09 Drowning Witch
Frank Zappa Lyrics

Frank zappa (lead guitar, vocals)
Ike willis (guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals)
Ray white (guitar, vocals)
Bobby martin (keyboards, saxophone, vocals)
Alan zavod (keyboards)
Scott thunes (bass)
Chad wackerman (drums)
Steve vai (guitar)
Tommy mars (keyboards)
Ed mann (percussion)

There's a ship arriving too late
To save a drowning witch
She was swimmin' along
Tryin' to keep a date
With a merchant marine
Who told her he was really rich
But it doesn't matter no more...
She's on the ocean floor
'n the water's all green down there
'n it's not very clean down there
'n water snakes
'n rusty wrecks
Is all that she can see
As the light goes dim
And she's tryin' to swim
Will she make it?
(boy, we sure hope so...)

Not even a witch oughta be caught
On the bottom of america's spew-infested
Ho-ho-ho, hey-hey...
She could get radiation all over her
She could mutate insanely... (aie-ee-aie)
She could mutate insanely... (earth wall)
Then you know
She could go on the freeway and grow up to be 15 feet tall
And very very scary-lookin'
And then...
Cars could crash all over the place
As a result of people with hawaiian shirts on...
Lookin' up to hear her go "ha ha ha..."
Sardines in her eyebrows...
Lobsters up 'n down her pudenda
All of them horribly large from graduation...
And smelling very bad
And dangerous!

Maybe a submarine could save her,
That's right! yes, that's true!
And bring her back just like a mud-shark...
Tell 'em what they win, bob!
Well, therefore ladies:
A full week's supply of gartenion's onion rings,
Bronco's new bondage-in-a-bottle!
It won't crack, it won't stake, it won't beat, it won't budge,
It won't bite the old fate...
And of course a brand new, absolutely brand new,
New, new, and of course, but also a new car!


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Comments from YouTube:

Steve Petra

Frank let me attend a rehearsal at the Palladium in NY back in 1980. They were rehearsing Drowning Witch with a slightly different lineup of musicians. I did get to watch them create Tinsel Town Rebellion. It's an amazing process. At one point Zappa told Mars to play a passage using voicings from the I Love Lucy theme. They ended up with the ending to I Love Lucy as the end of Tinsel Town.

Studio 418

+Steve Petra thats soo cool!!!


"I don't have the score, so I don't remember all the parts." Frank fire yourself! lol


One of my favorite Zappa compositions. Thanks for this historic look. 

Andrew Korvin

The little keyboard break at 18:42 is amazing. Amazing harmony

Zach Glickman

Thanks so much for the "Birth Of" series!

AngryFrigginLiberal InPennsylvania

40:00 for whole track

Миша Никитин

гениально ,кон ,гениально

Gumnent Killa

This is the kind of stuff that I think You Tube was MADE for. Amazing find! I got to see FZ live twice in the late 80's - always wandered what it would be like to be in a rehearsal session with the greatest American musician of all time. Thanks for the uploads. I'm subscribing.


La création,archive intéressante zappa en plein travail!

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