Any Major Dude Will Tell You

Album: Pretzel Logic (1974)
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  • 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 LA, 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: 7

  • Mark from Alameda CaIve been digging deep in the SD catalog lately and have been checking out the lyrics fully probably for the first time.
    Very poetic stuff; wonderful short stories and their world view is there for all to see if you look close enough.
    I've noticed their song titles rarely are "on the nose". You need to dig in to find the gold. This is a favorite: When the demon is at your door, in the morning it won't be there no more: Any major dude will tell you."
  • John from Fairfield The song tells me don’t give up no matter how difficult things may seem at any given time in your life. Very inspirational. Sometimes we all need a major dude.
  • Eb from Fl Keys, FlI agree with Rick!
  • Gary from Chandler, Az"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!
  • Rick from Plainwell,mich, MiConsidering The Dan's cynical and sardonic sense of humor,this song would appear to be an abberation--but I love it regardless
  • Jena from Leavenworth, KsI 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!
  • Chuck from Houston, TxOne of the groups underrated songs, love the acoustic rifs throughout the song that gives it it's personality
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