Steely Dan: Kid Charlemagne Meaning
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Song Released: 1976
Kid Charlemagne Lyrics
Those San Francisco nights
You were the best in town
Just by chance you crossed the diamond with the pearl
You turned it on the world
That's when you turned the world around
Did you feel...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Sep 3rd 2009 report
It's about Owsley Stanley(The Bear). Owsley made the best LSD around in the sixties. He fed the Acid Tests. This was no ordinary dealer. He recreated what the government was making at the time. He was a very smart man who gave his talents to this specific mind expanding drug. He was eventually busted and left behind by many who once used his product, including the Grateful Dead.
anonymous Feb 9th 2020 report
Fantastic tune. The LSD link is correct.The guitar solo by Larry Carlton was ranked #3 favorite of All time by Rolling Stone!
anonymous Oct 3rd 2015 report
Owsley the Acid Maker
anonymous Nov 27th 2013 report
I thought it was about Krn Krsey and his band of merry pranksters as portrayed in Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. But Owsley could more specifically be it?
I'm usually not very good at interpreting the Dan's song, but Kid Charlemagne is obviously about Owsley. In the 60's he was well known for producing the purest acid around. When he produced a new batch he would often distribute free samples. He also was instrumental in designing the Dead's sound system, although some his experiments in this area did not work out so well.
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anonymous Jul 7th 2006 report
I see this song about the rise and fall of a California drug dealer. At first he's not only everyone's best friend, but he's a pinoneer, a "rainmaker", a wunderkind, he's a god.
As with all things, when the market gets hip to your game (music, technology, stocks, etc.), it (the market) inevitably will consume you.
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