Rethinking Those Deacon Blues

Book Reviewed: Randy Roberts and Ed Krzemienski, Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath & Dixie’s Last Quarter (Hachette Book Group, 2013), 437 pages. Walter [Becker] and I had been working on that song [Deacon Blues] 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!’ —Donald Fagan describing writing Steely Dan’s 1977 hit “Deacon…

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