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    General CommentMaybe the song is about a divorce, but the line "But sometimes in the corner of my eye
    I see that adorable ghost" makes me think that his wife died. Both are plausible...
    Dudelike89on March 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSince no one has commented on this song, I will offer mine up to the group. I interpret this as a divorce song. The protagonist is reminiscing about what he did and didn’t like about his lost relationship. The line “somebody to trust” is so important to any lasting relationship.

    I am not a huge fan of the post-1970’s Steely Dan records (a bit too jazzy for my tastes) but this song is a real gem. The lyrics/vocals and musical groove presented in this song are perfectly paired. Who does this better than Becker and Fagan?
    grogleyon January 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHe's bored and lonely after a divorce where he lost a measurable amount of material things.

    But, he repeats the talk, the sex, and somebody to trust, whereas with the material goods he interchanges them.

    I agree with BigFire, it sounds like he's making model ships and 'learning how to meditate' to keep his mind off of what he actually misses the most.
    CrustyPunkon October 12, 2012   Link
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    General Commentyeah this song sounds like someone reminiscing about an ended relationship but after saying things they miss like talk and sex they really just miss all the stuff. the car the vineyard etc.
    Mateon March 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah this song sounds like someone reminiscing about an ended relationship but after saying things they miss like talk and sex they really just miss all the stuff. the car the vineyard etc.
    Mateon March 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSS Andrea Doria is an Italian ocean liner that crashed into MS Stockholm in 1956. Guess our narrator is having problem spending his time meaningfully that he's now building models.
    BigFireon March 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the divorce interpretation is more plausible. "The Audi TT...The house on the Vineyard...The house on the gulf coast"- houses and cars are things that are commonly lost in divorce settlements. If it were the wife/gf dying, why would the narrator have lost these things?
    CousinDupreeon September 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's interesting to me the sly humor in this song, of framing a song ostensibly about divorce, in terms of (for the most part) objects. The truest, least irony-laced aspect of the song, for me, is the general tone of loss and reminiscence... a running theme with SD and one that they expounded upon nicely with this song (and this album).
    caucasianon January 08, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThe guy misses her, but then again, the guy got screwed with the court settlement.
    Waloacmeon March 21, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think he's in jail, possibly for killing his wife in a crime of pasion and suffering from remorse, albeit a Steely Dan heavy irony kind of remorse. Hence he is sometimes haunted by her image at night. The house on the vinyard is probably Martha's Vinyard, a popular spot for rich east coasters' second homes. The 'birdy friend' is quite likely a reference to the Birdman of Alcatraz. Dan loves obscure movie/movie star references.
    BigDanFanon April 17, 2015   Link

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