Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Frank Zappa – "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" (1974)

Watch out where the huskies go
Don't you eat that yellow snow!

If you have a dog, and you walk that dog in the snow, you'll appreciate Frank Zappa's advice.

I have a vague memory of a "Confucius say" joke about not eating yellow snow.

Do you remember "Confucius say" jokes?  

Confucius say: "Wise man never play leapfrog with unicorn."

Confucius say: "Marriage like a bank account.  You put it in, you take it out, you lose interest."

Confucius say: "At nudist wedding, everyone know who best man is."

Confucius say: "Moo goo gai pan is Chinese for stray cat."

What about elephant jokes?  Elephant jokes were really big when I was a kid.

Q: What's gray and fights forest fires?
A:  Smokey the Elephant

Q:  Why don't pygmies walk through the jungle between 4 pm and 5 pm?
A:  That's when elephants like to jump out of trees.

Q:  What's there squishy brown stuff between elephants' toes?
A:  Pygmies who walked through the jungle between 4 pm and 5 pm.

If you remember "Confucius say" and elephant jokes, you probably remember "dead baby" jokes.

I just looked at a website devoted to dead baby jokes and read a few dozen of them.  (Ewwwww!)

"Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" is the first track of Frank Zappa's 1974 album, Apostrophe, which was the only Frank Zappa album I ever bought.

The first four songs on that album – "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow," "Nanook Rubs It," "St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast," and Father O'blivion" – are loosely connected to one another and even more loosely connected to logic, reality, and making any kind of sense at all. 

Here are all four songs, which are sometimes known as the "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow Suite":

Click the link below to buy "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" from Amazon:

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