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Gaslighting Abbie

by

Steely Dan



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This song is about an affair between a married man and his mistress, who are plotting a way to drive his wife insane. The term "Gaslighting" means to drive someone insane, and according to Walter Fagen and Donald Becker, it comes from the 1944 movie Gaslight, where a Victorian schizophrenic tries to drive his wife crazy using, among other methods, the gaslight.
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Comments (1):

This song is clearly about a flame, which is the a lucious invention for 3, making a tea and spiking with some dilaudin..some sort of narcotic...God the movie is a distant archaic term...all SD songs are about some dabbiling with self medications
- Edward, tucson, AZ
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