Steely Dan's "The Second Arrangement"

by John Tabacco

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    My sister and I are huge Steely Dan fans, so for her birthday I recorded that long lost Becker and Fagen classic : The Second Arrangement. It took a few hours to figure out the chords from the demo I heard but I think I got pretty close. It would be great if B&F actually went in and re-recorded this gem but I guess the Beacon performance of 2011 might be as close as we get.

     

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Words and Music © by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen

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THE SECOND ARRANGEMENT

Pour out the wine, little girl
I've got just two friends in this whole wide world
Here's to reckless lovers
We all need somebody
Stashed in the yellow Jag
I've got my life and laundry in a Gladstone bag
You should know the program
Just one red rose and a tender goodbye [One last goodbye]

And I run to the second arrangement
It's only the natural thing
The ruse steps out with no regrets
A sparkling conscience
A new address
When I run to the second arrangement
The home of a mutual friend
Now's the time to redefine the first arrangement again

It's a sticky situation
A serious affair
I must explain it to you somehow
Right now I'll just move back one square

Here comes that noise again
Another scrambled message from my last best friend
Something I can dance to
A song with tears in it
Old friends abandon me
It's just the routine politics of jealousy
Someday we'll remember
The one red rose and the one last goodbye [One last goodbye]

And I run to the second arrangement
It's only the natural thing
The ruse steps out with no regrets
A sparkling conscience
A new address
When I run to the second arrangement
The home of a mutual friend
Now's the time to redefine the first arrangement again

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released September 12, 2014
The performers on this recording are :
John Tabacco : Lead vocal, bass, acoustic, keys, programming
Susan DeVita : backup vocals
Anthony Pomes: Electric Guitar
Recorded at Suburban Hermit Studios II, Stony Brook NY
For more info : www.johntabacco.net

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John Tabacco Stony Brook, New York

John Tabacco is a composer, singer-songwriter, producer, recording engineer, and graphic artist.

Like an unfolding musical diary / puzzle, Tabacco’s music and art are constantly being re-worked, juxtaposed and intertwined.

For more info : www.johntabacco.net
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