Reelin’ in the Years Lyrics - Steely Dan

Steely Dan Can’t Buy a Thrill cover art
Release information
Writer(s): Donald Jay Fagen, Walter Carl Becker
Release Date: 1972-10
length: 4:36
producer: Gary Katz
membranophone: Jim Hodder
piano: Donald Fagen
engineer: Roger Nichols
bass: Walter Becker
background vocals: David Palmer
guitar: Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Denny Dias
background vocals & lead vocals: Donald Fagen
assistant engineer: Tim Weston
solo guitar: Elliott Randall
writer: Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
Your everlasting summer
You can see it fading fast
So you grab a piece of something
That you think is gonna last
You wouldn't know a diamond
If you held it in your hand
The things you think are precious
I can't understand

Are you reelin' in the years
Stowin' away the time
Are you gatherin' up the tears
Have you had enough of mine

You been tellin' me you're a genius
Since you were seventeen
In all the time I've known you
I still don't know what you mean
The weekend at the college
Didn't turn out like you planned
The things that pass for knowledge
I can't understand

[Chorus: x2]

I spend a lot of money
And I spent a lot of time
The trip we made in Hollywood
Is etched upon my mind
After all the things we've done and seen
You find another man
The things you think are useless
I can't understand


Lyrics licensed by
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Do It Again
  • 2 Dirty Work
  • 3 Kings
  • 4 Midnite Cruiser
  • 5 Only a Fool Would Say That
  • 6 Reelin’ in the Years
  • 7 Fire in the Hole
  • 8 Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)
  • 9 Change of the Guard
  • 10 Turn That Heartbeat Over Again