Who Sang Don’t Take Me Alive? Steely Dan

Steely Dan The Royal Scam cover art
release date: 1976-5
genres: Jazz Rock Pop
styles: Soft Rock/Pop Rock/Jazz-Rock/Classic Rock
length: 4:17
vocal: Donald Fagen
trumpet: Chuck Findley
bass: Chuck Rainey and Walter Becker
background vocals: Donald Fagen
guitar: Walter Becker and Larry Carlton
keyboard: Paul Griffin and Donald Fagen
percussion: Gary Coleman
horn: Bob Findley and Dick Hyde
saxophone: Plas Johnson, John Klemmer and Jim Horn
trombone: Dick Hyde
drums (drum set): Rick Marotta
solo guitar: Larry Carlton
Agents of the law
Luckless pedestrian
I know you're out there
With rage in your eyes and your megaphones
Saying all is forgiven
Mad dog surrender
How can I answer
A man of my mind can do anything

I'm a bookkeeper's son
I don't want to shoot no one
Well I crossed my old man back in Oregon
Don't take me alive
Got a case of dynamite
I could hold out here all night
Yes I crossed my old man back in Oregon
Don't take me alive

Can you hear the evil crowd
The lies and the laughter
I hear my inside
The mechanized hum of another world
Where no sun is shining
No red light flashing
Here in this darkness
I know what I've done
I know all at once who I am


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Kid Charlemagne
  • 2 The Caves of Altamira
  • 3 Don’t Take Me Alive
  • 4 Sign in Stranger
  • 5 The Fez
  • 6 Green Earrings
  • 7 Haitian Divorce
  • 8 Everything You Did
  • 9 The Royal Scam