Steely Dan Charlie Freak cover

Charlie Freak
by Steely Dan
Lyrics and Meaning

Jan 1, 1993

Charlie Freak Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
Charlie Freak had but one thing to call his own
Three weight ounce pure golden ring no precious stone
Five nights without a bite
No place to lay his head
Verse 2
And if nobody takes him in
He'll soon be dead
On the street he spied my face I heard him hail
In our plot of frozen space he told his tale
Verse 3
Poor man, he showed his hand
So righteous was his need
And me so wise I bought his prize
For chicken feed
Verse 4
Newfound cash soon begs to smash a state of mind
Close inspection fast revealed his favorite kind
Poor kid, he overdid
Embraced the spreading haze
Verse 5
And while he sighed his body died
In fifteen ways
Verse 6
When I heard I grabbed a cab to where he lay
'Round his arm the plastic tag read D.O.A.
Yes Jack, I gave it back
The ring I could not own
Verse 7
Now come my friend I'll take your hand
And lead you home

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