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Artist: Steely Dan
Album: Pretzel Logic

It's a beggars life, said the Queen of Spain
But don't tell it to a poor man
'Cause he's got to kill for every thrill
The best he can
Everywhere around me
I see jealousy and mayhem
Because no men have all their peace of mind
To carry them
Well I don't really care
If it's wrong or if it's right
But until my ship comes in
I'll live night by night

When the joker tried to tell me
I could cut it in this rube town
When he tried to hang that sign on me
I said Take it down
When the dawn patrol got to tell you twice
They're gonna do it with a shotgun
Yes, I'm cashing in this ten-cent life
For another one

Well I ain't got the heart
To lose another fight
So until my ship comes in
I'll live night by night

Well I don't really care
If it's wrong or if it's right
But until my ship comes in
I'll live night by night
by Danny Steel on 5/13/2008 9:20pm
Line one should be "Queen of Spades"
by Harl Delos on 2/3/2010 2:53pm
It's been almost two years; why haven't you made the correction Danny told you about?
by just some dude on 2/12/2010 3:44pm
sounds like 'spain' to me... list in hp's and crank it up...
by Dan Fan #1 on 3/16/2010 7:21pm
It's definitely Queen of Spain.
by Ray Wisk on 6/28/2011 2:42pm
It's Spades............
by jay tee on 10/3/2011 3:05pm
it's spain...
by This guy who knows stuff on 10/31/2011 8:57am
It's most certainly spain.
by Zach on 5/23/2012 11:13pm
its spades of course its spades, this is steely dan!
by Chris on 8/25/2012 10:17am
Moving on . . . stanza 2, line 2 is surely "couldn't cut it", not "could". "Couldn't" makes more sense.
by My name is Dan on 10/10/2012 5:36pm
It's 'Could'. Listen to the song.
by on 2/6/2014 6:31pm
Its "Queen of Spades.
I checked in the published score.
by yaseen bahmed on 5/9/2014 11:48am
a masterpiece ! poetry in a very pragmatic and technical understanding of our insignificant world


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