Got a feeling I've been here before
Watching as you cross the killing floor
You know you'll have to pay it all
You'll pay today or pay tomorrow
You fasten up your beaded gown
Then you try to tie me down
Do you work it out one by one
Or played in combination
You throw out your gold teeth
Do you see how they roll
I have seen your iron and your brass
Can't you see it shine behind the glass
Your fortune is your roving eye
Your mouth and legs
Your gift for the runaround
Torture is the main attraction
I don't need that kind of action
You don't have to dance for me
I've seen your dance before
Do you throw out your gold teeth
Do you see how they roll

Tobacco they grow in Peking
In the Year of the Locust
You'll see a sad thing
Even Cathy Berberian knows
There's one roulade she can't sing
Dumb luck my friend
Won't suck me in this time

Got a feeling I've been here before
Won't you let me help you find the door
All you got to do is use
Your silver shoes
A gift for the runaround
Use your knack darlin'
Take one step back darlin'
There ain't nothing in Chicago
For a monkey woman to do
Do you throw out your gold teeth
Do you see how they roll

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Your Gold Teeth Lyrics as written by Walter Carl Becker Donald Jay Fagen

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  • +4
    General Comment"There ain't nothing in Chicago
    For a monkey woman to do"

    I could be wrong, but is this a reference to "The Monkey" in Portnoy's Complaint?
    The meme seems to be the same - a woman who uses sex and head games to lock down her man....
    loupgarouson September 13, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI hear a precursor to "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" in a little riff right after Donald sings, "Tobacco they grow in Peking." That song would appear on their next album after this one.
    ChiTownHustleron October 20, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about a 'goldbricker', a woman who tries to 'tie men down' with sex as a way to make them her sugar daddy. But she's a tease and a user. She'll throw out her own gold teeth in a gamble, just to get something better. She's got nothing to offer but her body and teasing (your mouth and legs, your gift for the runaround). Maybe she's even a grifter.

    But she's not THAT good. The verse about Peking and Cathy Berberian is saying that even the best know that there's some things they can't pull off. And this woman won't get this protagonist.

    He advises her to get real : "use your knack, take one step back". She's outclassed in a town like Chicago and should either go somewhere else or get a job.

    God I love this damn band. Is there anything better than Steely Dan lyrics?
    rainwalkon March 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the best Steely Dan song ever.
    YourGoldTeethon May 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about high-stakes casino gambling. The "killing floor" is the gaming tables. Gold teeth are dice. The woman he's singing about is a gambler, gold-digger, maybe prostitute, and tries to seduce rich guys in the casino. And yeah, the music is just amazing.
    foolwhoknows1on July 28, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, there's something better than Steely Dan lyrics. Steely Dan melodies over Steely Dan chord progressions. "See how they roll..." it is possible to get euphoric feelings from music.
    CommentByAnonymouson September 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the keyboard being used is a Wurlitzer... great tone on the intro melody, break arpeggios, solos, and comping for the guitar solo.
    CommentByAnonymouson November 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the chorus of "tobacco they grow in Peking...."
    Don Fagen has one of the most electric voices I have ever heard. Libby Titus is al ucky woman
    kamakiriadon February 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love it how it goes all jazz-rock at the end. Wish it went on a bit longer. I bet they had some intense jams!
    Danfanon February 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought the keyboard was a Rhodes electric piano. I can also hear a Hammond B3 in there too, but could be wrong on both counts...
    mumajoron July 24, 2009   Link

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