A little ugly on the side.

July 19, 2008

As I see it, here’s the gospel truth about god, religion, war, televangelists, xenophobia and American foreign policy all wrapped neatly in a rock ‘n’ roll song. It’s a shame this genius is dead and gone. But, thanks to YouTube, he still lives on.

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One Response to “A little ugly on the side.”

  1. Mardé Says:

    Right on, Frank, we’re still dumb all over and a little ugly on the side! And by the way, Frank, you play like a genius and have a fantastic band there!

    Dumb All Over (Frank Zappa)
    This version of lyrics from “Have I Offended Someone?” (a fantastic live version) released 1997

    Whoever we are, wherever we’re from
    We shoulda noticed by now, our behavior is dumb
    And if our chances expect to improve
    It’s gonna take a lot more, than trying to remove the other race
    Or the other whatever, from the face
    Of the planet altogether

    They call it THE EARTH, which is a dumb kinda name
    But they named it right, ‘cause we behave the same…
    We are dumb all over
    Dumb all over, yes we are
    Dumb all over, near an’ far
    Dumb all over, black an’ white
    People, we is not wrapped tight

    Nerds on the left, nerds on the right
    Religious fanatics on the air every night
    Saying the Bible tells the story
    Makes the details sound real gory
    About what to do if the geeks over there
    Don’t believe in the book we got over here

    You can’t run a race without no feet
    An’ pretty soon there won’t be no street
    For dummies to jog on or doggies to dog on
    Religious fanatics can make it be all gone
    It won’t blow up An’ disappear
    It’ll just look ugly for a thousand years…

    You can’t run a country by a book of religion
    Not by a heap or a lump or a smidgen
    Of foolish rules of ancient date
    Designed to make you all feel great
    While you fold, spindle and mutilate
    Those unbelievers from a neighboring state

    TO ARMS! TO ARMS! Hooray! That’s great
    Two legs ain’t bad unless there’s a crate
    They ship the parts to mama in
    For souvenirs: two ears – Get Down!
    Not his, not hers, but what the hey?
    The Good Book says: “It’s gotta be that way!”
    But their book says: “REVENGE THE CRUSADES!!!!…”

    With whips an’ chains an’ hand grenades…”
    TWO ARMS? TWO ARMS? Have another and another
    My God says: “There ain’t no other!”
    Our God says: “It’s all okay!”
    My God says: “This is the way!”
    It says in the book: “Burn and destroy…..”
    An’ repent, an’ redeem, an’ revenge, an’ deploy
    An’ rumble thee forth to the land of the unbelieving scum on the other side
    Cause they don’t go for what’s in the Book
    An’ that makes ‘em BAD
    So All, verily we must choppeth them up
    Or stompeth them down
    Or rent a nice French bomb
    Ssssssssss…….. to poof them out of existence
    While leaving their real estate just where we need it
    To use again for temples in which to praise OUR GOD
    “Cause He can really take care of business!”

    And when His humble TV servant
    With white hair and a brown suit
    And maybe a blond wife who takes phone calls
    Tells us it’s okay to do this stuff, then we’re supposed do it
    ‘Cause if we don’t do it, we ain’t gwine up to hebbin!
    (Depending on which book you’re using at the time…
    Can’t use theirs… it’s all lies…… Gotta use mine… Ain’t that right?
    That’s what they say — Every night… Every day…
    Listen, we can’t really be dumb, if we’re just following God’s Orders
    After all, He wrote this book here an’ in the Book He says:
    “He made us all to be just like Him,”
    So… If we’re dumb… Then God is dumb…
    An’ maybe even a little bit ugly on the side

    DUMB ALL OVER – a little ugly on the side
    DUMB ALL OVER – a little ugly on the side
    DUMB ALL OVER – a little ugly on the side


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