My coat is black and the moon is yellow
Here is where I get off
As you can see for yourself old girl in the Green Book

I tango down to the smoky lobby
My eyes adjust to the light
The new cashier looks like Jill St. John
Can that be right?

I'm rolling into the bar at Joey's
They're getting ready to close
Here she comes very Kiss Me Deadly
My life, my love, my third hand rose

Flash ahead to a yummy playback
Just you and me in a room
Double dreaming a page at a time in the Green Book

The torso rocks and the eyes are keepers
Now where'd we sample those legs?
I'm thinking Marilyn 4.0 in the
Green Book

I like the neon I love the music
Anachronistic but nice
The seamless segue from fun to fever
It's a sweet device

I'm so in love with this dirty city
This crazy grid of desire
The festive icons along the way
The boardwalk, the lovers, the house on fire

She's kind of cute but a little younger
She's got the mood and the moves
It's kinda scary to dig yourself in the Green Book


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    Song MeaningThis whole song is a cryptic shoutout to the Steely Dan fans who had two active internet forums at the time it was written. One was the "blue book" ( dandom.com/bluebook/ ) the other was referred to colloquially as the "yellow book" ( banyantrees.net/ ) (fwiw, it's no longer yellow). So "Green Book" is a mash-up of yellow and blue! "The new cashier looks like Jill St. John" refers to St. Alphonso, forum moderator at the yellow book. Lots of the other lyric elements are like that...and guess whose music is being referred to as "anachronstic but nice"? :-)
    gorilla801on June 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about some sort of place or item (Green Book) where you can create your own fantasy. Kind of like in "Total Recall", you can choose where, her torse, eyes, legs... the "Marilyn 4.0" makes it seem like technology, one of the original fantasys or the 4th version to look like Marylin Monroe... "double dreaming a page at a time" maybe doing a little too much.

    Looks like the narrator wanted his girl to have Maryln Monroe's legs. There's a lot of recording studio references here, like playbacks, samplings, keepers... etc...
    b4nton January 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI am very confused about this book, and i cannot make it fit entirely with the "green books" in real life (perhaps the cd-thing?). But nevertheless, this is one smooooooooth song.
    mik91on April 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI meant "song", not book. Too much thinking messes up the system.
    mik91on April 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe green book is a New York city directory of sorts. here is a link to explain better than I can:) nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/features/…
    steely99matton July 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe Green Book was also a state-by-state travel guide for African-American motorists, published from 1936 to 1966. I don't know if this song has anything to do with it (it would be a stretch), but here's a good article (and accompanying podcast) about the Green Book travel guide: 99percentinvisible.org/episode/the-green-book/
    glennbphotoon February 29, 2016   Link

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