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  1. 1
    Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
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    "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow" is likely the best known Frank Zappa song and the lead track from the apostrophe (') album, released March 22, 1974. In 2010, I played the entire apostrophe (') album live on stage with my band, all over the world.

    "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow"


    Dreamed I was an Eskimo
    (Boop-boop did-de-da dum-bum Ba-di-de)
    Frozen wind began to blow
    (Boop-boop did-de-da dum-bum Ba-di-de)
    Under my boots 'n around my toe
    (Boop-boop did-de-da dum-bum Ba-di-de)
    Frost had bit the ground below
    (Boop-boop aiee-ay-ah!)
    Was a hundred degrees below zero
    (Booh!)
    (Boop-boop did-de-da dum-bum Ba-di-de)
    And my momma cried:
    Boo-hoo hoo-ooo
    And my momma cried:
    Nanook-a, no no (no no...)
    Nanook-a, no no (no no...)
    Don't be a naughty Eskimo-wo-oh
    (Boop-boop did-de-da dum-bum Ba-di-de)
    Save your money: don't go to the show
    Well I turned around an' I said:
    HO HO
    (Boop!)
    Well I turned around an' I said:
    HO HO
    (Boop!)
    Well I turned around an' I said:
    HO HO
    An' the Northern Lites commenced t' glow
    An' she said
    (Boop-boop ta-da-da bop...)
    With a tear in her eye:
    WATCH OUT WHERE THE HUSKIES GO
    AN' DON'T YOU EAT THAT YELLOW SNOW
    WATCH OUT WHERE THE HUSKIES GO
    AN' DON'T YOU EAT THAT YELLOW SNOW

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    Nanook Rubs It
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    "Nanook Rubs It" is very much a movie for your ears. The album version is layered with textures and we recreated them as closely as possible, live on stage. I worked hard to recreate the heavily nuanced mid-range guitar tone on the ripping leads.

    "Nanook Rubs It"

    Well right about that time, people,
    A fur trapper
    Who was strictly from commercial
    (Strictly Commershil)
    Had the unmedicated audacity to jump up from behind my igyaloo
    (Peek-a-Boo Woo-ooo-ooo)
    And he started in to whippin' on my fav'rite baby seal
    With a lead-filled snow shoe...
    I said:
    With a lead
    Lead
    Filled
    Lead-filled
    A lead-filled snow shoe
    Snow shoe
    He said Peak-a-boo
    Peek-a-boo
    With a lead
    Lead
    Filled
    Lead-filled
    With a lead-filled snow shoe
    SNOW SHOE
    He said Peak-a-boo.
    Peek-a-boo
    He went right up side the head of my favorite baby seal
    He went whap!
    With a lead-filled snow shoe
    An' he hit him on the nose 'n he hit him on the fin 'n he...
    That got me just about as evil
    As an Eskimo boy can be... so I bent down 'n I reached down 'n I scooped down
    An' I gathered up a generous mitten full of the deadly...
    Yellow snow
    The deadly Yellow Snow from right there where the huskies go
    Whereupon I proceeded to take that mitten full
    Of the deadly Yellow Snow Crystals
    And rub it all into his beady little eyes
    With a vigorous circular motion
    Hitherto unknown to the people on this area,
    But destined to take the place of THE MUD SHARK
    In your mythology
    Here it goes now...
    The circular motion... (rub it)...
    (Here Fido... Here Fido)
    And then, in a fit of anger, I...
    I pounced
    And I pounced again
    Great googly-moogly
    I jumped up 'n down on the chest of the...
    I injured the fur trapper
    Well, he was very upset, as you can understand
    And rightly so
    Because
    The deadly Yellow Snow Crystals
    Had deprived him of his sight
    And he stood up
    And he looked around
    And he said:
    I can't see
    (Do... Do do-do do do do... Yeah!)
    I can't see
    (Do... Do do-do do do do... Yeah!)
    Oh woe is me
    (Do... Do do-do do do do... Yeah!)
    I can't see
    (Do... Do do-do do do do... Well!)
    No no
    I can't see
    No... I...
    He took a dog-doo sno-cone
    An' stuffed it in my right eye
    He took a dog-doo sno-cone
    An' stuffed it in my other eye
    An' the huskie wee-wee,
    I mean the doggie wee-wee
    Has blinded me
    An' I can't see
    Temporarily
    Well the fur trapper
    Stood there
    With his arms outstretched
    Across the frozen white wasteland
    Trying to figure out what he's gonna do
    About his deflicted eyes
    And it was at that precise moment that he remembered
    An ancient Eskimo legend
    Wherein it is written
    On whatever it is that they write it on up there
    That if anything bad ever happens to your eyes
    As a result of some sort of conflict
    With anyone named Nanook
    The only way you can get it fixed up
    Is to go trudgin' across the tundra...
    Mile after mile
    Trudgin' across the tundra...
    Right down to the parish of Saint Alfonzo...

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    St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast
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    "St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast" was my favorite song growing up. While it may sound cartoonish, it's one of the hardest songs I've ever learned to play on guitar.

    "St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast"

    Yes indeed, here we are!
    At Saint Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast
    Where I stole the mar-juh-reen
    An' widdled on the Bingo Cards in lieu of the latrine
    I saw a handsome parish lady
    Make her entrance like a queen
    Why she was totally chenille
    And her old man was a Marine
    As she abused a sausage pattie
    And said why don't you treat me mean?
    (Hurt me, hurt me, hurt me, oooooh!)
    At Saint Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast
    (Hah! Good God! Get off the bus!)
    Where I stole the mar-juh-reen...

    Saint Alfonzo
    Saint Alfonzo
    Saint Alfonzo
    Saint Alfonzo
    Ooo-ooo-WAH...
     
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    Father O'blivion
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    "Father O'Blivion" continues with the narrative while blazing the tempo. This one was always fun to play.

    "Father O'Blivion"

    Get on your feet an' do the funky Alfonzo!
    Father Vivian O'Blivion
    Resplendent in his frock
    Was whipping up the batter
    For the pancakes of his flock
    He was looking rather bleary
    (He forgot to watch the clock)
    'Cause the night before
    Behind the door
    A leprechaun had stroked, yes...
    The night before
    Behind the door
    A leprechaun had stroked (he stroked it)...
    The night before
    Behind the door
    A leprechaun had stroked... his...
    Sma-ah-ah
    Ah-ah-ah
    Ah-ah-ah
    Ah-ah-ah
    Ah-ah-ah
    Ah-ah-ah
    Ahhh (stroked his smock)
    Which set him off in such a frenzy
    He sang LOCK AROUND THE CROCK
    An' he topped it off with a...
    An' he topped it off with a...
    An' he topped it off with a...
    WOO WOO WOO
    WOO WOO WOO
    WOO WOO WOO
    As he stumbled on his [?]
    He was delighted as it stiffened
    And ripped right through his sock
    Oh, Saint Alfonzo would be proud of me
    PROUD OF ME
    He shouted down the block
    Dominus Vo-bisque 'em
    Et come spear a tu-tu,
    Oh!
    Won't you eat my sleazy pancakes
    Just for Saintly Alfonzo
    They're so light 'n fluffy-white
    We'll raise a fortune by tonite
    They're so light 'n fluffy-white
    We'll raise a fortune by tonite
    They're so light 'n fluffy-brown
    They're the finest in the town
    They're so light 'n fluffy-brown
    They're the finest in the town
    Good morning, your Highness
    Ooo-ooo-ooo
    I brought you your snow shoes
    Ooo-ooo-ooo
    Good morning, your Highness
    Ooo-ooo-ooo
    I brought you your snow shoes
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    Cosmik Debris
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    "Cosmik Debris" is another very well known Frank Zappa song. When I played it live on stage in 2010, I presented archival performance video footage which included the original performance audio as well. That enabled my father to join me and the band visually as well as audibly on lead vocals and guitar. The live performances from the tour included a mini guitar duel. My solo changed night after night which made the experience feel more like my dad was actually there with me, and I could react to him in the moment.

    "Cosmik Debris"

    The Mystery Man came over
    An' he said: "I'm outa-site!"
    He said, for a nominal service charge,
    I could reach nervonna t'nite
    If I was ready, willing 'n able
    To pay him his regular fee
    He would drop all the rest of his pressing affairs
    And devote His Attention to me
    But I said...
    Look here brother,
    Who you jivin' with that Cosmik Debris?
    (Now who you jivin' with that Cosmik Debris?)
    Look here brother,
    Don't you waste your time on me

    The Mystery Man got nervous
    An' he fidget around a bit
    He reached in the pocket of his Mystery Robe
    An' he whipped out a shaving kit
    Now, I thought it was a razor
    An' a can of foamin' goo
    But he told me right then when the top popped open
    There was nothin' his box won't do
    With the oil of Afro-dytee
    An' the dust of the Grand Wazoo
    He said:
    "You might not believe this, little fella, but it'll cure your Asthma too!"
    An' I said...
    Look here brother,
    Who you jivin' with that Cosmik Debris?
    (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
    Look here brother,
    Don't you waste your time on me
    Don't waste yer time...

    I've got troubles of my own, I said
    An' you can't help me out
    So take your meditations an' your preparations
    An' ram it up yer snout
    "BUT I GOT A KRISTL BOL!," he said
    An' held it to the light
    So I snatched it
    All away from him
    An' I showed him how to do it right
    I wrapped a newspaper 'round my head
    So I'd look like I was Deep
    I said some Mumbo Jumbos then
    An' told him he was goin' to sleep
    I robbed his rings
    An' pocket watch
    An' everything else I found
    I had that sucker hypnotized
    He couldn't even make a sound
    I proceeded to tell him his future then
    As long as he was hanging around,
    I said
    "The price of meat has just gone up
    An' yer ol' lady has just gone down..."
    Look here brother,
    Who you jivin' with that Cosmik Debris?
    (Now is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?)
    Don't you know,
    You could make more money as a butcher,
    So don't you waste your time on me
    (Don't waste it, don't waste your time on me...)
    Ohm shanti, ohm shanti, ohm shanti-ohm
    Shanti
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    Excentrifugal Forz
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    "Exentrifugal Forz" was never performed live by my dad. We played it as close to the record as we could. I had fun playing lead guitar in my dad's style. I did allow myself to improvise but I used my dad's framework and vocabulary as my guide so that I could keep things in context to the original song.

    "Excentrifugal Forz"

    The clouds are really cheap
    The way I seen 'em thru the ports
    Of which there is a half-a-dozen
    On the base of my resorz
    You wouldn't think I'd have too many
    Since I never cared for sports
    But I'm never really lonely
    In my Excentrifugal Forz

    There's always Korla Plankton
    Him 'n me can play the blues
    An' then I'll watch him buff that
    Tiny ruby that he use
    He'll straighten up his turban
    An' eject a little ooze
    Along a one-celled Hammond Organism
    Underneath my shoes
    An' then I'll call PUP TENTACLE
    I'll ask him how's his chin
    I'll fine out
    How the future is
    Because that's where he's been
    His little feet got long 'n flexible
    An' suckers fell right in
    The time he crossed the line
    From LATER ON to WAY BACK WHEN
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    Apostrophe
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    Apostrophe is the title track to my dad's 1974 album of the same name, apostrophe ('). It's a killer instrumental that originally featured Jack Bruce playing a fuzzed-out bass. My dad created some very cool guitar textures that were clean and dirty at the same time. I did my best to recreate that same texture as well as play in context to the original song. Apostrophe is one of my favorite songs to play live!

    Instrumental

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    Uncle Remus
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    "Uncle Remus" has long been a fan favorite song. It's probably because of the amazingly soulful piano intro performed by George Duke. This version is unique because it features Geoge Duke sitting in with my band. He also sings lead vocals, bringing an even more gospel flair to the song.

    "Uncle Remus"

    Wo, are we movin' too slow?
    Have you seen us,
    Uncle Remus...
    We look pretty sharp in these clothes (yes, we do)
    Unless we get sprayed with a hose
    It ain't bad in the day
    If they squirt it your way
    'Cept in the winter, when it's froze
    An' it's hard if it hits
    On yer nose
    On yer nose

    Just keep yer nose
    To the grindstone, they say
    Will that redeem us,
    Uncle Remus...
    I can't wait till my Fro is full-grown
    I'll just throw 'way my Doo-Rag at home
    I'll take a drive to BEVERLY HILLS
    Just before dawn
    An' knock the little jockeys
    Off the rich people's lawn
    An' before they get up
    I'll be gone, I'll be gone
    Before they get up
    I'll be knocking the jockeys off the lawn
    Down in the dew
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    Stink Foot
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    "Stink Foot" is the final track on the apostrophe (') album and we played as close to the album version we possibly could. My dad always changed the arrangement for "Stink Foot" for each of his bands, never making any attempt to play the album version. The nuances of the delays on the vocals and the unique envelope filtered guitar solo were important for me to capture and present live.

    "Stink-Foot"

    In the dark
    Where all the fevers grow
    Under the water
    Where the shark bubbles blow
    In the mornin'
    By yer radio
    Do the walls close in t' suffocate ya
    You ain't got no friends . . .
    An' all the others: they hate ya
    Does the life you been livin' gotta go, hmmm?
    Well, lemme straighten you out
    About a place I know . . .
    (Get yer shoes 'n socks on people,
    It's right aroun' the corner!)
    Out through the night
    An' the whispering breezes
    To the place where they keep
    The Imaginary Diseases,
    Out through the night
    An' the whispering breezes
    To the place where they keep
    The Imaginary Diseases, mmm . . .

    This has to be the disease for you
    Now scientists call this disease
    Bromidrosis
    But us regular folks
    Who might wear tennis shoes
    Or an occasional python boot
    Know this exquisite little inconvenience
    By the name of:
    STINK FOOT
    Y'know, my python boot is too tight
    I couldn't get it off last night
    A week went by, an' now it's July
    I finally got it off
    An' my girl-friend cry
    "You got STINK FOOT!
    STINK FOOT, darlin'
    Your STINK FOOT puts a hurt on my nose!
    STINK FOOT! STINK FOOT! I ain't lyin',
    Can you rinse it off, d'you suppose?"
    Here Fido . . . Fido . . .
    C'mere little puppy . . . bring the slippers
    "Arf, arf, arf!" (crash-crumble-bump-bump-bump)
    Heh heh heh . . . sick . . .

    Well then Fido got up off the floor an' he rolled over
    An' he looked me straight in the eye
    An' you know what he said?
    Once upon a time
    Somebody say to me
    (This is a dog talkin' now)
    What is your Conceptual Continuity?
    Well, I told him right then
    (Fido said)
    It should be easy to see
    The crux of the biscuit
    Is the Apostrophe(')
    Well, you know
    The man who was talkin' to the dog
    Looked at the dog an' he said: (sort of staring in disbelief)
    "You can't say that!"
    He said:
    "IT DOESN'T, 'n YOU CAN'T!
    I WON'T, 'n IT DON'T!
    IT HASN'T, IT ISN'T, IT EVEN AIN'T
    'N IT SHOULDN'T . . .
    IT COULDN'T!"
    He told me NO NO NO!
    I told him YES YES YES!
    I said: "I do it all the time . . .
    Ain't this boogie a mess!"
    THE POODLE BY-EE-ITES
    THE POODLE CHEWS IT
    THE POODLE BY-EE-ITES
    THE POODLE CHEWS IT
    THE POODLE BY-EE-ITES
    THE POODLE CHEWS IT
    THE POODLE BY-EE-ITES
    THE POODLE CHEWS IT
    (POO-DLE . . . )
    THE POODLE BY-EE-ITES
    ( . . . BITES)
    THE POODLE CHEWS IT
    (POO-DLE . . . )
    THE POODLE BY-EE-ITES
    ( . . . BITES)
    THE POODLE CHEWS IT
    (POO-DLE . . . )
    THE POODLE BY-EE-ITES
    ( . . . BITES)
    THE POODLE CHEWS IT
    (POO-DLE . . . )
    THE POODLE BY-EE-ITES
    ( . . . BITES)
    THE POODLE CHEWS IT
    THE POODLE BY-EE-ITES
    THE POODLE CHEWS IT
    THE POODLE BY-EE-ITES
    THE POODLE CHEWS IT
    THE POODLE BY-EE-ITES

2010 apostrophe (') live! Dweezil Zappa and his band perform the classic Frank Zappa album - apostrophe (') -  in its entirety, live on stage in Los Angeles.

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Jason Camelio

It is a total joy to hear this LIVE! Thank you for sharing this recording. apostrophe (') was the very first Frank album I purchased. It was my gateway. I am seeing this refrain the the thread here too. The power of music is deep.

Eric C.

So awesome! Somehow it took me this ling to get yo this. Thanks deeez! 

Stiehlman

My first FZ experience. 1976, 15yrs old. A friend would sing it in school. Then, off I went into Zappaland for the next 44yrs. Stuck to seat 38 on Phydeaux III.

Jeff S.

Authenticity.  True Blue.  Suppose between admiring this musicianship and of course, your father's, "it should be easy to see" your devotion, stating it briefly, connects this yesteryear technical music listener to his own admiration of (my) Father.  Keep the chisel to your template!  You cannot go wrong!

Much gained by being a fan here.  Thanks.  Cleveland cannot wait for the encore "Let's Move To Cleveland" show!

Tom M.

I saw you guys in Derry, NH on March 10, 2020 and got that show in just under the wire. It was the last live music I have seen since and I can't wait for you guys to get back out there! I am used to seeing you all play at least twice a year. I got a bad Jones for some ZPZ! Hang in there, everyone!

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