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Camarillo Brillo
by Frank Zappa

She had that
Camarillo brillo
Flamin' out along her head,
I mean her Mendocino bean-o
By where some bugs had made it red

She ruled the Toads of the Short Forest
And every newt in Idaho
And every cricket who had chorused
By the bush in Buffalo

She said she was
A Magic Mama
And she could throw a mean Tarot
And carried on without a comma
That she was someone I should know

She had a snake for a pet
And an amulet
And she was breeding a dwarf
But she wasn't done yet
She had gray-green skin
A doll with a pin
I told her she was awright
But I couldn't come in
(I couldn't come in right then . . . )

And so she wandered
Trough the door-way
Just like a shadow from the tomb
She said her stereo was four-way
An' I'd just love it in her room

Well, I was born
To have adventure
So I just followed up the steps
Right past her fuming incense stencher
To where she hung her castanets

She stripped away
Her rancid poncho
An' laid out naked by the door
We did it till we were un-concho
An' it was useless any more

She had a snake for a pet
And an amulet
And she was breeding a dwarf
But she wasn't done yet
She had gray-green skin
A doll with a pin
I told her she was awright
But I couldn't come in
(actually, I was very busy then)

And so she wandered
Through the door-way
Just like a shadow from the tomb
She said her stereo was four-way
An' I'd just love it in her room

Well, I was born
To have adventure
So I just followed up the steps
Right past her fuming incense stencher
To where she hung her castanets

She said she was
A Magic Mama
And she could throw a mean Tarot
And carried on without a comma
That she was someone I should know

(Is that a real poncho . . . I mean
Is that a Mexican poncho or is that a Sears poncho?
Hmmm . . . no foolin' . . . )

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Budder Kupp

I was 21 when I first heard this song and the entire album. Used to hang out at my friend Chick's large trailer..in the woods..that was near a gorgeous pond. Hung out with Chick, Mike, Jay and George. One of us would cook dinner. Then we would play cards, have a couple of beers..and listen to Zappa. I'm 64 and the other guys were the same age as me..but sadly..Chick, Mike and George are all dead..and Jay is in a nursing home. I'm the only one left to remember these great times. Play some Zappa man!!

Budder Kupp

@Caïus Julius That's great to hear!!

Caïus Julius

@Budder Kupp I'm 38 and French my friend... Great music and memories never die 😉

Budder Kupp

@Mutcherson Aww..thanks. Definitely good memories.

Mutcherson

That was so fucking nice to read. Cheers Budder

Billy Batts and the Shineboxes

"stripped away her rancid poncho" "did it til we were un-concho" Possibly the greatest rhyme ever conceived by anybody, ever.

psychedelicpiper

@Cenk Zappa That was Ram Dass giving acid to the Maharishi.

Cenk Zappa

@john buck He didn't need anything else. It's like he was born with it in his brain already lol. My dad told me a (supposedly true) story about an old monk. The monk wanted to try acid, so a musician guy brought him a few hundred hits. He told him to take one. The monk didn't understand and he took ALL OF IT. But nothing happened. The monk was so chillin and so relaxed and "in the now" that the acid did nothing to him. My dad swears up and down that this is a true story. The acid didn't work on the monk bc the monk was already mentally there. He didn't need some silly drug. He could do it on his own. My dad is a doctor lol.

john buck

Hard to believe frank only smoked tobacco with lyrics like this, but he was VERY intelligent

kevin c. Strawn

I was 18yrs. old when I first heard this album I am now close to 60 and still love it

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