The B-side was ", Frank Zappa fans of course have a different context for this song. “It’s the only one you got” ... your signature vibration! He also talked about Chase the Dragon being a smack song. I think pretty much any interpretation goes well with John Mahoney singing along with it in "Say Anything". It's the only one you own You might use it if you feel better When you get home. Especially the intro and the delivery of the "stay inside and play games" line. See if you can spot the real ones. "We hear you're leaving, that's OKI thought our little wild time had just begunI guess you kind of scared yourself, you turn and runBut if you have a change of heart...". But if you have a change of heart. Two things I don't like about the song (the original version): The piano intro is ripped, I mean is an homage, from "Song For My Father", Horace Silver. The band’s best-known songs included ‘Do It Again,’ ‘Reelin’ in the Years,’ and ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number… Rikki-Tikki-Tavi! I'm actually not crazy about the line "Send it off in a letter to yourself" - I mean it sound really cool, especially the way they sing it, but the idea is actually a bit forced. Isn't that one way of copyrighting a written work - to mail it to yourself by registered mail and then leaving it unopened as evidence of the date of authorship? Favorite Answer The notion that the "number" Rikki shouldn't lose is a joint is also suggested by the next line, "Mail it in a letter to yourself", which was, supposedly (I wouldn't know) a way … Go to your CD collection and get out, Speaking on the subject of playing their hit songs in concert, Donald Fagen told. Thier services would become academic. Wasn't Riki Tiki Tavi a male .. weasel? My favorite fictional mongoose. ― Drastic times require what? I have a friend in town, he's heard your name. I think the line is actually "you don't even know you're mind", which is a bit less stalkerish. No, there's also social critique and debauchery and despair. I'm talking out of my ass... ― Debito (Debito), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:12 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Credito, Monday, 24 November 2003 05:34 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:41 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Al (sitcom), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:49 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:51 (seventeen years ago) link, ― jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:56 (seventeen years ago) link, ― gusbot (eternal_fields), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:57 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Debito (Debito), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:58 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Al (sitcom), Monday, 24 November 2003 05:58 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Al (sitcom), Monday, 24 November 2003 06:02 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Al (sitcom), Monday, 24 November 2003 06:03 (seventeen years ago) link. I always assumed Rikki was a woman. Rikki don't lose that number It's the only one you own You might use it if you feel better When you get home I have a friend in town, he's heard your name We can go out driving on Slow Hand Row We could stay inside and play games, I don't know And you could have a change of heart Rikki don't lose that number You don't want to call nobody else again its quite possible the the multiplicity of interpretations suggested here is precisely the effect desired by the songwriters. because if they did thier useless copyright lawyers would be out of a great deal of money. ! ― skip, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:33 (ten years ago) link. ― Mark G, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 08:16 (ten years ago) link, ― skip, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:33 AM (10 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink, ― Mark G, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:16 AM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink. From an article about/interview with Fagen in. 10, 1981). Anyway I am now mentally combining "Rikki, Don't Lose That Number" with "Billy, Don't Lose My Number" and hating all of you heartily as a result. ― o. nate (onate), Monday, 24 November 2003 21:48 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 24 November 2003 21:53 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 24 November 2003 21:54 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 24 November 2003 21:56 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 24 November 2003 21:57 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 24 November 2003 22:01 (seventeen years ago) link, ― hstencil, Monday, 24 November 2003 22:02 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 24 November 2003 22:11 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Mark G, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:40 (thirteen years ago) link, ― baaderonixx, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:47 (thirteen years ago) link, ― danbunny, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:58 (thirteen years ago) link, ― danbunny, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:59 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Hurting 2, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:16 (thirteen years ago) link, ― ellaguru, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:42 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Hurting 2, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:48 (thirteen years ago) link, ― ellaguru, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:54 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Hurting 2, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:55 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Sparkle Motion, Thursday, 10 May 2007 15:01 (thirteen years ago) link, ― o. nate, Thursday, 10 May 2007 15:02 (thirteen years ago) link, ― danbunny, Thursday, 10 May 2007 15:28 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Hurting 2, Thursday, 10 May 2007 15:30 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Tinky-Winky, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:58 (thirteen years ago) link, ― mike a, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:00 (thirteen years ago) link, ― billstevejim, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:02 (thirteen years ago) link, ― The Deacon, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:04 (thirteen years ago) link, ― o. nate, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:59 (thirteen years ago) link, ― hstencil, Thursday, 10 May 2007 19:13 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Sparkle Motion, Thursday, 10 May 2007 19:20 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Brad C., Thursday, 10 May 2007 20:19 (thirteen years ago) link, ― PappaWheelie V, Thursday, 10 May 2007 23:10 (thirteen years ago) link, ― chaki, Friday, 11 May 2007 01:26 (thirteen years ago) link, ― baaderonixx, Friday, 11 May 2007 07:45 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 11 May 2007 08:43 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 11 May 2007 08:46 (thirteen years ago) link, ― Hurting 2, Friday, 11 May 2007 13:56 (thirteen years ago) link, From http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3204, "Judy from Arlington TX is right on, it use to be refered to as " a poor mans copyright ". danbunny we shoulda gone by rikki's house last week. ‘You might feel better when you come home’ Come home to your signature vibration. Rikki was a real person and Barrytown is a real place and there once was a Gamma Chi (but not "way back when in '67") tho I have little doubt that the songs are actually. ― Fruitless and Pansy Free (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:53 (ten years ago) link, It never, ever occurred to me that a man would spell his name "Rikki".― Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, November 24, 2003 9:31 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink, ― Zeppelin to Howlin Wolf: "Suck It" (Bill Magill), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 13:49 (ten years ago) link, http://img.hotmoviesale.com/dvds/LGE-D17066D/1/Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.jpg, ― Shock and Awe High School (Phil D.), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 13:52 (ten years ago) link, http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2008/03/29/rikki_rockett_narrowweb__300x401,0.jpg, ― Ride decided to give birth to a giant poop log & disguise it as a CD (jamescobo), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:14 (ten years ago) link, http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jQ7O2uD4L._SL500_AA300_.jpg, ― Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:25 (ten years ago) link. Rikki Don't Lose That Number" appropriates the bass pattern from Horace Silver's 1965 song "Song for My Father", while "Parker's Band" features Charlie Parker–influenced riffs and a lyric that invites listeners to "take a piece of Mr. Parker's band." You will recieve a federal, dated postmarked song in a sealed envelope. why? "You go to Lost Wages,” meaning Las Vegas. ― Green Manalishi (Viceroy), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 00:26 (ten years ago) link, ― Green Manalishi (Viceroy), Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:26 AM (16 minutes ago) Bookmark. Send it off in a letter to yourself The introductory riff is an almost direct copy of the intro of Horace Silver's jazz classic "Song for My Father". A: Like many songwriters, Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Donald Fagen offered little information on the meaning of their song lyrics, including “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.” The theory being if anyone ever challenged your intellectual claim to that song you would have the evidence. CHORUS: Rikki don't lose that number. Money talks BS walks in America baby, if you ever in front of a judge better put up or shut up. I remember Tom Robinson doing a cover version, that was probably why. I don't think the "poor man's copyright" method holds up in court. Though the gay interpretation is very intriguing. And do you mean that's not a smack song? I read a Fagen interview years ago where he said that Rikki was Eric Clapton and the "number" was Clapton's and Becker's dealer. Exactly what is it that those girls chant incessantly? However, she has the thing he most wants, her sex. However, though a great and valid idea, in truth its an urban myth. Drastic measures! Ricky don't lose that number It's the only one you'll want You might use it if you feel better When you get home (Home home, when you get home) I can tell you all I know The where to go, the what to do And you can try to run but you can't hide From what's inside of you You tell yourself you're not my kind But you don't even know your mind And you could have a change of heart Ricky don't lose that number I really don't care very much about lyrics. A look at some very similar covers. Rikki, don't lose that number It's the only one you own You might use it if you feel better When you get home You tell yourself you're not my kind But you don't even know your mind But if you have a change of heart Rikki, don't lose that number You don't wanna call nobody else Send it off in a letter to yourself Rikki, don't lose that number It's the only one you own You might use it if you feel better Famous songs that lent their titles - and in some cases storylines - to movies. ― gusbot (eternal_fields), Monday, 24 November 2003 06:39 (seventeen years ago) link. Rock dudes be hyper-sensitive about people not losing their numbers. Important: The song above is NOT stored on the Chordie server.The original song is hosted at www.guitaretab.com.Chordie works as a search engine and provides on-the-fly formatting. It’s the only one you got!!! mongoose? Instead of being down/ jaded/limited. A monthly update on our latest interviews, stories and added songs, The keyboard riff was taken from "Song For My Father," which was released in 1964 by the jazz composer and pianist Horace Silver. I guess its probably about that real person they went to college with, whutever.. its just the way the lyrics are written, and without any specific genders ever mentioned or implied I always interpreted it as a gay/coming out/drug scene stuff song. ― master of retardment (ENBB), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:57 (ten years ago) link. The beginning of this song features a flapamba, a rare and unusual instrument that is a variant of a marimba. ― Kenan Hebert (kenan), Monday, 24 November 2003 14:56 (seventeen years ago) link, it's totally about picking up a transgendered hooker and getting a hand job in the back of his car, ― JaXoN (JasonD), Monday, 24 November 2003 20:43 (seventeen years ago) link. It sounds kind of quaint but mysterious. T (President Keyes), lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre). Bruce Sprinsteen said "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" was "the best love song I ever wrote.". Danbunny, thanks for that! About Rikki Don't Lose That Number "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" is a single released in 1974 by rock/jazz rock group Steely Dan and the opening track of their third album Pretzel Logic. i don't think knowing that should changes one's interpretation of the song, though. In any case, I absolutely love the song. ― jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 24 November 2003 20:46 (seventeen years ago) link. T (President Keyes), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:35 (ten years ago) link. It never, ever occurred to me that a man would spell his name "Rikki". This song is about the wave of Puerto Ricans (Saint John = San Juan) who immigrated to NYC to escape poverty on their own island because they've heard all the stories about the streets here figuratively being paved with gold. ― dave225 (Dave225), Monday, 24 November 2003 14:16 (seventeen years ago) link, ― Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 24 November 2003 14:31 (seventeen years ago) link, ― dave225 (Dave225), Monday, 24 November 2003 14:36 (seventeen years ago) link, ― amateur!st (amateurist), Monday, 24 November 2003 14:52 (seventeen years ago) link. Yeah, but it being a girl's name makes the song totally boring. I thought our little wild time had just begun. its not that lyrics are irrelevant but that the perfect comprehension of them is irrelevant or not so relevant. yeah i don't get the speculation at all. Now it would have to be "send it off in an e-mail to yourself." I saw it as a simple song from a man to a woman, too. Lots of life lessons in these Eagles lyrics - can you match them to the correct song? Write a song, seal it in a letter, and send it to yourself. Misheard lyrics (also called mondegreens) occur when people misunderstand the lyrics in a song. I love this song but will forever associate it with John Mahoney singing it while driving during a scene in "Say Anything". Rikki don't lose that number; You don't wanna call nobody else. I thought our little wild time had just begun. Among 10 total top 40 hits on the chart, the act returned to the top 10 with 1974's "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" (its highest-peaking song) and "Hey Nineteen" (No. Rikki don't lose that number You don't wanna call nobody else Send it off in a letter to yourself Rikki don't lose that number It's the only one you own You might use it if you feel better When you get home You tell yourself you're not my kind But you don't even know your mind And you could have a change of heart Rikki don't lose that number You don't wanna call nobody else Not that he did in this case, but seems like he would get great pleasure out of seeing it in print. I was gonna point out that Rikki could totally be a girl's name but too late. because if they did thier useless copyright lawyers would be out of a great deal of money. Although the introduction, played by British jazz musician Victor Feldman, was cut from the original ABC single version, the MCA single reissue restored the flapamba intro but fades out just before the actual end of the track. (sorry, it's just a pet peeve of mine that folks like Fagan or, say, Elvis Costello, seem to get caught in this trap where their praised more for the content of their lyrics more than their skillz, to the point that if it's not vengeful spiteful bile, it's either not their best work, or it's subversively insincere), ("their praised" = "they're praised", obv, and "it's either" was meant as "it is perceived as either not..." etc.). ), Yeah, I always assumed was about a guy who was only just beginning to come out of the closet in his mind...though now I'm sort of amazed that I just. I may like those lines a lot, and they may have meaning to me. I never considered the gay angle, though that makes sense. I heard this song on the radio last night and liked it. 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