"Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)" as written by Walter Carl Becker and Donald Jay Fagen....
A race of angels bound with one another
A dish of dollars laid out for all to see
A tower room at Eden Rock
His golf at noon for free

Brooklyn owes the charmer under me
Brooklyn owes the charmer under me

His lady's aching to bring a body down
She daily preaches on where she wants to be
An evening with a movie queen
A face we all have seen

Brooklyn owes the charmer under me
Brooklyn owes the charmer under me

A case of aces done up loose for dealing
A piece of island cooling in the sea
The whole of time we gain or lose
And power enough to choose

Brooklyn owes the charmer under me
Brooklyn owes the charmer under me

Yeah, Brooklyn owes the charmer under me
Brooklyn owes the charmer under me


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

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    General CommentMakes sense it's about their downstairs neightbors (of course, because it's what they said it's about lol.) But I get a more unfriendly meaning - calling the neighbor a "Charmer" I take as being sarcastic label for a jerk who thinks the world owes him something. The song is about a guy who thinks Brooklyn and the world owes him something. Fagen and Becker aren't wishing this guy good things - they're making fun of him.

    After all, does any amount of suffering really mean you deserve your golf for free?

    Classic Steely Dan humor. Love this song.
    WheelyDanon July 03, 2011   Link

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