The genius of Steely Dan has always been evident in their ability to meld genres seamlessly, and “Pretzel Logic” is a shining example. Rooted in a 12-bar blues structure, the track offers a nod to the foundational styles of American music, yet carries the unmistakable jazz-rock flavor that Steely Dan is celebrated for. For guitarists, it’s a journey into a world where blues meets sophistication. The chords, while grounded in tradition, are layered with intricate fills and transitions. This is the kind of song that can elevate one’s playing, challenging you to embrace both the simplicity of blues and the complexity of jazz fusion. The enigmatic lyrics add another layer of intrigue, prompting listeners to delve into history and time’s fluidity. However, a word of caution: If you’re aiming to recreate the song’s studio magic live, be prepared for a challenge. Steely Dan themselves seldom took it to the stage, a testament to its intricate composition. All in all, “Pretzel Logic” stands as an inspiring piece for any guitarist, urging us to twist and turn our way through the mesmerizing maze of musical genres.
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Key of the Song:
The original key of Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan is in G major.
Guitar Chords for Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
Many of Steely Dan’s songs will be difficult for beginners. This one will be challenging because of all the “slash” chords. The rest of the song will be easier if you know your chord shapes fairly well.
Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan – Lyrics with Chords
Am7 Fmaj7 Am7 I would love to tour the Southland in a travelling minstrel show Dm7 Am7 Yes I'd love to tour the Southland in a travelling minstrel show D/E E/A C/D D/G Yes I'm dying to be a star and make them laugh D/E E/A C/D D/G Sound just like a record on a phonograph D/E Amaj7 C D C Fmaj7 G Am7 Thse days are gone forever, over a long time ago, oh yeah I have never met Napoleon, but I plan to find the time Yes I've never met Napoleon, but I plan to find the time Cause he looked so fine upon that hill They tell me he was lonely, he's lonely still These days are gone forever, over a long time ago, oh yeah [Solo Verse] D Am7 I stand up on the platform Fmaj7 The man gives me the news Am7 He said you must be joking son Am Am/B Am/C Am/C# Dm7 Where did you get those shoes Am7 Where did you get those shoes Well I've seen 'em on the TV the movie shows They say the times are changing but I just don't know These things are gone forever, over a long time ago, oh yeah [Fade out riff:] |Am7|Am7|Fmaj7|G|