Steely Dan — Rikki Don't Lose That Number
Album: Pretzel Logic
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Released: 1974
Length: 4:03
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We hear you're leaving, that's okay
I thought our little wild time had just begun
I guess you kinda scared yourself, you turned and ran
But if you have a change of heart

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

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

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

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

Rikki, don't lose that number
(Rikki, don't lose that number)
Rikki, don't lose that number
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worn a bit thin from radio overplay but nice.
The Quintessential 70s song eh?! lol! Not sure anymore if I like it, it's just so embedded.
 Jota wrote:
Lyrics are pure stalking material.  Woman isn't interested in guy but no doesn't mean no to this guy.  Scary dude.

 
Probably more than likely about drugs.
 Jota wrote:
Lyrics are pure stalking material.  Woman isn't interested in guy but no doesn't mean no to this guy.  Scary dude.
 
Hmm, no one else seems to have interpreted the lyrics that way.
projection |prəˈjek sh ən|
noun
• the unconscious transfer of one's own desires or emotions to another person
 onenotedan wrote:

Lame.

 
Weinsteins anthem.
I caught three shows in a row this year in Vegas and, despite them not liking to play it live, they did at one of the shows.

The current touring group is really great, musically, and these songs are just fantastic, even after all these years. Recommended, and I'm not even biased. 
 coloradojohn wrote:
This song has it all: killer bass, jamming guitars, impeccable piano, and distinctive stylized vocals. Sounds as good as ever to me now!

  Yep, don't focus on the lyrics and it takes you away.


This song has it all: killer bass, jamming guitars, impeccable piano, and distinctive stylized vocals. Sounds as good as ever to me now!

I might be one of the few in the general population born after this album was released (1974 vs 1977) who liked the Horace Silver tune "Song for my Father" before liking this Steely Dan track - in fact it was in Spring Quarter of 1996, my sophomore year in college, when Marc Seales added the Horace Silver track to our 'listening example' mix we had to listen to in the library.  Of course nowadays, everything is online I'm sure, but in March of 1996 the UW hadn't gotten there yet.  I found myself checking out the enormous headphones and requesting the tape to listen to while studying all my other classes.  Everything from Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Duke E, Fats Waller, etc., etc., etc. wow...now I'm really wanting to hear some (more) jazz on RP.  I wonder if "Song for my Father" is on RP....I'm gonna check that out.

I'd rate the Horace Silver track a 10 and this SD track an 8. 

Long Live RP!


Was a hit when I was in jr high...still love this song!
Considering how old this song is, it doesn't sound 'dated'. Still an original and good sounding song after all these years.
{#Cheers}saw them live when this first came out at the paramount in seattle / still one of the best live performances ever played the album cover to cover / outstanding
Outstanding, love the Dan! {#Notworthy}
 Jota wrote:
Lyrics are pure stalking material.  Woman isn't interested in guy but no doesn't mean no to this guy.  Scary dude.

 
thought it was a song about Clapton and his addiction...
This is the song that first opened my ears to Steely Dan, so deserves a 9 for that alone. There is a precision about their sound that I find addictive. More Dan please!
 Jota wrote:
Lyrics are pure stalking material.  Woman isn't interested in guy but no doesn't mean no to this guy.  Scary dude.

 
Lame.
Lyrics are pure stalking material.  Woman isn't interested in guy but no doesn't mean no to this guy.  Scary dude.
  horstman wrote:


Just because it was played a billion times on the radio doesn't make it a lame song or choice. It is an awesome song from one of the most talented bands of the 70s. I welcome it here and thank Bill for "reintroducing" it to my palette.

And I NEVER listen to the radio and bet that most RP listeners don't much either. {#Naughty}


lemmoth wrote:

Agree with Horstman 100%

 
Horstman rules!
Pure pop for now people.
Great Skunk Baxter solo in this one.