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Artist: Steely Dan
Album: Royal Scam

Babs and Clean Willie were in love they said
So in love the preacher's face turned red
Soon everybody knew the thing was dead
He shouts, she bites, they wrangle through the night
She go crazy
Got to make a getaway
Papa say
Oh - no hesitation
No tears and no hearts breakin'
No remorse
Oh - congratulations
This is your Haitian Divorce

She takes the taxi to the good hotel
Bon march as far as she can tell
She drinks the zombie from the cocoa shell
She feels alright, she get it on tonight
Mister driver
Take me where the music play
Papa say


At the Grotto
In the greasy chair
Sits the Charlie with the lotion and the kinky hair
When she smiled, she said it all
The band was hot so
They danced the famous Merengue
Now we dolly back
Now we fade to black

Tearful reunion in the USA
Day by day those memories fade away
Some babies grow in a peculiar way
It changed, it grew, and everybody knew
Who's this kinky so-and-so?
Papa go



by Cornelius on 4/17/2011 5:24pm
This is such a great tune. I love to sing it and try to stick the wonderful sound of Walter's fuzz box guitar solo in my mind as I'm singing. I visited the Dom Rep years ago and noticed the overwhelming Hatian influence on the island. The book stores were full of books on red, green and white magic. Not much else. I visualized the young couple fighting and breaking up and then finding each other again in the USA. Something more turned up but, what the heck. Semi-mojo is better than no mojo. Musically, Lyrically and narratively, this is one seamless song. Love it!
by Halon on 1/5/2012 6:08pm
Babs goes to Haiti for quickie divorce, has a few drinks,( zombies ). A Charlie with the lotion, a local black guy, danced with her ,fade to black like in a movie. The fuzzy guitar solo by Becker is a sexy grinding love making. Babs goes back to NYC. Has a baby from the Charlie, a Semi- mojo, half black half white kid, it grew and everybody knew.
Prolly my favorite Dan song.
by Michael on 6/23/2012 11:23am
Talk box solo by Dean Parks, not Walter.
by Cornelius Carr on 1/9/2013 3:05am
Thank you, Michael. Didn't know it was Dean Parks on the box solo guitar.
by Oscar Santander Cruz on 4/19/2013 3:14pm
I plaed in guitar most of Steely Dan songs, and sing them also. Most of my mexican (sonorans) friends like because they heard them trough me. Now, even if this song is one of my favorites, Don't take me alive,Here at the western world, and Deacon Blues beat them all...
by robert cordova on 2/6/2014 6:21pm
i cant stop listening to that song its the guitar the story it dont get old nasty little tune

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