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REELIN' IN THE YEARS Lyrics

Artist: Steely Dan
Album: Can't Buy A Thrill

Your everlasting summer
You can see it fading fast
So you grab a piece of something
That you think is gonna last
You wouldn't know a diamond
If you held it in your hand
The things you think are precious
I can't understand

CHORUS:
Are you reelin' in the years
Stowin' away the time
Are you gatherin' up the tears
Have you had enough of mine

You been tellin' me you're a genius
Since you were seventeen
In all the time I've known you
I still don't know what you mean
The weekend at the college
Didn't turn out like you planned
The things that pass for knowledge
I can't understand

CHORUS

I spend a lot of money
And I spent a lot of time
The trip we made in Hollywood
Is etched upon my mind
After all the things we've done and seen
You find another man
The things you think are useless
I can't understand

CHORUS
Comments/Interpretations
by lisa on 6/28/2008 12:26am
ONE OF THE BEST SONGS OF ALL TIME!!!
by MarkT. on 7/12/2008 1:53am
She's 40 but still acts like a teenager. Desperately trying not to get old. Keeps throwing away guys because she's afraid of commitment.
by big D on 7/17/2008 4:47pm
Mark T I think you got it
by Tony Baloney on 9/13/2008 1:05am
Forbid a passing but if I do I would love Steely Dan music to be a prelude, possibly from an alley or from a nearby bar. Could you understand?
by pushpendra on 8/3/2009 12:37pm
Genius part I love it ! Sarcasm personified ....la la la lee
by Anonymous on 8/13/2009 9:47am
they say the chorus twice
by Todd on 12/4/2011 11:58am
These guys are genious. The lyrics, the song writing and of course Fagans voice certainly helps out. No other band has a mix of jazz, rock and blues in every song. The guitar solo in this song was so confusing that Clapton turned it down, Page turned it down to they finallly turned to the Skunker. Well he tokk it and it turned out to be a monster. Congrats Steely Dan you guys are the best.
by Todd on 12/4/2011 12:01pm
These guys are genious. The lyrics, the song writing and of course Fagans voice certainly helps out. No other band has a mix of jazz, rock and blues in every song. The guitar solo in this song was so confusing that Clapton turned it down, Page turned it down to they finallly turned to the Skunker. Well he took it and it turned out to be a monster. Congrats Steely Dan you guys are the best.
by John on 7/2/2012 8:02pm
Elliot Randall did the guitar solo on this recording. He listened to the tune once then played his solo. Fagan and Becker were blown away and happy with it but the recording engineer had neglected to turn on the machine. ER did it a second time and that's what you hear on this classic tune.


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