"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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    Song Meaning"And catch all the grey men as they dive from the fourteenth floor."

    The 14th floor is actually the 13th; the owners usually skip 13 for the obvious reason. This is just another example of the subtle cleverness found in most every Steely Dan song.

    As for who the protagonist is, a stock broker or Satan, both interpretations are appropriate, although the Stock Market Crash is the more obvious and implied meaning. However, the devilish one also fits, lending the song a more frightening effect.......
    Goatllamaon August 05, 2009   Link

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