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Steely Dan – Don't Take Me Alive lyrics

Agents of the law
Luckless pedestrian
I know you're out there
With rage in your eyes and your megaphones
Saying all is forgiven
Mad dog surrender
How can I answer
A man of my mind can do anything
I'm a bookkeeper's son
I don't want to shoot no one
Well I crossed my old man back in oregon
Don't take me alive
Got a case of dynamite
I could hold out here all night
Yes I crossed my old man back in oregon
Don't take me alive

Can you hear the evil crowd
The lies and the laughter
I hear my inside
The mechanized hum of another world
Where no sun is shining
No red light flashing
Here in this darkness
I know what I've done
I know all at once who I am


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Don't Take Me Alive meanings

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    Classic sniper gone insane scenario. A man is hole-up in a building. He has already shot one pedestrian (luckless), and is now surrounded by police and a hostile crowd. His crisis was caused by "crossing his old man," a reference to chronic paternal child abuse. The sniper would rather be killed by the police and those in the crowd than face the anger of his abusive father back in Oregon.
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