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Any Major Dude Will Tell You by Steely Dan

Album: Pretzel LogicReleased: 1974
  • Released as the B-side to "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," this fairly obscure song has become a crowd favorite. In an interview with Rolling Stone during Steely Dan's 2009 tour, Donald Fagen talked about this song: "When we moved out to L.A., people called each other 'dude,' which we found funny. We were trying to speak their language."
  • Regarding the lyrics, "Have you ever seen a Squonk's tears," a Squonk is a mythical woodland creature who has the ability to dissolve in its own tears. Steely Dan came across the word in a book by Jorge Luis Borges. Genesis also makes mention of this animal in their song "Squonk," from their 1976 album A Trick of the Tail.
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Comments: 5

I agree with Rick!Eb - Fl Keys, Fl
"any minor world that breaks apart falls together again"
Seems to indicate time heals all wounds or when one door closes another opens. Very hopeful. I love it!
Gary - Chandler, Az
Considering The Dan's cynical and sardonic sense of humor,this song would appear to be an abberation--but I love it regardlessRick - Plainwell,mich, Mi
I just heard this song for the first time the other day. As I have been with many other Steely Dan songs, I am blown away by the depth and genius of their timeless music. It is the best!Jena - Leavenworth, Ks
One of the groups underrated songs, love the acoustic rifs throughout the song that gives it it's personalityChuck - Houston, Tx