My Old School

"My Old School" is a single drawn from Steely Dan's 1973 album Countdown to Ecstasy. It reached number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

"My Old School"
Single by Steely Dan
from the album Countdown to Ecstasy
B-side"Pearl of the Quarter"
ReleasedOctober 1973
GenreRock, pop rock, jazz fusion
Songwriter(s)Donald Fagen, Walter Becker
Steely Dan singles chronology
"Show Biz Kids"
"My Old School"
"Rikki Don't Lose That Number"
Music video
"My Old School" on YouTube

The song's lyrics tell the story of a drug bust at Bard College (named "Annandale" in the lyrics after its location) while both Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were students there, and how a female acquaintance had inadvertently betrayed them to "Daddy Gee" (G. Gordon Liddy, then the local prosecutor). The upshot is that the singer vows he is "never going back" to the college until "California tumbles into the sea".[2]


Key signature and compositionEdit

The song was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker[3] and is in the key of G major. The original studio track features a guitar solo by Jeff Baxter.


  1. ^ Steely Dan USA chart history, Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  2. ^ Stewart Mason. "My Old School - Steely Dan - Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2017. "My Old School" is the pair's most overt song about their alma mater, a sarcastically chipper-sounding remembrance of the time Becker and Fagen, along with several dozen other students, found themselves caught up in a trumped-up drug raid during an election cycle.
  3. ^ "MusicNotes". Retrieved November 28, 2014.

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