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It's high time for a walk on the real side
Let's admit the bastards beat us
I move to dissolve the corporation
In a pool of margaritas
So let's switch off all the lights
And light up all the Luckies
Crankin' up the afterglow
'Cause we're goin' out of business
Everything must go

Talk about your major pain and suffering
Now our self-esteem is shattered
Show the world our mighty hidey-ho face
As we go sliding down the ladder
It was sweet up at the top
'Til that ill wind started blowing
Now it's cozy down below
'Cause we're goin' out of business
Everything must go

We gave it our best shot
But keep in mind we got a lot
The sky the moon good food and the weather
First-run movies -- does anybody get lucky twice?
Wouldn't it be nice...

Tell me can you dig it Miss Fugazy
Now it's gone from late to later
Frankly I could use a little face time
In the service elevator
And if Dave from Acquisitions
Wants to get in on the action
With his Handicam in tow
Well we're goin' out of business
Everything must go

Can it be the sorry sun is rising
Guess it's time for us to book it
Talk about the famous road not taken
In the end we never took it
And if somewhere on the way
We got a few good licks in
No one's ever gonna know
'Cause we're goin' out of business
Everything must go

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is from 2000 and is a song about the Enron culture. With little worry and upset, they calmly give up the game. Calm recklessness is what this is about, and it is wonderful.
    alasdairforreston February 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow, this is a beautiful song, i can't even discribe it, it's in a catagory of it's own.
    I'm not sure what it's about, but it sounds like it's either about a company or store going out of business, or a maybe a bad relationship. that might seem a bit off to some ppl, but it could be possible.
    DarkMousyon February 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHowever, many fans thought this was Fagen and Becker quaintly announcing the end of their careers.

    Thankfully, that just wasn't so.
    GreyBlueEyeson August 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI still interpret this as Fagen and Becker announcing their end of their careers... studio wise atleast. last track of their last studio recorded album
    zemanek17on September 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove the opening...with the sax solo playing the bridge.

    These dudes still know how to write.
    GreyBlueEyeson August 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always read this song as kind of drawing an analogy between the breakup of a company (maybe specifically Enron) and the breakup of a relationship. Still, that's just how I view it, it may not be what Fagen intended.
    whapcapnon September 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFunny gallows humor perspective of SD...
    caucasianon March 21, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation
    This song is also a perfect synopsis for any geek entrepreneur that was part of the Dot-com rollercoaster of the 90s -- jumped into business with what seemed like a great idea, lived like a rock star for a few years and when the bottom dropped out of the dot-com stocks, everything went to hell. The song is a mirror of how I felt during those days when the boardrooms and lavish offices were empty, only the owners were left to deal with the bankruptcy attorneys, and the asset liquidators lazily came into the picture to take it all away to auction.
    MaxNomadon December 28, 2010   Link

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