- "Well the danger on the rocks is surely past
Still I remain tied to the mast
Could it be that I have found my home at last
Home at last"
Released in 1977, Aja is Steely Dan's sixth album.
- "Black Cow"
- "Deacon Blues"
- "Home At Last"
- "I Got The News"
- Donald Fagen, keyboards/vocals
- Walter Becker, guitar
"I Got The Tropes":
- Bookends: "Black Cow" and "Josie" both mention a place called "Rudy's".
- Drunk Driver: "Deacon Blues""Drink scotch whiskey all night long
And die behind the wheel"
- Epic Rocking: "Aja" runs 8:00, "Deacon Blues" runs 7:36, and most of the songs are over five minutes. "Josie" is the shortest at 4:30.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: "Josie"
- Minimalistic Cover Art: As shown above.
- New Sound Album: Much jazzier, longer songs, much less pop.
- Ode to Intoxication: "Black Cow"
- One-Woman Song: "Aja," "Peg," "Josie"
- Record Producer: Gary Katz, as usual.
- Refrain from Assuming: The song is "Peg," not "Your Favorite Foreign Movie."
- Something Blues: "Deacon Blues"
- Take That!: "Deacon Blues," to everyone who doesn't like their music."I'll learn to work the saxophone
I'll play just what I feel"
- Uncommon Time: The title track, as described by The Other Wiki:The first part goes on for 17 bars, one in 2/4, as the other musicians vamp on staccato chords beneath. The interlude chords briefly return, and Gadd resumes keep the beat, with a few more flourishes, while Shorter's solo continues. Then the vamp and drum solo resume for another 17-bar section, this one including one bar in 3/4, that ends with a descending chord progression that takes us back into the intro.