Steely Dan

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Steely Dan is an American jazz rock/rock band founded by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. The band's popularity peaked in the late 1970s, and their seven albums over that period of time blended elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop.

Song lyrics[edit]

All songs written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

Can't Buy a Thrill (1972)[edit]

  • Now you swear and kick and beg us
    That you're not a gamblin' man.
    Then you find you're back in Vegas
    With a handle in your hand.
    Your black cards can make you money,
    So you hide them when you're able.
    In the land of milk and honey
    You must put them on the table.

    You go back, Jack do it again,
    Wheel turnin' 'round and 'round.
    You go back, Jack do it again.

  • 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.

    • Dirty Work
  • You 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.

    Are you reelin' in the years?
    Stowin' away the time?
    Are you gatherin' up the tears?
    Have you had enough of mine?

Countdown to Ecstasy (1973)[edit]

  • While the poor people sleepin'
    With the shade on the light
    While the poor people sleepin'
    All the stars come out at night.
  • Show biz kids making movies
    Of themselves. You know they
    Don't give a fuck about anybody else.
    • Show Biz Kids
  • 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.

Pretzel Logic (1974)[edit]

  • 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.
  • You tell yourself you're not my kind,
    But you don't even know your mind.
    And you could have a change of heart.
    • Rikki Don't Lose That Number
  • Any major dude with half a heart surely will tell you my friend
    Any minor world that breaks apart falls together again.
    • Any Major Dude Will Tell You
  • I have never met Napoleon,
    But I plan to find the time.

Katy Lied (1975)[edit]

  • When Black Friday comes,
    I'm gonna dig myself a hole.
    Gonna lay down in it 'til
    I satisfy my soul.
    • Black Friday
  • 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?
  • Katy tried
    I was halfway crucified
    I was on the other side
    Of no tomorrow.
    • Doctor Wu
  • Are you with me Doctor Wu?
    Are you really just a shadow
    Of the man that I once knew?
    • Doctor Wu

The Royal Scam (1976)[edit]

  • Could you live forever?
    Could you see the day?
    Could you feel your whole world fall apart and fade away?

Aja (1977)[edit]

  • This is the day
    Of the expanding man.
    That shape is my shade
    There where I used to stand.
  • I'll learn to work the saxophone.
    I'll play just what I feel.
    Drink Scotch whiskey 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
  • 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.
    • Deacon Blues
  • Peg,
    It will come back to you.
    Then the shutter falls,
    You see it all in 3-D.
    It's your favorite foreign movie
  • When Josie comes home,
    So good.
    She's the pride of the neighborhood.
    She's the raw flame,
    The live wire.
    She prays like a Roman
    With her eyes on fire.
    • Josie

FM (soundtrack) (1978)[edit]

  • Give her some funked up music, she treats you nice.
    Feed her some hungry reggae, she'll love you twice.
    The girls don't seem to care tonight
    As long as the mood is right.

    FM - no static at all.

Gaucho (1980)[edit]

  • Hey Nineteen.
    No we got nothing in common;
    No we can't talk at all.
    Please take me along
    When you slide on down.
    • Hey Nineteen
  • The Cuervo Gold,
    The fine Colombian
    Make tonight a wonderful thing.
    • Hey Nineteen

Two Against Nature (2000)[edit]

  • Who makes the morning fabulous?
    Who says today's a fun day?
    Why do I feel like sailing again?
    Honey it's you - Janie Runaway.
  • I'll teach you everything I know
    If you teach me how to do that dance.
    Life is short and quid pro quo.
    And what's so strange about a down-home family romance?

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