My Old School
|"My Old School"|
|Single by Steely Dan|
|from the album Countdown to Ecstasy|
|B-side||"Pearl of the Quarter"|
|Genre||Rock, pop rock, jazz fusion|
|Songwriter(s)||Donald Fagen, Walter Becker|
|Steely Dan singles chronology|
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".
- Donald Fagen – piano, lead vocals, backup vocals
- Walter Becker – bass
- Denny Dias – rhythm guitar
- Jeff Baxter – lead guitar
- Jim Hodder – drums, percussion
- Sherlie Matthews, Myrna Matthews, Patricia Hall, Royce Jones – backup vocals
- Ernie Watts – saxophone
- Johnny Rotella – saxophone
- Lanny Morgan – saxophone
- Bill Perkins – saxophone
Key signature and compositionEdit
- Steely Dan USA chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
- 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.
- "MusicNotes". Retrieved November 28, 2014.