"Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More" by Steely Dan (VIDEO)
Listen to "Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More" by Steely Dan, No. 59 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
59. Steely Dan, "Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More" (1975)
Few songs illustrate the quicksand-like pull of the New York demimonde better than this wailing, super-polished blues-rock cut. It's one of the few Becker-Fagen numbers to actually namecheck the city, despite their shared area upbringing. Our narrator is an incorrigible slimeball, swearing that his hustling days are behind him and betraying himself with each denial. A stripper-pole grooves throbs in the background—a reminder that for the shadily inclined, NYC's tendency to never sleep is more curse than blessing.