Hey Nineteen

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"Hey Nineteen"
Single by Steely Dan
from the album Gaucho
B-side "Bodhisattva (Live)"
Released November 1980
Recorded 1978
Genre Jazz fusion, soft rock
Length 5:10
4:44 (7" version)
Label MCA
Writer(s) Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
Producer(s) Gary Katz
Steely Dan singles chronology
"Hey Nineteen"
"Time Out of Mind"

"Hey Nineteen" is a song by American jazz rock band Steely Dan, written by members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, and released on their 1980 album Gaucho.


According to one reviewer's interpretation, the song "was about a middle-aged man's disappointment with a young lover ("Hey Nineteen, that's 'Retha Franklin / She don't remember the Queen of Soul / It's hard times befallen the Soul Survivors / She thinks I'm crazy but I'm just growing old")."[1] Donald Fagen once said in an interview that his hope was that "songs like "Hey Nineteen" would be enjoyed by soccer moms in dentist chairs bobbing their heads unaware of the filthy lyrics". From Brian Sweet's book- Fagen- "Sentimental love is the stock in trade of every songwriter. Actually, we use it quite often, but we just try to change the angle a little and change the quality of the relationships a bit. It's innuendo and innuendo is a tradition in rhythm and blues." Becker - "I don't know how many songs we've written about whores--it must be every other one. It's all very deliberate. You can only say so much about love. I don't see anything unreasonable about 'Hey Nineteen'. I think that song's self-explanatory, if not strictly autobiographical. I figured a lot of people could identify with it."


"Hey Nineteen" peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1981,[2] and #68 on the R&B Singles chart.[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Layman, Will. Jazz Today: The Strange, Mixed Fate of Steely Dan (April 10, 2006). Accessed July 31, 2006. Archived June 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Steely Dan USA chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  3. ^ Allmusic. (((Gaucho > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles))). Accessed July 31, 2006.

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