by Gary Katz

Pretzel Logic

	Rikki Don't Lose That Number
	Night By Night
	Any Major Dude Will Tell You
	Barrytown
	East St Louis Toodle-oo
	Parkers Band
	Through With Buzz
	Pretzel Logic
	With A Gun
	Charlie Freak
	Monkey In Your Soul

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Rikki Don't Lose That Number

We hear you're leaving, that's OK
I thought our little wild time had just begun,
I guess you kind of scared yourself, you turn and run
But if you have a change of heart.

Rikki don't lose that number; you don't wanna call nobody else.
Send it off in a letter to yourself.
Rikki don't lose that number; it's the only one you own.
You might use it if you feel better, when you get home.

I have a friend in town, he's heard your name.
We can out driving on Slow Hand Row
We could stay inside and play games I don't know.
And you could have a change of heart.

[chorus] 

[solo]

You tell yourself your not my kind,
But you don't even know your mind.
And you could have a change of heart.

[chorus]

Rikki don't lose that number
[Rikki don't lose that number]
Rikki don't lose that number

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Night By Night 

"It's a beggars life, " said the Queen of Spades
"But dont tell it to the poor man
'Cause he's got to kill for every  thrill, the best he can"

Everywhere around me, I see Jealousy and Mayhem
Because no men have all their peace of mind, to carry them,
Well I don't really care, if its wrong or if its right
But until my Ship comes in, I live night by night

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 don't do it with a shotgun
Yes, I'm cashin' in this ten-cent life, for another one
Well I ain't got the heart, to lose another fight,
So until my ship comes in, I live night by night

[instrumental solo]

Well I don't really care if it's wrong or if it's right
But until my ship comes in, I live night by night.

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Any Major Dude Will Tell You

I never seen you looking so bad my funky one;
You tell me that your super fine mind has come undone.

Any major dude with half a heart surely will tell you my friend;
Any minor world that breaks apart falls together again.
When the demon is at your door, in the mornin' it won't be there no more.
Any major dude will tell you; any major dude will tell you.

Have you ever seen a squonks tears? Well, look at mine.
The people on the street have all seen better times.

[chorus]

I can tell you all I know: there where to go, the what to do.
You can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you.

[solo]

[chorus]

Any major dude will tell you; any major dude will tell you.

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Barrytown
 
I'm not one to look behind, I know that times must change;
But over there in Barry town they do things very strange.
And though you're not my enemy, I like things like they used to be;
And though you'd like some company I'm standing by myself
Go play with someone else.

I can see by what you carry that you came from Barry Town

Don't believe I'm taken in by stories I have heard;
I just read the Daily News and swear by every word.
And don't think that I'm out of line for speaking out for what is mine;
I'd like to see you do just fine, but look at what you wear
And the way you cut your hair

I can see by what you carry that you came from Barry Town

In the beginning we recall that the world was hurled;
Barry Town people got tobe from another world.

Leave me or I'll be just like the others you will meet;
They won't act as kindly if they see you on the street.
And don't you scream or make a shout, it's nothing you can do about;
It was where you came out, it's a special lack of grace,
I can see it in your face.

I can see by what you carry that you came from Barry Town

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East St Louis Toodle-oo

(Instrumental)

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Parker's Band
 
Savoy Sides presents a new saxaphone sensation;
It's Parker's band with a smooth style of syncopation.
Kansas born and growin', you won't believe what the boys are blowin'.

You got to come on, man, and take a piece of Mister Parker's band.

You'll be ridin' by bareback on your armadillo;
You'll be groovin' high or relaxin' at Camarillo.
Suddenly the music hits you; it's a bird in flight that just can't quit you.

You got to come on, man, and take a piece of Mister Parker's band.

We will spend a dizzy weekend smacked into a trance.
Me and you will listen to a little bit of what made the preacher dance.

Bring your horn along and you can add to the pure confection;
And if you can't fly you'll have to move in with the rhythm section.
Either way you're bound to function; Fifty-Second Street's the junction.

You got to come on, man, and take a piece of Mister Parker's,
Clap your hands and take a piece of Mister Parker's,
Come on, man, and take a piece of Mister Parker's band.

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Through With Buzz

He takes all my money;
You know, I'm through with Buzz.
Yes, I'm through with Buzz,
All right, oh yeah, uh huh.

He's very funny;
You know, I'm through with Buzz.
Yes, I'm through with Buzz,
All right, oh yeah, uh huh.

I remember when he stole my girl,
Drug her all around the world.
You know I'm cool, yes, I feel alright
'Cept when I'm in my room and it's late at night.

Maybe he's a fairy;
You know, I'm through with Buzz.
Yes, I'm through with Buzz,
All right, oh yeah, uh huh, all right.

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Pretzel Logic

I would love to tour the Southland in a trav'ling minstrel show; 
Yes, I'd love to tour the Southland in a trav'ling minstrel show.
Yes, I'm dying to be a star and make them laugh,
Sound just like the record on the phonograph.
Those days are gone forever, over a long time ago, oh, yeah. 

I have never met Napoleon, but I plan to find the time;
I have never met Napoleon, but I plan to find the time.
'Cause he looks so fine upon that hill;
They tell me he was lonely, he's lonely still.
Those days are gone forever, over a long time ago, oh, yeah. 

[solo -- over verse and chorus progression]

I stepped up on the platform, a man gave me the news.
He said, "You must be joking son; where did you get those shoes?
Where did you get those shoes?"
Well, I seen him on the T.V., the movie show;
They say the times are changin' but I just don't know.
These things are gone forever, over a long time ago, oh, yeah.

fade with ad lib lyrics

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With A Gun

I could be wrong but I have seen your face before;
You were the man that I saw running from this door.
You owed him money, but you gave him something more with a gun.

With a gun you will be what you are just the same.
Did you pay the other man with the piece in your hand
And leave him lyin' in the rain?

You were the founders of the clinic on the hill
Until he caught you with your fingers in the till.
He slapped your hand so you settled up your bill with a gun.

[chorus]

When you're born to play the fool
And you've seen all the western movies,
Woe to the one who does you wrong.
You'll hide in the bushes,
Murder the man with luger in hand.

I understood that you will soon be leavin' town;
Don't try to call me when they fin'lly run you down.
Just give fair warning any time you come around with a gun.

[chorus]

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Charlie Freak

Charlie Freak had but one thing to call his own:
Three weight ounce pure golden ring, no precious stone.
Five nights without a bite, no place to lay his head.
And if nobody takes him in he'll soon be dead.

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.

New found cash soon begs to smash a state of mind;
Close inspection fast revealed his favourite kind.
Poor kid, he overdid, embraced the spreading haze.
And while he sighed his body died in fifteen ways.

When I heard I grabbed a cab to where he lay;
'Round his arm the plastic tag read D.O.A.
Yes, Jack, I gave it back, the ring I could not own.
Now come, my friend, I'll take your hand and lead you home.

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Monkey In Your Soul

I got one and you want four;
It's so hard to help you.
I can't keep up with you no more;
And you treat me like it's a sin
But you can't look me in.
You want me here with you right to the end;
No thankyou my friend.

I fear the monkey in your soul.

Won't you turn that bebop down;
I can't hear my heartbeat.
Where's that fatback chord I found;
Honey don't you think it was wrong
To interrupt my song?
I'll pack my things and run so far from here;
Goodbye, dear.

I fear the monkey in your soul.

====================

Katy Lied

MCA 1975			MCAD-37043

Steely Dan are:
	Donald Fagen: Keyboards, Vocals
	Walter Becker: Bass, Guitars
	
	Other Musicians playing on Katy Lied:

	Guitar:		Larry Carlton, Dennis Dias, Dean Parks,
			Elliot Randall, Rick Derringer, Hugh McCracken
	Bass:		Chuck Rainey, Wilton Felder
	Drums:		Jeff Porcaro, Hal Blaine
	Keyboards:	Michael Omartian, David Paich
	Percussion:	Victor Feldman
	Horns:		arranged by Jim Haskell.
			Phil Woods plays Alto Solo on Dr Wu
	Backing Vocals: Michael McDonald, Sherlie Matthews, Carolyn Willis,
			Myrna Matthews

	All Songs by Becker and Fagen
	Produced by Gary Katz

Tracks

	Black Friday (3:33)
	Bad Sneakers (3:16)
	Rose Darling (2:59)
	Daddy Don't Live In That New
		York City No More (3:12)
	Doctor Wu (3:59)
	Everyone's Gone To The Movies (3:41)
	Your Gold Teeth II (4:12)
	Chain Lightning (2:57)
	Any World That I'm Welcome To (3:56)
	Throw Back The Little Ones (3:11)

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Black Friday

When Black Friday comes I'll stand down by the door
And catch all the grey men as they dive from the fourteenth floor.
When Black Friday comes I'll collect everything I'm owed,
And before my friends find out I'll be on the road.

When Black Friday falls you know it's got to be,
Don't let it fall on me.

When Black Friday comes I'll fly down to Muswellbrook,
Gonna strike all the big red words from my little black book.
Gonna do just what I please, gonna wear no socks and shoes,
With nothing to do but feed all the Kangaroos.

When Black Friday comes I'll be on that hill,
You know I will

[solo]

When Black Friday comes I'm gonna dig myself a hole, 
Gonna lay down in it till I satisfy my soul
Gonna let the world pass by me, the Archbishop gonna sanctify me
And if he don't come across I' m gonna let it roll.

When Black Friday comes I'm gonna stake my claim,
I guess I'll change my name.

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Bad Sneakers
 
Five names that I can hardly stand to hear
Including yours and mine, and one more champ who isn't here
I can see the ladies talkin', how the times are getting hard
And that fearsome excavation, on Magnolia boulevard 

And I'm going insane,
And I'm laughing at the frozen rain
And I'm so alone, honey when they gonna send me home ?

Bad sneakers and a pina colada my friend
Stopping on the Avenue by Radio City
With a transistor and a large sum of money to spend

You fella, 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 ?

[chorus]

[solo]

[chorus]

----------

Rose Darling

Rose darling, come to me; Snke Mary's gone to bed.
All our steaming sounds of love cannot disturb her in her night
Or raise her sleeping head.
All I must ask of you is make my widest dreams come true;
No one sees and no one knows

Rose darling, come to me; Snake Mary dreams along.
I would guess she's in Detroit with lots of money in the bank
Although I could be wrong.
You must know it's right the spore is on the wind tonight;
You won't feel it till it grows.

Rose darling
[Rose darling]
My friend,
With only you and what I've found we'll wear the weary hours down.

[solo]

Rose darling, come to me; the clock is close at hand.
All my empty words of love can never screen the flash I feel
Or make you understand.
Oh, honey, can't you see, I know it's real, it's got to be;
Why not chase it where it grows?

[chorus]

----------

Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More

Daddy don't live in that New York City no more.
He don't celebrate Sunday on Staurday night no more.
Daddy don't need no lock and key
For the piece he stowed out on Avenue D.
Daddy don't live in that New York City no more.

Daddy don't drive in that Eldorado no more.
He don't travel down to the neighbourhood liquor store.
Lucy still loves her Coke and rum,
But she sits alone 'cause her daddy can't come.
Daddy don't drive in that Eldorado no more, no more.

Driving like a fool down to Hackensack,
Drinking his dinner from a paper sack,
He says, "I gotta see a joker and I'll be right back."

[solo]

Daddy don't live in that New York City no more.
He can't get tight ev'ry night, pass out on the barroom floor.
Daddy can't get no fine cigar, but we know you're smoking wherever you are.
Daddy don't live in that New York City no more, no more.

----------

Doctor Wu
 
Katy tried; I was half-way crucified.
I was on the other side of no tomorrow.
You walked in and my life began again
Just when I'd spent the last piaster I could borrow
All night long we would sing that stupid song
And ev'ry word we sang I knew was true.

Are you with me, Doctor Wu?
Are you really just a shadow of the man that I once knew?
Are you crazy, are you high or just an ordinary guy?
Have you done all you can do?
Are you with me, Doctor?

[solo]

Don't seem right; I've been strung out here all night.
I've been waiting for the taste you said you'd bring to me.
Biscayne Bay, where the Cuban gentleman sleep all day,
I went searching for the song you used to sing to me.
Katy lies; you can see it in her eyes.
But imagine my surprise when I saw you.

Are you with me, Doctor Wu?
Are you really just the shadow of the amn that I once knew?
She is lovely, yes, she's sly, and you're an ordinary guy.
Has she fin'lly got to you?

Can you hear me, Doctor?
Are you with me, Doctor?

	[repeat last two lines ad lib and fade]

----------

Everyone's Gone To The Movies

Kids, if you want some fun,
Mister La Page is your man;
He's always laughing, having fun,
Showing his films in his den.

Come on, come on.

Soon you will be eighteen,
I think you know what I mean
Don't tell your mamma, your daddy or mamma,
They'll never know where you've been.

Everyone's gone to the movies, now we're alone at last;
Everyone's gone to the movies, now we're alone at last.

Listen to what I say,
He wants to show you the way
Right down the hallway with open arms
To teach you a new game to play.

Come on, come on.

Soon it will be too late,
Bobbing for apples can wait;
I know you're used to sixteen or more,
Sorry we only have eight

Everyone's gone to the movies, now we're alone at last;
Everyone's gone to the movies, now we're alone at last.

[solo]

Come on, come on.

Kids, if you want some fun,
See what you never have seen;
Take off your cheaters sit right down,
Start the projection machine.

Everyone's gone to the movies, now we're alone at last;
Everyone's gone to the movies, now we're alone at last.

----------

Your Gold Teeth II

Who are these children who scheme and run wild
Who speak with their wings and the way that they smile?
What are the secrets they trace in the sky, 
And why do you tremble each time they ride by?

Throw out your gold teeth and see how they roll;
The answer they reveal: life is unreal.

Who are these strangers who pass through the door,
Who cover your action and go you one more?
If you're feeling lucky you best not refuse;
It's your game, the rules are your own, win or lose.

[chorus]

[solo]

[chorus]

----------

Chain Lightning

Some turnout, a hundred grand;
Get with it, we'll shake his hand.
Don't bother to understand;
Don't question the little man.
Be part of the brotherhood;
Yes, it's chain lightning,
It feels so good.

Hush brother, we cross the square;
Act nat'ral, like you don't care.
Turn slowly and comb your hair;
Don't trouble the midnight air.
We're standing just where he stood;
It was chain lightning,
It feels so good.

[solo and fade]

----------

Any World That I'm Welcome To

If I had my way I would move to another time;
I'd quit my job, ride the train through the misty night-time.
I'll be ready when my feet touch the ground, wherever I come down,
And if the folks will have me, then they'll have me.

Any world that I'm welcome to [any kind of world]
Any world that I'm welcome to
Any world that I'm welcome to
Is better than the one I come from.

I can hear your words when you speak of what you are and have seen;
I can see your hand reaching out through a shining daydream.
Where the days and nights are not the same, captured happy in a picture frame;
Honey, I will be there, yes, I'll be there.

[chorus]

I got this thing inside me that's got to find a place to hide me.
I only know I must obey this feeling I can't explain away.

I think I'll go to the park, watch the children playing;
Perhaps I'll find in my head what my heart is saying.
A vision of a returning. A kingdom where the sky is burning;
Honey, I will be there, yes, I'll be there.

[chorus]

Is better than the one I come from.
Is better than the one I come from.

Any world that I'm welcome to. [any kind of world]	x ad lib [fade]

----------

Throw Back The Little Ones

Lost in the Barrio I walk like an Injun,
So Carlo won't suspect something's wrong here.
I dance in place and paint my face
And act like I belong here.

Throw back the little ones and pan fry the big ones;
Use tact, poise and reason and gently squeeze them.

Hot licks and rhetoric don't count much for for nothing;
Be glad if you can use what you borrow.
So I pawn my crown for ride uptown
And buy it back tomorrow.

[chorus]

Done like a matador I pray for the weekend
And hope the little girls still throw roses.
Else I change my bait and move upstate
Before the season closes.

[chorus]

====================

The Royal Scam

MCA 1976			MCAD 31193

Songs by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen
  ("The Fez") by Becker/Fagen/Griffin).
Keyboards: Donald Fagen, Victor Feldman, Paul Griffin, Don Grolnick
Guitars: Walter Becker, Larry Carlton, Dennis Dias
  Dean Parks, Elliot Randall
Bass: Walter Becker, Chuck Rainey
Drums: Rick Marotta, Bernard Purdie
Percussion: Gary Coleman, Victor Feldman
Horns: Chuck Findley, Bob Findley, Slyde Hyde, Jim Horn,
  Plas Johnson, John Klemmer
Back-up Vocals:	Donald Fagen, Venetta Fields, Clydie King, 
  Sherlie Matthews, Michael McDonald, Tim Schmit
Lead Vocals: Donald Fagen
Horns arranged by Chuck Findley, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen

Special thanks to Larry Carlton and Mr. Garry Sherman
Engineered by Roger Nichols at A&R Studios in New York
Mix down engineers: Roger Nichols, Barney Perkins
Techno: Bob DeAvila, Stuart Dawson, Warren Wallace,
  John, Roy, Jerry, Leslie and Buns
Nurse: Karen Stanley

Art Direction and design: Ed Caraeff
Cover Art: Charlie Ganse and Zox
Typographic Design: Tom Nikosey

Produced by Gary Katz

Kid Charlemagne (4:38)
Caves of Altamira (3:33)
Don't Take me Alive (4:19)
Sign in Stranger (4:22)
The Fez (3:59)
Green Earrings (4:05)
Haitian Divorce (5:50)
Everything You Did (3:54)
The Royal Scam (6:31)

----------

Kid Charlemagne
 
While the music played
You worked by candle light
Those San Fransisco nights
You were the best in town
Just by chance you crossed 
The diamond with the pearl 
You turned it on the world
That's when you turned the world around
Did you feel like Jesus
Did you realize
That you were a champion in their eyes

On the hill the stuff 
Was laced with kerosene
But yours was kitchen clean
Everyone stopped to stare 
At your technicolor motorhome
Every A-Frame had your 
Number on the wall
You must have had it all
You'd go down to LA on a dare
And you'd go it alone
Could you live forever
Could you see the day
Could you feel your whole world
Fall apart and fade away
 
Get along
Get along Kid Charlemagne
Get along Kid Charlemagne

Now the patrons have all
Left you in the red
Your low-rent friends are dead
This life can be very strange
All those day-glow freaks 
Who used to paint the face
They've joined the human race
Some things will never change
Son you were mistaken
You are obsolete
Look at all the white men
On the street
 
Clean this mess up
Or we'll all end up in jail
Those test-tubes and the scale
Just get them all out of here
Is there gas in the car
I think the people down the hall
Know who you are 
Careful what you carry
'Cause the man is wise
You are still an outlaw in their eyes

----------

Caves of Altamira
 
I recall when I has small
How I spent my days alone
The busy world was not for me
So I went and found my own
I would climb the garden wall 
With a candle in my hand
I'd hide inside a hall of rock and sand

On the stone an ancient hand
In a faded yellow-green
Made alive a worldly wonder
Often told but never seen
Now and ever bound to labor
On the sea and in the sky
Every man and beast appeared
A friend as real as I

Before the fall 
When they wrote it on the wall
When there wasn't even any Hollywood
They heard the call
And they wrote it on the wall
For you and me we understood

Can it be this sad design
Could be the very same
A wooly man without a face
And a beast without a name
Nothing here but history
Can you see what has been done
Memory rush over me
Now I step into the sun

----------

Dont Take Me Alive
 
Agents of the law
Luckless pedestrian
I know you're out there
With rage in your eyes and your megaphones
Saying all is forgiven
Mad dog surrender
How can I answer
A man of my mind can do anything
 
I'm a bookkeeper's son
I don't want to shoot no one
Well I crossed my old man back in Oregon
Don't take me alive
Got a case of dynamite
I could hold out here all night
Yes I crossed my old man back in Oregon
Dont take me alive
 
Can you hear the evil crowd
The lies and the laughter
I hear my inside
The mechanized hum of another world
Where no sun is shining
No red light flashing
Here in this darkness
I know what I've done
I know all at once who I am

----------

Sign in Stranger
 
Have you heard about the boom on Mizar-5
People got to shout to stay alive
They don't even have policeman one
Doesn't matter where you been or what you've done
Do you have a dark spot on your past
Leave it to my man he'll fix it fast
Pepe has a scar from ear to ear
He will make your mug shots disappear

You zombie
Be born again my friend
Won't you sign in stranger

Do you like to take a yo-yo for a ride
Zombie I can see you're qualified
Walk around collecting Turkish Union dues
They will call you Sir and sign your shoes
Or maybe you would like to see the show
You'll enjoy the Cafe D'Escargot
Folks are in a line around the block
Just to see her do the conch-con-Jacques

Love or leave her
Yellow fever sure
It's all in the game
And who are you
Just another scurvy brother

----------

The Fez

I'm never gonna do it
Without the fez on
Oh no
Don't make me do it
Without the fez on
Oh no

That's what I am
Please understand
I wanna be your holy man

----------

Green Earrings

Cold
Daring
No
Flies on me
Sorry
Angel
I must take 
What I see

Green earrings
I remember
The rings of rare design
I remember
The look in your eyes
I dont mind

Greek
Medallion
Sparkles
When you smile
Sorry
Angel
I get hungry
Like a child

----------

Haitian Divorce

Babs and Clean Willy were in love they said
So in love the preacher's face turned red
Soon everyobody knew the thing was dead
He shouts
She bites
They wrangle through the night
She go crazy
Got to make a getaway
Papa say

O
No hesitation
No tears and no hearts breaking
No remorse
O
Congratulations
This is your Haitian divorce

She takes the taxi to the good hotel
Bon march as far as she can tell
She drinks the zombie from the cocoa shell
She feels
Alright
She get it on tonight
Mister driver
Take me where the music play
Papa say

At the Grotto
In the greasy chair
Sits the Charlie with the lotion
And the kinky hair
When she smiled she said it all
The band was hot so
They danced the famous merango
Now we dolly back
Now we fade to black

Tearful reunion in the U.S.A.
Day by day those memories fade away
Some babies grow in a peculiar way
It changed
It grew
And everybody knew
Semi-mojo
Who's this kinly so and so
Papa go

-----------

Everything You Did

Where did the Bastard run
Is he still around
Now you gotta tell me everything
You did baby
I'm gonna get my gun
Shoot the lover down
Are you gonna tell me everything
You did baby
Traces are everywhere
In our happy home
Now you better tell me everything
You did baby
I jumped out of my easy chair
It was not my own
Now I want to hear about everything

I never knew you
You were a roller skater
You gonna show me later
Turn up the Eagles
The neighbours are listening

You know how people talk
I wonder what they say
I think you better tell me everything
You did baby

You never came to me
When you were so inclined
Yes you could have told me everything
You did baby
I know where baby's at
I know your filthy mind
Now you're gonna do me everything
You did baby
You did baby

----------

The Royal Scam

And they wandered in from the city
Of St. John without a dime
Wearing coats that shine both red and green
Colors from their sunny island
From their boats of iron they looked upon
The promised land where surely life was sweet
On the rising tide to New York City
Did they ride into the street
See the glory of the Royal Scam

They are hounded down to the bottom
Of a bad town amid the ruins
Where they learn to fear an angry race
Of fallen kings their dark companions
While the memory of their southern sky
Was clouded by the savage winter 
Every patron saint hung on the wall
Shared the room with twenty sinners
Se the glory of the Royal Scam

By the blackened wall he does it all
He thinks he's died and gone to heaven
Now the tale is told by the old man
Back home he reads the letter
How they are paid in gold just to babble
In the back room all night and waste the time
And they wandered in from the city
Of St. John without a dime
See the glory of the Royal Scam

====================

AJA

MCA 1977			MCAD-37214 

Steely Dan are:
	Walter Becker:	Guitar, Bass, Solo Guitar
	Donald Fagen:	Lead Vocals, Synthesizer, Backup Vocals

	Other Musicians playing on Aja:

	Guitar:		Larry Carlton, Denny Dias, Lee Ritenour,
			Jay Graydon, Dean Parks, Steve Khan
	Bass:		Chuck Rainey
	Drums:		Paul Humphrey, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie,
			Ed Greene, Jim Keltner, Rick Marotta
	Electric Piano:	Victor Feldman, Joe Sample, Paul Griffin
	Piano:		Victor Feldman, Michael Omartian
	Vibes:		Victor Feldman
	Percussion:	Victor Feldman, Jim Keltner, Gary Coleman
	Clavinet:	Joe Sample, Don Grolnick
	Tenor Sax:	Tom Scott, Wayne Shorter, Pete Christlieb
	Lyricon:	Tom Scott
	Saxes/Flutes:	Jim Horn, Bill Perkins, Wayne Shorter,
			Pete Christlieb, Plas Johnson, Tom Scott,
			Jackie Kelso
	Brass:		Chuck Findlay, Lou McCreary, Slyde Hyde
	Backing Vocals:	Donald Fagen, Clydie King, Venetta Fields,
			Sherlie Matthews, Rebecca Louis, Tim Schmit,
			Michael McDonald, Paul Griffin

Track List

	Black Cow 
	Aja
	Deacon Blues
	Peg
	Home At Last
	I Got The News
	Josie 
 
----------

Black Cow

In the corner of my eye, I saw you in Rudys'
You were very high
You were high,
It was a cryin' disgrace, They saw your face
On the counter, by your keys,
Was a book of numbers, and your remedies
One one of these, surely will screen out the sorrow
But where are you tomorrow
 
I cant cry anymore, while you run around
Break away, just when it seems so clear,
That it's over now,
Drink your big black cow and get out of here

Down to Greene Street, there you go,
Looking so outrageous, and they tell you so
You should know, how all the pros play the game, 
You change your name
Like a gangster, on the run,
You will stagger homeward, to your precious one
I'm the one
Who must make everything right, talk it out till daylight

I dont care anymore, why you run around
Break away, just when it seems so clear,
That it's over now,
Drink your big black cow and get out of here. 

so outrageous, so outrageous

----------

Aja 

Up on the hill,
People never stare,
They just dont care,
Chinese music under banyan trees
Here at the dude ranch
Above the sea,

Aja,
When all my dime dancin' is through
I run to you

Up on the hill, 
They've got time to burn,
There's no return
Double helix in the sky tonight
Throw out the hardware, lets do it right,

Chorus 

[big instru solo] 

Up on the hill
They think I'm OK
Or so they say
Chinese music always sets me free
Angular banjoes
Sound good to me

chorus

[another big solo instru]

----------

Deacon Blues
 
This is the day of the expanding man,
That shape is my shade, there where I used to stand,
It seems like only yesterday, I gazed through the glass
At Ramblers, wild gamblers, that's all in the past
You call me a fool, you say its a crazy scheme
This one's for real, I already bought the dream
So useless to ask me why, throw a kiss and say goodbye
I'll make it this time, I'm ready to cross that fine line

I'll learn to work the saxophone
I'll play just what I feel,
Drink scotch whisky, 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,
Deacon Blues

My back to the wall, a victim of laughing chance
This is for me, the essence of true romance,
Sharing the things we know and love
With those of my kind, 
Libations, sensations, that stagger the mind
I crawl like a viper, through the suburban streets
Make love to these women, languid and bitter sweet,
I rise when the sun goes down, 
Cover every game in town, a world of my own,
I'll make it my home sweet home,

[chorus]

This is the night of the expanding the 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

[chorus]

-----------

Peg
 
I've seen your picture your name in lights above it.
This is your big debut, it's like a dream come true.
So, won't you smile for the cam'ra? I know they're gonna love it, Peg.

I've got your pin shot I keep it with your letter,
Done up in blue print blue, It sure looks good on you.
So, won't you smile for the cam'ra? I know I'll love you better.

Peg, it will come back to you.
Peg, it will come back to you. 
Then the shutter falls
You see it all in "Three-D."
It's your favourite foreign movie.

[solo]

I've got your pin shot I keep it with your letter,
Done up in blue print blue, It sure looks good on you.
So, won't you smile for the cam'ra? I know I'll love you better.

[chorus] x 5 and fade
 
----------
 
Home at Last
 
I know this super highway, this bright familiar sun
I guess that I'm the lucky one
Who wrote that tired sea song, set on this peaceful shore
You think you've heard this one before

Well the danger on the rocks is surely past
Still I remain tied to the mast
Could it be that I have found my home at last
Home at last

She serves the smooth retsina, she keeps me safe and warm
It's just the calm before the storm
Call in my reservation, so long hey thanks my friend
I guess I'll try my luck again

[chorus]

[solo]

[chorus]

----------

I Got The News

You in your Lark, you're a mark, you're a screamer
You know how to hustle
Daddy is a rare millionaire, I don't care
Yeah, you got the muscle, I got the news. 

Yes dear, how did you know?
Can't you see our love will grow.

Take it in your hand, all the sirens and the band
Get to bendin' my ear
How was I to know about the warm soulful secret
You been keepin' for years, I got the news

Broadway Duchess darling if you only knew
Half as much as everybody thinks you do
What I hear may be true
I would still be proud to know you

[solo]

Spanish kissin', see it glisten
You came ragin', love rampagin'

Slow down, I'll tell you when, 
I may never walk again,

----------

Josie

We're gonna break out the hats and hooters
When Josie comes home
We're gonna rev up the motor scooters
When Josie comes home to stay
We're gonna park in the street
Sleep on the beach and make it
Throw down the Jam till the girls say when
Lay down the law and break it, when Josie comes home

When Josie comes home, so good
Shes the pride of the neighborhood
She's the raw flame, the live wire
She prays like a Roman, with her eyes on fire

Jo would you love to scrapple
She'll never say no
Shine up the battle apple
We'll shake 'em all down the street
Strike at the stroke of midnight
Dance on the bones 'till the girls say when
Pick up what's left by daylight
When Josie comes home

When Josie comes home, so bad
She's the best friend we never had
She's the raw flame, the live wire
She prays like a Roman with her eyes on fire

[solo]

[1st chorus]

====================

GAUCHO

MCA 1980				MCAD-37220

Steely Dan are:
	Walter Becker:	Guitar, Bass, Solo Guitar
	Donald Fagen:	Lead Vocals, Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Organ,
			Backup Vocals

	Other Musicians playing on Gaucho:

	Solo Guitar:	Mark Knopfler, Steve Khan, Larry Carlton
	Guitar:		Steve Khan, Hugh McCracken,Hiram Bullock,
			Rick Derringer
	Bass:		Chuck Rainey, Anthony Jackson
	Drums:		Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie,
			Rick Marotta
	Electric Piano:	Joe Sample, Don Grolnick, Patrick Rebillot
	Piano:		Rob Mounsey
	Synthesizer:	Rob Mounsey
	Percussion:	Victor Feldman, Crusher Bennett, Steve Gadd,
			Ralph McDonald
	Clavinet:	Don Grolnick
	Woodwind:	George Marge, Walter Kane, Michael Brecker,
			David Sanborn, Ronny Cuber, Dave Tofani,
			Tom Scott
	Brass:		Randy Brecker, Wayne Andre,
	Backing Vocals:	Leslie Miller, Patti Austin, Toni Wine, 
			Lani Groves, Diva Gray, Gordon Grady,
			Frank Floyd, Zack Sanders, Valerie Simpson,
			Michael McDonald

This is Their Final Album

Gaucho

	Babylon Sisters
	Hey Nineteen
	Glamour Profession
	Gaucho
	Time out of my Mind
	My Rival
	Third World Man

----------

Babylon Sisters

Drive west on Sunset to the sea
Turn that jubgle music down
Just until we're out of town
This is no one night stand
It's a real occassion
Close your eyes and you'll be there
It's everything they say
The end of a perfect day
Distant lights from across the bay

Babylon sisters shake it
Babylon sisters shake it
So fin so young
Tell me I'm the only one

Here come those Santa Anna winds again

We'll jog with show folk on the sand
Drink kirschwasser from a shell
San Francisco Show and Tell
Well I should know by now
Like a Sunday in T.J.
That it's cheap but it's not free
That I'm not what I used to be
And that love's not a game for three

[chorus]

[solo]

My friends say no don't go for that cotton candy
Son you're playing with fire
The kid will live and learn
As he watched all his bridges burn
From the point of no return

[chorus]

----------

Hey Nineteen

Way back when in Sixty seven
I was the dandy of Gamm Chi
Sweet things from Boston so young and willing
Moved down to Scarsdale where the hell am I

Hey Nineteen
No we can't dance together
No we can't talk at all
Please take me along when you slide on down

Hey Nineteen that's 'Retha Franklin
She don't remember the Queen of Soul
It's hard times befallen the sole survivors
She thinks I'm crazy I'm just growing old

Hey Nineteen
No we got nothin' in common
No we can't talk at all
Please take me along when you slide on down

[solo]

ad libbed lines
nice, sure looks good,
hm hm hmm, skate a little lower now

The Cuervo Gold
The fine Columbian
Make tonight a wonderful thing
[say it again]

The Cuervo Gold
The fine Columbian
Make tonight a wonderful thing

The Cuervo Gold
The fine Columbian
Make tonight a wonderful thing

We can't dance together
No we can't talk at all.

----------

Glamour Profession

6:05 outside the stadium
Special delivery for Hoops McCann
Brut and Charisma poured from the shadow where he stood
Looking good he's a crowd pleasing man
One on one He's schoolyard superman
Crashing the backboard he's Jungle Jim again
When it's all over we'll make some calls from my car, we're a star

It's a glamour profession
The L.A. concession
Local boys will spend a quarter 
Just to shine the silver bowl
Living hard will take its toll

Illegal fun
Under the sun

All aboard The Carib Cannibal
Off to Barbados just for the ride
Jock with his radar stalking the dread moray eel
At the wheel with his Eurasian bride
On the town we dress for action
Celluloid bikers is Friday's theme
I drove the Chrysler
Watched from the darkness while they danced
I'm the one

[chorus]

Hollywood I know your middle name
Who inspires your fabled fools that's my claim to fame

[solo]

Jive Miguel he's in from Bogota
Meet me at midnight at Mr. Chow
Szechuan dumplings after the deal has been done
I'm the one

[chorus]

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Gaucho

Just when I say
'Boy you can't miss
You are golden'
Then you do this
You say this guy is so cool
Snapping his fingers like a fool
One more expensive kiss-off
Who do you think I am

Lord I know you're a special friend
But you don't seem to understand
We got heavy rollers
I think you should know
Try again tomorrow

Can't you see they're laughing at me
Get rid off him
I don't care what you do at home 
Would you care to explain

Who is the Gaucho amigo,
Why is he standing
In your spangled leather poncho
And your elevator shoes
Bodacious cowboys
Such as your friend
Will never be welcome here
High in the Custerdome

What I tell you
Back down the line
I'll scratch your back,
You can scratch mine
No he cant sleep on the floor,
What do you think I'm yelling for?
I'll drop him near the freeway
Doesn't he have a home

Lord I know you're a special friend
But you refuse to undrestand
You're a nasty schoolboy
With no place to go
Try again tomorrow

Dont tell me he'll wait in the car,
Look at you,
Holding hands with the man from the Rio
Would you care to explain?

Who is the Gaucho amigo,
Why is he standing
In your spangled leather poncho
With the studs that match your eyes
Bodacious cowboys
Such as your friend
Will never be welcome here
High in the Custerdome

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Time Out of My Mind

Son you better be ready for love
On this glory day 
This is your chance to believe
What I've got to say

Keep your eyes on the sky
Put a dollar in the kitty 
Don't the moon look pretty

Tonight when I chase the dragon,
The water will change to cherry wine
And the silver will turn to gold
Time out of mind

Im holding the mystical stone
It's direct from Lasa 
Where people are rolling in the snow
Far from the world we know

Children we have it right here
Its the light in my eyes
Its perfection and grace
Its the smile on my face

Tonight when I chase the dragon,
The water will change to cherry wine
And the silver will turn to gold
Time out of mind

[solo]

Children we have it right here
Its the light in my eyes
Its perfection and grace
Its the smile on my face

Tonight when I chase the dragon,
The water will change to cherry wine
And the silver will turn to gold
Time out of mind

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My Rival

The wind was driving in my face
The smell of prickly pear
[My rival-show me my rival]
The milk truck eased into my space
Somebody screamed somwhere

I struck a match against the door
Of Anthony's Bar and Grill 
I was the whining stranger
A fool in love
With time to kill

I've got detectives on this case
They filmed the whole charade
[My rival-show me my rival]
He's got a scar across his face
He wears a hearing aid

Sure he's a jolly roger
Until he answers for his crime
Yes, I'll match him whim for whim now

[solo]

I still recall when I first held
Your tiny hand in mine
[My rival-show me my rival]
I loved you more than I can tell
But now it's stomping time

[chorus] 

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Third World Man

Johnny's playroom
Is a bunker filled with sand
He's become a third world man

Smoky Sunday
He's been mobilized since dawn
Now he's crouching on the lawn
He's a third world man

Soon you'll throw down your disguise
We'll see behind those bright eyes
By and by
When the sidewalks are safe
For the little guys

I saw the fireworks
I believed that I was dreaming 
Till the neighbours came out screaming
He's a third world man

[chorus]

When he's crying out
I just sing that Ghana Rondo
E'lera del terzo mondo
He's a third world man

[chorus]

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Other songs which were released by Steely Dan but not on albums.

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Here At The Western World

Down at the Lido they welcome you
With sausage and beer
Klaus and The Rooster have been there too
But lately he spends his time here

Hangin' with the Mayor and all his friends
And nobody cares
Where the sailor shuts out the sunrise
Blacked out on the stairs

Knock twice, rap with your cane
Feels nice, you're out of the rain
We got your skinny girl
Here at the Western World

Ruthy, we'll give you the silver key
To open the red door
Lay down your Jackson and you will see
The sweetness you've been cryin' for

In the night you hide from the madman you're longin' to be
But it all comes out on the inside eventually

[chorus]

[solo]

In the night you hide from the madman you're longin' to be
But it all comes out on the inside eventually

[chorus]

[solo and fade]

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FM (NO STATIC AT ALL)

Hurry the bottle, mama
It's grapefruit wine
Kick off your high heeled sneakers
It's party time

The girls don't seem to care what's on
As long as they play till dawn
Nothing but blues and Elvis
And somebody else's favorite song

Give us some funked-up music
She treats you nice
Feed us some hungry reggae
She loves you twice

The girls don't seem to care tonight
As long as the mood is right
No static at all, no static at all
FM--no static at all

Give us some funked-up music
She treats you nice
Feed us some hungry reggae
She loves you twice

The girls don't seem to care tonight
As long as the mood is right
No static at all, no static at all
FM--no static at all

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The Nightfly

Author: Donald Fagen

Tracks

	I.G.Y.
	Green Flower Street
	Ruby Baby
	Maxine
	New Frontier
	The Nightfly
	The Goodbye Look
	Walk Between Raindrops

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I.G.Y.

Standing tough under stars and stripes
We can tell
This dream's in sight
You've got to admit it
At this point in time that it's clear
The future looks bright
On that train all graphite and glitter
Undersea by rail
Ninety minutes from New York to Paris
Well by seventy-six we'll be A.O.K.

What a beautiful world this will be
What a glorious time to be free

Get your ticket to that wheel in space
While there's time
The fix is in
You'll be a witness to that game of chance in the sky
You know we've got to win
Here at home we'll play in the city
Powered by the sun
Perfect weather for a streamlined world
There'll be spandex jackets one for everyone

What a beautiful world this will be
What a glorious time to be free

On that train all graphite and glitter
Undersea by rail
Ninety minutes from New York to Paris
(More leisure for artists everywhere)
A just machine to make big decisions
Programmed by fellows with compassion and vision
We'll be clean when their work is done
We'll be eternally free yes and eternally young

What a beautiful world this will be
What a glorious time to be free

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Green Flower Street

Uptown
It's murder out in the street
Uptown
It's murder out in the street
That's where I found my mandarin plum
That's where you'd be if you found one

Where the nights are bright
And joy is complete
Keep my squeeze on Green Flower Street

Since May
There's trouble most every night
Where once we danced our sweet routine
It reeks of wine and kerosene

Where the nights are bright
And joy is complete
Keep my squeeze on Green Flower Street

There's a special place for lovers
One we understand
There where neon bends in daylight sky
In that sunny room she soothes me
Cools me with her fan
We're drifting
A thousand years roll by

Lou Chang
Her brother he's burning with rage
Lou Chang
Her brother he's burning with rage
I'd like to know what's on his mind
He says hey buddy you're mot my kind

Where the nights are bright
And joy is complete
Keep my squeeze on Green Flower Street

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Ruby Baby

I got a girl and Ruby is her name
She don't love me but I love her just the same
Ruby Baby how I want you
Like a ghost I'm gonna haunt you
Ruby Baby when will you be mine

Each time I see you baby my heart cries
I'm gonna steal you away from all those guys
From the sunny day I met you
Made a bet that I would get you
Ruby Baby when will you be mine

I got a girl and Ruby is her name
I'd give the world just to set her heart aflame
Got some lovin' money too
Gonna give it all to you
Ruby Baby when will you be mine

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Maxine
 
Some day that we're reckless
They say we're much too young
Tell us to stop before we've begun
We've got to hold out till graduation
Try to hang on Maxine

While the world is slepping
We meet at Lincoln Mall
Talk about life the meaning of it all
Try to make sense of the suburban sprawl
Try to hang on Maxine

Mexico City is like another world
Nice this year they say
You'll mbe my senorita
In jeans and pearls
But first let's get off this highway

We'll move up to Manhattan
And fill the place with friends
Drive to the coast and drive right back again
One day we'll wake up make love but till then
Try to hang on Maxine

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New Frontier

Yes we're gonna have a wingding
A summer smoker underground
It's just a dugout that my dad built
In case the reds decide to push the button down
We've got provisions and lots of beer
The key word is survival on the new frontier

Introduce me to that big blonde
She's got a touch of Tuesday Weld
She's waering Ambush and a French twist
She's got us wild and she can tell
She loves to limbo that much is clear
She's got the right dynamic for the new frontier

Well I can't wait till I move to the city
Till I finally make up my mind
To learn design and study overseas

Have you got a steady boyfriend
Cause honey I've been watching you
I hear you're mad about Brubeck
I like you eyes I like him too
He's an artist a pioneer
We've got to have some music on the new frontier

Well I can't wait till I move to the city
Till I finally make up my mind
To learn design and study overseas

Let's pretend that it's the real thing
And stay together all night long
And when I really get to know you
We'll open up the doors and climb into the dawn
Confess your passion your secret fear
Prepare to meet the challenge of the new frontier

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The Nightfly

I'm Lester the Nightfly
Hello Baton Rouge
Won't you turn your radio down
Respect the seven second delay we use

So you say there's a race
Of men in the trees
You're for tough legislation
Thanks for calling
I wait all night for calls like these

An independent station
WJAZ
With jazz and conversation
>From the foot of Mt. Belzoni
Sweet music
Tonight the night is mine
Late line till the sun comes through the skylight

I've got plenty of java
And Chesterfield Kings
But I feel like crying
I wish I had a heart like ice
Heart like ice

If you want your honey
To look super swell
You must spring for that little blue jar
Patton's Kiss And Tell
Kiss And Tell

An independent station
WJAZ
With jazz and conversation
>From the foot of Mt. Belzoni
Sweet music
Tonight the night is mine
Late line till the sun comes through the skylight

You'd never believe it
But once there was a time
When love was in my life
I sometiemes wonder
What happened to that flame
The answer's still the same
It was you you it was you
Tonight you're still on my mind

An independent station
WJAZ
With jazz and conversation
>From the foot of Mt. Belzoni
Sweet music
Tonight the night is mine
Late line till the sun comes through the skylight

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The Goodbye Look

The surf was easy on the day I came to stay
On this quiet island in the bay
I remember a line of women all in white
The laughter and the steel bands at night

Now the Americans are gone exept for two
The embassy's been hard to reach
There's been talk and lately a bit of action after dark
Behind the big casino on the beach

The rules are changed
It's not the same
It's all new players in a whole new ball game

Last night I dreamed of an old lover dressed in gray
I've had this fever now since yesterday
Wake up darling they're knocking the Colonel's standing in the sun
With his stupid face the glasses and the gun

I know what hapens
I read the book
I believe I just got the goodbye look

Won't you pour me a Cuban breeze Gretchen

I know a fellow with a motor launch for hire
A skinny man with two-one shoes
Cause tonight they're arranging a small reception just for me
Behind the big casino by the sea

I know what hapens
I read the book
I believe I just got the goodbye look

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Walk Between Raindrops

A shadow crossed the blue Miami sky
As we hit the causeway by the big hotel
We fought
Now I can't remember why
After all the words were said and tears were gone
We vowed we'd never say goodbye

When we kissed we could hear the sound of thunder
As we watched the regulars rush the big hotels
We kissed again as the showers swept the Florida shore
You opened your umbrella
But we walked between the raindrops back to your door

In my dreams I can hear the sound of thunder
I can see the causeway by the big hotels
That happy day we'll find each other on that Florida shore
You'll open your umbrella
And we walk between the raindrops back to your door

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