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Song Lyrics

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 it`s 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

CHORUS:

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

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 these suburban streets

Make love to these women

Languid and bittersweet

I`ll rise when the sun goes down

Cover every game in town

A world of my own

I`ll make it my home sweet home

CHORUS

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

CHORUS

Film and TV Credits

The song "Deacon Blues" appears on the soundtrack of the following movies and TV shows:

Release History

The Steely Dan song "Deacon Blues" appears on the following albums:
A Decade Of Steely Dan
14 August 1991

A Decade Of Steely Dan (Remastered)
12 September 2000

Aja
23 November 1999

Aja

  1. Black Cow (5:09)
  2. Aja (8:01)
  3. Deacon Blues (7:33)
  4. Peg (3:57)
  5. Home At Last (5:36)
  6. I Got The News (5:07)
  7. Josie (4:32)
Aja / Gaucho
1983

Aja / Gaucho

  1. Aja (8:01)
  2. Deacon Blues (7:33)
  3. Josie (4:32)
  4. Black Cow (5:09)
  5. I Got The News (5:07)
  6. Peg (3:57)
  7. Home At Last (5:36)
  8. Babylon Sisters (5:52)
  9. Hey Nineteen (5:06)
  10. Glamour Profession (7:32)
  11. Gaucho (5:33)
  12. Time out of Mind (4:14)
  13. My Rival (4:34)
  14. Third World Man (5:15)
Citizen 1972-1980
14 December 1993

Citizen 1972-1980

  1. Do It Again (5:55)
  2. Dirty Work (3:08)
  3. Kings (3:46)
  4. Midnite Cruiser (4:09)
  5. Only a Fool Would Say That (2:56)
  6. Reelin' in The Years (4:36)
  7. Fire in The Hole (3:28)
  8. Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer under Me) (4:21)
  9. Change of The Guard (3:40)
  10. Turn That Heartbeat over Again (4:59)
  11. Bodhisattva (5:17)
  12. Razor Boy (3:12)
  13. The Boston Rag (5:40)
  14. Your Gold Teeth (7:00)
  15. Show Biz Kids (5:27)
  16. My Old School (5:44)
  17. King of The World (5:03)
  18. Pearl of The Quarter (3:49)
  19. Rikki Don't Lose That Number (4:32)
  20. Night by Night (3:40)
  21. Any Major Dude Will Tell You (3:08)
  22. Barrytown (3:22)
  23. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo (2:49)
  24. Parker's Band (1:25)
  25. Through with Buzz (1:34)
  26. Pretzel Logic (4:33)
  27. With a Gun (2:19)
  28. Charlie Freak (2:39)
  29. Monkey in Your Soul (2:37)
  30. Bodhisattva (Live Version) (7:43)
  31. Black Friday (3:40)
  32. Bad Sneakers (3:20)
  33. Rose Darling (3:06)
  34. Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More (3:16)
  35. Doctor Wu (3:57)
  36. Everyone's Gone to The Movies (3:45)
  37. Chain Lightning (3:00)
  38. Your Gold Teeth II (4:15)
  39. Any World (That I'm Welcome To) (3:55)
  40. Throw Back The Little Ones (3:15)
  41. Kid Charlemagne (4:39)
  42. The Caves Of Altamira (3:34)
  43. Don't Take Me Alive (4:17)
  44. Sign in Stranger (4:24)
  45. The Fez (4:01)
  46. Green Earrings (4:07)
  47. Haitian Divorce (5:52)
  48. Everything You Did (3:56)
  49. The Royal Scam (6:31)
  50. Black Cow (5:09)
  51. Aja (8:01)
  52. Peg (3:57)
  53. Deacon Blues (7:33)
  54. Home At Last (5:36)
  55. I Got The News (5:07)
  56. Josie (4:32)
  57. FM (5:07)
  58. Babylon Sisters (5:52)
  59. Hey Nineteen (5:06)
  60. Glamour Profession (7:32)
  61. Gaucho (5:33)
  62. Time out of Mind (4:14)
  63. My Rival (4:34)
  64. Third World Man (5:15)
  65. Everyone's Gone To The Movies (Demo Version) (3:59)
Citizen Steely Dan 1972-1980
20 March 1999

Citizen Steely Dan 1972-1980

  1. Do It Again (5:55)
  2. Dirty Work (3:09)
  3. Kings (3:46)
  4. Midnite Cruisers (4:06)
  5. Only a Fool Would Say That (2:56)
  6. Reelin' in The Years (4:36)
  7. Fire in The Hole (3:28)
  8. Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer under Me) (4:21)
  9. Change of The Guard (3:40)
  10. Turn That Heartbeat over Again (4:59)
  11. Bodhisattva (5:17)
  12. Razor Boy (3:12)
  13. The Boston Rag (5:40)
  14. Your Gold Teeth (7:00)
  15. Show Biz Kids (5:27)
  16. My Old School (5:44)
  17. Disc 2

  18. King of The World (5:03)
  19. Pearl of The Quarter (3:49)
  20. Rikki Don't Lose That Number (4:32)
  21. Night by Night (3:40)
  22. Any Major Dude Will Tell You (3:08)
  23. Barrytown (3:22)
  24. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo (2:49)
  25. Parker's Band (1:25)
  26. Thorugh With Buzz (1:32)
  27. Pretzel Logic (4:33)
  28. With a Gun (2:19)
  29. Charlie Freak (2:39)
  30. Monkey in Your Soul (2:37)
  31. Bodhisattva (Live) (7:22)
  32. Black Friday (3:40)
  33. Bad Sneakers (3:20)
  34. Rose Darling (3:06)
  35. Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More (3:16)
  36. Doctor Wu (3:57)
  37. Everyone's Gone to The Movies (3:45)
  38. Chain Lightning (3:00)
  39. Disc 3

  40. Your Gold Teeth II (4:15)
  41. Any World (That I'm Welcome To) (3:55)
  42. Throw Back The Little Ones (3:15)
  43. Kid Charlemagne (4:39)
  44. The Caves Of Altamira (3:34)
  45. Don't Take Me Alive (4:17)
  46. Sign in Stranger (4:24)
  47. The Fez (4:01)
  48. Green Earrings (4:07)
  49. Haitian Divorce (5:52)
  50. Everything You Did (3:56)
  51. The Royal Scam (6:31)
  52. Here At The Western World (4:02)
  53. Black Cow (5:09)
  54. Aja (8:01)
  55. Peg (3:57)
  56. Disc 4

  57. Deacon Blues (7:33)
  58. Home At Last (5:36)
  59. I Got The News (5:07)
  60. Josie (4:32)
  61. FM (5:07)
  62. Babylon Sisters (5:52)
  63. Hey Nineteen (5:06)
  64. Glamour Profession (7:32)
  65. Gaucho (5:33)
  66. Time out of Mind (4:14)
  67. My Rival (4:34)
  68. Third World Man (5:15)
  69. Everyone's Gone To The Movies (Demo) (3:33)
Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980
1993

Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980

  1. Deacon Blues (7:33)
  2. Do It Again (5:55)
  3. King of The World (5:03)
  4. Your Gold Teeth II (4:15)
  5. Any World (3:40)
  6. Dirty Work (3:09)
  7. Home At Last (5:36)
  8. Pearl of The Quarter (3:49)
  9. I Got The News (5:07)
  10. Kings (3:46)
  11. Rikki Don't Lose That Number (4:32)
  12. Throw Back The Little Ones (3:15)
  13. Josie (4:32)
  14. Kid Charlemagne (4:39)
  15. Midnite Cruiser (4:09)
  16. Night by Night (3:40)
  17. Any Major Dude Will Tell You (3:08)
  18. FM (5:07)
  19. Only a Fool Would Say That (2:56)
  20. The Caves Of Altamira (3:34)
  21. Babylon Sisters (5:52)
  22. Barrytown (3:22)
  23. Don't Take Me Alive (4:17)
  24. Reelin' in The Years (4:36)
  25. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo (2:49)
  26. Fire in The Hole (3:28)
  27. Hey Nineteen (5:06)
  28. Sign in Stranger (4:24)
  29. Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer under Me) (4:21)
  30. Glamour Profession (7:32)
  31. Parker's Band (1:25)
  32. The Fez (4:01)
  33. Change of The Guard (3:40)
  34. Gaucho (5:33)
  35. Green Earrings (4:07)
  36. Through with Buzz (1:34)
  37. Haitian Divorce (5:52)
  38. Pretzel Logic (4:33)
  39. Time out of Mind (4:14)
  40. Turn That Heartbeat over Again (4:59)
  41. Bodhisattva (5:17)
  42. Everything You Did (3:56)
  43. My Rival (4:34)
  44. With a Gun (2:19)
  45. Charlie Freak (2:39)
  46. Razor Boy (3:12)
  47. The Royal Scam (6:31)
  48. Third World Man (5:15)
  49. Everyone's Gone To The Movies (Demo) (3:33)
  50. Here At The Western World (4:02)
  51. Monkey in Your Soul (2:37)
  52. The Boston Rag (5:40)
  53. Black Cow (5:09)
  54. Bodhisattva (Live) (7:22)
  55. Your Gold Teeth (7:00)
  56. Aja (8:01)
  57. Black Friday (3:40)
  58. Show Biz Kids (5:27)
  59. Bad Sneakers (3:20)
  60. My Old School (5:44)
  61. Peg (3:57)
  62. Rose Darling (3:06)
  63. Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More (3:16)
  64. Doctor Wu (3:57)
  65. Everyone's Gone to The Movies (3:45)
  66. Chain Lightning (3:00)
Collected
0000-00-00

Deacon Blues

  1. Deacon Blues (7:33)
  2. Home At Last (5:36)
Deacon Blues
1977

Deacon Blues

  1. Deacon Blues (7:33)
Gold
05 November 1991

Gold

  1. Hey Nineteen (5:06)
  2. Green Earrings (4:07)
  3. Deacon Blues (7:33)
  4. Chain Lightning (3:00)
  5. FM (5:07)
  6. Black Cow (5:09)
  7. King of The World (5:03)
  8. Babylon Sisters (5:52)
  9. Here At The Western World (4:02)
  10. Century's End (5:32)
  11. True Companion (5:10)
  12. Bodhisattva (5:17)
Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-1980
26 February 2001

Steely Dan
2000

The Definitive Collection
29 August 2006

The Very Best of Steely Dan
06 December 2008



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