"Black Friday" as written by Walter Carl Becker and Donald Jay Fagen....
When Black Friday comes
I stand down by the door
And catch the grey men when they
Dive from the fourteenth floor

When Black Friday comes
I collect everything I'm owed
And before my friends find out
I'll be on the road

When Black Friday falls you know it's got to be
Don't let it fall on me

When Black Friday comes
I fly down to Muswellbrook
Gonna strike all the big red words
From my little black book

Gonna do just what I please
Gonna wear no socks and shoes
With nothing to do but feed
All the kangaroos

When Black Friday comes I'll be on that hill
You know I will

When Black Friday comes
I'm gonna dig myself a hole
Gonna lay down in it 'til
I satisfy my soul

Gonna let the world pass by me
The Archbishop's gonna sanctify me
And if he don't come across
I'm gonna let it roll

When Black Friday comes
I'm gonna stake my claim
I guess I'll change my name


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"Black Friday" as written by Walter Carl Becker Donald Jay Fagen

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    General CommentI think this is more about the next "Black Friday" that starts the next depression. He's jumping out as soon as possible. The men diving from the fourteenth floor are the next wave of men to commit suicide in the Great Depression fashion.

    He's going to collect up all the money he can and get out, before his friends - and the police - learn about it. He isn't going to suffer like everyone else.

    Muswellbrook is a small town in Australia. He is going to escape to there and, having destroyed the records (the red numbers being financial losses), live a life of leisure. He will have jumped ship and live outside the world of worry.

    He closes by saying that he may have to be creative to evade the authorities, but he'll do it.
    alasdairforreston February 24, 2006   Link

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