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Don't Take Me Alive

Features of This Track

electric rock instrumentation
mild rhythmic syncopation
intricate melodic phrasing
demanding instrumental part writing
minor key tonality
an electric guitar solo
a distinctive male lead vocal
electric pianos
narrative lyrics
vocal harmonies

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Comments

Bad a** song off a bad a** album. This and Countdown to Ecstacy are my favorites!
I hate the fact that this level will not be attained in my lifetime.
Some of my fav tunes came from this era. S.D. One of my favs. Brings me back to the good old days.
Classic Steely Dan .... So great in Santa Barbara !!!!!
dlindsey019
No one else like them!
My favorite album, Royal scam, it just connected me with the electric sensations of my youth, not to mention the teenage angst that went on way too long!
Lol...Mark!
I listen to sd almost everyday!
Sd is the best.......l o v e thier lyrics
Absolutely wicked Carlton nails it.
jimboscottjr
These guys and their music will live on forever...
Got a case of Dynamite.... . . . What a great line to put in a song !
Yes I crossed my old man back In Oregon don't take me alive....... . . . .
carpen7
I could hold out here all night....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
It doesn't get any better than Steely Dan. Saw them live for the first time last year and was absolutely blown away by their incredible musicianship ! Truly legendary.
How the hell does every freaking rock critic rank a dozen brit bands ahead of these guys?
Excellent! No, I don't think there is a bad song by Steely Dan.
love that Larry Carlton guitar
Is there any bad song by the Dan? I think not! I totally agree with others here- guitar work extraordinar y . One of Dan's best.
Only Steely opens with a massive guitar solo right at the beginning. It's anti-rock and roll and I love it!!!!
Absolutely amazing harmony and instrumental splendor once again. Their music never gets old.
This is one of the best. Love the guitar. Can picture Fagen holed up in some building armed to the teeth with the SWAT teams outside.
"Got a case of dynamite". Explosive, like most of their songs.
Pandora plays this for me at least once a day... are they trying to tell me something??? DONT TAKE ME ALIVE!!!!
Larry Carlton's guitar lick on "Don't take me alive" is one of the greatest in Classic rock... this song is legendary. love the Dan!
Amazing band. Wow! Not only the lyrics, but the incredible musicianship of the guys the Dan recruiting to play on their albums. Nobody else like them, then or now.
Love the Dan
gmcnabb
"I COULD HOLD OUT HERE ALL NIGHT"...... . . . . . . . . . W / THE DAN
One of my all time favorites. Love the fusion guitar sound and the lyrics describing the despair and utter hopelessness of a guy who is at the end of his rope and hunkered down with the SWAT team outside.
This is the definition of a cool song.
The Dan is freaking awesome.
This music pontificates the best musical generation of our time....
gmcnabb
DOES IT GET ANY SMOOTHER____ _ _ _ _ _ U M M M M M M M M - - F O R A JAZZ-ROCK SONG? IT OUGHT TO BE IN A CATEGORY ALL IT'S OWN.
oui33
This one definitely makes my Steely Dan Top 10 list!
I gently disagree with those who think Larry Carlton's guitar work on "Kid Charlemagne" (track #1 on "The Royal Scam") is his best.

It is my closely held belief that in fact his work on this song (thank you Pandora), "Don't Take Me Alive" (track #3 on "The Royal Scam"), is his finest guitar performance, and perhaps one of the finest on any album in the last 35 years.
1 of the best American bands; hands down.
SUPER-DUPER ARTIST`S!!!! !
Yes, Hands down ( or up for that matter ) the best guitar intro ever! Great great song....
Not many artists out there would find a way to rhyme "Oregon". Great tune, and I agree with tr064 about the guitar solo...
The intro lead is one of my favorite guitar solos of all time!

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