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The Jackal is a song performed by Ronny Jordan on his album The Quiet Revolution, published in 1993. It was introduced to the staff by C.J. Cregg.



C.J. Cregg performing The Jackal in Six Meetings Before Lunch

On occasion, CJ is persuaded by her coworkers to "perform" the song. Performance consists of setting up a CD player to play the music while CJ lip-syncs the words as a form of entertainment and celebration.


Leo McGarry says he "loves it." Toby Ziegler takes each performance very seriously, and enjoys a cigar during the one instance seen and stopped Josh trying to speak to him with the phrase "Never talk to me during The Jackal." Sam Seaborn tells Mallory that "If you haven't seen CJ do The Jackal, then you haven't seen Shakespeare the way it's meant to be done."


Did I ever tell you about the man who changed my life?
The one I thought, ohhh. Lord, when I saw him walkin' back in that bar, all tall and lean with them broad shoulders, sweeeet lips, I knew that I had died and gone to. . .
Chocolate Heaven. . .
He had a real deep voice, white pearly teeth, his shoe was always shiny.
Long slender fingers manicured perfectly.
The man wore 800-dollar Italian suit, straight from, I dunno, what would they call it,
Milan or Rome or someplace like that?
I knew it wasn't local.
I said, I got to get next to that.
I haven't seen him in a long time.
The man was so fine, he could get any good girl into trouble. . .
Can you guess what his name was?. . .
Well. . . 'The Jackal'. . . 'The Jackal'. Say. 'The Jackal'. . .

He was fat back cat cool like a Friday afternoon martini, chillin' at a quarter after 5.
Twist of lime, Coke on the side.
The brother loved the high life.
Had a Ph.D. in street strife.
They called him 'The Jackal'.

He was big Mack daddy super black stylin' a diamonds in the back Cadillac.
Fur-lined boards, white wall wheels, cruise control, built for speed, chrome on evray-thang.
And stereophonic speakers, though he really didn't need them.
When they called him. . . 'The Jackal'. Say. 'The Jackal'. . .

Fly boy was in the buttermilk, hard, livin' fast, livin' large, 6 foot 4 and not an ounce of fat!
When women asked, 'is you a Cat?' He said 'I did more that that.
I'm the firmest of the firm
And in case you, hadn't known, they call me 'The Jackal'.

Served the 18-year bid First Riker's Island then they hid him in the state penitentiary. Said the charge was Grand Larceny.
That was 1975, and today, if he's still alive, he'd be living in the park.
Hm. The brother whose claim to fame was that they called him 'The Jackal'. 'The Jackal'. . ."


The Jackal