Steely Dan's classic tune "rikki don't loose that number".....

  • rnch

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    Aug 17, 2008 4:46 PM GMT
    i have long thought this song describes a guy hitting on another guy in a gay bar.

    YOUR thoughts, pls?

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  • rnch

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    Aug 17, 2008 4:49 PM GMT
    some of the song lyrics that (i believe) prove my premise:

    "rikki don't loose that number, it's the only one you want......."

    "i thought a little wild time (and) i'd be gone"

    "i have a friend in town, he's heard your name"

    "we can stay inside and play games, i don't know"

    "you tell yourself you're not my kind"

    "but you don't even know your mind"

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    Aug 17, 2008 6:23 PM GMT
    What do you expect from a band named after a dildo.
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    Aug 17, 2008 6:24 PM GMT
    There's some fun theories about this song's meaning here:

    http://www.songmeanings.net/lyric.php?lid=103345

    None with any kind of supporting evidence or research, of course.

    One in particular was pretty colorful tho:

    by ferran411 on 07-04-2008 @ 01:11:23 PM

    The end to the mystery. My father has been telling me story's about when he was a kid since i can remember. One story in particular has never changed. This story i will share with you.

    When my father was 18 (1972) he was hitchhiking across America. In the desert just outside of LA a young man stopped and picked up my father and took him in town to his house. The man told my father his name was Walter Becker and was in a band, but never told my father the name of the band. My father told Walter his name was Ricky, even though it was not. Ricky was the name of one of the neighbor kids my father had grown up with. Walter cooked my father dinner and allowed him the use of his shower. They sat around for sometime talking, Walter played the guitar for a bit and then my father felt his time to go had come, as Walters constant flirtation was a bit troublesome to a young straight male. So Walter gave my father a lift to the freeway but before my father got out he gave him a piece of paper that said "Give walter a call..." with his phone #. He then told my father the next time he saw a post box to mail it home so when he returned he would have it and could give him a call. My father never did call.

    2 years later "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" was released. It wasn't till sometime after that my father realized that Walter Becker was the guitarist in Steely Dan and the song was about him. I have asked myself many times if this story is true and my father swears that it's the truth. After much research i have yet to find anything to confirm or falsify this besides the fact that over the past 20 years not a single detail has changed in the story.

    I suppose the only person that could confirm this would be Walter Becker himself if he in fact remembers the young boy he picked up in the desert outside of L.A. in 1972.

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    Aug 17, 2008 6:25 PM GMT
    ursamajor saidWhat do you expect from a band named after a dildo.


    LOL
  • EricLA

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    Aug 17, 2008 10:57 PM GMT
    I had a friend in high school (mid-80s) a few years older than me who also believes the song is about gays. I've tried to decipher the song, but I come up empty.
  • CAtoFL

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    Aug 18, 2008 2:38 AM GMT
    This is a bit off-topic, but on the 'gay songs that slipped by' front, my all-time favorite has to be 'Lola' by The Kinks. It's a song about a drag queen picking up a straight boy. I think we've probably all known someone who 'walks like a woman but talks like a man':

    I met her in a club down in North Soho
    Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca Cola
    C-O-L-A Cola.

    She walked up to me and she asked me to dance.
    I asked her name and in a dark brown voice she said, "Lola"
    L-O-L-A Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola

    Well, I'm not the world's most physical guy,
    But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine
    Oh my Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola

    Well, I'm not dumb but I can't understand
    Why she walks like a woman and talks like a man
    Oh my Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola

    Well, we drank champagne and danced all night,
    Under electric candlelight,
    She picked me up and sat me on her knee,
    She said, "Little boy won't you come home with me?"

    Well, I'm not the world's most passionate guy,
    But when I looked in her eyes,
    I almost fell for my Lola,
    Lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola

    I pushed her away. I walked to the door.
    I fell to the floor. I got down on my knees.
    I looked at her, and she at me.

    Well that's the way that I want it to stay.
    I always want it* to be that way for my Lola.
    Lo lo lo lo Lola.

    Girls will be boys, and boys will be girls.
    It's a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world,
    except for Lola. Lo lo lo lo Lola. Lo lo lo lo Lola.

    Well I left home just a week before,
    and I never ever kissed a woman before,
    Lola smiled and took me by the hand,
    she said, "Little boy, gonna make you a man."

    Well I'm not the world's most masculine man,
    but I know what I am and that I'm a man,
    so is Lola.
    Lo lo lo lo Lola. Lo lo lo lo Lola.


    * It's written as 'I always want it to be that way for my Lola', but it SURE sounds like 'I always wanted to be that way for my Lola'. icon_lol.gif

    My first gay friend also swore 'Can't Fight This Feeling' by REO Speedwagon was about coming out as gay. And for one that's indisputable, Elton John's 'Flintstone Boy' (a B side) stands out. It's about a gay guy being cheated on by his boyfriend and it was written during Elton's earlier years.
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    Aug 19, 2008 4:52 AM GMT
    I always assumed it was about a number for a drug dealer.