Friday, September 26, 2008

Steely Dan, ahead of the curve, as always

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, popular music's most creative songwriters after John Lennon and Paul McCartney, wrote "Black Friday" 23 years ago. Perhaps Henry Paulson should make it his mantra in the coming days. Steely Dan would add credibility to Paulson's demands -- Fagen and Becker are both Democrats.


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

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

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