Zappa, Frank - Penguin In Bondage Lyrics




Thank you. (Brian, I could use a little bit more monitor). Hello hello (can't you turn it up any more than that?) Hello hello... Hey! Alright! Pardon me, folks. The name of this song is "Penguin in Bondage," an' it's a song that, uh, deals with the possible variations on a basic theme which is... well, you understand what the basic theme is. And then the variations include, uh, manoeuvres that might be executed with the aid of, uh, extra-terrestrial gratification and devices which might or might not be supplied in a local department store or perhaps a drugstore but at very least in one of those fancy new shops that they advertise in the back-pages of the free press. This song suggests to the suggestible listener that the ordinary procedure, uh, that I'm circumlocuting at this present time in order to get this text on television, is that, uh, if you wanna do something other than what you thought you were gonna do when you first took your clothes off and you just happened to have some DEVICES around... then it's, it's not only okay to get into the PARAPHERNALIA of it all but... hey! What did he say? Ready?

She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh...
Rennenhenninnahenninnenninahennn
Way over on the wet side
Of the bed (Knirps for moisture)

Just like the mighty Penguin
Flappin' her eight ounce wings
(The Penguin Flap)

Lord, you know it's all over
If she come atcha on the strut & wrap 'em all around yer head
Flappin' her eight ounce wings, flappinumm

She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy

Shake up the pale-dry
Ginger ale

Tremblin' like a Penguin
When the battery fail

Lord, you must be havin' her jumpin' through a hoopa real fire
With some Kleenex wrapped around a coat-hang wire

She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh...
Rennenhenninnahenninneninahenn
Howlin' over to some
Antarcticulated moon

In the frostbite nite
With her flaps gone white
Shriekin' as she spot the hoop across the room
(Everytime she sees the hoop)

You know it must be a Penguin bound down
If you hear that terrible screamin' and there ain't no other
Birds around

She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh...
She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh...
Rennenhenninnahenninneninahennnn
Aw, you must be careful
Not to leave her straps
TOO LOOSE

'Cause she just might box yer dog
She just might box yer doggie
An' leave you a dried-up dog biscuit...





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  1. 2468hap

    CAROLINA PANTHERS FKN RULE

  2. Jens Christian van der Lagen

    The special one!!! Just awesome,if you can relate....

  3. James Abrams

    I loved this song from the first I heard it. I don't know what the guitar effect is on Frank's solo but it is so "liquid" it just goes right to the heart and the bluesy riff beneath it all is perfect.

  4. richard kelly

    Frank was just so Damn Good.

  5. AppleTinii OxyC

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YES! TY for posting! I have a version from the Mothers on MOTHERS day --- I d love to post that 28 min delight :)

  6. Pretty Gnostic Machine

    This song is a great pick-me-up when you're all alone in a safehouse in the middle of nowhere Wyoming and you've been accused of the attempted assassination of a Russian counterintelligence agent, and your girlfriend thinks you don't call her because you're cheating on her with a Norwegian park ranger named Elsa or Boobie.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Wanderlustus

    Worked for me too when I was caught molesting an ocelot in the late 80s.

    Pretty Gnostic Machine

    @Wanderlustus You know it, brother.

    Sam R

    So, you were in a wilderness area with guns and a boom box, and failed to understand that other campers didn't appreciate your presence?

  7. Martin Roscher

    Listened to it hundreds of times. Coolest EVER!

  8. LEGIONE72

    3:56 best Wah Wah ever

  9. yassveena

    One of the favorite albums in my youth in the 70ies, still love it. Those were the days .....

  10. tixximmi1

    It's a great album. Got to see Dweezil do the 35 anniversary at the Roxy. Franks music never gets old.

  11. gaylord mcgillicuddy

    DEVICES!

  12. johnny zell

    Thank you. (Brian, I could use a little bit more monitor). Hello hello (can't you turn it up any more than that?) Hello hello . . . Hey! Alright! Pardon me, folks. The name of this song is "Penguin in Bondage," an' it's a song that, uh, deals with the possible variations on a basic theme which is . . . well, you understand what the basic theme is. And then the variations include, uh, manoeuvres that might be executed with the aid of, uh, extra-terrestrial gratification and devices which might or might not be supplied in a local department store or perhaps a drugstore but at very least in one of those fancy new shops that they advertise in the back-pages of the free press. This song suggests to the suggestible listener that the ordinary procedure, uh, that I'm circumlocuting at this present time in order to get this text on television, is that, uh, if you wanna do something other than what you thought you were gonna do when you first took your clothes off and you just happened to have some DEVICES around . . . then it's, it's not only okay to get into the PARAPHERNALIA of it all but . . . hey! What did he say? Ready?

    She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
    Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh . . .
    Rennenhenninnahenninnenninahennn
    Way over on the wet side
    Of the bed (Knirps for moisture)

    Just like the mighty Penguin
    Flappin' her eight ounce wings
    (The Penguin Flap)

    Lord, you know it's all over
    If she come atcha on the strut & wrap 'em all around yer head
    Flappin' her eight ounce wings, flappinumm

    She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy

    Shake up the pale-dry
    Ginger ale

    Tremblin' like a Penguin
    When the battery fail

    Lord, you must be havin' her jumpin' through a hoopa real fire
    With some Kleenex wrapped around a coat-hang wire

    She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
    Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh . . .
    Rennenhenninnahenninneninahenn
    Howlin' over to some
    Antarcticulated moon

    In the frostbite nite
    With her flaps gone white
    Shriekin' as she spot the hoop across the room
    (Everytime she sees the hoop)

    You know it must be a Penguin bound down
    If you hear that terrible screamin' and there ain't no other
    Birds around

    She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
    Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh . . .
    She's just like a Penguin in Bondage, boy
    Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh . . .
    Rennenhenninnahenninneninahennnn
    Aw, you must be careful
    Not to leave her straps
    TOO LOOSE

    'Cause she just might box yer dog
    She just might box yer doggie
    An' leave you a dried-up dog biscuit . . .

  13. William Blankenship

    Definitive!

  14. Cam Hack

    Great solo on penguins

  15. Demetrio Paiva

    The Big Zappa!

  16. Gianfranco Spolverato

    ZJust great.

  17. Bv Vaughn

    (Knirps for moisture!)

  18. Justin Giovanniello

    Fond memories of my parents introducing me to this song when I was a teenager. Frank was a king of creativity. I wish I would have seen him live but I was only 5 when he passed away.

    Also I freaking LOVE this into. Such a Vonnegut/Slaughterhouse Five inspired intro.

    james mccormack

    when u sawwzapaliviwas a0lifechangingexperiancedweezilcarriesthelegacyonlikefatherlikeSon

  19. Paula Harris Baca

    My very first BF who stole my maidenhead played this song all the time. He loved Zappa and hashish. ...wonder where he is.....I never "got" this song until years and years later. Still don't get some of it....but I agreed with said ex that there was something rather wistful and beautiful about a lot of Zappa's material. I, of course, being a teen, would always ask him to play his bass guitar to the music I was fond of at the time....which he said it was boring as hell. (he was right). I begged him to play the bass riff for "Disco Inferno" which he tried for about 3 minutes and said "I can't keep doing this, it's the same thing over and over for 9 minutes". ...(looks off into space) He had two Edsels. He had a tank full of piranhas in the livingroom. I must see what he's up to if he's still alive. He tried to teach me to drive a stick on a 5-window 53 Chevy truck. Going uphill!!! Made me cry. Taught myself later in a different car, not going uphill.

  20. John Bidochka

    "Son of Orange County" & "More Trouble Every Day"weren't the only audio from the 4-track Edinboro State College that was used on the album. On this very song, FZ edits from the 16-track Roxy tapes to 4-track Edinboro at 2:49 then 14 seconds later edits back to the Roxy audio at 3:03.

    After listening to the song so often, I still wonder how Zappa had the intuition to know where/when all the best performances were, and to edit them together, sometimes months or even years apart.

    Paul Cavaciuti

    @John Bidochka: that's amazing, how did you know that? When I listened to it the first time, I thought, "No way, this guy's just showing off." Then I listened again, and you can hear the tempo get very slightly faster at 2.49 and drop back at 3.03. I've been listening to this track for decades and never noticed! It's a phenomenal edit. Did you have access to the master?

  21. liveandletsdive

    Best Zappa guitar solo ever at 3:10.

  22. Perk Cartel

    Genius!

  23. harkrum

    Don't get any better than this..

  24. Andrew Butler

    first track duplicated

  25. hermanschwartz65

    for some reason this was in my head All Day,,,and at night I couldn't find the CD (they are never in their proper cases)...

  26. rogerjazzfan

    Rennenhenninnahenninnenninahennn

    tixximmi1

    You left out 1 "n".

  27. MarkG

    One of music's greats. Love Frank, wish very much I had gotten to see him live.

  28. Blaze Nelson

    2:57 Beatles reference? (Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite)

  29. Oded Fried-Gaon

    Boing, and then cuts off, but still i think the best period for Zappa!

  30. fraink7

    Knirps for moisture

  31. scott king

    shake up the pale dry ginger ale!!!

  32. tommy turner

    dont leave the straps too loose!!

  33. tommy turner

    flappin em

  34. Sammygrewe

    Heeyyy...

  35. Rosie Hermosa

    this reminds me of someone. and i never heard this song before today. strange but lovely.

  36. Cousin Hoagy

    Check out some of the LIVE concerts in EU of this song and of course, Dweezil's version LIVE

  37. Easytimes lopez

    como mierda hay 2 personas que no les gusto?? que mierda les pasa hijos de su puta madre sordos de mierda i dont even want to translate myself vayanse a la mierda

    askatuproductions

    +Easytimes lopez Jajaja BEST COMENTARIO EVER

    Nicolas Funes

    Jajajaja, no es musica para todos capo, abrazo de buenos aires!

  38. tommy turner

    i was so stoned when i first heard this in 1980. lol

    GIANTS 1921-1922

    @tommy turner all his music feels better that way.

    james mccormack

    thebestozappa

  39. tommy turner

    i rember the semi  first time i flapped my 8.0z wing. i was flappin em.

  40. scott bradley

    Like the great man said Jazz is not dead just smells funny if this aint bangin that string box gezzzzzzzz thanx Frank

  41. jackstraw

    Break out the pale dry ginger ale ..

  42. Calvin Okelley

    had this album way back when,lol the music behind zappa was always killer

  43. Umami Factor

    Knirps.  More moisture.

    d3rail3d

    +Umami Factor Woa, ya, woa...

  44. giamozz

    Poor Penguin !  Aww you must be careful not to leave the straps too loose ! 6:20

  45. Greg Wangler

    Where's Be-Bop Tango????????????????

  46. Mike James

    Frank, Frank, Frank...
    (Bought this album when it first came out, and still love it.  Amazing musicians, and great humor.... i.e., "Watch Ruth".

  47. Paul Schmidt

    Are they ever going to release the DVD? 

  48. Denis Roy

    One of the best wah wah solo ever!

  49. SpecksWorld

    Love it ! just seen zpz and posted it for all to enjoy.....

    james mccormack

    zappathebesteverocockDwerzil

  50. Patrick Hart

    Mothers of Invention . . . . 

  51. nacho

    my favorite album of zappa

    AnonsCrossfader

    nacho probably mine too

  52. Phil Franklin

    FZ all over the neck of his gibson

  53. harkrum

    Look, Youtube people, at Jack Hicko's renditions of several FZ musics...He's Great!!!!!

  54. liveandletsdive

    Outstanding solo on this version!!

  55. YuriHabadakas

    What's the deal with it getting cut off at 6:48? The copy I've got also does that. I looked up this vid because I was hoping it wouldn't happen again. I want to know what the rest of the song is :(

    YuriHabadakas

    @Apostrophe Awesome! Thanks!

  56. Zegonite

    Talk about a creative blues song.

  57. Moreoff

    I found this video searching for: "Knirps for moisture" LOL ARF .. . .. . .

  58. LawlFrank

    <3 this song, such a great intro :)

  59. Xavier Paquin

    It's not only ok to get into the paraphernalia of it all but... but what?!

  60. Xavier Paquin

    haha nice, good job :D

  61. manoftheworld1000

    Would you believe it! At 0:33 (when Zappa says "Maneuvers that might be executed ...") my old vinyl album R & E shows a double sequence of that phrase although the record has no scratch. Thanks to your upload I now have an uninterrupted version of that title - well done!

  62. Gabriel Levicky

    the greatest!!! this was my first album i bought in yugoslavia and smuggled back to czechoslovakia - i have become an instant hero...

  63. ramonasplumber

    It truly one of my favorite Zappa albums. The part that I get goosebumps from is the song transition from "I cant believe your such a fool to Trouble coming everyday! Chester Tompson shreds it. This is ZAPPA.

    Pauls Country

    Haha, your right, I love that.....

  64. Zappstitute

    Love it!!!