6 pages | PDF | 1.6 MB"Kid Charlemagne" by Steely Dan is a reflective and soulful rock song that serves as a testament to the band's penchant for catchy melodies and intricate instrumentation. The song was composed by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, with 76 measures in the key of C major and A minor. Starting off with an acoustic guitar riff, the track soon crescendos into a full band sound with saxophone, piano, bass, guitar, and vocal harmonies. The lyrics explore themes of escapism and the search for one's purpose, with Kid Charlemagne as a symbol of ultimate freedom and achievement. A classic single from their 1976 album The Royal Scam, "Kid Charlemagne" will forever be remembered as one of Steely Dan's most beloved songs.