Who Sang Charlie Freak? Steely Dan

Steely Dan Pretzel Logic cover art
Credits
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Donald Jay Fagen, Walter Carl Becker
release date: 1974-3-2
genres: Jazz Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Jazz-Rock/Post Rock/Classic Rock
length: 2:45
producer: Gary Katz
engineer: Roger Nichols
Charlie Freak had but one thing to call his own
Three weight ounce pure golden ring no precious stone
Five nights without a bite
No place to lay his head

And if nobody takes him in
He'll soon be dead
On the street he spied my face I heard him hail
In our plot of frozen space he told his tale

Poor man, he showed his hand
So righteous was his need
And me so wise I bought his prize
For chicken feed

Newfound cash soon begs to smash a state of mind
Close inspection fast revealed his favorite kind
Poor kid, he overdid
Embraced the spreading haze

And while he sighed his body died
In fifteen ways

When I heard I grabbed a cab to where he lay
'Round his arm the plastic tag read D.O.A.
Yes Jack, I gave it back
The ring I could not own

Now come my friend I'll take your hand
And lead you home



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Rikki Don’t Lose That Number
  • 2 Night by Night
  • 3 Any Major Dude Will Tell You
  • 4 Barrytown
  • 5 East St. Louis Toodle‐Oo
  • 6 Parker’s Band
  • 7 Through With Buzz
  • 8 Pretzel Logic
  • 9 With a Gun
  • 10 Charlie Freak
  • 11 Monkey in Your Soul

  • Album Information
    label: ABC Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin