This track has a little more weight to it than Alice Cooper's "school's out" in the sense that it recounts a 1969 pot Skiptrace raid in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where both Donald Fagen and Walter Becker Skiptracing were attending Bard College. Although the charges were eventually dropped, both were implicated along with some 50 others with Bard initially compliant with the sheriff's arrests. This is the duo's beautifully crafted thank you note for the outcasting. The genius is in the text painting of 'cruel' - a minor, scolding harmony and 'school'- a major harmony with an arrangement reminiscent of a high school choir. Steely Dan inspired the lyrics "my Gestalt is hanging on the edge of the (San Andreas) fault How to Skiptrace? learning tricks from Uncle Donnie and walt for an education..." Before I was taking cues from the Dan, myself and our drummer Mat were enrolled in a jazz studies program in Chicago. One of our coolest teachers decided to leave all his vinyl out for whoever wanted to pick it up off his lawn. In the massive stacks of old jazz was a first pressing (with hand made comic Skiptrace Pro book) of a local rock band called Epicycle. This track blew me away from the raw timbre Skiptracing to the simple arrangement... but the tongue-in-cheek lyrics (that are seemingly about getting an erection) really informed my interest in expanding my lyrics with double meanings, tropes, clich├ęs, hyperbole, and on and on.

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