Friday, December 14, 2012

Zappadan 2012 - Day 11 - Absolutely Free


Like many of the songs on We're Only in It for the Money, "Absolutely Free" criticizes the hippie movement and the Summer of Love. The song's lyrics are a parody of psychedelia, especially the idea of expanding one's consciousness through the use of drugs. To this end, the song frequently mentions the word "discorporate", which is explained by Zappa in the spoken introduction to the song ("The first word in this song is discorporate. It means to leave your body"). The lyrics also reference the song "Mellow Yellow" by singer-songwriter Donovan, who is often associated with the hippie movement ("The dreams as they live them are all mellow yellow").

On some pressings of the album, especially on earlier releases, two lines of the lyrics were censored. The first is the sentence "I don't do publicity balling for you anymore", uttered at the very beginning of the song by the character of Suzy Creamcheese. The word "balling" was cut from this line. The other line that was censored ("Flower power sucks!") was cut entirely.


  1. Who censored it?
    That must have really pissed off Frank. He was a true champion of defending rights.
    It's surprising that you people who hate rights like him.

    orlin sellers

  2. Hey anonymous, zappa would have told that jesus thinks your a jerk. you twist his ideas by hammering them into a mold of your mutant design. absolutely free means living with out fear...and you seem to be in a prison of fear of your own making.