You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It
(Or You'll Lose That Beat)

The You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It Album

SPARK Records (1970) vinyl
VISA Records IMP 7005
(1978) vinyl
See For Miles records Ltd. SEECD 357
(1992) cd

Featuring:
Walter Becker -
Bass & Guitar, Donald Fagen - All Keyboards,
Denny Diaz -
Guitar & Percussion, John Discepolo - Drums.

Original sound recordings made by Spark Records.
Arranged by Donald Fagen & Walter Becker.
Produced by Kenny Vance.


You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It
(Fagen, Becker & Locke)
Flotsam and Jetsam
(Becker, Fagen & Vance)
War and Peace
(Discepolo)
Roll Back The Meaning
(Fagen, Becker & White)

You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It [reprise]
(Fagen, Becker & Locke)
Dog Eat Dog
(Fagen & Becker)
Red Giant/White Dwarf
Becker, Fagen & Vance)
If It Rains
(Fagen & Becker)


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You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It

Ain't no man can tell you
what's right or wrong for you,
'cause you got to know what you need to know
to know what you got to do;

Chorus:
You got to walk it just like you talk it
or be sure you're gonna lose that beat.
Yeah, you got to walk it just like you talk it
or be sure you're gonna lose that beat.

You rap yourself to ribbons
and bite and punch and kick,
but to join the race
you'll have to change your face,
the whole thing seems so sick;

Chorus

Now Carter he's got a problem
and most folks do you'll agree,
he's got to grab, go blind or lose his mind,
and most folks do all three;

Chorus


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Roll Back The Meaning

The word is not enough to judge the souls we save
it tries too hard to make the mind behave.
Roll back the meaning,
feel out what's seeming to begin now
you'll find that when you
roll back the secret of
what's behind and what's above
It's all that I've been thinkin' of.
Our special losin' streak
it can't survive for long;
the time is right but something else is wrong.
Roll back the meaning,
drink to our dreaming in the end then
ah, you gotta walk back a sacred mile
where we contact a backwards style
a wilderness we can't defile.
The time is right but something else is wrong.
Roll back the meaning,
drink to our dreaming in the end then
ah, you gotta walk back a sacred mile
where we contact a backwards style
a wilderness we can't defile.


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Dog Eat Dog

Stranded in Red Hook, I check in the black book
for anybody's cave;
I run into guess who, a boozer to rescue
but there's nothin' left to save.
The Indian hat clerk is doing his homework
eating soda cracker dog style;
They check it once over
and drag it to Dover
where they dump it on the rockpile.

Chorus:
'Cause it's dog eat dog, eat dog,
Ain't no use to fight it;
It's dog eat dog, eat dog,
Grab it fast and bite it.

Dog eat dog eat dog eat dog eat dog eat dog
Now I've got the power, the man of the hour
is leaving room for no doubt;
The picadors catch you, and what does it get you
but an incandescent blowout.
And if when he sees you, the judge he can't please you,
he'll catch you on the rebound;
So rip off your mask or the best you can ask for
is a mattress in the city pound.

Chorus

Dog eat dog eat dog eat dog eat dog eat dog . . .


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If It Rains

I can't understand how it happend,
Seems I've run into morning too soon I'm sure;
As the shimmering presence of daybreak
Descends to the living room floor.
I step to the window and listen
To sounds it seems I've never heard before;
A street like a midwestern carnival
A girl on an alien shore.

Chorus:
When the sun shines at midnight
Keep me running just the same,
But sing me still
If it rains.

My eyes scan out around me
As I heer them on the run;
Though a thousand lions surround me
I count them all as one.

Chorus

A black and lightless cavern
A riddle from on high
I feel the bright-eyed courier
Can teach me how to cry.
These things, now second nature,
Remain a part of me
With only rain to tell me of
The places I can be.

Chorus


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