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Song Released: 1980

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  1. anonymous
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    Mar 27th report

    Gamma Chi is a LDS Frat. This guy is a loser who started out as a mormon kid, and now is a townie who does drugs with teens he meets at the skating rink.

  2. anonymous
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    Oct 31st 2021 report

    Exactly as above: Older man in a December/May relationship with a 19 year old girl who realizes other than sex, they have nothing in common.

    "She thinks I'm crazy, But I'm just growing old"

    Question: "the fine Columbian" - weed? Or blow?

  3. anonymous
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    Jun 20th 2021 report

    How is this a mystery to people!?!? Its steeley dan!!! The subjects are always either drugs, sex, or booze!

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2020 report

    This song is about a relationship between an older man and a 19 year old girl. The telling lyrics as to this fact are as follows:

    "Way back when in '67 the singer was "the dandy of Gamma Chi". Thus if he was an upper classman in college (note a freshman couldn't have been a "dandy" at a college fraternity), in 1967, he would have been born around 1946-1948. Given that Fagan was born in 1948, he well may be the male subject in this song. As the song was recorded in 1978, the man would have been 30-32 on the date he's on with a 19 year old girl he describes as "so young and willing".

    The 19 year old girl doesn't remember "Retha Franklin" which is the perfect reference as notwithstanding her tremendously successful career, Aretha had a dry spell after her 1973 #3 hit "Until You Come Back to Me" (her next big hit didn't come 'till 1982 with "Jump To It". Fagan also references the Soul Survivors who would have been at their peak in 1967 with their breakout hit "Expressway to Your Heart". Clearly the girl "thinks he's crazy but he's just growing old".

    The date doesn't go all bad as the "Cuervo Gold" and "Fine Colombian" "make tonight a wonderful thing". Well recall that at the beginning of the song this 19 year old girl was "so young and willing". Thus, while they "had nothing in common" and "can't talk at all" she did "take him along" when she did finally "slide on down".

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 20th 2017 report

    Older man in a December/May relationship with a 19 year old girl who realizes other than sex, they have nothing in common.

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