Deacon Blues (7:37)

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“Deacon Blues” is a song by Steely Dan from their 1977 album Aja.

“Deacon Blues” was Steely Dan’s fifth Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, where it peaked at #19 in 1978. The song remained in the Top 40 for eight weeks.

It was originally speculated that the song was written about the losing Wake Forest University Demon Deacons, and the NCAA Division I championship Crimson Tide football teams, which was confirmed in a Rolling Stone interview, when group member Donald Fagen said, “Walter and I had been working on that song at a house in Malibu. I played him that line, and he said, “You mean it’s like, ‘They call these cracker assholes this grandiose name like the Crimson Tide, and I’m this loser, so they call me this other grandiose name, Deacon Blues?’ ” And I said, “Yeah!” He said, “Cool! Let’s finish it!”

In a 1994 AOL chat interview with Becker, someone asked him about the inspiration for “Deacon Blues”. He answered, “It was an outgrowth of a specific mood that pertained at a given time,” and later added, “…I remember the night that we mixed that one thinking that it was really good and wanting to hear it over and over which is never the case.”[2]

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  • withoutaporpois

    Controversially smooth.

    9 Jul 11:35pm Reply
  • dorothydorothy

    drink scotch whiskey all night long, and die behind the wheel

    11 Jun 2:14am Reply
  • hex_enduction

    One of the most perfect tracks ever crafted.

    18 May 11:46am Reply
  • Alin_

    throw a kiss and say goodbye ^^

    7 Mar 4:45pm Reply
  • vizsla826

    So Smooth[2]

    7 Mar 2:11pm Reply
  • TIGERSNAKEMAN

    The Dan!

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • frearson10

    One of the finest by SD!!!!

    10 Mar 2014 Reply
  • venton

    They got a name for the winners in the world. I want a name when I lose.

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • wb7777

    So smooth

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • UBZUKKI

    Great steely Dan tune and thank you silver surfer for the background information...

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • CanYouBlush

    thanks for the incite silver.....this is great song that now has greater stature .....

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • shaielb

    Serious question. Does anyone have any idea what this song is about??

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • blogmeridian

    Splendidly weird. The quintessential Steely Dan song.

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ExpPilot

    great tune from long ago....

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • memoryoftrees

    "They call Alabama the Crimson Tide, call me Deacon Blues". Incomparable.

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Rjscheuerle

    "They call these cracker assholes this grandiose name like the Crimson Tide." A truer statement has never been made. This should practically be Auburn's fight song. War Eagle.

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    This song refers to The Wake Forest "Demon Deacons," whose football team struggled for much of the '70s, winning just 7 games from 1972-1975. At the same time, the University Of Alabama was a football powerhouse, winning the National Championship in 1973 and losing just one game in each of their next two seasons under the direction of their famous coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Alabama is known as "The Crimson Tide": "They got a name for the winners in the world And I want a name when I lose They call Alabama the Crimson Tide Call me Deacon Blues" http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4042

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • zmilezz79

    Relaxing music, just enjoy it much.

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • bay360

    the man wants a name when he loses, he wants to be called deacon blues. basically what the song's about.

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • justinmcgonigle

    i still don't get this song. and i've been listening to it for years.

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
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