"Doctor Wu" as written by Walter Carl Becker and Donald Jay Fagen....
Katy tried
I was halfway crucified
I was on the other side
Of no tomorrow
You walked in
And my life began again
Just when I'd spent the last piaster
I could borrow
All night long
We would sing that stupid song
And every word we sang
I knew was true
Are you with me Doctor Wu
Are you really just a shadow
Of the man that I once knew
Are you crazy are you high
Or just an ordinary guy
Have you done all you can do
Are you with me Doctor

Don't seem right
I've been strung out here all night
I've been waiting for the taste
You said you'd bring to me
Biscayne Bay
Where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day
I went searching for the song
You used to sing to me
Katy lies
You could see it in her eyes
But imagine my surprise
When I saw you

Are you with me Doctor Wu
Are you really just a shadow
Of the man that I once knew
She is lovely yes she's sly
And you're an ordinary guy
Has she finally got to you
Can you hear me Doctor


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"Doctor Wu" as written by Walter Carl Becker Donald Jay Fagen

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    General CommentOld drug buddy fails to come through; a woman is involved, or it's another goddamned metaphor.
    TedPikulon June 30, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI don't think there is very much to interpret here -- strung out and hanging on until that next fix... My best friend growing up had a theory that Steely Dan never toured because they feared running out of and not having access to the China White while out on the road.
    DueReflectionon January 23, 2015   Link
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    General CommentDr Wu, was one of Fagan and Beckers doctors for drug addiction and rehabilitation. Fact. It seems the good doctor was quite the hypocrite with his own addictions.
    Kopfjageron July 28, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's about a guy trying to get in touch with his drug dealer. The narrator mentions that "Katy tried, I was halfway crucified." Katy, in this case, is a drug that almost killed him (most likely heroin.) Dr. Wu is the nickname of the the narrator's dealer, but at the time of the song, Dr. Wu is having a crisis of conscience and is refusing to sell the guy any more smack for fear it will kill him, while the guy pleads with him.
    adaminoacids32on August 18, 2017   Link

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