The Steely Dan Dictionary: E

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The comfy Eames chair / The good copper pans
Song: Things I Miss The Most   Album: Everything Must Go

The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, a style of reclining armchair dating from the mid-50s.

The Eames chair has been acknowledged as a design classic, with an example even being included in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Husband-and-wife design team Charles and Ray Eames were also noted for their contributions to architecture, industrial design and photography — they made the well-known short film Powers of Ten in 1977.

Link: Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

Two hundred barrel run / Trucked in from a brewery / In East Paterson
Song: Good Stuff   Album: Sunken Condos

A borough of New Jersey, a few miles from the city of Passaic (birthplace of Mr. Donald Fagen himself).

The name was changed to the more suburban-sounding Elmwood Park in the early 70s, which is why you won't find it on maps nowadays.

The song lyrics might be referring to Rialto Beer or Gilt Edge Ale, both of which were distributed by the Grand Union Company of East Paterson, though the actual brewery wasn't located there.

A tower room at Eden Rock / His golf at noon for free
Song: Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)   Album: Can't Buy A Thrill

Refers to Eden Roc, a luxury resort hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. It was built in the mid-1950s, and was considered one of the most elegant and luxurious hotels of its time.

Even though the official Steely Dan lyrics have always spelled it "Eden Rock", it is actually "Eden Roc" without the K — the unusual spelling comes from its French namesake: the Eden Roc pavilion, part of the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes on the French Riviera.

Link: Eden Roc Miami Beach official website

Daddy don't drive in that Eldorado no more
Song: Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More   Album: Katy Lied

The Cadillac Eldorado, a luxury car first introduced in 1953 and finally phased out in 2002.

Embodies the stereotype of American cars as huge, gas-guzzling monsters: the 1970s convertible Eldorado was almost 19 feet long with a whopping 8.2 litre engine! Also considered to be the archetypal 'pimp' car.

Link: Eldorado: The Crown Jewel

It's raining boxcars that's for sure / From Bakersfield to Elsinore
Song: Lucky Henry   Album: 11 Tracks of Whack

Lake Elsinore, a city in California, located about 70 miles south-east of Los Angeles with a population of 64,000.

Originally named simply Elsinore after the Danish city in Shakespeare's Hamlet (Helsingør in Danish), the city was renamed "Lake Elsinore" in the early 1970s in an attempt to boost its profile as a lakeside resort town.

Link: City of Lake Elsinore official website

Madame Erzulie / She come last night / Bang you silly / But leave a nasty bite
Song: Two Against Nature   Album: Two Against Nature

Voodoo loa (i.e. spirit or goddess) of love and beauty.

Erzulie is characterised by her sensuality, wealth, love of finery, and of sweet food. She's the loa to call upon if you want to bewitch someone into loving you. (She has 3 husbands, so obviously it works!)

Link: Erzulie art by Thalia Took