"Josie" as written by Walter Carl Becker and Donald Jay Fagen....
We're gonna break out the hats and hooters
When Josie comes home
We're gonna rev up the motor scooters
When Josie comes home to stay
We're gonna park in the street

Sleep om the beach and make it
Throw down the jam till the girls say when
Lay down the law and break it
When Josie comes home

When Josie comes home
So good
She's the pride of the neighborhood
She's the raw flame
The live wire
She prays like a Roman
With her eyes on fire

Jo would you love to scrapple
She'll never say no
Shine up the battle apple
We'll shake 'em all down tonight
We're gonna mix in the street

Strike at the stroke of midnight
Dance on the bones till the girls say when
Pick up what's left by daylight
When Josie comes home

When Josie comes home
So bad
She's the best friend we ever had
She's the raw flame
The live wire
She prays like a Roman
With her eyes on fire

Lyrics submitted by AbFab, edited by GeoJoe1000, garrettw

"Josie" as written by Walter Carl Becker Donald Jay Fagen

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    General CommentThis song always makes me laugh, and I'm not sure why. :>)

    Josie seems to be the local "go-to girl" for fun--the gal you go to for, among other various illicit acts, sex. I don't think Josie is actually Catholic, but she's so fervent and wild and generally intense that she may act like a pious Roman Catholic deep in prayer. She sounds like a capricious young lady, which is why she is at both once your best friend and your worst enemy.

    I heard one person speculating that Josie is a wild child sent away to a convent, or some such thing, for "reform," and though she continues to live a wild life when she comes home during the summer or whatever, part of her is guilty, and so she prays fervently even as she sleeps with every guy in town, loiters around the town center at midnight, whatever. This theory definitely has its merits, and its irony would certainly make it trademark 'Dan.
    WritingIsMyReligionon August 31, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"prays like a roman" - I think this is a reference to the debauchery of Rome: having orgies to worship the gods. Perhaps Josie is the sexual 'shaman' for the neighborhood, and yes, her parents sent her away to become 'so good'.... but not long after she's back home, and the orgies pick up again, she's back to being 'so bad'.... 8-)
    rainwalkon March 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJosie's homecoming takes on a far more sinister meaning in the second verse. While the first verse describes the revelry of someone's homecoming (from school, from jail??), and carefree activities such as having sex on the beach, very different and violent activities are proposed in the second verse.

    More like street thugs going out to look for trouble, or more specifically, for some heads to bash in. The "battle apple" refers to a mace, and their plans to "shake 'em all down," "mix in the street," and "dance on the bones" indicate their intent to seek out people to attack. Rival gangs or just innocent people who walk by at the wrong time--who knows?

    In any case, Josie sounds like she is anything but the "pride of the neighborhood."
    GaslitAbbieon October 07, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIts insane how in nearly all SD songs the key words of choice imply multiple meanings on an almost triple entendre scale !
    Thats why im not to hasty to give an interpretation, because I lose myself midway...If there is one thing I can say, these guys have certainly built a brilliantly bizzare mystique about themselves !
    EN1GMAon August 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just did.

    And we're all so proud of Josie coming home...
    GreyBlueEyeson August 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with the sexual innuendo of the song. "She prays like a Roman with her eyes on fire" may be a simple reference to screaming "Oh God" or something similar during sex.

    Such a catchy tune. This is one of those that sticks with you for awhile after you here it.
    harveymushmanon July 03, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think 'She prays like a Roman with her eyes on fire' might refer to a sexual act Josie performs. Think of Madonna's 'Like a Prayer' being down on her knees etc. Anyway I love that line and it's such a great upbeat track to finish the album. I remember going all tingly when I heard it the first time.
    petfoxyon December 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlmao, i typed my name in to song titles and this is one of the songs i got!! it must be good though! first post woo hoo. i wonder if anyone will ever come to this and read this...
    *JoSIe*on June 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentaww, wow, this is great, 3 comments!!! well, 4 now.....
    oh your great "GreyBlueEyes " haha :D

    I am going to download this, is looks cute!! Be back soon with a real comment haha ( if i remember!)
    *JoSIe*on October 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIts like the hardest song to download!! i didnt get it : (
    *JoSIe*on October 22, 2006   Link

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