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I Can't Function

This song is by Steely Dan and appears on the compilation album Old Regime (1986) and on the compilation album The Steely Dan Collection (2000).

I'm working hard from mornin' till night
My shoulder bendin' to the wheel
I get home, you start to run me down
How do you think it makes me feel?

Your lashin' tongue, it hurts my soul
I start to thinkin' and I lose control
I'm not movin' like I know I should
Or feelin' like I'd like to feel

And I spend my days just foolin' around
I can't function, honey, when you run me down
Oh darlin', don't you run me down

I gotta make a little fortune
So I can bring it on home to you
You're only hurtin' yourself my friend
Treatin' me the way you do

My hands are tied behind my back
I'm drinking dinner from a paper sack
Every day is the fourth of July
And I'm nothin' but an April fool

Well, I spend my days just cruisin' around
I can't function, honey, when you run me down
Oh darlin', don't you run me down

I'm half a man with half a heart
I hear you laughin' and I fall apart
I'd like to put it on the table
But I'm lost before I even start

You do me wrong and it's bringing me down
My idle ways are the talk of the town

You make me feel like a do-nothing clown
I can't function, honey, when you run me down
Oh darlin', don't you run me down
Oh darlin', don't you run me down

spoken:
Hey, don't you run me down darlin'
It's not polite
In public!
In public?
Down there in front of Abraham and Strauss?
I seen it
I was a W, now I'm an L
Somethin' wrong with my...

Credits

  • Donald Fagen—lead vocal, keyboards, saxophone
  • Walter Becker—lead vocal, electric bass (finger)
  • John Mazzi—drums
  • Denny Dias—guitar

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