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These are lyrics by Steely Dan that we think are kind of insulting.

Insulting Song Lyrics, Steely Dan

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Steely Dan's, "Hey Nineteen"
The Insulting Lyrics:
Hey nineteen That's 'retha Franklin
She don't remember The queen of soul
Why They're Insulting:
I know it's not meant to be insulting, and it was directed at a potential groupie, but I was 14 when that song came out, and I knew who Aretha Franklin was even before then. If Donald Fagen is suggesting that somebody five years older wouldn't have a clue who she is it almost sounds to me like he's slamming all teenagers.
Submitted by: The Skuz
Steely Dan's, "Pretzel Logic"
The Insulting Lyrics:
Yes I'd love to tour the Southland
In a traveling minstrel show
Yes I'm dying to be a star and make them laugh
Sound just like a record on the phonograph
Those days are gone forever
Over a long time ago, oh yeah
Why They're Insulting:
They romanticize the time when blacks were made fun of in minstrel shows, and "love to tour the Southland" is emphasizing the racial perspective of the South at that time. It's time to stop romanticizing what is simply racism.
Submitted by: Mark Allen
Steely Dan's, "Reeling in the Years"
The Insulting Lyrics:
Well, you wouldn't know a diamond if you held it in your hand
The things you think are precious I can't understand
Why They're Insulting:
The song is sung from the point of view of a man who's broken up with his girlfriend; he questions her ability to determine what is good in life.
Submitted by: Martha Hankins
Steely Dan's, "Your Gold Teeth"
The Insulting Lyrics:
There ain't nothing in Chicago for a monkey woman to do.
Why They're Insulting:
'Monkey Woman' is a racial reference toward Black Females. Is Steely Dan really racist?
Submitted by: Paul Warren

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