"Everyone's Gone to the Movies" as written by Walter Carl Becker and Donald Jay Fagen....
Kids if you want some fun
Mr. LaPage is your man
He's always laughing, having fun
Showing his films in the den
Come on, come on
Soon you will be eighteen
I think you know what I mean
Don't tell your mama
Your daddy or mama
They'll never know where you been

[Chorus]
Everyone's gone to the movies
Now we're alone at last

Listen to what I say
He wants to show you the way
Right down the hallway with open arms
To teach you a new game to play
Come on, come on
Soon it will be too late
Bobbing for apples can wait
We know you're used to sixteen or more
Sorry we only have eight

[Chorus]

Kids if you want some fun
See what you never have seen
Take off your cheaters and sit right down
Start the projection machine

[Chorus]


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"Everyone's Gone to the Movies" as written by Walter Carl Becker Donald Jay Fagen

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    General CommentIt's about a dirty old man that would have kids over to watch dirty movies, so he could show them how to masturbate and/or have sex.
    16/8 is a reference to the size of the film. At time 16mm film was new and big, and the theaters played 16mm films. But most home movies (and underground porn/snuff/kiddieporn) were on 8mm.

    Also, that last verse says "Take off your chinos and set right down". Chinos are pants.
    rainwalkon March 21, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me, this is one of the creepiest songs ever written. Not just for the subject matter, which is obviously a mass child molester doing his business, but for the pairing of this with seemingly light-hearted music. I'm always fascinated by songs that do that: mix lyrics with a music style that does not seem to match.
    Nightvoiceon December 19, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNope it's "cheaters" - got it from lyrics posted at the Steely Dan official site - steelydan.com/…

    Fagen and Becker once said in an interview that its about sniffing glue... but then again we know how cagey the guys can be with interviewers.
    rallen1ston August 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNow this song is about a pervert! God love the sickies!
    law2468on February 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, this song does give off a lot of pervy vibes. God bless Becker and Fagen!
    snarkout21on June 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWait, the last verse is missing from the lyrics posted:

    "Kids if you want some fun
    See what you never have seen
    Take off your cheaters and sit right down
    Start the projection machine
    CHORUS"
    snarkout21on June 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs near as i can tell, its about smokin dope. and im pretty sure its soon you will be a teen. I, myself, hate it when people say songs are just about drugs, but i think this one is kinda cool like that.
    AliceInWonderlandon September 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds to me like it's about child molestation.
    satelliteon December 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about pedophilia and Mr. LaPage is the purveyor of illicit young sex acts through pornographic movies and other wonderful recreational activities.

    Sickos, indeed. But it's all tongue-in-cheek.

    Can't believe they actually recorded a clean-sounding demo of this that was less smarmy than what they eventually released. I mean, what for?
    GreyBlueEyeson August 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Bobbing for apples can wait
    We know you're used to sixteen or more
    Sorry we only have eight"

    What does this mean exactly??

    I used to quote SD lyrics to a co-worker and this was one of our favorites. I'd say "everyone's gone to the movies" and she'd say back "now we're alone at last"
    Duh
    makebusy7on January 26, 2007   Link

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