You don't wanna call nobody else Send it off in a letter to yourself Rikki don't lose that number. 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. All lyrics provided for educational purposes only. Collaborating with T Bone Burnett, Leslie Phillips changed her name and left her Christian label behind - Robert Plant, who recorded one of her songs on Raising Sand, is a fan. However, the song is NOT in any way shape or form about marijuana. I was heavy metal/pop/grunge/punk. }; Like all the gays did. Chad tells tales from his time as drummer for Nirvana, and talks about his group Before Cars. The B-side was ", Frank Zappa fans of course have a different context for this song. "You might use if you get better, when you get home" rip co-founder, we will miss you. Joe talks about the challenges of of making a Duke Ellington tribute album, and tells the stories behind some of his hits. I guess you kind of scared yourself, you turn and run. Chordie does not index songs against artists'/composers' will. ‘You might feel better when you come home’ Come home to your signature vibration. You've got four girls and/or guys right there, who think the song was all about them. document.write('
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John Mahoney sings part of this song in the movie, Steely Dan used elements of jazz in pop songs, More songs with girls' names in the title, More songs with marimbas or other mallet instruments, Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-Outs, Muhammad Ali: His Musical Legacy and the Songs he Inspired. Like don’t lose that vibration “number” of when you feel good/happy/wild/yourself. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number Lyrics. Does it *really* matter what the intention was, or just *who* inspired the lyrics? Steely Dan's Rikki don't lose that number-Steely Dan + Lyrics music video in high definition. I also thought it could mean smoking cannabis. The beginning of this song features a flapamba, a rare and unusual instrument that is a variant of a marimba. I read somewhere that this was about Rick Derringer who played on many middle period Dan albums. All lyrics provided for educational purposes only. This song is about a guy that just had his first gay experience and it scared him. Rikki as a smoke misdirect for Ricky. artist: "Steely Dan", 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 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 And you could have a change of heart Rikki don't lose that number You don't want to call nobody else Lyrics Begin: We hear you're leaving, that's O. Still do not understand the Dan. So I thought it was about weed too. We hear you're leaving, that's OK. 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, he's heard your … F#m7 A RUN - (B D# G# A D G# A E) And you could have a change of heart, [Chorus] E G Rikki don't lose that number, you don't wanna call nobidy … You tell yourself you're not my kind But you don't even know your … 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 […] We hear you're leaving, that's OK 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. The Fez 3 interpretations; ... All lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. I remember something about them writing a song and before protecting it with a copywrite, the idea was used by someone else, thus the verse "send it off in a letter to yourself"...dont open it and the postmark date would be a way to prove your case. Jeff "Skunk" Baxter played the guitar solo on this track. This would be relevant in the secret society of gays at the time. Isn't that why popular songs are made popular, because they appeal to to a *very* broad range of inspired-and-album-buying listeners??? Em9/D It's the only one you own. It was released in 1974. var opts = { Watch the video for Rikki Don't Lose That Number from Steely Dan's A Decade Of Steely Dan for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Personally, when the song debuted, I just figured it was for *anyone* named Riki or Rickie or Ricky or Rikki. Kim explains how they do it. I am so glad that someone else had my feelings for this song, having grown up on Long Island in the seventies and not being sure of my own sexuality, this errie melody and mysterious message only made my imagine that they must be talking about some first time experience that involved fear and longing, desire and trepidation, anyway it resonated through me at the time for that and still does. It reached the #1 spot on iTunes just 50 minutes after its release. Rikki Don't Lose That Number - Steely Dan - Custom Backing Track MP3 This title is a cover version of Rikki Don't Lose That Number as made famous by Steely Dan Tempo: 116.965 BPM 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. Now he has to figure out if he's gay and who he can talk to about it. Learn the full song lyrics at MetroLyrics. [Intro] [Verse 1] We hear you're leaving, that's okay. Show Biz Kids 0 interpretations; The Boston Rag 0 interpretations; 1976. E E9/D When you get home. It was the most successful single of the group's career, peaking at number 4 … Watch the video for Rikki Don't Lose That Number from Steely Dan's A Decade Of Steely Dan for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. After Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale hooked up in 1996, Rossdale's Bush bandmates referred to their hit song as "Everything Gwen. Great song whatever its meaning. G13/F D A You might use it if you feel bet - ter /. CHORUS: Rikki don't lose that number. Long ago, men i knew were fans of Steely Dan. adunit_id: 100001411, Before he was the champ, Ali released an album called I Am The Greatest!, but his musical influence is best heard in the songs he inspired. My name is Ricki, I am a girl, well I was a younger girl, I 1974 and thought it was my song, even though I didn't know Steely Dan, but it was supposed to be about a friend of theirs, a girl from Bard college.. song: "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", Rikki Don’t Lose That Number “It wasn’t written for Rickie Lee Jones. But if you have a change of heart. 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number' was off Pretzel Logic, and appears to be a favourite of Steely Dan fans. If there was anything greater than platinum classic, I would award it to Steely Dan. The 10 biggest "retirement tours" that didn't take. RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift earned an entry in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest-selling digital single. I never really cared for soft rock/jazz. })(); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Rikki Ducornet(female) was a NY writer and artist who Donald Fagen met while they were both students at Barth college in NY. Thanks for playing, and er ah *paying*! 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 … They met at a college party(she was married at the time) and Rikki was worried that she was becoming attracted to Donald and decided to leave before things went too far, but not before Donald gave her his phone #.This explains most but not all the lyrics. I doubt it. You don't wanna call nobody else. In Belgium, where the Battle of Waterloo took place, "Waterloo" by ABBA was a huge hit, #1 for five weeks. Song meanings ©2003-2021 lyricinterpretations.com. “It’s the only one you got” ... your signature vibration! I heard it was about while in college, he was balling a professor's wife, her name was Rikkie, I am a gay man who was in high school when the song came out in the 70's and I absolutely thought the lyrics were about a gay man coming to terms with himself. The opening of both songs is nearly identical. G13/F Rikki don't lose that number. "I have a friend in town. A G D Send it off in a letter to your self. div_id: "cf_async_" + Math.floor((Math.random() * 999999999)) 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 [break] 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 And for the record I have a daughter in law named Rikki so it is not as unheard of as many people may think, it is just more a regional name. He knows your name." (function() { All lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. /* TFP - lyricinterpretations */ 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. I hear royalties in a good recording contract can go on forever. The notion that the "number" Rikki shouldn't lose is a joint is also suggested by the next line, "Mail it in a letter to yourself", which was, supposedly (I wouldn't know) a way to get pot from Point A to Point B -- mail it general delivery to yourself, and go get it at the post office where you're going. Rikki Don't Lose That Number Lyrics. It's a good example of how, This is Steely Dan's highest charting single, reaching #4 on the Hot 100 in 1974. I don't know And you could have a change of heart Rikki don't lose that number. Are they still alive? Rikki don't lose that number 'Number' is another name for a joint of marijuana, and it's been suggested that a joint of high quality was given, and should not be lost, as it will certainly make one feel better. Rikki Don't Lose That Number 17 interpretations; 1973. Correct spelling of the name is Rikki and it is the female verision of the name so I believe you are mistaken when you make the assumption that it is about a same sex relationship due to the name. I thought our little wild time had just begun. ", John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath got its title from a line in "The Battle Hymn of the Republic": "He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. Instead of being down/ jaded/limited. Just to clear up a generation's worth of rumors about the lyrics of "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," Walter Beckerstated for the record in a 1985 interview in the pages of Musician that the "number" in question was not slang for a marijuana cigarette ("send it off in a letter to yourself," supposedly a way to safely transport one's dope back before the post office abolished general delivery mail, was held up as the … 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. "You're not my kind" for Rikki? ", "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow started with the first line from an obscure poem called "Fun" that read, "All I wanna do is have some fun.". Long ago. Decades later learning they were so gay long ago. I thought our little wild time had just begun. 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