This track finds Donald Fagen singing of persevering after failed love. He told Rolling Stone
: "'I'm Not the Same Without You' is a gloss on those anthemic tunes in which the singer tells a story about how she's going to make it through a recent breakup and bravely carry on. I say 'she' because I'm thinking of songs like Gloria Gaynor's 'I Will Survive
' or 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin'
by Nancy Sinatra."
Fagen added: "In 'I'm Not the Same Without You,' the narrator not only survives but rapidly evolves into something a bit more than human – at least in his own mind."