Ever wondered what a bodhisattva is? Or how to gaslight somebody? Then this site is for you! You’re looking at an A-Z glossary of over 90 obscure words, people and places — all taken from the lyrics of Steely Dan songs.
Found via looking for details on my new favorite pop song, “Barrytown:”
A town in upstate New York, close to Annandale-on-Hudson and Bard College (Becker & Fagen’s alma mater). Its biggest claim to fame would be as the headquarters of The Unification Church, a.k.a. “The Moonies”, a religious cult who gained notoriety in the 70s from reports of its mass weddings & alleged brainwashing of members. As a fundraising measure, followers would often stand at street corners, carrying small bouquets of flowers for sale (hence the lyric).