"I guess you kind of scared yourself. When a waitress wouldn't take him home, Jack wrote what would become one of the Eagles most enduring hits. But if you have a change of heart. ." I'm starting to really love Skunk Baxter's guitar playing. ― Rockist Scientist, Monday, 24 November 2003 03:55 (seventeen years ago) link, ― gaz (gaz), Monday, 24 November 2003 03:59 (seventeen years ago) link. Wasn't Riki Tiki Tavi a male .. weasel? Baxter, who joined the Doobie Brothers in 1975, later became a consultant in the audio industry and also leant his technical expertise to the defense industry. I didn't say that "Rikki" is in the least "fluffy", just that it's not about drugs or anything grimier than a slightly creepy ex, and that it doesn't have to be to claim its place as a top shelf SD lyric. Could be male or female. Especially the intro and the delivery of the "stay inside and play games" line. In any case, I absolutely love the song. I guess this is another way of saying lyrics can sometimes be irrelevant to my listening enjoyment. The theory being if anyone ever challenged your intellectual claim to that song you would have the evidence. "You tell yourself you're not my kind" takes on a lot of irony. ― jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 24 November 2003 20:46 (seventeen years ago) link. why? she was, i think, the child of a professor living on the campus of the university attended by members of the band. I was gonna point out that Rikki could totally be a girl's name but too late. "- Don, Gladwin, MI, ― Mormons come out of the sky and they stand there (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 23:56 (ten years ago) link. T (President Keyes), lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre). Fagan seems like the type of guy who would totally bullshit an interviewer. It's the only one you own You might use it if you feel better When you get home. ― Drastic times require what? I guess its probably about that real person they went to college with, whutever.. its just the way the lyrics are written, and without any specific genders ever mentioned or implied I always interpreted it as a gay/coming out/drug scene stuff song. His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. In the 1999 Destiny's Child song "Bug A Boo," they complain about a guy who bugs them on MCI, AOL, and their pagers. "And here's Fagen's conception of "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," the single from "Pretzel Logic": "That's a very simple love song to a young lady. None of it's exactly fluffy. The Sam & Dave classic "Soul Man" was re-recorded by Sam Moore and Lou Reed for the 1986 movie Soul Man, about a white guy who pretends to be black so he can get a scholarship to Harvard. I don't know And you could have a change of heart Rikki don't lose that number. Steely Dan: 10 Essential Songs In honor of the late Walter Becker, we look back at some of the sly jazz-rockers’ best These are NOT intentional rephrasing of lyrics, which is called parody.This page contains all the misheard lyrics for Rikki Don't Lose That Number that have been submitted to this site and the old collection from inthe80s started … . Rikki don't lose that number It's the only one you own You might use it if you feel better When you get home I have a friend in town, he's heard your name We can go out driving on Slow Hand Row We could stay inside and play games, I don't know And you could have a change of heart Rikki don't lose that number You don't want to call nobody else ― Mark G, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 08:16 (ten years ago) link, ― skip, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:33 AM (10 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink, ― Mark G, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:16 AM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink. and i'm not sure if i could find that interview, it might be in an actually paper document or something. Steely Dan has always taken Bard College (not a university)/Dutchess County references and twisted them around to fit into songs. ― Mormons come out of the sky and they stand there (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 00:49 (ten years ago) link. RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER. My favorite fictional mongoose. Rikki don't lose that number; You don't wanna call nobody else. ― Mark F (mflaum), Monday, 24 November 2003 21:47 (seventeen years ago) link. sorry, I just think, especially from that recent SD-love thread, that people (here at least) grossly overestimate the black humor element in their lyrics. I often hear a line or two in a song and form an impression of the general subject matter. However, I generally don't really know 'what a song is about. I read a Fagen interview years ago where he said that Rikki was Eric Clapton and the "number" was Clapton's and Becker's dealer. Rikki Don't Lose That Number" appropriates the bass pattern from Horace Silver's 1965 song "Song for My Father", while "Parker's Band" features Charlie Parker–influenced riffs and a lyric that invites listeners to "take a piece of Mr. Parker's band." Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby.". Baxter's guitar playing drew on jazz and rock and roll influences. John Mahoney sings part of this song in the movie, Steely Dan used elements of jazz in pop songs, More songs with girls' names in the title, More songs with marimbas or other mallet instruments. 10, 1981). We hear you're leaving, that's okay I thought our little wild time had just begun I guess you kind of scared yourself, you turn and run But if you have a change of heart Rikki don't lose that number You don't want to call nobody else Send it off in a letter to yourself Rikki don't lose that number It's the only one you own You might use it if you feel better When you get home I have a friend in town… I never considered the gay angle, though that makes sense. My theory, which I've proposed elsewhere: there's a connection, maybe subconscious, to Nixon. RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER - Steely Dan [RUN] e|-----| B|-----3-----| G|-----1-2---1-2---| D|---1-----2-| A|-2-----| E|-----| [Verse 1] E D A He also talked about Chase the Dragon being a smack song. Send it off in a letter to yourself. ), Yeah, I always assumed was about a guy who was only just beginning to come out of the closet in his mind...though now I'm sort of amazed that I just. You might use it if you feel better, When you get home. It didn't used to be that way though. ― dave225 (Dave225), Monday, 24 November 2003 14:16 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 24 November 2003 14:31 (seventeen years ago) link, ― dave225 (Dave225), Monday, 24 November 2003 14:36 (seventeen years ago) link, ― amateur!st (amateurist), Monday, 24 November 2003 14:52 (seventeen years ago) link. We hear you're leaving, that's OK I thought our little wild time had just begun I guess you kind of scared yourself, you turn and run But if you have a change of heart. it's there, but it's not omnipresent. What, this song isn't about Rickie Lee Jones? It's a good example of how, This is Steely Dan's highest charting single, reaching #4 on the Hot 100 in 1974. He is in a dominate position and can easily manipulate her. I thought our little wild time had just begun. I'm gay and like searching for gay subtexts in pop songs but never got that from this track at all. 2 Questions- when was that live version from & does anybody know if Horace Silver ever commented on the tune? ‘You might feel better when you come home’ Come home to your signature vibration. See if you can spot the real ones. If you can recall the days when MTV played videos, you know that there are lots of stories to tell. Well, Tom Robinson spells out the 'gay subtext' nicely by interpolating the following lines (from 'Any Major Dude Will Tell You') into his cover version: I can tell you all I know, the where to go, the what to doYou can try to run but you can't hide from what's inside of you'. .. and you could have a change of ARSE!!! It was the most successful single of the group's career, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in … The Spacehog song "In The Meantime" samples an obscure recording of telephone noise, which is used at the beginning of the song. Not that that is a bad thing. You don't wanna call nobody else Send it off in a letter to yourself Rikki don't lose that number. Write a song, seal it in a letter, and send it to yourself. Rikki was a real person and Barrytown is a real place and there once was a Gamma Chi (but not "way back when in '67") tho I have little doubt that the songs are actually. Go to your CD collection and get out, Speaking on the subject of playing their hit songs in concert, Donald Fagen told. Favorite Answer The notion that the "number" Rikki shouldn't lose is a joint is also suggested by the next line, "Mail it in a letter to yourself", which was, supposedly (I wouldn't know) a way … http://www.bigozine7.com/MP3/SDlondon/SDlondon106.mp3, http://www.insidesocal.com/outinhollywood/ricki-lake2.jpg, http://www.bombsite.com/images85/ducornet2.jpg, http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3204, Mormons come out of the sky and they stand there (Abbbottt), kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Fruitless and Pansy Free (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Zeppelin to Howlin Wolf: "Suck It" (Bill Magill), Ride decided to give birth to a giant poop log & disguise it as a CD (jamescobo), Drastic times require what? Yeah, but it also sounds (as do many SD lyrics) like a rich older guy trying to talk a virgin into giving him head. Although the introduction, played by British jazz musician Victor Feldman, was cut from the original ABC single version, the MCA single reissue restored the flapamba intro but fades out just before the actual end of the track. I may like those lines a lot, and they may have meaning to me. Bob Seger's "Beautiful Loser" was inspired by a book written by Leonard Cohen called Beautiful Losers. I remember Tom Robinson doing a cover version, that was probably why. because if they did thier useless copyright lawyers would be out of a great deal of money. Money talks BS walks in America baby, if you ever in front of a judge better put up or shut up. Exactly what is it that those girls chant incessantly? ― Green Manalishi (Viceroy), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 00:26 (ten years ago) link, ― Green Manalishi (Viceroy), Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:26 AM (16 minutes ago) Bookmark. because if they did thier useless copyright lawyers would be out of a great deal of money. Wasn't that guy who used to host Headbanger's Ball on MTV named Rikki Rachman? And you could have a change of heart. "And what about "Show Biz Kids" from "Countdown To Ecstasy." I'm talking out of my ass... ― Debito (Debito), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:12 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Credito, Monday, 24 November 2003 05:34 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:41 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Al (sitcom), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:49 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:51 (seventeen years ago) link, ― jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:56 (seventeen years ago) link, ― gusbot (eternal_fields), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:57 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Debito (Debito), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:58 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Al (sitcom), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:58 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Al (sitcom), Monday, 24 November 2003 06:02 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Al (sitcom), Monday, 24 November 2003 06:03 (seventeen years ago) link. I'm actually not crazy about the line "Send it off in a letter to yourself" - I mean it sound really cool, especially the way they sing it, but the idea is actually a bit forced. Rikki don't lose that number; It's the only one you own. It never, ever occurred to me that a man would spell his name "Rikki". Rikki-Tikki-Tavi! Here you find a guy, a rather rich gentleman living in a resort, and he somehow manages to capture this young lady. You don't wanna call nobody else. Rikki, don't lose that number You don't wanna call nobody else Send it off in a letter to yourself Rikki, don't lose that number It's the only one you own You might use it if you feel better When you get home [break] You tell yourself you're not my kind But you don't even know your mind And you could have a change of heart Rikki, don't lose that number You don't wanna call nobody else Anyone have the skinny? Rikki, don't lose that number It's the only one you own You might use it if you feel better When you get home You tell yourself you're not my kind But you don't even know your mind But if you have a change of heart Rikki, don't lose that number You don't wanna call nobody else Send it off in a letter to yourself Rikki, don't lose that number It's the only one you own You might use it if you feel better ― Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 November 2003 14:56 (seventeen years ago) link, it's totally about picking up a transgendered hooker and getting a hand job in the back of his car, ― JaXoN (JasonD), Monday, 24 November 2003 20:43 (seventeen years ago) link. No, there's also social critique and debauchery and despair. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number “It wasn’t written for Rickie Lee Jones. I heard this song on the radio last night and liked it. It never, ever occurred to me that a man would spell his name "Rikki" at the time this song came out. If your gaydar is not flashing, beeping, or vibrating, you should probably have the nozzle checked. Anyway I am now mentally combining "Rikki, Don't Lose That Number" with "Billy, Don't Lose My Number" and hating all of you heartily as a result. It’s the only one you got!!! Money talks BS walks in America baby, if you ever in front of a judge better put up or shut up. I don't think the "poor man's copyright" method holds up in court. Famous songs that lent their titles - and in some cases storylines - to movies. [Intro] [Verse 1] We hear you're leaving, that's okay. does every SD song have to have some juicy inner demon? The B-side was ", Frank Zappa fans of course have a different context for this song. I always thought it was a rather erotic, decadent sort of thing. Except "letter" is so much more poetic. Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. CHORUS: Rikki don't lose that number. And it was on Billboard's Top 100 the week Nixon resigned. Misheard lyrics (also called mondegreens) occur when people misunderstand the lyrics in a song. Sting wrote "Fields of Gold" after buying a house near a barley field and enjoying the majestic sunsets. why? ― Olde Executioner 8hundo (Eazy), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 21:03 (ten years ago) link, ― incarcerated moonfaces (how's life), Thursday, 23 August 2018 12:51 (two years ago) link, ― droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 23 August 2018 12:56 (two years ago) link, ― mark s, Thursday, 23 August 2018 13:26 (two years ago) link, ― lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 23 August 2018 13:38 (two years ago) link. I remember hearing something about it being on sole ol' gay shit, but I'm not picking up on it. Bruce Sprinsteen said "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" was "the best love song I ever wrote.". Chordie does not index songs against artists'/composers' will. I think it's funny how I've accepted this folklore about it being about a gay fling of some sort. No I mean before the piano kicks in there's this dull, faint marimba thing. What guys are named Rikki? I always assumed Rikki was a woman. Dan, just imagine Milli Vanilli singing both songs in a round! About Rikki Don't Lose That Number "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" is a single released in 1974 by rock/jazz rock group Steely Dan and the opening track of their third album Pretzel Logic. Ricky don't lose that number It's the only one you'll want You might use it if you feel better When you get home (Home home, when you get home) I can tell you all I know The where to go, the what to do And you can try to run but you can't hide From what's inside of you You tell yourself you're not my kind But you don't even know your mind And you could have a change of heart Ricky don't lose that number Though the gay interpretation is very intriguing. I really don't care very much about lyrics. From an article about/interview with Fagen in. Like, it's a kind of joke in the United States to call Las Vegas 'Lost Wages' 'cause it's a gambling centre. “It’s the only one you got” ... your signature vibration! Rikki Don’t Lose That Number Lyrics. ), My pot dealer was gay, so that proves it. Fagen & Becker are missing the gravy train by not putting out live albums from that era. I think the line is actually "you don't even know you're mind", which is a bit less stalkerish. "We hear you're leaving, that's OKI thought our little wild time had just begunI guess you kind of scared yourself, you turn and runBut if you have a change of heart...". But you don't even know your mind. rikki ducornet, mentioned above, has talked about this in an interview somewhere. You mean Time Out of Mind? That is the reality of american justice people, follow the money and you'll learn the truth. This song is about the wave of Puerto Ricans (Saint John = San Juan) who immigrated to NYC to escape poverty on their own island because they've heard all the stories about the streets here figuratively being paved with gold. I digress the song was ridiculing another band. Drastic measures! Lots of life lessons in these Eagles lyrics - can you match them to the correct song? I saw it as a simple song from a man to a woman, too. Rikki don't lose that number You don't wanna call nobody else Send it off in a letter to yourself Rikki don't lose that number It's the only one you own You might use it if you feel better When you get home I have a friend in town, he's heard your name We can go out driving on Slow Hand Row We could stay inside and play games, I don't know the house that Rikki lived in is still there on Annandale Road. I think pretty much any interpretation goes well with John Mahoney singing along with it in "Say Anything". A monthly update on our latest interviews, stories and added songs, The keyboard riff was taken from "Song For My Father," which was released in 1964 by the jazz composer and pianist Horace Silver. ― Fruitless and Pansy Free (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:53 (ten years ago) link, It never, ever occurred to me that a man would spell his name "Rikki".― Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, November 24, 2003 9:31 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink, ― Zeppelin to Howlin Wolf: "Suck It" (Bill Magill), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 13:49 (ten years ago) link, http://img.hotmoviesale.com/dvds/LGE-D17066D/1/Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.jpg, ― Shock and Awe High School (Phil D.), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 13:52 (ten years ago) link, http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2008/03/29/rikki_rockett_narrowweb__300x401,0.jpg, ― Ride decided to give birth to a giant poop log & disguise it as a CD (jamescobo), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:14 (ten years ago) link, http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jQ7O2uD4L._SL500_AA300_.jpg, ― Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:25 (ten years ago) link. I was going to say as much, too, Dan, but then I remember Mr. Rachtman. Danbunny, thanks for that! 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