My Old School

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"My Old School"
Single by Steely Dan
from the album Countdown to Ecstasy
B-side "Pearl of the Quarter"
Released 1973
Format 7" single
Genre Rock, Jazz fusion
Writer(s) Donald Fagen, Walter Becker
Steely Dan singles chronology
"Show Biz Kids"
"My Old School"
"Rikki Don't Lose That Number"

My Old School is a single drawn from Steely Dan's 1973 album Countdown to Ecstasy. It reached number 63 in the Billboard charts.[1]

In its March 24, 2006 edition, Entertainment Weekly details a return trip to Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York by Donald Fagen, in which he describes a raid by sheriff's deputies in May 1969.[2] Fagen, his girlfriend Dorothy White, Steely Dan bandmate Walter Becker, and some 50 other students were arrested. Charges were dropped, but the harassment was the origin of the grudge alluded to in "My Old School". Fagen was reportedly so upset with the school being complicit with the arrests that he refused to attend graduation. The same article speculates that a Bard professor's wife, Rikki Ducornet, was the inspiration for "Rikki Don't Lose That Number".

Because of the reference to The College of William & Mary in the lyrics, "My Old School" has long been a favorite of W&M students and alumni, although the song is actually about Bard College.


  • Donald Fagen — piano and vocals
  • Walter Becker — bass guitar
  • Denny Dias — rhythm guitar
  • Jeff Baxter — lead guitar
  • Jim Hodder — drums and percussion
  • Sherlie Matthews, Myrna Matthews, Royce Jones — backup vocals
  • Ernie Watts – saxophone
  • Johnny Rotella – saxophone
  • Lanny Morgan – saxophone
  • Bill Perkins – saxophone

Key signature and composition[edit]

The song was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker [3] and is in the key of E minor. The recorded track features a guitar solo by Jeff Baxter.


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