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Steely Dan — King Of The World
Album: Countdown To Ecstasy
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6.7

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Released: 1973
Length: 4:59
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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
If 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 don't want 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

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'm reading last year's papers
Although I don't know why
Assassins cons and rapers
Might as well die

If 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 til Saturday

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
Comments (27)add comment
 pinto wrote:

And this is a GREAT album.  Maybe their best. It's aged well.

 
Agreed!!!!
 Funkybro wrote:

Hard to believe Skunk Baxter transitioned to a NSA Security Analyst....https://www.mspinsights.com/doc/what-a-hippie-rock-guitarist-with-top-secret-clearances-has-to-do-with-managed-services-0001

 
what? a bit weird, but someone's gotta do it as long as it's on the up and up. i don't have high trust levels for "security analysts" {#Eek}


still weird
 
 pinto wrote:

Agreed.  Excellent album.  Great guitar work from Denny Dias and Skunk Baxter.

 
Hard to believe Skunk Baxter transitioned to a NSA Security Analyst....https://www.mspinsights.com/doc/what-a-hippie-rock-guitarist-with-top-secret-clearances-has-to-do-with-managed-services-0001
 idiot_wind wrote:
There's something hooky/weird/unnerving about those keyboard chords...Monk-like?  

 
which is what drives me to love this song as much as I do.
RIP Walter Becker, who apparently wrote most if not all of Steely Dan's trippy, cryptic, iconic lyrics, & Thanks to RP for keeping it alive.
 fraserji wrote:
Soundtrack of my 20's. Great song, great album, great band. 

 
And we lost a great one in Walter.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Man, The Dan can JAM! Yeah! Been awhile since I heard this amazing song. Really fabulous work in every regard; dig the spacey keyboards (early Kansas featured some in this vein), love the fluid guitars and incredible drumming, too. Saw 'em at Red Rocks in 2012, and as we arrived, just as the dancing bear shroom chocolates kicked in, of course — they opened with "Your Gold Teeth."

 
along with the cosmic jam of The Dan we are presented with another "magical pass" by RP's Yaqi in Chief  coloradojohn!

I had to think of:

Carlos Castaneda (December 25, 1925–April 27, 1998) was an American author with a Ph.D. in anthropology.

Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, particularly with a group whose lineage descended from the Toltecs. The books, narrated in the first person, relate his experiences under the tutelage of a Yaqui "Man of Knowledge" named don Juan Matus
Fantastic


 aspicer wrote:
A pleasant track, but the keyboards really make it sound dated.

 
Most of their stuff sounds pretty dated (as in "very-much-of-its-time") to me - especially their first few albums.  That doesn't make it bad, even if it is kind of a goofy sounding keyboard on this number.
There's something hooky/weird/unnerving about those keyboard chords...Monk-like?  
 aspicer wrote:
A pleasant track, but the keyboards really make it sound dated.

 
Just the keyboards?   {#Cheesygrin}

It is Steely Dan.  The nostalgia factor is in over-drive.

Incidentally, the keyboard bit I just heard would likely be performed with an electric guitar these days.
 dragon1952 wrote:

Like 45 yrs dated? I mean, it's not like this was just released :^ /

 
Exactly! So many other better SD tunes I'd rather here...
Soundtrack of my 20's. Great song, great album, great band. 
 aspicer wrote:
A pleasant track, but the keyboards really make it sound dated.

 
Like 45 yrs dated? I mean, it's not like this was just released :^ /
A pleasant track, but the keyboards really make it sound dated.
{#Crown}
 kurtster wrote:
One of my favorite Dan songs !

 
And this is a GREAT album.  Maybe their best. It's aged well.
One of my favorite Dan songs !
 gubbin wrote:
Steely Dan? Time to change stations.  I'm sure I could appreciate their technical expertise and jazzy chords and time signatures, and how cool it is that they named themselves for a sex toy from a Burroughs novel, but ICK.
They are as slug slime against my ears.
 
Slug Slime?!!
That's it, I'm sending Vinny over to pay you a visit!  ; )
The instrumental section is to be accompanied by a guy in a cardigan jumping onto a car bonnet.
Steely Dan? Time to change stations.  I'm sure I could appreciate their technical expertise and jazzy chords and time signatures, and how cool it is that they named themselves for a sex toy from a Burroughs novel, but ICK.
They are as slug slime against my ears.

Some of y'all don't like my fave bands either.
Man, The Dan can JAM! Yeah! Been awhile since I heard this amazing song. Really fabulous work in every regard; dig the spacey keyboards (early Kansas featured some in this vein), love the fluid guitars and incredible drumming, too. Saw 'em at Red Rocks in 2012, and as we arrived, just as the dancing bear shroom chocolates kicked in, of course — they opened with "Your Gold Teeth."
Pretty awesome guitar and bass on this
Oh man..... this sends me way back!
 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Thanks for adding another track from my fave Dan album.  : )

 
Agreed.  Excellent album.  Great guitar work from Denny Dias and Skunk Baxter.
Haven't heard this in ages.
Thanks for adding another track from my fave Dan album.  : )
What? The first?