I always assumed Rikki was a woman. About Rikki Don't Lose That Number "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" is a single released in 1974 by rock/jazz rock group Steely Dan and the opening track of their third album Pretzel Logic. It’s the only one you got!!! ― paige, Monday, 24 November 2003 21:21 (seventeen years ago) link. His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Skipping 14 messages at this point... Click here if you want to load them all. Dan, just imagine Milli Vanilli singing both songs in a round! I remember hearing something about it being on sole ol' gay shit, but I'm not picking up on it. I saw it as a simple song from a man to a woman, too. ), Yeah, I always assumed was about a guy who was only just beginning to come out of the closet in his mind...though now I'm sort of amazed that I just. We hear you're leaving, that's OK. RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER. But you don't even know your mind. The Sam & Dave classic "Soul Man" was re-recorded by Sam Moore and Lou Reed for the 1986 movie Soul Man, about a white guy who pretends to be black so he can get a scholarship to Harvard. I remember Tom Robinson doing a cover version, that was probably why. Jeff "Skunk" Baxter played the guitar solo on this track. I guess you kind of scared yourself, you turn and run. I'm talking out of my ass... ― Debito (Debito), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:12 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Credito, Monday, 24 November 2003 05:34 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:41 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Al (sitcom), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:49 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:51 (seventeen years ago) link, ― jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:56 (seventeen years ago) link, ― gusbot (eternal_fields), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:57 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Debito (Debito), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:58 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Al (sitcom), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:58 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Al (sitcom), Monday, 24 November 2003 06:02 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Al (sitcom), Monday, 24 November 2003 06:03 (seventeen years ago) link. Baxter, who joined the Doobie Brothers in 1975, later became a consultant in the audio industry and also leant his technical expertise to the defense industry. However, I generally don't really know 'what a song is about. Ricky don't lose that number It's the only one you'll want You might use it if you feel better When you get home (Home home, when you get home) I can tell you all I know The where to go, the what to do And you can try to run but you can't hide From what's inside of you You tell yourself you're not my kind But you don't even know your mind And you could have a change of heart Ricky don't lose that number From an article about/interview with Fagen in. I guess this is another way of saying lyrics can sometimes be irrelevant to my listening enjoyment. It's a good example of how, This is Steely Dan's highest charting single, reaching #4 on the Hot 100 in 1974. No I mean before the piano kicks in there's this dull, faint marimba thing. . I thought our little wild time had just begun. I feel vindicated. ‘You might feel better when you come home’ Come home to your signature vibration. "And what about "Show Biz Kids" from "Countdown To Ecstasy." Like, it's a kind of joke in the United States to call Las Vegas 'Lost Wages' 'cause it's a gambling centre. He is in a dominate position and can easily manipulate her. That is the reality of american justice people, follow the money and you'll learn the truth. Who said that? It was the most successful single of the group's career, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in … Exactly what is it that those girls chant incessantly? Yeah, but it being a girl's name makes the song totally boring. Go to your CD collection and get out, Speaking on the subject of playing their hit songs in concert, Donald Fagen told. Rikki Don't Lose That Number Lyrics. Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. http://www.bigozine7.com/MP3/SDlondon/SDlondon106.mp3, http://www.insidesocal.com/outinhollywood/ricki-lake2.jpg, http://www.bombsite.com/images85/ducornet2.jpg, http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3204, Mormons come out of the sky and they stand there (Abbbottt), kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Fruitless and Pansy Free (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Zeppelin to Howlin Wolf: "Suck It" (Bill Magill), Ride decided to give birth to a giant poop log & disguise it as a CD (jamescobo), Drastic times require what? (He still is, as far as I know, I just don't buy any more. Danbunny, thanks for that! I think pretty much any interpretation goes well with John Mahoney singing along with it in "Say Anything". My favorite fictional mongoose. Misheard lyrics (also called mondegreens) occur when people misunderstand the lyrics in a song. What guys are named Rikki? 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 Rikki-Tikki-Tavi! Some album art was at least "inspired" by others. because if they did thier useless copyright lawyers would be out of a great deal of money. None of it's exactly fluffy. Important: The song above is NOT stored on the Chordie server.The original song is hosted at www.guitaretab.com.Chordie works as a search engine and provides on-the-fly formatting. The theory being if anyone ever challenged your intellectual claim to that song you would have the evidence. We hear you're leaving, that's okay I thought our little wild time had just begun I guess you kind of scared yourself, you turn and run But if you have a change of heart Rikki don't lose that number You don't want to 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… A monthly update on our latest interviews, stories and added songs, The keyboard riff was taken from "Song For My Father," which was released in 1964 by the jazz composer and pianist Horace Silver. You will recieve a federal, dated postmarked song in a sealed envelope. "- Don, Gladwin, MI, ― Mormons come out of the sky and they stand there (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 23:56 (ten years ago) link. Anyway I am now mentally combining "Rikki, Don't Lose That Number" with "Billy, Don't Lose My Number" and hating all of you heartily as a result. the house that Rikki lived in is still there on Annandale Road. No, there's also social critique and debauchery and despair. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby.". Baxter's guitar playing drew on jazz and rock and roll influences. I was gonna point out that Rikki could totally be a girl's name but too late. ― Mark G, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 08:16 (ten years ago) link, ― skip, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:33 AM (10 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink, ― Mark G, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:16 AM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink. could make sense in other contexts, but it fits this one well. mongoose? Fagan seems like the type of guy who would totally bullshit an interviewer. The line about playing games sounds to me as if he is trying to make it all sound innocuous, like "hey we could just play Scrabble, you know..." Not to be manipulative, but to actually try and convince HIMSELF, as well as her, that the relationship is innocent. For what it's worth, I assumed it was a guy being sung to, but the words are more from a female perspective. I heard this song on the radio last night and liked it. If your gaydar is not flashing, beeping, or vibrating, you should probably have the nozzle checked. And you could have a change of heart. Rikki don't lose that number; You don't wanna call nobody else. Chordie does not index songs against artists'/composers' will. 10, 1981). 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 And you could have a change of heart Rikki don't lose that number You don't wanna call nobody else The 'official' explanation is similar to my impression of the subject matter. it's there, but it's not omnipresent. ― gaz (gaz), Monday, 24 November 2003 04:01 (seventeen years ago) link, ― gaz (gaz), Monday, 24 November 2003 04:05 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Sterling Clover (s_clover), Monday, 24 November 2003 04:10 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 24 November 2003 04:24 (seventeen years ago) link, ― hstencil, Monday, 24 November 2003 04:26 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Al (sitcom), Monday, 24 November 2003 04:35 (seventeen years ago) link. It's the only one you own You might use it if you feel better When you get home. sorry, I just think, especially from that recent SD-love thread, that people (here at least) grossly overestimate the black humor element in their lyrics. why? It doesn't necessarily have to have a "meaning" but I guess if you want to take it literally you can. “It’s the only one you got” ... your signature vibration! ― o. nate (onate), Monday, 24 November 2003 21:48 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 24 November 2003 21:53 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 24 November 2003 21:54 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 24 November 2003 21:56 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 24 November 2003 21:57 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 24 November 2003 22:01 (seventeen years ago) link, ― hstencil, Monday, 24 November 2003 22:02 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 24 November 2003 22:11 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Mark G, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:40 (thirteen years ago) link, ― baaderonixx, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:47 (thirteen years ago) link, ― danbunny, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:58 (thirteen years ago) link, ― danbunny, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:59 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Hurting 2, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:16 (thirteen years ago) link, ― ellaguru, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:42 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Hurting 2, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:48 (thirteen years ago) link, ― ellaguru, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:54 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Hurting 2, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:55 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Sparkle Motion, Thursday, 10 May 2007 15:01 (thirteen years ago) link, ― o. nate, Thursday, 10 May 2007 15:02 (thirteen years ago) link, ― danbunny, Thursday, 10 May 2007 15:28 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Hurting 2, Thursday, 10 May 2007 15:30 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Tinky-Winky, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:58 (thirteen years ago) link, ― mike a, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:00 (thirteen years ago) link, ― billstevejim, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:02 (thirteen years ago) link, ― The Deacon, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:04 (thirteen years ago) link, ― o. nate, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:59 (thirteen years ago) link, ― hstencil, Thursday, 10 May 2007 19:13 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Sparkle Motion, Thursday, 10 May 2007 19:20 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Brad C., Thursday, 10 May 2007 20:19 (thirteen years ago) link, ― PappaWheelie V, Thursday, 10 May 2007 23:10 (thirteen years ago) link, ― chaki, Friday, 11 May 2007 01:26 (thirteen years ago) link, ― baaderonixx, Friday, 11 May 2007 07:45 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 11 May 2007 08:43 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 11 May 2007 08:46 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Hurting 2, Friday, 11 May 2007 13:56 (thirteen years ago) link, From http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3204, "Judy from Arlington TX is right on, it use to be refered to as " a poor mans copyright ". "You go to Lost Wages,” meaning Las Vegas. I think it's funny how I've accepted this folklore about it being about a gay fling of some sort. No court has ever recognized one. Although the introduction, played by British jazz musician Victor Feldman, was cut from the original ABC single version, the MCA single reissue restored the flapamba intro but fades out just before the actual end of the track. I think the theme of some sort of gay encounter with someone unsure of his sexuality makes more sense. ― Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 November 2003 14:56 (seventeen years ago) link, it's totally about picking up a transgendered hooker and getting a hand job in the back of his car, ― JaXoN (JasonD), Monday, 24 November 2003 20:43 (seventeen years ago) link. If you can recall the days when MTV played videos, you know that there are lots of stories to tell. ― roger adultery, Monday, 24 November 2003 03:39 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 24 November 2003 03:46 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Rockist Scientist, Monday, 24 November 2003 03:48 (seventeen years ago) link, We hear you're leaving, that's OKI thought our little wild time had just begunI guess you kind of scared yourself, you turn and runBut if you have a change of heart, CHORUS:Rikki don't lose that numberYou don't wanna call nobody elseSend it off in a letter to yourselfRikki don't lose that numberIt's the only one you ownYou might use it if you feel betterWhen you get home, I have a friend in town, he's heard your nameWe can go out driving on Slow Hand RowWe could stay inside and play games, I don't knowAnd you could have a change of heart, You tell yourself you're not my kindBut you don't even know your mindAnd you could have a change of heart, ― Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 24 November 2003 03:49 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Monday, 24 November 2003 03:54 (seventeen years ago) link. why? ― Drastic times require what? The B-side was ", Frank Zappa fans of course have a different context for this song. I didn't say that "Rikki" is in the least "fluffy", just that it's not about drugs or anything grimier than a slightly creepy ex, and that it doesn't have to be to claim its place as a top shelf SD lyric. I always assumed it was a drug dealer's number (perhaps 'cause my dealer's name was Ricky. Could be male or female. I read a Fagen interview years ago where he said that Rikki was Eric Clapton and the "number" was Clapton's and Becker's dealer. Like don’t lose that vibration “number” of when you feel good/happy/wild/yourself. Money talks BS walks in America baby, if you ever in front of a judge better put up or shut up. I really don't care very much about lyrics. because if they did thier useless copyright lawyers would be out of a great deal of money. Rikki was a real person and Barrytown is a real place and there once was a Gamma Chi (but not "way back when in '67") tho I have little doubt that the songs are actually. I love this song but will forever associate it with John Mahoney singing it while driving during a scene in "Say Anything". rikki ducornet, mentioned above, has talked about this in an interview somewhere. Wasn't Riki Tiki Tavi a male .. weasel? yeah i don't get the speculation at all. I think that the interview was in Musician; Listener and Player mag. I often hear a line or two in a song and form an impression of the general subject matter. 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