"Throw Back The Little Ones" as written by Walter Carl Becker and Donald Jay Fagen....
Lost in the Barrio I walk like an Injun
So Carlo won't suspect something's wrong here
I dance in place
And paint my face
And act like I belong here

[Chorus]
Throw back the little ones
And pan-fry the big ones
Use tact, poise and reason
And gently squeeze them

Hot licks and rhetoric
Don't count much for nothing
Be glad if you can use what you borrow
So I pawn my crown
For a ride uptown
And buy it back tomorrow

[Chorus]

Done like a matador I pray for the weekend
And hope the little girls still throw roses
Else I'll change my bait
And move upstate
Before the season closes

[Chorus]


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"Throw Back the Little Ones" as written by Walter Carl Becker, Donald Jay Fagen

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    General CommentTo me this song is about an uptown, successful person who goes into the hood to score drugs, heroin in particular. He changes into his street gear and probably adds some swagger to his step to blend in. The chorus involving throwing back the little ones, or bags, and pan frying(in the spoon) the big ones make me think it's not about women. Also the line in which he pawns his crown for a ride uptown i take to mean he hawks his rolex or something for the quick fix knowing he can always come back and buy it later.
    nickysankson September 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about fishing and about a fisher who would like to get the best fish out there.
    Warren67on December 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDonald Fagen singing about fish! I don't think so. This song is about a Gang lord losing his respect. 'Barrio' is a hispanic term for the hood.
    kamakiriadon February 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about fishing - but about fishing as a metaphor for either picking up women (who are the "fish") or running some sort of con (in which case the singers victims are the "fish"). Both interpretations work to some degree (though "throw back" and "pan fry" sound more like what you'd do to a con victim). Anyway the singer goes into some neighborhood where he doesn't belong to try his exploits.
    austinbarryon January 11, 2009   Link
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    General Commentit's about going to town and picking up girls....
    KUUMBAon April 12, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI always thought the bridge at 1:54 had a very Zappa-esque harmony to it. Like something from Hot Rats.
    mumajoron July 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's about an under cover cop, who is looking for dealers in the bario "hood"

    Lost in the Barrio I walk like an Injun
    So Carlo won't suspect something's wrong here
    I dance in place
    And paint my face
    And act like I belong here

    he's not worried about the junkies, because they are little fish.

    Throw back the little ones
    And pan-fry the big ones
    Use tact, poise and reason
    And gently squeeze them(for info)
    BoomhauerDanon July 19, 2014   Link

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