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STEELY DAN

384a-AJA – Si M

Steely Dan

 

Up on the hill
People never stare
They just don't 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
Let's do it right
Aja
When all my dime dancin' is through
I run to you

 

Up on the hill
They think I'm okay
Or so they say


Chinese music always sets me free
Angular banjoes
Sound good to me


Aja
When all my dime dancin' is through

384b-ANY WORLD – Si M

Steely Dan

 

If I had my way
I would move

to another lifetime
I'd quit my job
Ride the train

through the misty nighttime


I'll be ready when my feet touch ground
Wherever I come down
And if the folks will have me
Then they'll have me

Any world that I'm welcome to (3x)
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

Any world that I'm welcome to (3x)
Is better than the one I come from


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 child returning
A kingdom where the sky is burning
Honey I will be there
Yes I'll be there


Any world that I'm welcome to (3x)
Is better than the one I come from.

 

Any world that I'm welcome to (3x)
Is better than the one I come from.

385a-BABYLON SISTERS – C1 La m

Steely Dan

 

Drive west on Sunset
To the sea
Turn that jungle music down
Just until we're out of town


This is no one night stand
It's a real occasion
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 fine so young
Tell me I'm the only one

Here come those Santa Ana 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
That it's just a spasm
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

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

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 watches his bridges burn
From the point of no return

Babylon sisters shake it
Babylon sisters shake it
So fine so young

385b-BAD SNEAKERS – La M

Steely Dan

 

Five names

that i can hardly stand to hear
including yours and mine
and one more chimp who isn't here


i can see the ladies talking
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 piña colada
my friend
stompin' on the avenue
by radio city with a
transistor and a large
sum of money to spend

 

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


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 piña colada
my friend
stompin' on the avenue
by radio city with a
transistor and a large
sum of money to spend

386a-BLACK COW – Do M7

Steely Dan

 

In the corner
Of my eye
I saw you in Rudy's
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 of these
Surely will screen out the sorrow
But where are you

tomorrow

I can't 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
Lookin' 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 don't care anymore
Why you run around
Break away
Just when it
Seems so clear

That it's
Over now Drink your big black cow

386b-BLACK FRIDAY – Mi M

Steely Dan

 

When Black Friday comes
I'll stand down by the door
And catch the grey men

when 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

 

Guitar break

When Black Friday comes
I'm gonna dig myself a hole
Gonna lay down in it 'til I

satisfy my soul


Gonna let the world pass by me
The Archbishop's 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'll guess I'll change my name.

387a-BODHISATTVA – Sol M

Steely Dan

 

Bodhisattva
Would you take me by the hand
Bodhisattva
Would you take me by the hand
Can you show me
The shine of 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
To shine in your Japan
To sparkle in your China
Yes I'll be there

 

Bodhisattva
Bodhisattva

 

Bodhisattva
Would you take me by the hand
Bodhisattva
Would you take me by the hand
Can you show me
The shine of 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
To shine in your Japan
To sparkle in your China
Yes I'll be there


Bodhisattva
Bodhisattva

 

Bodhisattva
Bodhisattva

387b-DEACON BLUES – Sol M

Steely Dan

 

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 it's 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

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 these suburban streets
Make love to these women
Languid and bittersweet
I'll 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

388a-DO IT AGAIN – C1 Fa# m

Steely Dan

 

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'
And they put you on the street.

You go back

Jack

do it again
Wheel turnin' '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
And 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.

You go back Jack

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

do it again

 

GUITAR SOLO

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

388b-THE FEZ – La m

Steely Dan

 

No I'm never gonna do it

without the fez on
Oh no

 
No I'm never gonna do it

without the fez on
Oh no


That's what I am
Please understand
I wanna be

your

holy man


No I'm never gonna do it

without the fez on
Oh no


Ain't never gonna do it

without the fez on
Oh no

 

That's what I am
Please understand
I wanna be

your

holy man

 

No 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

389a-GAUCHO – C1 Mi M

Steely Dan

 

Just when I say "Boy we 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 can't 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 understand
You're a nasty schoolboy
With no place to go
Try again tomorrow

 

Don't tell me he'll wait in the car
Look at you Holding hands

with the man from Rio
Would you care to explain

 

Who is the gaucho amigo …

389b-THIRD WORLD MAN – C1 Mi m

Steely Dan

 

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  luck  guy

 

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

 

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

 

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

 

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

390a-GREEN EARRINGS – La M

Steely Dan

 

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 don't mind

 

Greek

medallion
Sparkles

when you smile


Sorry,

angel
I get hungry

like a child

 

Green earrings
I remember
The rings of rare design
I remember
The look in your eyes
I don't mind

390b-HEY NINETEEN – Re M

Steely Dan

 

Way back when

in 67
I was the dandy
Of Gamma Chi

 
Sweet things from Boston
So young and willing
Moved down to Scarsdale
And 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


hard times befallen
The sole survivors
She thinks I'm crazy
But I'm just growing old

 

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

Hey Nineteen
No we got nothing in common
No we can't talk at all
Please take me along
When you slide on down

The Cuervo Gold
The fine Colombian
Make tonight

a wonderful thing

 

The Cuervo Gold
The fine Colombian
Make tonight

a wonderful thing

 

The Cuervo Gold
The fine Colombian
Make tonight

a wonderful thing


We can't dance together…

391a-HAITIAN DIVORCE – Lab m

Steely Dan

 

Babs and Clean Willie

were in love they said
So

 in love

the preacher's face turned red


Soon everybody knew

the thing was dead
He shouts,

she bites,

they wrangle through the night


She go crazy
Got to make a getaway
Papa say


Oh - no hesitation
No tears and no hearts breakin'
No remorse

 
Oh - congratulations
This is your Haitian

Divorce

 

She takes the taxi to the good hotel

 

Bon marché 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

 

CHORUS

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 Merengue

Now we dolly back
Now we fade to black

 

Tearful reunion in the USA
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 kinky so-and-so?
Papa go

CHORUS

391b-HOME AT LAST – C1 Re M

Steely Dan

 

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

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

 

x

392a-I GOT THE NEWS – Sol M

Steely Dan

 

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

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

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

Spanish kissin' See it glisten
You came ragin' Love rampagin'
I got the news

Yes dear
How did you know…

392b-DIRTY WORK – C1 Do M

Steely Dan

 

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 befo-o-o-re

 

Like the castle in it's corner
In a medieval game
I foresee terrible trouble
And I stay here just the same

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

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

393a-JOSIE – Mi m

Steely Dan

 

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
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


Jo would you love to scrapple
She'll never say no
Shine up the battle apple
We'll shake 'em all down tonight
We're gonna mix in 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 ever had
She's the raw flame
The live wire
She prays like a Roman
With her eyes on fire

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.

393b-KID CHARLEMAGNE – La m

Steely Dan

 

While the music played you worked by candlelight
Those San Francisco 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 motor home
Every A-Frame had your number on the wall
You must have had it all
You'd go to L.A. 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 your patrons have all left you in the red
Your low rent friends are dead
This life can be very strange
All those dayglow 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

CHORUS

Clean this mess up else 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
Yes, there's 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

394a-THE LAST MALL – Do M

Steely Dan

 

Attention all shoppers
It's Cancellation Day
Yes the Big Adios
Is just a few hours away

 
It's last call
To do your shopping
At the Last Mall

 
You'll need the tools for survival
And the medicine for the blues
Sweet treats and surprises
For the little buckaroos


It's last call
To do your shopping
At the Last Mall


*We've got a sweetheart

Sunset Special
On all of the standard stuff
'Cause in the morning –

that gospel morning
You'll have to do for yourself

when the going gets tough

 

Roll your cart back up the aisle
Kiss the checkout girls goodbye
Ride the ramp to the freeway
Beneath the blood orange sky


It's last call
To do your shopping
At the Last Mall

 

SOLO

 

*We've got a sweetheart

Sunset Special
On all of the standard stuff
'Cause in the morning –

that gospel morning
You'll have to do for yourself

when the going gets tough

 

Roll your cart back up the aisle
Kiss the checkout girls goodbye
Ride the ramp to the freeway
Beneath the blood orange sky

 

It's last call …

394b-MY OLD SCHOOL – Sol M

Steely Dan

 

I remember the thirty-five sweet goodbyes
When you put me on the Wolverine
Up to 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

CHORUS:
Well I did not think the girl
Could be so cruel
And I'm never going back
To my old school

Oleanders 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

CHORUS

California tumbles into the sea
That'll be the day I go
Back to Annandale


Tried to warn you
About Chino and Daddy Gee
But I can't seem to get to you
Through the U.S. 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

395a-MY RIVAL – Mi M

Steely Dan

 

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 somewhere


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 his 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

 

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

 

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

395b-PEG – Sol M

Steely Dan

 

I've seen your picture
Your name in lights above it
This is your big debut
It's like a dream come true

 
And when you smile for the camera
I know they're gonna love it

I like your pin shot
I keep it with your letter
Done up in blueprint blue
It sure looks good on you


So won't you smile for the camera
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 3-D

 

I like your pin shot
I keep it with your letter
Done up in blueprint blue
It sure looks good on you


So won't you smile for the camera
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 3-D

396a-REELIN’ IN YEARS – Re M

Steely Dan

 

Your everlasting summer
You can see it fading fast
So you grab a piece of something
That you think is gonna last


You wouldn't 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

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


I spend a lot of money
And I spent a lot of time
The trip we made in Hollywood
Is 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

396b-RICKY, DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER – Re M

Steely Dan

 

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 go 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

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

 

[break]

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
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

Rikki, don't lose that number
(Rikki, don't lose that number)
Rikki, don't lose that number

397a-THE ROYAL SCAM – C1 Si m

Steely Dan

And they wandered in
From the city of St. John
Without a dime

 
Wearing coats that shined
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
A savage winter


Every patron saint
Hung on the wall, shared the room
With twenty sinners

 

See the glory
Of the royal scam

By the blackened wall

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 their time

And they wandered in
From the city of St. John without a dime

See the glory Of the royal scam

397b-STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Re M

Steely Dan

 

Well, I don't know why I came here tonight
I got a feelin' that something ain't right
I'm so scared in case I fall off my chair
And I'm wonderin' how I'll get down those stairs


Clowns to left of me, jokers to the right
Here am I stuck in the middle with you

Yes, I'm stuck in the middle with you
And I'm wonderin' what it is I should do
It's so hard to keep this smile from my face
Losin' control, I'm all over the place


Clowns to left of me, jokers to the right
Here am I stuck in the middle with you

*Well, you started off with nothing
And you're proud that you're a self-made man
And your friends they all come calling
Slap you on the back and say
Please, please

 

Well, I'm stuck in the middle with you
And I'm wonderin' what it is I should do
Is it cool to go to sleep on the floor?
I don't think that I can take it anymore


Clowns to left of me, jokers to the right
Here am I stuck in the middle with you

[break]

Well, you started off with nothing
And you're proud that you're a self-made man
And your friends they all come crawling
Slap you on the back and say
Please, please

Well, I don't know why I came here tonight
I got a feelin' that something ain't right
I'm so scared in case I fall off my chair
And I'm wonderin' how I'll get down those stairs

Clowns to left of me, jokers to the right
Here am I stuck in the middle with you
Here I am stuck in the middle with you


Yes, I'm stuck in the middle with you
Stuck in the middle with you

398a-GLAMOUR PROFESSION – La m

Steely Dan

 

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 Caribe Cannibal
Off to Barbados
Just for the ride
Jack 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

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

(break)

 

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

 

Jive Miguel
He's in from Bogota
Meet me at midnight
At Mr. Chow's

Szechuan dumplings
After the deal has been done
I'm the one

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

060d-ANY MAJOR DUDE WILL TELL YOU- La M

Steely Dan

 

I never seen you looking so bad

my funky one

You tell me that your superfine 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 morning it won't be there no more

Any major dude will tell you

Any major dude will tell you.

 

Have you ever seen a squonk tears ?

Well, look at mine

The people on the street have

 all seen better times.

 

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 morning it won't be there no more

Any major dude will tell you

Any major dude will tell you.

 

I can tell you all I know,

 the where to go, the what to do

You can try to run but you can't hide

from what's inside of you.

 

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 morning it won't be there no more

Any major dude will tell you

Any major dude will tell you

Any major dude will tell you

061a-BLUES BEACH – Sol M

Steely Dan

 

I was scrapin' bottom

Groping in the dark

It takes a crusty punk to really beat

The mean streets of Medicine Park

 

So I shifted left and out of town

Then I clicked my heels

 and I doubled down to

 

Blues Beach, I'm frying

Sizzling in the merciful rays

And it's the long sad Sunday

of the early resigned

 

I went to Central Station

To catch that early bus

They were gassed and runnin'

 in every which way

But unhappily not for us

 

Here come Trina—the child bride

I said hey pretty girl—can I cop a ride to

 

Blues beach, it's raining

I'm chilling at the Manatee Bar

Well it's a stone soul picnic for

the early resigned

 

We can rent a paranymphic glider

My hypothetical friend

And we could sail away

to the bending end

 

Grab Big Dog a blanket

Angel of my heart

Things may get a whole lot worse

Before suddenly falling apart

 

Give your roommate Yvonne a ring

'Cause if she still wants

in I gotta pull some strings

 

On Blues Beach, I'm dying

Freezin' in the merciful rays

And it's the long sad Sunday

of the early resigned

061b-CHANGE OF THE GUARD – C1 Do M

Steely Dan

 

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

 

All the cowboys

and your neighbors

Can you swallow

up your pride

 

Take your guns off

it you're willin'

And you know we're

on your side

 

If you wanna get thru the years

It's high time you played your card

 

If you live in this world

You're feelin' the change of the guard

062a-F. M. – Mi m

Steely Dan

 

Worry 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 favourite song

 

Give us 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

 

(No static at all)

(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'll love 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)

(No static at all)

FM (no static at all)

062b-ONLY A FOOL WOULD SAY THAT-Re m

Steely Dan

 

A world become one

Of salads and sun

Only a fool would say that

 

A boy with a plan

A natural man

Wearing 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 is 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

 

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

 

Anybody on the street

Has murder in his eyes

Feel no pain

And you're younger

Then you realize

Only a fool would say that

Only a foooo oooooo ooooo oooool

 

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

063a-PRETZEL LOGIC – La m

Steely Dan

 

I would love to tour the Southland

In a travelling minstrel show

Yes I'd love to tour the Southland

In a traveling minstrel show

 

Yes I'm dying to be a star

and make them laugh

Sound just like a 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 !

 

Piano break

 

I stepped up on the platform

The 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've seen 'em on the TV,

the movie show

They say the times are changing

but I just don't know

These things are gone forever

Over a long time ago, oh yeah

063b-TIME OUT OF MIND – La M7

Steely Dan

 

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 may change to cherry wine

And the silver will turn to gold

Time out of mind

 

I am holding the mystical sphere

It's direct from Lhasa

Where people are rolling in the snow

Far from the world we know

 

Children we have it right here

It's the light in my eyes

It's perfection and grace

It's the smile on my face

 

Tonight when I chase the dragon

The water may change to cherry wine

And the silver will turn to gold

Time out of mind

 

Children we have it right here

It's the light in my eyes

It's perfection and grace

It's the smile on my face

 

Tonight when I chase the dragon

The water may change to cherry wine

And the silver will turn to gold

Time out of mind

064a-WITH A GUN – La m

Steely Dan

 

I could be wrong but I have seen your face before

You were the man that

 I saw running from his 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 lying in the rain ?

 

You were the founders of the clinic in 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

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 lying in the rain ?

 

*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 hide in the bushes

Murder the man

With Luger in hand.

 

I understand that you will soon be leavin' town

Don't try to call me

when they finally run you down

Just give fair warning any time you come around.

 

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 lying in the rain ?

118b-KINGS – La m

Steely Dan

 

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 seen the last of Good King Richard

Ring out the past his name lives on

Roll out the bones and raise up your pitcher

Raise up your glass to Good King John

 

While he 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 the line

 

We seen the last of Good King Richard

Ring out the past his name lives on

Roll out the bones and raise up your pitcher

Raise up your glass to Good King John

 

118c-MIDNIGHT CRUISER – Re m

Steely Dan

 

Felonius 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

 

CHORUS:

Tell me where are you driving

Midnight cruiser

Where is your bounty

Of fortune and fame

I am another

Gentlemen loser

Drive me 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 ain't smilin' like before

The time of our time has come and gone

I fear we been waiting too long    (to CHORUS)

153b-BARRYTOWN – La M

Steely Dan

 

I'm not one to look behind

 I know that times must change

But over there in Barrytown

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 come from Barrytown.

 

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 come from Barrytown.

 

*In the beginning we recall

that the word was hurled

Barrytown people got to be

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 there 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 come from Barrytown.

155a-BROOKLYN  – Fa m         

  Steely Dan

 

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 charmer

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

 

break

 

A case of aces

Done up loose for dealing

A piece of island

cooling 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

155b-KING OF THE WORLD – Sol M

Steely Dan

 

Hello one and all

Was it you I used to know

Can't you hear me call

On this old ham radio

 

All I got to say

I'm alive and feeling fine

Should you come my way

You can share my poison wine

 

CHORUS:

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 your helping hand

I can't be no savage

I can't be no highwayman

 

Show me where you are

You and I will spend this day

Driving in my car

Through the ruins of Santa Fe

 

CHORUS

 

I'm reading last year's papers

Although I don't know why

Assassins cons and rapers

Might as well die

 

When you come around

No more pain and no 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

 

CHORUS

034a-ALMOST GOTHIC

Steely Dan

 

I'm working on gospel time these days

(The summer - this could be the cool part of the summer)

The sloe-eyed creature in the reckless room she's so severe

A wise child walks right out of here

 

I'm so excited I can barely cope

I'm sizzling like an isotope

I'm on fire so cut me some slack

 

CHORUS:

First she's way gone then she comes back

She's all business then she's ready to play

She's almost gothic in a natural way

 

This house of desire is built foursquare

(The city - the cleanest kitten in the city)

When she speaks it's like the slickest

 song I ever heard

I'm hanging on her every word

 

As if I'm not already blazed enough

She hits me with the cryptic stuff

That's her style - to jerk me around

 

CHORUS:

First she's all feel then she cools down

She's pure science with a splash of black cat

She's almost gothic and I like it like that

 

This dark place so thrilling and new

It's kind of like the opposite of an aerial view

Unless I'm totally wrong

I hear her rap and brother it's strong

 

I'm pretty sure that what she's telling me is mostly lies

But I just stand there hypnotized

I'll just have to make it work somehow

I'm in the amen corner now

It's called love - I spell L -U- V

 

CHORUS:

First she's all buzz then she's noise-free

She's bubbling over then there's nothing to say

She's almost gothic in a natural way

 

She's old school then she's like young

Little Eva meets the Bleecker Street brat

She's almost gothic but it's better than that

034b-WHAT I DO

Steely Dan

 

I say "Ray, why do girls

treat you nice that way?"

He said it's not what I know

What I think or say

 

It's what I do

It's what I do

It's deep beneath the skin

It's what I major in

It's what I do

 

Yes, I come to play

and I bring big soul

I could rock long before

they named it Rock and roll

 

It's what I do

It's what I do

I'm specially qualified

To keep them satisfied

It's what I do

 

You turn the lamp down low

You make them feel secure

You've got to show the girl

She's the one you adore

If you want that sugar to pour

Well you bring some church

but you leave no doubt

As to what kind of love

you love to shout about

 

It's what I do

It's what I do

If you can't dance by now

The Raelettes will show you how

It's what I do

 

You turn the lamp down low

You make them feel secure

You've got to show the girl

She's the one you adore

 If you want that sugar to pour

 

He says

Don don't despair just take some time

You find your bad self,

you're gonna do just fine

It's what I do

It's what I do

It's not some game i play

It's in my DNA    It's what I do

035a-FIRE IN THE HOLE

Steely Dan

 

I decline

To walk the line

They tell me that I'm lazy

 

Worldly wise

I realize

That everybody's crazy

 

A woman's voice reminds me

To serve and not to speak

Am I myself or just another freak

 

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

 

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

035b-THROW BACK THE LITTLE ONES

Steely Dan

 

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 nothing

Be glad if you can use

what you borrow

 

So I pawn my crown

For a ride uptown

And buy it back tomorrow

 

Throw back the little ones

And pan-fry the big ones

Use tact, poise and reason

And gently squeeze them

 

Done like a matador

 I pray for the weekend

And hope the little girls

still throw roses

 

Else I'll change my bait

And move upstate

Before the season closes

 

Throw back the little ones

And pan-fry the big ones

Use tact, poise and reason

And gently squeeze them

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