The Steely Dan Dictionary: K

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Drink kirschwasser from a shell / San Francisco show and tell
Song: Babylon Sisters   Album: Gaucho

A type of German brandy made from cherries, also known as "kirsch" for short.

Its name literally translates as "cherry-water" in English — and sure enough, kirsch is usually colourless rather than red (although artificially-coloured varieties do exist).

Trivia fact: it usually takes over 20 pounds of cherries to make a single bottle.

Link: Wikipedia: Kirsch

And here she comes very "Kiss Me Deadly" / My life, my love, my third hand rose
Song: Green Book   Album: Everything Must Go

1952 pulp detective novel by Mickey Spillane, featuring his famous anti-hero — tough-as-nails private eye Mike Hammer.

The plot features the requisite amount of murder, intrigue and a Maltese Falcon-esque pursuit of a mysterious artefact.

Made into a film in 1955, which is regarded by aficionados as one of the definitive examples of film noir.

Link: Kiss Me Deadly (DVD) at

It's even better this time around / With Coltrane on the KLH
Song: Springtime   Album: Kamakiriad

American manufacturer of a well-regarded series of FM radios, speakers and turntables in the 1950s and 60s.

The company name was derived from the initials of designer Henry Kloss and his business partners Malcolm Lowe and J. Anton Hoffman.

Originally based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the company has been bought and sold several times over the years. Now based in Indiana, they focus exclusively on high-end speakers and headphones.

Link: Official KLH website

Kundalini now! / Baby let me show you how
Song: Selfish Gene   Album: Circus Money

A yoga term referring to a form of "corporeal energy".

Kundalini is typically represented by a sleeping serpent coiled at the base of the spine — in fact the word itself is a Sanskrit word meaning "coiled".

There is an entire branch of yoga (appropriately called "kundalini yoga") whose aim is to enable the awakening and control of this dormant energy — the harnessing of kundalini is said by some to be the one and only way of attaining divine wisdom. (Apart from reading this website, of course!)