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The Royal Scam

Lyrics

And they wandered in
From the city of St. John
Without a dime
Wearing coats that shined
full lyrics
And they wandered in
From the city of St. John
Without a dime
Wearing coats that shined
full lyrics

Features of This Track

electric rock instrumentation
a subtle use of vocal harmony
intricate melodic phrasing
demanding instrumental part writing
extensive vamping
acoustic rhythm piano
a clear focus on recording studio production
minor key tonality
electric guitar riffs
a distinctive male lead vocal
brass instrument solos
electric pianos
prominent organ
the subtle use of a horn section
prominent percussion
narrative lyrics
emphasis on instrumental arranging

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Comments

mikepascarel l o
Steely Dan play this song even better live.
garylleonard 3
Another level
Dnice super song who cares whats going on in it
Love this song and kid Charlemagne and deacon blues. They tell a deep story
A classic song and story told by fagen and Becker that's mysterious in meaning and sound. Listen to the very end piano piece.... Eerie.
What a fantastic band.
Every time I listen to a song I've heard hundreds of times, I hear something I've never heard before. Such is Steely Dan.
This song is about the Migration of the Puerto Ricans into New York City
mrpainter
I have no idea what this song is about but it's definitely one of my favorites.
Damn, this song is like a movie. Deep.
Steely Dan pushes us all to think, I think.
jeff.linn3
They handled EVERY song with kid gloves, and gave the absolute most to each one. What else can you say. Nobody wrote stuff like the Dan. And nobody will.
Political sissy strut. Can you see the first europeans walking off the ships in NY harbor and the native americans singing this song?
Man, this is some good s**t.
gmcnabb
DEATH MARCH -- AH ! THAT MAKES SENSE.
It's a death march
gmcnabb
THIS SONG ALWAYS SOUNDED LIKE IT OUGHT TO BE A SONG FOR A MOVIE - MAYBE A POLITICAL THRILLER - "THE ROYAL SCAM" he he - GREAT SONG
oui33
Classic Dan!
Love this tune!

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