1973 Steely Dan – My Old School (US:#63)

“My Old School” is a single drawn from Steely Dan‘s 1973 album Countdown to Ecstasy. It reached number 63 on the Billboard charts.

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.”

Album

Video

Musicians

BassWalter Becker
DrumsJim Hodder
GuitarJeff Baxter
GuitarDenny Dias
PianoDonald Fagen
SaxBill Perkins
SaxErnie Watts
SaxJohn Rotella
SaxLanny Morgan
PercussionJim Hodder
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews
Background VocalsMyrna Matthews
Background VocalsPatrica Hall
VocalsDonald Fagen

Produced By

Gary Katz

Songwiters

Donald Fagen
Walter Becker

Charts

US:#63
UK:# –