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Steely Dan: Babylon Sister Meaning

Babylon Sister Lyrics

Drive west on Sunset
To the sea
Turn that jungle music down
Just until we're out of town
This is no one night stand
It's a real occasion
Close your eyes and you'll be there
It's everything they say
The end of a perfect day
Distant lights...

  1. anonymous
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    Jun 21st 2018 report

    To me this song has been a reference to an African-American prostitute. (Jungle Music) Missed the 3-way reference though. Everything else seems to fit in my opinion. Nose candy, life of remorse for a guy getting older.

  2. joeo
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    Apr 3rd 2009 report

    Babylon Sisters is a Biblical reference to a fallen people, fallen women, fallen and degenerate lifestyles, he realizes he is getting to old for this shallow experiences. He is with his young girl on the Santa Ana Freeway on his way to a three way sexual encounter. ("Its cheap but its not free...Love is not a game for three, San Fransico Show and Tell is another sex rerefence) Cotton candy = nose candy (cocaine and or young girl reference)."So Fine So Young Tell me I'm the only One" a delusional refrence about relationships with prostitutes..These women are so young he no longer has much in common with them ("Turn that jungle music down").
    Babylon Sister Shake It... Its no secret about indulgent rock lifesytles, he has talked about his indulgent destructive behavior before (In Kid Charlamagne, also in Time Out Of Mind phrase "Tonight When I Chase The Dragon ,are all drug references) he has mentioned his preference for fast women (prostitutes) in his songs before. There is also some sadness, remorse, guilt?... as he realizes he is getting to old for this shallow experiences....but it has never stopped him before as in the Song Do It Again that is about addictions compulsions and repeating his mistakes again and again. So Babylon Sister Shake It....."you got to shake it baby you got to shake it baby you got to shake it"...........


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