Now I will contradict my earlier example. I have all of Steely Dan’s work, and I like them all. However, I do not like them all with equal zeal. Most people would go with Can’t Buy a Thrill, which is a damn fine piece of music making, but I have to go with aja. Between the title track and “Black Cow,” there is not a bad or even mediocre song on the whole, melancholy album. (Given that most of the tracks are too long or just too odd, “Peg” was the only song that received much air play.) Out of it all, the refrain of “Deacon Blues” captures the tone best:
They got a name for the winners of the world
I want a name when I lose
The call Alabama the Crimson Tide
Call me Deacon Blues.