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Steely Dan – King Of The World lyrics

Hello one and all
Was it you I used to know
Can't you hear me call
On this old ham radio
All I got to say
I'm alive and feeling fine
If you come my way
You can share my poison wine
No marigolds in the promised land
There's a hole in the ground
Where they used to grow
Any man left on the rio grande
Is the king of the world
As far as I know

I don't want your bread
I don't need your helping hand
I can't be no savage
I can't be no highwayman
Show me where you are
You and I will spend this day
Driving in my car
Through the ruins of santa fe


I'm reading last year's papers
Although I don't know why
Assassins cons and rapers
Might as well die

If you come around
No more pain and no regrets
Watch the sun go brown
Smoking cobalt cigarettes
There's no need to hide
Taking things the easy way
If I stay inside
I might live til saturday


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    I always wondered about the lyrics to this tune. I think it may be about an apocolyptic event like a meteor crashing and/or ice age begining again.
    No marigolds in the promised land. There's a hole in ground where they used to grow.
    Therefore anyone one the left of the rio grande is usually in the climate zone where it would be safe. I don't think he was favoring mexicans for any other particular reason. Either way, it's one of my favorite steely dan songs. Maybe I'm way off? It seems like it could fit that theme. I wonder what fagan says?
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