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Deacon Blues Lyrics

Artist: 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 saxaphone
I 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
And 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
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

This is the night of the expanding 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


by Sarah on 6/3/2008 6:40am
i lol to this song it is so true but its supposed be gin not wiskey
by GJL on 6/19/2008 12:00pm
What are you talking about, gin not scotch whiskey? Get a clue and a life...
by TheGamerr on 6/22/2008 3:12pm
Yeah, the dumbass who said it was supposed to be gin needs to stop listening to Steely Dan.
by tom on 11/16/2008 1:49pm
lets get all pissed and overworked by somebody making mistakes... there is no room for mistakes in life, come on now people... seriously
by JIM on 12/23/2008 3:45pm
Someone says something after every time they sing "I want a name when I lose". Anyone know anything about this?
by Occam's Razor on 8/2/2009 11:49pm
Demon Deacons was the name of the always losing Wake Forest team---counter to 'Bama. Hence, Deacon Blues.

The reference to 'BAMA is supposed to be sarcastic, as the boys went to Bard. However, in a brilliant counter to this, the song is now part of the Alabama Marching Bank usual repertoire. Ignoring sarcasm is the best revenge.
by Incisor on 9/3/2011 2:34am
..This is a song about personal change, no longer fitting into "Societal expectations', and becoming re-formatted and in the process,(ie. This Brother is free..) Yeah, it is a slam at a Homogenous place espousing "societal Norms".

What is your name going to be once you cognitively "cross that line" --you get to choose your name--society doesn't ---is the key to the song.
by thedude on 1/12/2012 11:39am
I like what Incisor has to say; very perceptive.... that and any song about Scotch can't go wrong.
by Ironic Science Vessel on 7/22/2012 9:40am
You're all idiots

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