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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.