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Frank Zappa I’m The Slime

Frank Zappa was an amazing one-of-a-kind musician who set the standard for song writing as well as for guitar playing – along with musical genius Jimi Hendrix – in rock music when he debuted his band Mothers of Invention in 1966. Exceptional musicianship, visceral guitar solos and politically incorrect lyrics,  often with adolescent humor, were the trademark traits of the band from the beginning. The first few albums were recorded under the name Mothers Of Invention, later albums under the name Frank Zappa. A prolific songwriter, Zappa wrote material for more than 100 albums.

Sandwiched between two killer guitar solos are these lyrics to the song “I’m The Slime” from Zappa’s album “Over-Nite Sensation” released in 1973. Background vocals were done by Tina Turner and the “Ikettes.”

I am gross and perverted
I’m obsessed and deranged
I have existed for years
But very little has changed
I’m the tool of the government
And industry, too
For I am destined to rule and regulate you
I may be vile and pernicious
But you can’t look away
I make you think I’m delicious
With the stuff that I say
I’m the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I’m the slime oozing out from your TV set

You will obey me as I lead you
With all the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don’t need you
Don’t go for help, no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
You will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold

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2 comments on “Frank Zappa I’m The Slime

  1. It’s surprising how little has changed. Sometimes it takes this kind of song to remind you how bad things were in the 60s and 70s.

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