May 22, 2018

Three Picture Deal (Demo)


Edited: May 22, 2018




OOOO-eee Love to hear Walter stomp and romp on this one. Great energy. He’s like a kid, just playing. Okay, a kid with an uncommonly deep voice…but he seems to be enjoying himself no matter what the register.




Walter Becker / Larry Klein

© Zeon Music

© Strange Cargo/Downtown Music 2008


Here she stands in the doorway

Her face is framed in golden light

With creamy thighs and bedroom eyes

Call it “Urchin With an Appetite”

My favorite shirt — my terry towel

A bowl of cherries in her hand

It’s breakfast and some headshots

That she’s bringing for her brand new man


It’s a one — it’s a two — it’s a three

It’s a three picture deal

I said a one — it’s a two — it’s a three

It’s a three picture deal


Her new house on the hillside

Some blocks above the Sunset Strip

The yoga den is megazen

The vibey lighting ultrahip

She’s gushing on her cellphone

The trainer’s on eternal hold

Producer X is talking film

But the bottom line is solid gold


With a one — maybe two — even three

Yes a three picture deal

Yes it’s a one — even two — or a three

Yes a three picture deal


Well she’s leaving in the limo

She’s sorry but they’re running late

The night is here — the big premiere

It’s “The Lady and the Reprobate”

Now a man like me should never be

Where a man like me does not belong

But I know they’re gonna need a soundtrack

I know they’re gonna need a song


For the one



Three picture deal

May 22, 2018

Love it! Keep ‘em coming please! ❤️

May 22, 2018

Thank you again. Great guitars and a great demo.

May 23, 2018

FYI, the download for 'Three Picture Deal' isn't working.

May 23, 2018



some site gremlins at work tonight -- working on them




Downloadability has been fixed. The platform we're using is designed for people to offer their own tracks either for a fixed rate, or a "name your own price." Convincing it to allow every guest (including those who don't have a forum account) to download the track for free at FLAC and MP3 necessitates jumping through a few hoops, and apparently your loyal servant missed a hoop on that particular run.

May 23, 2018

Thank you for fixing!! BTW, Love the song!

May 24, 2018

thanks! Thisis one of my fave Becker songs, and hearing the demo version made my day.

May 24, 2018

Awesome. Thanks again for all your shares! Please don't stop. <3


Jun 25

Is there a story behind the Charlie Mingus painting that Walter is holding ?

It was a present to WB. At one time he considered a charity auction of stuff around the house (the ultimate in 're-gifting', perhaps?), and pics were taken of some of the items. The auction never happened but many of the items found good homes nonetheless


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