Track Title:               Deacon Blues
Album Title:               A Decade of Steely Dan
Prime Artist:              Steely Dan
Producer:                  Gary Katz

Written by:                Steely Dan
From the Album:            Aja  1977 (A)

This is the day of the expanding man,
 That shape is my shade, there where I used to stand,
 It seems like only yesterday, I gazed through the glass
 At Ramblers, wild gamblers, that's all in the past
 You call me a fool, you say its a crazy scheme
 This one's for real, I already bought the dream
 So useless to ask me why, throw a kiss and say goodbye
 I'll make it this time, I'm ready to cross that fine line

 I'll learn to work the saxophone
 I'll play just what I feel,
 Drink scotch whisky, all night long,
 And die behind the wheel,
 They got a name for the winners in the world,
 I want a name when I lose
 They call Alabama the crimson Tide
 Call me Deacon Blues,
 Deacon Blues

 My back to the wall, a victim of laughing chance
 This is for me, the essence of true romance,
 Sharing the things we know and love
 With those of my kind,
 Libations, sensations, that stagger the mind
 I crawl like a viper, through the suburban streets
 Make love to these women, languid and bitter sweet,
 I rise when the sun goes down,
 Cover every game in town, a world of my own,
 I'll make it my home sweet home,


 This is the night of the expanding the man,
 I take one last drag, as I approach the stand,
 I cried when I wrote this song,
 Sue me if I play too long,
 This brother is free
 I'll be what I want to be