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Rikki Don't Lose That Number
Steely Dan Lyrics


We hear you're leaving, that's okay
I thought our little wild time had just begun
I guess you kind of scared yourself, you turn and run
But if you have a change of heart

Rikki don't lose that number
You don't want to call nobody else
Send it off in a letter to yourself
Rikki don't lose that number
It's the only one you own
You might use it if you feel better
When you get home

I have a friend in town, he's heard your name
We can go out driving on Slow Hand Row
We could stay inside and play games, I don't know
And you could have a change of heart

Rikki don't lose that number
You don't want to call nobody else
Send it off in a letter to yourself
Rikki don't lose that number
It's the only one you own
You might use it if you feel better
When you get home

You tell yourself you're not my kind
But you don't even know your mind
And you could have a change of heart

Rikki don't lose that number
You don't want to call nobody else
Send it off in a letter to yourself
Rikki don't lose that number
It's the only one you own
You might use it if you feel better
When you get home

Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: DONALD JAY FAGEN, WALTER CARL BECKER

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"Rikki Don't Lose That Number"

We hear you're leaving, that's OK
I thought our little wild time had just begun
I guess you kind of scared yourself, you turn and run
But if you have a change of heart

[Chorus:]
Rikki don't lose that number
You don't wanna call nobody else
Send it off in a letter to yourself
Rikki don't lose that number
It's the only one you own
You might use it if you feel better
When you get home

I have a friend in town, he's heard your name
We can go out driving on Slow Hand Row
We could stay inside and play games, I don't know
And you could have a change of heart

[Chorus]

You tell yourself you're not my kind
But you don't even know your mind
And you could have a change of heart

[Chorus]



AuberJean 68

@Edward Sholar, this is great! I love how you worked in some songs from my top ten list, unbeknownst to you. That list can change based on current life situations, which is one reason it's hard to pick a top ten. I was asking for your top ten, by the way. According to what you hear on the radio Reelin' In The Years and FM must be everyone's favorite but mine. Reelin' is a clever song but it was so overplayed and inescapable that I simply don't play it. Just listened to Through With Buzz while lazing on a Sunday afternoon. Pun intended as I happen to like the Kinks.
Deacon Blues will always be a favorite with its bittersweet lyrics, sax solos and jazz phrasing. Kid Charlemagne makes me smile--just the way he sings, "Is there gas in the caaa?". (From what I've read, apparently there wasn't enough!) Its ability to make me smile is matched by "...stalking the dread moray eel, at the wheel, with his Eurasian bride." and Fagan's way of pronouncing Sze-chu-an dumplings, I drove the Chrysler, dressed for action, Celluloid bikers and the word *theme*. Can it get any funnier than that?
Black Sneakers goes in and out of my top ten but, hey, I just listened to it Sunday too. I like McDonald's back up vocals on that as well as I Got The News.

I think Deacon Blues is a masterpiece.

Glamour Profession's lyrics and delivery have also stood the test of time with me. I have a soft spot for My Rival, with Becker's dark sense of humor and the way Fagan sings, "...somebody scrEAmed somewhere." Besides, great use of alliteration.
Thank you again for sharing your well-crafted story, which I really enjoyed.
It's almost 5 am and I need some shut eye. I'll try again tomorrow.



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wilson mcphert

As is often the case, I hear about someone's passing from comments made on my posted videos, and this is no exception. What a remarkable talent and remarkable band. RIP Walter Becker.

Richard Kougasian

At 64 years of age seeing so many musicians actors etc either pass on or age out of performing is very depressing.

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@FriedGames l.p. llp opp ooo9uv

Jiro Robinson

@El Dorado ))ll))ll)))))l)))))l)))))ll

Aaron Digby

@Daddy Skydiver WHEN YOU GET HOME AND YOUR HEART BEATS FAST AS YOU CALL THAT NUMBER AND I SHE PICKS THE PHONE UP AND SAYS, 'HEY RICKY I DIDN'T THINK YOU'D CALL." YYEEESSSS

Aaron Digby

@Roel Lassche RICKY'S GOT A NUMBER AND IT'S THE ONLY ONE HE'S GOT.

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Sam Winders

After 46yrs this hit still sounds so beautiful and refreshing. Anyone agree with me in 2020 give me thumbs up.

Michael Bruns

Great description "refreshing" so true and even effervescent...

roger lawrence white

@Aretha White hoping you and your family are all doing well and that your getting to listen to some music and enjoy the day, Peace to you dear lady😁

roger lawrence white

September 20th 2021 and still listening. My parents bought this album and it’s part of the great musical heritage they left for me of which I’m grateful. Fantastic album that had 4 Top 40 hits on it, this song, Reelin in the Years, Do it again & My Old School. It’s rare that albums get more than 2 hits, those that do become Classics. I also remember that my parents watched, with my sister and I , them playing on TV, just wish I knew what program it was on.

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