Steely Dan: Do It Again Meaning
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Song Released: 1972
Do It Again Lyrics
For the man who stole your water
And you fire till he is done in
But they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all singin'
As they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn't hangin'
anonymous May 27th 2019 report
Obsession. Desire. Addiction. They lead us to barely escape, the hangman. Suffer one broken heart after another and risk financial ruin. Still. “We go back, Jack. Do it Again. Wheel turning round and round”
.....We can’t break the wheel.
anonymous Apr 10th 2019 report
Trying to escape east germany by going over the berlin wall.
anonymous Feb 21st 2019 report
This song reminds many of us that we are made a certain way and that what attracts us to cerain things and ways of life that are (if truth be told) inexplicable. This anonymous contributor is basically unchanged from the small boy who first stumbled through his first day at school until this day of my almost seventy years. Animalistic urges included, i realky ont know why i have done anything in my life . I love steely dan but the beatles not so much. Go figure
anonymous Jun 21st 2018 report
My sense is that it's a reference to the wheel of reincarnation or the karmic "wheel of 84"
anonymous Mar 15th 2018 report
It seems quite obvious to me that, amongst other things, the song deals with lust and obsessive underhanded love matters. Undisciplined drives and passions leading one astray and into perdition. "Your black cards can make you money so you hide them while you're able. In the land of Milk and Honey you must put them on the table."
anonymous Apr 21st 2016 report
Isn't it just about addiction, in the most general sense?
anonymous Jan 15th 2016 report
anonymous Nov 29th 2015 report
In 1972 the American criminal justice system was perceived by many to be a revolving door system with rampant recidivism.
Upon release from prison many persons immediately re-offended and returned to prison. Three-strikes your out sentencing and mandatory minimum sentences were partially a reaction to offenders that did not seem to be concerned about returning to prison because they were often released again after a relatively short time.
Upon release they "Go Back Jack Do it Again".
This is only one possible interpretation. As with most Steely Dan lyrics some degree of obligatory ambiguity seems to always be present. Also one of the reasons their music is so interesting.
anonymous May 29th 2012 report
Keep making the same misteaks over and over.
Three terms ... "Fate," "Obsession," and "Luck" but I'm not sure about 'Fate,' and where perhaps in the context of committing a crime, and getting away with it, one could presumably be inclined, and not out of 'Obsession' but that of 'Luck' to'Do it again.' [This song came to mind last night when having to deal with a difficult technical decision] :)
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