From Steely Dan
's The Royal Scam
, a song about a genius drug chemist and dealer, formerly openly notorious, forced to flee San Francisco
at the end of the psychedelic
era. The character may be loosely based on Augustus Owsley Stanley
III, a friend of Timothy Leary
who created such titbit
s as the famous "Purple Owsley" variety of acid
. The comparison to Charlemagne
is obscure but glorious.
Lyrics by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, ©1976:
"On the Hill the stuff was laced with kerosene
But yours was kitchen clean
Everyone stopped to stare at your Technicolor motorhome
Every A-frame had your number on the wall..."
Long-time Dan fans say that it is traditional for concert-goers, when this song is performed, to raise drinks, lighters, et cetera to celebrate the high-pitched end note of the following exchange:
"Is there gas in the car?"
"Yes, there's gas in the caaar!"