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 Post subject: Magdalena
PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:13 am 
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The Flo and Eddie years are may least favourite, but there are some great moments, 'Magdalena' being one of them.
I took the time to listen to this gem with the lyrics in front of me. It's great. Dodgy subject matter. Great harmonies. A billion words per second.
Who'd a thought what making maple syrup could do to a man?!


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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:35 am 
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It gets almost heart-wrenching towards the end.
I'm gonna have to stick it on now I think. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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Another one of those ones that you play to people because you love it so much and then when you're sitting there with a beer in hand and the song playing all you can hear is those perverse lyrics and see the look on your mate's face and you think "Oh sh't, I've done it again"

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:36 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:37 am 
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Another one of those ones that you play to people because you love it so much and then when you're sitting there with a beer in hand and the song playing all you can hear is those perverse lyrics and see the look on your mate's face and you think "Oh sh't, I've done it again"


I had a similar experience with "Jewish Princess" once. :oops: Almost trashed a good friendship.


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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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Since Bobby Brown is still in the radio I haven't got any problems with "filthy" lyrics. But I'm trying to hide Stick It Out and The Torture Never Stops album version from my kids. Though I'm sure these songs could interest them in FZ.

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:49 pm 
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A Zappa song that actually mentions my employer.

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:25 am 
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calvin2hikers wrote:
A Zappa song that actually mentions my employer.


Cal, you work at the Senate Grill?


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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:55 am 
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You work with Maple Syrup?

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:58 am 
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No, but those sound exciting.

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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I know most folks on here don't enjoy ' booted ' Frank , but somewhere in my collection there is a snippit of Frank w/ Flo & Eddie at a radio station.

Frank is telling the anouncer , ( if I remember this correctly ) about a book that Howard was reading and how they had come up with a tune for some of the pages that Mark & Howard were going to read.
So they sat around with what sound to be ashtrays , glasses and woodblocks and sang the melody of Magdalena with words from the book that was being read.

The words sound like they are from ' The Hobbit " or something similar.

Very entertaining and a great look into the BAND contributions to the different songs in FZs catalouge.

I'll see if I can find that tasty little morsel 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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pedro1 wrote:
I know most folks on here don't enjoy ' booted ' Frank , but somewhere in my collection there is a snippit of Frank w/ Flo & Eddie at a radio station.

Frank is telling the anouncer , ( if I remember this correctly ) about a book that Howard was reading and how they had come up with a tune for some of the pages that Mark & Howard were going to read.
So they sat around with what sound to be ashtrays , glasses and woodblocks and sang the melody of Magdalena with words from the book that was being read.

The words sound like they are from ' The Hobbit " or something similar.

Very entertaining and a great look into the BAND contributions to the different songs in FZs catalouge.

I'll see if I can find that tasty little morsel 8)



That's something I'd like to hear!

I am still enjoying this tune-apparently my most-listened-to Zappa choon this year according to itunes.


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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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Quilt wrote:
...Who'd a thought what making maple syrup could do to a man?!


You've obviously never been to a maple syrup ranch out in the boonies of Quebec! If you had, the song would take on a whole new meening for ya! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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zomby truth wrote:
thenoisydrum wrote:
Another one of those ones that you play to people because you love it so much and then when you're sitting there with a beer in hand and the song playing all you can hear is those perverse lyrics and see the look on your mate's face and you think "Oh sh't, I've done it again"


I had a similar experience with "Jewish Princess" once. :oops: Almost trashed a good friendship.

I was dating a self-described Jewish Princess a few years ago and while I casually dropped hints that I was a Zappa fan I never brought up the song. One day she says to me "Who would have thought that my father and Frank Zappa would have something in common". I didn't ask what she meant but I assumed that she had done some research and was talking about the song. If she was, she didn't act offended.


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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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Quilt wrote:
pedro1 wrote:
I know most folks on here don't enjoy ' booted ' Frank , but somewhere in my collection there is a snippit of Frank w/ Flo & Eddie at a radio station.

Frank is telling the anouncer , ( if I remember this correctly ) about a book that Howard was reading and how they had come up with a tune for some of the pages that Mark & Howard were going to read.
So they sat around with what sound to be ashtrays , glasses and woodblocks and sang the melody of Magdalena with words from the book that was being read.

The words sound like they are from ' The Hobbit " or something similar.

Very entertaining and a great look into the BAND contributions to the different songs in FZs catalouge.

I'll see if I can find that tasty little morsel 8)



That's something I'd like to hear!

I am still enjoying this tune-apparently my most-listened-to Zappa choon this year according to itunes.



Found it .....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWJvHCQqEO8

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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pedro1 wrote:

I'll wait for the official ZFT "Hobbitage" CD.

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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That's a great clip pedro1!
It's especially relevant to me and I had no idea the 'Tolkein tape' had this Magdalena with the horned cow lines from the cat and the fiddle song from wherever Tolkein copped that -- very funny...

I had my own melody I could sing that to when I was a kid, not the one we'd recognize as 'Magdalena'. So to get this alterna-reality presented to me performed by Frank and Flo and Eddie on woodblocks and guitar sandwich'd in there in the middle of Magdalena of all things is really funny-sureal.
Thanks a lot!!!!
Now I go get 20 years of Frank Zappa from the library/post office-store :mrgreen:
and Now I can sing this kinda stuff to the tune of Magdalena. To confuse and delight my friends, of course!

There was an inn, a merry old inn, beneath an old grey hill.
And there they brewed a beer so brown
that the man in the moon himself came down one night to drink his fill.

The ostler keeps a tipsy cat that plays a five stringed fiddle
and up and down he swings his bow, now squeaking high,
now purring low, now sawing in the middle.

The landlord has a little dog that is mighty fond of jokes.
When there's good cheer among the guests, he cocks an ear at all the jests,
and laughs until he chokes.

And O! The rows of silver dishes and the store of Sunday spoons!
For guests there is a special pair and these they polish up with care
On Saturday afternoons.

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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Great Stuff Punk !!!

Number one with a bullet !

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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just plain doug wrote:
pedro1 wrote:

I'll wait for the official ZFT "Hobbitage" CD.


It'll be called Filthy Hobbits, m i rite, lol

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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Love this track.


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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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The lyrics to Magdalena really resonated for Zappa fans in the province of Quebec, of which there were lots, including me. "Go eat shit" is a direct translation of the very common Quebecois french expression "Mange la marde". I read somewhere that the song was written in a hotel room in Montreal prior to a concert. That seems like a stretch. Maybe the lyrics were nailed down in the hotel room. I was at a high school reunion in 1999 and a buddy of mine was telling me that his twin boys favourite song to sing along with was Billy the Mountain. I always liked the song too, but cripes, his kids were only 10 years old at the time. Some pretty colourful language in those lyrics.


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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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calvin2hikers wrote:
A Zappa song that actually mentions my employer.


Frederick's of Hollywood?

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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calvin2hikers wrote:
A Zappa song that actually mentions my employer.


You work for Chattem, Inc ?

As in: the producer of Kaopectate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaopectate

:mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Magdalena
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This was in another thread I think. It's Blue Cross.

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This was in another thread I think. It's Blue Cross.


You mean Croix Blue ?
http://www.qc.croixbleue.ca/index.en.html :lol:

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