“Kid Charlemagne” -Steely Dan


There are songs I listen to because of the way they sound, their rhythms, their musicality, there is something about them that is satisfying on a sonic level. Then there are the songs I listen to because of the lyrics, a compelling story, turns of phrase that make you stop and think.

This Steely Dan song is both.  Even without background knowledge of the song, the words themselves weave a tale that is timeless and grand. You get a sense of danger, from the music and the recalled panic in lyrics.

“Is there gas in car?/Yes there’s gas in caaaaar/I think the people down the hall know who you are”