Wednesday, March 5, 2008

It's a Gas, Gas, Gas

In Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne," Donald Fagen sings, "Is there as in the cah?/Yes, there's gas in the cahhh!" The concern with sufficient gasoline references the fact that the drug dealer on whom the song was based, a gentleman named Owsley Stanley, who was also the longtime soundman for the Grateful Dead, was once arrested after being chased by the police when his car ran out of gas.

There's also a story that Walter Becker was once in a cab in New York City, and when the driver learned who he was, told Becker that the worst lyrics in the Steely Dan canon were "Is there gas in the car?/Yes, there's gas in the car."

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