"Here At The Western World" as written by and D. Fagen W. Becker....
Down at the Lido they welcome you
With sausage and beer,
Klaus and the Rooster have been there too,
But lately he spends his time here.

Hanging with the mayor and all his friends
And nobody cares,
Where the sailor shuts out the sunrise
Blacked out on the stairs

Knock twice, rap with your cane
Feels nice, you're out of the rain
We got your skinny girl
Here at the Western World

Ruthie will give you the silver key
To open the red door:
Lay down your Jackson and you will see
The sweetness you've been crying for

In the night you hide from the madman
You're longing to be
But it all comes out on the inside


In the night you hide from the madman
You're longing to be
But it all comes out on the inside


Lyrics submitted by AbFab, edited by BobJarvis

"Here at the Western World" as written by W. Becker D. Fagen

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  • +2
    My InterpretationIt's about drugs, people. Now, I was searching the Internet for some time (about 5 hours, I guess) and I will post some links so that you may judge for yourselves.

    1. Lido - it's a beach in Venice but also in New York. It looks like a common place to have fun (having sausage and beer). I think it's a metaphor of plain life and I guess the beach is just a symbol of that. New York - because they spent lots of time in New York and in San Francisco.

    2. "Klaus and the Rooster have been there too"
    Who is Klaus? Here: funtrivia.com/askft/…
    and here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    The Rooster - drug dealer - LA slang, here:

    3. "Hanging with the mayor and all his friends
    And nobody cares"
    Because they are all the same when they do drugs

    Now, I will not go into explanation of next couple of strophes in detail, yet I will give you some clues:

    knock twice = when somebody taps it's vein
    rap with your cane = cane it -> consuming excessive amounts of Alcohol and or drugs
    here: onlineslangdictionary.com/meaning-definition-of/…
    skinny girl = syringe
    Ruthie = wild, crazy girl
    here: chacha.com/question/…
    silver key = needle
    red door = vein
    Jackson = $20 bill (shot price)

    And, this is the link where you may find the best explanation of the song:

    If somebody has time and/or will, it would be nice to have us informed if something new is found about other verses. Or, someone may put together the whole story - I just threw some facts.

    (And, being that I am not native English speaker, I apologize if something in my writing is not understandable.)
    Merberedon December 24, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics "lately he spends his time here" suggests that this song isn't about the "Lido" anyway. It takes place in a place of prostitution, this is fairly obvious. However, there are some themes that are a bit more vague, but I'll take the first stab here. First off, the mayor and all his friends are here, but no one cares. No one questions the morality of the mayor of being in such a place. The part where it gets deep is the line "In the night you hide from the madman you're longin' to be. But it all comes out on the inside eventually." I believe it is a reference to the fact that many men don't like to face their more perverse sexual desires, but they will make themselves clear to yourself regardless. And you will be powerless of it. Not really suprising that this song doesn't have a whole lot of comments.... great song though.
    LucklessPedestrianon May 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe Lido Shipyard Sausage Company is a restaurant in Newport Beach, CA.

    I think Western World may be referring to the play "The Playboy of the Western World." It could be a loose metaphor for the Playboy mansion in LA, since for a while in the 70's there were two Playboy mansions, the original in Chicago and the one in L.A. called "Playboy Mansion West."

    It's hard to imagine Donald Fagen and Walter Becker not going to the Playboy mansion, being huge rock stars in the 1970s.
    salamander19on August 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk, this a wonderfully decadent song. It smells of smegma and damp bedsheets. Basically: "The Lido (wherever the heck that is, I'll let you jet-setters argue it out among yourselves–I don't give a rip) may have sausage and beer, and, yeah, it's a pretty cool hang out (some of our regulars have been there), but we got somethin' special here that they don't have, so they've been spending their free time here lately. Even the mayor and all his cronies are here because here nobody will give them up. We're all brothers in crime here, baby. This is where all the sailors go, they wear themselves out on shore leave here because they know this is where they get their money's worth! Welcome to scumbag paradise! And all it takes is two raps with your cane (a coital/phallic metaphor, obviously) to gain egress! It feels nice! 'Deed it do! That's what we're all about, Tex! We got what every swingin' dick wants: yo' skinny girl! She's the decadent obsession of the western world. Take Ruthie here: she'll take you up to the room with the red door and unlock the door to all your slimy dreams! All the sweetness you can imagine for just $20! One andy jackson is all it takes, here at the Western World! Every night you try to deny who you really are; what a waste! You know you want to be the animal, the madman, the beast! You gotta let the beast loose sooner or later, so why not sooner? It all cums out, either inside one of our sweet ruthies or inside your hand! So why not make it worthwhile instead of wanking in the dark all alone?" That's my take. Love this song; makes me want to take a shower! SD
    steelydeaconon September 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    MemoryMy Great Aunt Ruthie had a red back door. She gave me a silver skeleton key for it. We were very close. Like a second mother. She always gave me money, Jackson, to go to the drugstore to by a toy. Hide from the madman, your longing to be. I'm bipolar. Fantastic.!!!
    Rich252on November 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentApparently, a description of a place where expats indulge in decadence: food, drink, and sex. It's hard to pin down where: the original Lido is in Venice, but there's a vague sense of a Third World setting.
    rikdadon October 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard this song for the first time 3 years back. I was afraid to invest in the CD, because I didn't know if it was good or not. The song is an ode to a popular brothel....come on the mayor is even there.
    Reminds me of that episode of the Simpsons where they are trying to tear down the local brothel & Mayor Quimby is shown walking out with a grin on his face
    kamakiriadon February 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought "The Lido" it referred to the restaurant in ciudad Guadalajara, Mexico but forget why I was convinced of that.
    trocchion October 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song generalizes America. Its an advertisement to move here. We ve got everything you want all for a 20 especially young skinny girls. If you have money and influence hence the mayor reference, nobody will ever say a thing. Thats all it takes is money and everybody turns a blind eye here at the Western World (USA)
    Nels4r2on October 10, 2012   Link
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    General CommentRatfink is right. This is about Nazis hiding in post-WWII Argentina. Come on folks, listen to the lyrics - they're some of the Dan's few clear ones.
    heatherferon January 28, 2013   Link

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