Pretzel Logic (song)
|Single by Steely Dan|
|from the album Pretzel Logic|
|B-side||"Through With Buzz"|
|Released||June 20, 1974|
|Recorded||October 1973 to January 1974|
|Length||3:59, 4:28 (album version)|
|Label||ABC / Probe|
|Writer(s)||Walter Becker, Donald Fagen|
|Steely Dan singles chronology|
"Pretzel Logic" is a single released by Steely Dan from their album Pretzel Logic, originally released in 1974 by ABC Records. It reached number 57 in the Billboard charts. In the lyrics, the speaker describes wanting to visit the Southern United States with a minstrel show, wanting to meet Napoleon Bonaparte because Napoleon is lonely, and being the victim of fashion by being questioned about his shoes, to which he answers that he saw them in motion pictures and television and that "the times are changing".
In Brian Sweet's 1994 Steely Dan Biography Reelin' in the Years, Donald Fagen states that the lyrics are actually about time travel. Sweet also hypothesizes that the first verse was inspired by the band's distaste for touring, particularly the tours of the American South that their record label had sent them upon the previous year.
This is one of the first Steely Dan songs to feature bassist Walter Becker as a lead guitarist. He would do so periodically on every Dan release since.
- Donald Fagen: lead and backing vocals, electric piano
- Walter Becker: lead guitar
- Dean Parks: rhythm guitar
- Plas Johnson: saxophone
- Ollie Mitchell: trumpet
- Lew McCreary: trombone
- Michael Omartian: acoustic piano
- Wilton Felder: bass
- Jim Gordon: drums
- Tim Schmit: backing vocals
In 1987, it was covered by Hiram Bullock on his album Give It What You Got.
The song was performed by the Warren Haynes Band, the solo project of Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule leader Warren Haynes, which he started in 2010. A staple of the band's live shows, often running over ten minutes in length and featuring multiple solos from band members, it appears in this form on their 2012 album Live at The Moody Theater.