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Doctor Wu Lyrics

Artist: Steely Dan
Album: Katy Lied

Katy tried
I was halfway crucified
I was on the other side
Of no tomorrow
You walked in
And my life began again
Just when I'd spent the last piaster
I could borrow
All night long
We would sing that stupid song
And every word we sang
I knew was true
Are you with me Doctor Wu
Are you really just a shadow
Of the man that I once knew
Are you crazy are you high
Or just an ordinary guy
Have you done all you can do
Are you with me Doctor

Don't seem right
I've been strung out here all night
I've been waiting for the taste
You said you'd bring to me
Biscayne Bay
Where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day
I went searching for the song
You used to sing to me
Katy lies
You could see it in her eyes
But imagine my surprise
When I saw you

Are you with me Doctor Wu
Are you really just a shadow
Of the man that I once knew
She is lovely yes she's sly
And you're an ordinary guy
Has she finally got to you
Can you hear me Doctor
Comments/Interpretations
by Cornelius on 8/1/2011 5:49pm
The images in this song are half
Viet-nam and half South Florida.
Although I like the lyrics, I don't spend too much time trying to figure them out. What I really like about this song is Donald's
beautiful melody. I'd like to hear this song done by a full-voice choir to highlight the beauty of the melody. The Sax solo is also marvelous. I know who it is but can't remember his name at the moment. Great musician!
by Pliny on 9/16/2011 9:09am
Dr Wu is 'heroin'.

But who/what is 'Katy'?

Or is Dr Wu the 'dealer'...and Katy is 'heroin' (doesn't seem to fit).

by DJ Dyspeptic on 12/18/2011 3:33pm
According to SteelyDanDictionay.com, Dr. Wu is not heroin nor is he a smack dealer. There was a real Dr. Wu. Please google "jing yuan wu" and you'll find a wealth of information about this practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. Donald Fagan claims otherwise, however, so unless he was putting everyone on, Wu is indeed a dope habit. Fagan wouldn't put us on, would he? 8^)
by DJ Dyspeptic on 12/19/2011 10:06pm
I made a typo above in Dr. Wu's middle name. It is Nuan.


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