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Dumb All Over
by Frank Zappa

Frank zappa (lead guitar, vocals)
Ike willis (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Ray white (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Bob harris (boy soprano, trumpet)
Steve vai (guitar)
Tommy mars (keyboards)
Arthur barrow (bass)
Ed mann (percussion)
David ocker (clarinet, bass clarinet)
Motorhead sherwood (tenor saxophone, vocals)
Denny walley (slide guitar, vocals)
David logeman (drums)
Craig steward (harmonica)
Jimmy carl black (vocals)
Ahmet zappa (vocals)
Moon zappa (vocals)

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 tryin' 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 'n far
Dumb all over,
Black 'n white
People, we is not wrapped tight

Nurds on the left
Nurds on the right
Religious fanatics
On the air every night
Sayin' the bible
Tells the story
Makes the details
Sound real gory
'bout 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
'n 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
(I mean it won't blow up
'n 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 smidgeon
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 gotta be that way!")
But their book says:
"revenge the crusades...
With whips 'n chains
'n hand grenades..."
Two arms? two arms?
Have another and another
Our God says:
"there ain't no other!"
Our God says
"it's all okay!"
Our God says
"this is the way!"

It says in the book:
"burn 'n destroy...
'n repent, 'n redeem
'n revenge, 'n deploy
'n 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
'n that makes 'em bad
So verily we must choppeth them up
And stompeth them down
Or rent a nice french bomb
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 humble white hair
And humble glasses
And a nice brown suit
And maybe a blond wife who takes phone calls
Tells us our God says
It's okay to do this stuff
Then we gotta 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 don't work's all lies...gotta use mine...)
Ain't that right?
That's what they say
Every night...
Every day...
Hey, we can't really be dumb
If we're just following god's orders
Hey, let's get serious...
God knows what he's doin'
He wrote this book here
An' the book says:
He made us all to be just like him,"
If we're dumb...
Then God is dumb...
(an' maybe even a little ugly on the side)


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Steve Binning

Frank had contempt for Republicans and Democrats. If you are familiar with his music especially in the 80s this is obvious. He actually considered standing as an Independent candidate in the US Presidential elections but the cancer which killed him put a stop to that. He would never have become President but would have made people think and brought intelligence into US politics. A quality which is still in short supply.

Marty Pel

Steve Binning absolutely funny these people who see and repeat the truth don’t live long enough to become politicians


The dunces would have confederated against him.

Your Grandma

Frank didn’t become president because he wanted people to think.


Knowing or seeing the truth is a lot easier than choosing to put yourself out there by saying something about it. Frank never seemed to have any problem with saying something and being as honest as he could be when he did speak out. You can't expect to realistically "represent" a diverse population or to nurture some ideal notion of "freedom" as is laid out in our constitution if party loyalty and advancement of a party-specific agenda are required to even be nominated for candidacy.


He had contempt for dishonesty and hypocrisy and that tends to indict the Radical Right far more often than the Looney Left. But he didn't hesitate to call 'em as he saw them, and that's a good thing. We'd be better off if everybody fought harder to not allow themselves to be shoved into the ideological boxes for which "wedge issues" have been designed to (now) about ten places right of the decimal.


“For dummies to jog on, and doggies to dog on...”

Gerry Berry

This is one of Frank’s best ever lyrics!

Sam R

silvio napoli Sprechstimme is the classical music version of rap, and was ahead of its time, at the time. If words are important, make every word count, and understand what you are rapping about - it's more than rhythm and rhyme.

silvio napoli

also sounds like a rap prototype

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