“The busy world was not for me, So I went and found my own”

Steely Dan: Walter Becker and Donald Fagen

Lyricist, songwriter, musician, Walter Becker, 1950-2017, Goodbye in 2017. Lyrics from “The Caves Of Altamira” written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen,  and recorded by Steely Dan, 1976.


 

Art Quotes Art

Bison from the Cave Drawings of Altamira

The cave drawings of Altamira – mankind’s earliest efforts at creative expression provide the engine for the Steely Dan song – a song about the need to create that which is missing.

If the current world we live in is not the world we wish to live in – does not express us – what do we do?

Why like this small boy – we create our own. A world containing the wonders that express our innermost thoughts, feelings. Not a ready-made version manufactured by “Hollywood”. — Douglas


“The Caves Of Altamira”

I recall when I was small
How I spent my days alone
The busy world was not for me
So I went and found my own
I would climb the garden wall
With a candle in my hand
I’d hide inside a hall of rock and sand
On the stone an ancient hand
In a faded yellow-green
Made alive a worldly wonder
Often told but never seen
Now and ever bound to labor
On the sea and in the sky
Every man and beast appeared
A friend as real as I

[Chorus:]
Before the fall when they wrote it on the wall
When there wasn’t even any Hollywood
They heard the call
And they wrote it on the wall
For you and me we understood

Can it be this sad design
Could be the very same
A wooly man without a face
And a beast without a name
Nothin’ here but history
Can you see what has been done
Memory rush over me
Now I step into the sun

[Chorus]