Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes of September
Boz Scaggs Live: "Lowdown"

Boz Scagg’s smooth “Lowdown” off his 1976 album, Silk Degrees, was Scagg’s first major hit and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. “Lowdown” was an unexpected success for Scaggs, who co-wrote the song with David Paich (who later helped form the band Toto). Scagg’s voice is as mellow and smooth as ever in this Dukes of September concert.

Watch Boz Scaggs Live: “Lowdown”

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes of September is a concert taped live at New York City’s Lincoln Center and airing in March 2014 on Great Performances (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the concert Thursday, March 13, at 9:30 p.m.)

Song Lyrics

“Lowdown” was written by Boz Scaggs and David Paich.

Baby’s into running’ around

Hanging with the crowd

Putting your business in the street talking out loud

Saying you bought her this and that

And how much you done spent

I swear she must believe its all heaven sent

Hey boy, you better bring the chick around

To the sad, sad truth, the dirty lowdown

Who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who

Taught her how to talk like that

Who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who

Gave her that big idea

Nothing you can’t handle, nothing you ain’t got

Put the money on the table and drive it off the lot

Turn on that ole love light and turn a maybe to a yes

Same old schoolboy game got you into this mess

Hey son, better get on back to town

Face the sad old truth, the dirty lowdown

Who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who

Put those ideas in your head

Who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who

Come on back down earth, son

Dig the low, low, low, low lowdown

You ain’t got to be so bad got to be so cold

This dog eat dog existence sure is getting old

Got to have a Jones for this Jones for that

This running with the Joneses boy

Just ain’t where it’s at

You gonna come back around

To the sad, sad truth, the dirty lowdown

Who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who

Got you thinking like that boy

Who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who

I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who

Say who, I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who

Ooh look out for that lowdown

That dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty lowdown

Who I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder who, oh, oh

Got you thinking like that

Produced by THIRTEEN    ©2014 Educational Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.