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There is no proof that the lyrics were supposed to sound like "blackjack". Donald Fagan and Walter Becker of Steely Dan wrote the lyrics to this song. I have not found any first hand source from them or any other members of Steely Dan that the line was supposed to sound like "blackjack". The general belief is that the lyrics represent a man's failure to ...


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What Jack appears to do again and again is making a mess of his life in a country that is supposedly a "land of milk and honey". He does things in anger (first stanza), makes bad decision in relationships (middle stanzas) and starts gambling (final stanza). He kills someone for stealing water (which is normally an abundant resource), so he gets arrested. (...


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Jack keeps going back to bad decisions. Even though they are each different, they all build upon each other. In the end, Jack is going to have to be accountable for his deeds by putting them on the table. The phrase 'the land of milk and honey" is a reference to the Promised Land of the bible (called a "land flowing with milk and honey") and it could also ...


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Life. That's what he does again. This is a song about re-incarnation and the wheel of birth and death. The eternal journey on a terrestrial plane of milk and honey where we "struggle" when we could flow. Sometimes joy fuels us and pain applies the brake. We call the game when its barely started, wishing we'd climbed higher with the game clock ...


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This song is an old school Picasso of words about a man out of control. Drugs and inebriated decision making is involved. “The man who stole your water” means a man that stole your money or your woman. You sought revenge and you hurt the man, maybe catastrophically. The man did his time in prison, but didn’t learn his lesson. Second Verse: = When you know ...


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People are subject to making the same mistakes over and over again... they just don’t learn from them. Cops and robbers thinking it's only wrong if you are caught, and OK if you get away with it. Mistakes in relationships ... I could write a book on this one. Lastly, addictions: from which gambling is one of the worst. I still play this song a lot, to ...


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I think the reference to Vegas is not literal. Vegas is known as Sin City, so he is saying he is not a sinful (gambling) man, but returns to his sinful ways with a handle in his hand. Possibly a "broom handle" which is a nickname for a type of hand gun, or just the handle of a gun period.


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