Gaslighting Abbie Lyrics - Steely Dan

Steely Dan Two Against Nature cover art
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Antonio Carlos Brasileiro De A Jobim
release date: 2000-2-29
genres: Jazz Rock Pop
styles: Alternative Rock/Folk Rock/Pop Rock/Classic Rock
length: 5:58
lead vocals: Donald Fagen
trumpet: Michael Leonhart
Rhodes piano: Donald Fagen
background vocals: Michael Harvey, Cynthia Calhoun and Carolyn Leonhart
electric bass guitar: Tom Barney
guitar: Walter Becker
clarinet: Lawrence Feldman
tenor saxophone: David Tofani
trombone: Jim Pugh
bass clarinet: Roger Rosenberg
drums (drum set): Ricky Lawson
Clavinet: Donald Fagen
solo tenor saxophone: Chris Potter
writer: Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
One plush summer you come to me ripe and ready
And bad through and through
With that deep mystical soul synergy pumping steady
Between me and you
Lovin’ all the beautiful work we’ve done, cara mia
And it’s barely july
If we keep on boppin’ until labor day
Li’l miz abbie - bye bye

What will it be - some soothing herb tea?
That might be just the thing
Let’s say we spike it with deludin
Or else - maybe tonight a hand of solitaire

Flame is the game
The game we call gaslighting abbie
It’s a luscious invention for three
One summer by the sea

With the long weekend that’s comin’ up fast
Let’s get busy
There’s just too much to do
That black mini looks just like the one she’s been missin’
Feels good on you
There’s a few items we need in town - allez-vous girl
There’s no time to waste
Such as fresh cable and fifteen watt bulbs
Couple dozen - it’s a big old place
Let’s keep it light - we’ll do a fright night
With blood and everything
Some punky laughter from the kitchen
And then - a nice relaxing hand of solitaire


You can choose the music
I’ll set up my gear
Later on we’ll chill and watch the fireworks from here

How can you knock this mighty spitelock
Check out the work itself
A mix of elegance and function
That’s right - a tweak or two and then she’s out of here


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CD 1
  • 1 Gaslighting Abbie
  • 2 What a Shame About Me
  • 3 Two Against Nature
  • 4 Janie Runaway
  • 5 Almost Gothic
  • 6 Jack of Speed
  • 7 Cousin Dupree
  • 8 Negative Girl
  • 9 West of Hollywood