Cousin Dupree

Album: Two Against Nature (2000)
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  • Well I've kicked around a lot since high school
    I've worked a lot of nowhere gigs
    From keyboard man in a rock'n ska band
    To haulin' boss crude in the big rigs
    Now I've come back home to plan my next move
    From the comfort of my Aunt Faye's couch
    When I see my little cousin Janine walk in
    All I could say was ow-ow-ouch

    Honey how you've grown
    Like a rose
    Well we used to play
    When we were three
    How about a kiss for your cousin Dupree

    She turned my life into a living hell
    In those little tops and tight capris
    I pretended to be readin' the National Probe
    As I was watchin' her wax her skis
    On Saturday night she walked in with her date
    And backs him up against the wall
    I tumbled off the couch and heard myself sing
    In a voice I never knew I had before


    I'll teach you everything I know
    If you teach me how to do that dance
    Life is short and quid pro quo
    And what's so strange about a down-home family romance?

    One night we're playin' gin by a cracklin' fire
    And I decided to make my play
    I said babe with my boyish charm and good looks
    How can you stand it for one more day
    She said maybe its the skeevy look in your eyes
    Or that your mind has turned to applesauce
    The dreary architecture of your soul
    I said - but what is it exactly turns you off?

    Publisher: O/B/O CAPASSO, Wixen Music Publishing
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 13

  • Joe from WexfordEveryone saying “it’s not about incest!” has either committed or wants to commit incest.
  • Joe from UsaThis is not about incest between cousins, but having those kind of feelings for a cousin.
  • Robin Gaines from Bordentown NjI absolutely love Steely Dan! First song I fell in love with was, Peg;, I was in the 8th grade in 1977. And I've been in love with them ever since!!!! Great group of Talented Musicians!!!
  • Ian from Wichita, Ksit is legal to have an affair with Franklin Roosevelt! You heard it first... on SongFacts!!
  • Kathy from ChicahoCousin Dupree. I'd like to extrapolate that this song is a toungue and cheek response to Frank Zappa's Dupree's Paradise. Mr. Zappa, while performing this piece, deadpans a couple of SD's lyrics from Rikki Don't Lose That Number. I believe Cousin Dupree is an SD sardonic response to this moment Zappa sarcasim.
  • Robert from Chicago , IlNot really incest because anything beyond 3rd cousins is legal such as Franklin Roosevelt.
  • Don from Burlington, Mai was hot for my cousin once...
  • Paul from Seattle, WaAll topics have been used up in songs. What a spin on a love tune.
  • Shannon from Nashville , TnHi, Joni-

    Listen to the lyrics a little more closely. Quid pro quo...... what's so strange about a down home family romance? Fagen and Becker were interviewed about this song shortly before the CD reached the shelves, and they laughed through their explanation of blasting southern mores with this unforking tree of a song. However, in a show of good rearing, Cousin Janine does not take the bait because the architecture of his dreary soul turns her off.... she's been readin' some mighty fancy literature to observe in such language! ;)
  • Tim from Denver, CoSound to me like a follow-up to "Everyone's Gone to the Movies..."
  • Persephone from Indianapolis, InWhen Owen Wilson's movie "You, Me, and Dupree" came out, Steely Dan fans had a fit, claiming it was about this song. Owen Wilson commented back about "it's not about the song and I really like Steely Dan. I have to go make my next movie, Hey Nineteen."
  • Koze from Chennai, IndiaWell, in the song, the incest never actually happens... Cousin Dupree just seems to have a thing for Cousin Janine, but it doesn't work the other way round.
  • Joni from New York, NyWow. I never realized...incest. Ew.
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