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YOUR GOLD TEETH Lyrics

Artist: Steely Dan
Album: Countdown To Ecstacy

Got a feeling I've been here before
Watching as you cross the killing floor
You know you'll have to pay it all
You'll pay today or pay tomorrow
You fasten up your beaded gown
Then you try to tie me down
Do you work it out one by one
Or played in combination
You throw out your gold teeth
Do you see how they roll
I have seen your iron and your brass
Can't you see it shine behind the glass
Your fortune is your roving eye
Your mouth and legs
Your gift for the runaround
Torture is the main attraction
I don't need that kind of action
You don't have to dance for me
I've seen your dance before
Do you throw out your gold teeth
Do you see how they roll

Tobacco they grow in Peking
In the Year of the Locust
You'll see a sad thing
Even Cathy Berberian knows
There's one roulade she can't sing
Dumb luck my friend
Won't suck me in this time

Got a feeling I've been here before
Won't you let me help you find the door
All you got to do is use
Your silver shoes
A gift for the runaround
Use your knack darlin'
Take one step back darlin'
There ain't nothing in Chicago
For a monkey woman to do
Do you throw out your gold teeth
Do you see how they roll
Comments/Interpretations
by mudface on 3/20/2009 9:02am
I love S.D., but the lyrics of this make no sense...I guess you have be on another "plane" to get it...rock on.
by MCHammer on 9/3/2009 1:17pm
I'd say its about man eating women
by DJ Dyspeptic on 12/18/2011 2:47pm
MC, I think you meant to say a man-eating woman. I concur, the subject here is not that hard to discern. The sons is a sardonic and witty description of a femme formidable. Would you expect any less? 8^)
Seeing as it directly follows the line about Peking, I connected 'Year of the Locust' with one of the 12 years in the Chinese variant of astrology. Well, turns out there is no such year in that cycle. The year of the locust is when a type of cicada emerges -- 13-year or 17-year interval, depending on the species. This can result in the destruction of grain crops on a horrific scale.
by Steely Dan Fan Man on 3/13/2012 12:37am
It makes no sense but it is such a great song. The words are great because they make no sense but stick in your mind.
by Curmudgeon on 8/9/2013 2:52am
Book of Daniel chapter 7: teeth of iron and nails of brass, mouth that speaks great things against the most High, making war... perhaps this song describes the end times spoken by this old prophet.
by Brett on 3/3/2014 10:29pm
It is funny how we all look at different things. I did research on Catherine Beberian. And gold teeth. I found that, in the Asian culture, if you have gold teeth, it is a sign of wealth. Kind of like Being really poor, but wearing a 2 carat diamond ring.


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