She’s The Pride of the Neighborhood #socs

Today’s prompt is “rhymes with rosy,” which is good, because it gives me an excuse to play this one: from their 1977 album Aja, Steely Dan, “Josie.”

I never paid much attention to the lyrics, because the guitar playing is just so damn tasty, but here they are:

We’re gonna break out the hats and hooters
When Josie comes home
We’re gonna rev up the motor scooters
When Josie comes home to stay
We’re gonna park in the street
Sleep on the beach and make it
Throw down the jam till the girls say when
Lay down the law and break it
When Josie comes home

When Josie comes home
So good
She’s the pride of the neighborhood
She’s the raw flame
The live wire
She prays like a Roman
With her eyes on fire

Jo would you love to scrapple
She’ll never say no
Shine up the battle apple
We’ll shake ’em all down tonight
We’re gonna mix in the street
Strike at the stroke of midnight
Dance on the bones till the girls say when
Pick up what’s left by daylight
When Josie comes home

When Josie comes home
So bad
She’s the best friend we ever had
She’s the raw flame
The live wire
She prays like a Roman
With her eyes on fire

When Josie comes home
So good
She’s the pride of the neighborhood
She’s the raw flame
The live wire
She prays like a Roman
With her eyes on fire

So, from whence does Josie come home? Prison? College? The Big City, where she sought fame and fortune and found them? Who cares? She’s coming home…


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Talk about being unintentionally suggestive….

25 thoughts on “She’s The Pride of the Neighborhood #socs

  1. Great blast from the past, John! Lyrics can be most interesting if one really listens to them. I remember, back in the day, some songs wouldn’t be aired because of their suggestive lyrics.

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    1. For years, they thought the lyrics to “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen were obscene. Turns out, he was singing the right lyrics (which are totally innocuous) but he was slurring them. Lou Christie’s “Rhapsody in the Rain” had to be cleaned up before many radio stations would play it.

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  2. I love Steely Dan and have enjoyed listening to some of these lyrics. Now that I read them all, I am smiling at how the lyrics can be about such a live wire while the sound is still mellow-ish which I like.

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    1. That’s one of my favorites. Their later, more jazz-oriented albums are my favorites, although they’re all good. Walter Becker unfortunately passed away, but I would guess Donald Fagen will carry on. I hope so; his solo stuff was always good.

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