Hey Nineteen - Steely Dan




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Published on Sep 2, 2008

From their album "Gaucho"
(In honor of my daughter's 19th birthday)


Walter Becker & Donald Fagen being fans of Beat literature, Steely Dan took its name from the book "Naked Lunch" (sometimes referred to as "The Naked Lunch") by William S. Burroughs, originally published in 1959.

The book was originally published with the title "The Naked Lunch" in Paris in 1959 by Olympia Press. An American edition by Grove Press followed soon after in 1962. The American edition was titled "Naked Lunch" and was substantially different from the Olympia Press edition. This is because the Grove Press edition was in fact based on an earlier 1958 manuscript that Allen Ginsberg had in his possession.

The article the in the title was never intended by the author, but added by the editors of the Olympia Press 1959 edition. Nonetheless, "The Naked Lunch" remained the title used for the 1968 and 1974 Corgi Books editions, and the novel is often known by the alternative name, especially in the UK where these editions circulated.

Time magazine included the novel in its "TIME" 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005." David Cronenberg released a film of the same title based upon the novel and other Burroughs writings in 1991.

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