He found Becker, his musical soulmate, and the pair began writing songs together on the upright piano in the lobby of their dorm. After graduating, Fagen and Becker shopped their demos around various record labels, most of which laughed them out of their offices. Producer Gary Katz landed them a job as staff songwriters at the L. The work was steady but boring, and Katz soon encouraged the two musicians to form .Rhodesia - Japan - Assemblage own band.
Featured artists: Lead guitar solo by Elliott Randall. Nominate as Song of the Day. Amazon: buy Kings. Spotify: Kings. Or as The Who sang "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss". The references to blue blood, the bugle playing, the sad old men laying his body down has to be, imo, JFK. These are facts: Blue Blood refers to families of high social rank like Rockin - Chris Shuttle - Techno Kennedy clan but also all the high ranking politicians at the funeral.
It rained the day of JFK's state funeral. There was a bugler who played Taps. And all the sad old men be they sad at JFK's death, or as I prefer to think sad in the sense that the speaker sees the people who run the town as pathetic assembled.
So this verse is lament at his passing and some hero worship. The next verse is some contrast. It references plundering, and children crying, and even though he was praised they went hungry anyway. The praise could refer to the popular support he had in election, he won by a very big margin and everyone was very happy when he Kings - Steely Dan - Cant Buy A Thrill after declared the end to the Vietnam conflict.
Plundering could also refer to war profiteering. The hungry children, I think, refers to a general dissatisfaction at the lack of social and political progress. American youth during Nixon's terms agitated starving for a lot of change that never came, thus, leaving them "hungry" dissatisfied.
He meant to shine to the end of the line, Nixon as a man really wanted to do good for the country, - alas he didn't get to the end of the line he had to resign early, muddied and tarnished.
Flag Shampoo on June 04, That was the month and year of Nixon's re-election. My point is that it had to have been written and recorded even before his re-election and well before his Kings - Steely Dan - Cant Buy A Thrillbefore he declared an end to the conflict in Vietnam. So this negates some of my thoughts and changes some other thoughts about the Kings - Steely Dan - Cant Buy A Thrill I wrote above.
Flag Shampoo on June 05, Stone Free are you sure "good" isn't used sarcastically in the song? Shampoo "blue blood and rain I hope you're right. Flag jmc1 on February 11, General Comment This song is definitely a reference to Nixon and Kennedy. Can't Buy a Thrill the album from which this comes came out in Octoberjust before the 72 Presidential Election.
Though Nixon would go onto win this election in a landslide, his policies were still in question, especially among the Dan and people like them. The references to "good Kings - Steely Dan - Cant Buy A Thrill Richard" as an able leader refer to the fact that he ended American involvement in Vietnam, a conflict that had been enraging the nation for a decade.
The speaker is harkening back to the glory days of what was really the last great president, John F Kennedy. Very cleverly written. Steely Dan.
Dirty Work. Midnight Cruiser. Only a Fool Would Say That. Reelin' in the Years. Fire in the Hole. Brooklyn Owes the Charmer Under Me. Turn That Heartbeat Over Again. Track Listing - Disc 2. Rikki Don't Lose That Number. Night by Night. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo.
Parker's Band. Through with Buzz. Pretzel Logic. With a Gun. Charlie Freak.
Then You Look At Me - Celine* - All The Way... A Decade Of Song (Minidisc), Dawn - Various - Burning The Midnight Sun, Bring On The Dancing Horse - Various - Pretty In Pink (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), I Cant Give You Anything But Love - Ted Weems - Remember When?, Sa Bawat Sandali - Victor Wood - Follow Me, Elle a les yeux révolver - Various - TOP PHILIPS, Haunted Heart - Joe Magnarelli - Persistence, Cow Cow Boogie - The Mills Brothers - Swingin In The Sixties, Dyonisian - Rot In Hell - Hallways Of The Always, Unbelievable (Unbelievable Flower Dancer) - Sparkle In Grey - The Echoes Of Thiiings / Fadiiing Echo, Electra - The Sun Corporation - Megabeat 3