Zappa, Frank - The Air Lyrics




The air
Escaping from your mouth
The hair
Escaping from your nose
My heart
Escaping from the scraping
And the shaping
Of the draping...
I'm awaking
In a T-shirt
In a Chevy
At the beach
And I'm freezing
And I'm wheezing
And I know
You were only teasing
I hit you
Then I beat you
Then I told you
That I love you
In my car
In a jar
In my car
In a jar

The air
Escaping from your pits
The hair
Escaping from my teeth
My hands
Are gripping
But they're slipping
And they're dripping
'Cause I'm tripping
I got busted
(Wasted)
Coming through customs
(I'm so wasted)
With a suitcase
(Wasted)
Full of tapes
(I'm so wasted)
It was special
Tape recording
And they grabbed me
While I was boarding
Yes, they grabbed me
Then they beat me
Then they told me
They don't like me
And I crashed
In my Nash
We can crash
In my Nash
We can crash
In my Nash
We can crash
In my Nash
We can crash
In my Nash





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Zappa, Frank The Air Comments
  1. Grok Effer

    Mr. Zappa actually was grabbed and thrown into a very unpleasant jail over a tape recording that was considered to be pornographic.

  2. Crimson Kng

    It's Nov. 16, 2019 ... a Saturday morning and I just woke up ... all of the sudden, I had to hear this song. So, I did.

    Jay Jimenez

    should listen to it in the friday morning of the december 20.

  3. Henk Emperor

    I love these ancient Zappa songs so much!

  4. New Age Rage

    just came home from work, gonna light it up listening to this and melt for a bit.

    New Age Rage

    thank you frank, thank youuuu

  5. Raziel Paprzyca

    Woe, He had never made one to the Poland.

  6. Forever Blunted

    I love this song , I’m glad my bro put me on Zappa.

  7. The55nomad

    i hit chu, then i beat chu, then i toll chu that i love chu

  8. John Edsall

    The line "we can crash in my Nash", refers to the fact that that automobile's front seat would fold back to create a full bed.

  9. Pretty Gnostic Machine

    The amount of air molecules brought together, and the amount of air molecules that are pushed apart in this song gives me profound pause.

  10. Benito Aguzzoli

    Bellissima..|||

  11. Wayne White

    So you love the music of Frank Zappa? Well then, there's a place to go where people called "Zappa Freaks" like to hang out and talk about the man and his music! "It's right around the corner!" You don't have to trudge across the tundra, mile after mile!" Just go here to get the latest feed... https://www.facebook.com/groups/zappafreaksunite/

  12. Zev Feldman

    huge killer

  13. I.F. Horus

    Those special tape recordings are of Reuben and the Jets, who are suing for copyright infringement.

    Marco Falzone

    😆🎵🎶 good luck

  14. Russ Entwistle

    Probably the best album ever made.

  15. andyjay729

    13 people got busted going through customs.

  16. Mark Lanzarotta

    The greatest doo-wop song ever written! Bravo, Frank Zappa!

  17. bwana-ma-coo-bah

    without Frank, musically the world is fucked

  18. DTM Weather Videos

    Chevy at the Beach!

  19. Eddie RUKidding

    simply the best

  20. andyjay729

    What was on that special tape recording?

    Mark Lanzarotta

    Pornography, and the security guards roughed Frank up at the airport when they found it. But Frank made a ton of money on it and used it to fund Freak Out.

  21. Therman Merman

    The air
    Escaping from your mouth
    The hair
    Escaping from your nose
    My heart
    Escaping from the scraping
    And the shaping
    Of the draping . . .
    I'm awaking
    In a T-shirt
    In a Chevy
    At the beach
    And I'm freezing
    And I'm wheezing
    And I know
    You were only teasing
    I hit you
    Then I beat you
    Then I told you
    That I love you
    In my car
    In a jar
    In my car
    In a jar

    The air
    Escaping from your pits
    The hair
    Escaping from my teeth
    My hands
    Are gripping
    But they're slipping
    And they're dripping
    'Cause I'm tripping
    I got busted
    (Wasted)
    Coming through customs
    (I'm so wasted)
    With a suitcase
    (Wasted)
    Full of tapes
    (I'm so wasted)
    It was special
    Tape recording
    And they grabbed me
    While I was boarding
    Yes, they grabbed me
    Then they beat me
    Then they told me
    They don't like me
    And I crashed
    In my Nash
    We can crash
    In my Nash
    We can crash
    In my Nash
    We can crash
    In my Nash
    We can crash
    In my Nash

  22. Crimson_Ghost

    I hit you, then I beat you, then I told you, that I love you.. in my car.... in a jar....

    TheDanielVFlores

    hehehhahahahahaha sick

  23. John Vono

    Frank sure loved his Doo-Wapp, big time.

    Joe Flink

    I love how he would always accentuate the impending bridge section. When the band goes back to the tonic, you know you're gonna hear a "bomp, bah dah-de doo, dweadady domp, bomp-de dumb, doo", followed by a deep description of the main character's major dilemma in life.

  24. Mike Vlade

    .lovesong.

  25. 54markl

    This is the greatest Doo-wop song ever written by far, and it's a true story! They did toal him they don't like him!

    doug jermy

    Yes It IS

  26. 54markl

    And I knew you were only teasing!

  27. twinsmm1

    Beautiful song. Love those Ray Collins vocals.

    Anomaly88man

    I know nobody else that really likes Frank Zappa too. His weird lyrics, time signatures, and everything else that fued my weirdness through my early 20's

    Joe Flink

    Somehow, I got this record on the banned list at my place of employment, circa 1996. At that time, each department was allotted one day per week to play whatever CDs they chose over the PA. I was told that someone took great issue with 'Electric Aunt Jemima', based on some vaguely defined racial basis, but I didn't buy it then, and I still don't.

  28. MeloLand

    wonderful.

  29. Doomkid

    Reminds me of his earlier song, Memories of El Monte. He loved that 50's love song, sound lol

  30. kandau elliot

    We can crash in my Nash !

    John Edsall

    Zappa is referring to the fact The Nash front seat would fold down to create a bed, A mobile crash pad.

  31. Alessandro Anesi

    Stupenda

  32. anitaboneshow

    This is the best song in the entire world.

    Joe Dohn

    If you love this check out The Residents - Hanging by His Hair

    Joe Nobody

    truer words have never been spoken

    me & you

    No it is not !!! Oh wait, ok yes it is.

    richard obbard

    I second that ..

    Peter Maxwell

    anitaboneshow that's a bit of hyperbole,it's only the.best song in the notrherm hemisphere,

  33. StonedApeSociety lang

    Awesome!!!

  34. B Ropous

    One of my FAVORITE Frank Zappa songs EVER.

  35. Martin Trussell

    This version is decent, but the live version with Flo and Eddie is miles better. I personally think their voices fit this song better.

    Jose Antonio Martinez Bombin

    I adore flo and Eddie but boy this is simply superb.

    Edward Granados

    If you ever saw Collins and Estrada do this live you wouldn't think so, they were both masters in old school doo wop.

  36. Jamie Lee Turdis

    When that sax comes in....oh me oh my....

  37. jeremy H

    the live show from 70 opens up with this tune. way better sounding too.

  38. andyjay729

    I've heard the part about getting busted at customs was based on a true story. Do any other Zappa fans know if that was true?

    ClarkeMarek

    I'm not positive, but it may be referring to the incident where Frank was arrested on the trumped up charges of pornography.  Long and the short, after he got control of Studio Z, he decided to make a movie(Captain Beefheart and the Grunt People), and when word got out, somebody thought he was going to make a porno.  An undercover cop asked him to make an audio porno, and Frank, being desperate for money, agreed.  He and his girlfriend at the time, grabbed a tape recorder and recorded themselves jumping up and down on a bed and grunting(no sex involved).  When the cop showed up with only a portion of the money, Frank commented that that was the amount agreed upon, which was enough to arrest him on conspiracy charges.  Utter bullshit, really.

    Mark Lanzarotta

    Absolutely true. The police found him smuggling pornography at the airport and roughed him up. But he used the considerable profits from the porn to fund his first album.

    devolve42

    @Mark Lanzarotta That's not even close to true.

  39. babsinjrzy

    Thank you thank you thank you!! comes on after them bitching about not making enough money....and what Tom Tuerff said. Hilarious! ♥

  40. Tom Tuerff

    This song is such a perfect tribute (and simultaneous slap in the face) to drippy 50's teenage love ballads that you can't help but laugh at it. The harmonies give me chills, particularly in the fade out with Estrada's falsetto giving it everything he's got.

  41. divinedgar

    r.i.p. ray collins

  42. Benjamin Crookston

    you're a hero.