Zappa, Frank - The Mud Shark Lyrics




[includes a quote from Little House I Used To Live In]

[FZ:] That's right, you heard right, the Secret Word for tonight is Mud Shark! And of course with the Mud Shark Secret Word is the Mud Shark Arpeggio... a marvellous little arpeggio, and now the mating call of the adult male Mud Shark...

Mud Sh-sh-shark

[FZ:] THE MUD SHARK DANCING LESSON!

Mud Sh-sh-shark

[Mark:] Wait a minute... we're gonna do a little dancing... a little dancing thing called the Mud Shark... Now, this dance started up in Seattle
[Howard:] Yes...
[Mark:] The story...
[FZ:] Lemme tell you the story 'bout the Mud Shark...

Mud Sh-sh-shark

[FZ:] Bring the band on down behind me, boys...
[Howard:] Say! Good God! Ain't it funky! Say!
[FZ:] The origins of the Mud Shark are as follows...

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[FZ:] There's a motel in Seattle, Washington, called the Edgewater Inn... The Edgewater Inn is built out on a pier... so that means that when you look out your window you don't see any dirt, it's... got a bay or something out in your backyard...

Mud Sh-sh-shark

[FZ:] And to make it even more interesting, in the lobby of the aforementioned motel there's a bait and tackle shop where the residents can go down and, whenever they want to, rent a fishing pole and some preserved minnows and schlep back up to their rooms, open the window, stick their little pole outside and within a few minutes actually catch a fish of some sort that they can bring into their motel room and do whatever they want with it, you know what I mean?

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[FZ:] Now in this bay there's quite a variety of... fish!

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[FZ:] Not only do they have mud sharks up there, they got little octopusses that you can catch

Fish!
Mud Sh-sh-shark

[FZ:] And all of these denizens of the deep can come in real handy...

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[FZ:] Let's say you were a travelling Rock and Roll band called The Vanilla Fudge... let's say one night you checked into the Edgewater Inn with an 8mm movie camera...

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[FZ:] Enough money to rent a pole, and just to make it more interesting...

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[FZ:] A succulent young lady!
[Howard:] Nooo!
[FZ:] With a taste for the bizarre...

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[FZ:] My mind drifts back... to a meeting, a chance meeting in the Chicago O'Hare Airport...

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[FZ:] Where the members of The Vanilla Fudge told Don Preston about a home movie they made at the Edgewater Inn... with a mud shark!

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[FZ:] And I'm gonna tell you, this dance, the Mud Shark, is sweeping the ocean!

Hey! Mud Sh-sh-shark

[Mark:] Ah, we're goin'! Go 'head! Ah, we're goin'! Now we're gonna go out, somehow! Come one!

Out
You go out
So far out
You do the Mud Shark, baby

Out
You go out
So far out
You do the Mud Shark, baby
(Now show 'em what they do with the Mud Shark!)
Out
You go out
(Now show 'em what they do with the Mud Shark!)
So far out
You do the Mud Shark, baby
Hey!
Out
You go out
(Catch the Mud Shark)
So far out
You do the Mud Shark, baby
Out
You go out
So far out
You do the Mud Shark, baby
Out
You go out
So far out
You do the Mud Shark, baby
Out
You go out
So far out
You do the Mud Shark, baby
Out
You go out
So far out
You do the Mud Shark, baby
Out
You go out
So far out
You do the Mud Shark, baby
Out
You go out
So far out
You do the Mud Shark, baby
Out
You go out
So far out
You do the Mud Shark, baby





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Zappa, Frank The Mud Shark Comments
  1. Mud Sh-sh-shark

    approved

  2. duncan yourmate

    shit were showing our age , in politics as well , I Presume Franks Republicans were different from current ones

  3. Jay Keddie

    Love this song!!!!

  4. Bob Brunswick

    Is Zappa considered a "Novelty Song" artist....if not...why not?

  5. Pretty Gnostic Machine

    Ain't no mud sharks in this part of America, Frank. Ain't no succulent man gobbling transgendered lesbians either.
    Maybe, one day though.

    mike wilbur

    red snapper

  6. james lewis

    Not too many people realize that the guys in his band had formerly been in the band known as the Turtles!

    Sam Street

    You are close.. Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (aka Flo and Eddie) were formerly in the Turtles, and were special guest vocalists for Zappa in the show at Fillmore East.

    james lewis

    @Sam Street Yeah, and I'm glad they included "Happy Together" on side 2 of the album.

    john scialfa

    Turtle fans like me know.thats why I even listen to these amazing albums.

    john scialfa

    @Sam Street .no you're wrong Sam Street they never left the band in between joining and this album they actually did another album after this one they did just another band from la get your facts straight my brother

    john scialfa

    I think what you're getting confused about is John Lennon and Yoko Ono we're guests at the show

  7. buck downer

    Took 50mg Valium, six beers, drove to liquor store at 3AM in sActo...after....herign...no lissen,...no palyed this on reckord player...fell of BSA 650 and crashed face bad....I ok now...(that was 1971)

  8. Bruce MacNaughton

    youtube has really screwed up this album that should be one continuous piece of music until the end of willie the pimp. the lack of respect for this album, that will not allow individual songs to be sold in music stores, is pretty sad.

  9. Stephen Perkins

    One of the best Zappa bands...oh hell they were all awesome...but nobody covered the vocals like Howard and Mark.

    ZapFra

    A Vaudeville Band...

  10. Peter Maxwell

    People used to ..fuck sharks ??..💕👅🐬

  11. fooloof

    I think they tore down the Edgewater Inn (not motel) and it used to overlook Puget Sound. It was a fairly-nice hotel.

    Brandon Batey

    its still there

  12. Anne McNiell

    I still own this album 😊👍

  13. Lois Donnelly

    THE PLASTIC ONO MOTHERS

  14. holly mccormick

    I got to see him doing this whole show plus Just Another Band From LA , hell of a concert 10 of us in the 5th row all doing Acid lol, Never for get that concert lol Saw him over 15 times and Dweezil 3 times now. Glad that Dweezil is playing his dads music. Thank you for the down load.

  15. Russell Beer

    Heres the mud shark story.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shark_episode

  16. Don Bagley

    One of the great moments in rock and roll. Not serious at all. That's why it's great.

  17. Koenma

    lol @ title.

  18. Scott A.

    I love this album! Years ago listened to this all the time. One of my favorite albums by Zappa.

  19. David O

    Led Zeppelin and groupies at the Edgewater Inn

  20. armand tobler

    i never meet a zappafan who pay no music himself and understand FZ

  21. Tito Ramone

    I can't believe this song was written about the Vanilla Fudge/Led Zeppelin Incident.... Frank was too weird for me to get into...

    Doug Biden

    I cant believe idiots still attribute the whole 'mud shark' tale to Led Zeppelin

  22. Grithron2

    Not only the sex-fearing man-hating “feminist” brigade, but people who should know (and do know) better, like David Hepworth, are still repeating the claim that the “lady with a taste for the bizarre” was in fact being raped.

    Like all right-wing people
    (i.e people who, when issues of actual sexual freedom and / or freedom-of-communication are concerned, give the impression of being mentally under-developed, of having never adulthood, knowing this will secure them the most destructive “power” of all: power of censorship over communicative media)
    they refuse to accept that an group-sex act of this sort can ever be anything but coercive.

    Newsflash – it wasn’t!

    That it WAS absolutely consensual has been verified by everyone who was there (Appice, Bonham, Coles – whose joke about “disobeying orders” aggravates only the people who deserve to be aggravated) INCLUDING the lady herself. (Two sources for this: an Alaskan radio broadcast and one of Pamela Des Barres’ books: I’d be able to tell you which one if I wasn’t still “temporarily” homeless with my collection in a vault)
    In the meantime we’re left with the problem of how “They” don’t want to know this – and they don’t want “Us” to be able to know this –
    because details like this force people to confront a few uncomfortable truths about their own psychological needs. And, more importantly, about social politics and the consequences of their actions / inactions.

  23. Rich Orwell

    Easier to make out the words if you're stoned :) -- age 67

  24. excelsior2511

    My friend, Mick bought this album when it came out. We thought this was a great song(?) initially. I still love the pedestrian rhythm, and background singing, but even at the time, I thought the theme was adolescently perverse. Zappa was crippled by cynicism, and a very dark view of tradition, and American culture. He was a true iconoclast. I think he loved his family, but I don't believe he gave 2 shits about anyone else in this world. Having said all that; I think he was a brilliant instrumental arranger, and gifted creator of melodies, which is the hardest thing for any composer to conjure up. I still like him but it's hard for me to reconcile his anger, and pettiness which seemed to get worse as he aged. By the way, I first saw him perform at the Garrick Theater in Greenwich Village, late summer in 1967. The Mothers of Invention was the best vehicle for Zappa, and he should have stuck with those great musicians. As a solo artist, he kinda' stunk; too much guitar, too much smart ass.

    Cap'n Crunch

    If he didn't give a shit" as you say, he wouldn't have been so angry...perhaps?

  25. Gina Chiodo

    the man was a genius

  26. Gina Chiodo

    the man was a genius

  27. James Flanigan

    yea i kwum hitler had public speaking ability but it was better left never thought of zappa could do anything musically

    Mark Breeland

    What does one have to do with the other???????????????????????

  28. Stop the Philosophical Zombies

    Zappa seems to glorify the stupidest aspects of rock and roll. What's so great about a rock band penetrating a groupie with a fish? It just shows how stupid groupies are to trust themselves to the hands of narcissistic rock and rollers, and how disgusting and clueless said rockers are too.

    I loved his Joe's Garage and a few other albums, but he seemed to be a rebel without a clue, being weird for weird's sake. Great guitarist though.

    Stop the Philosophical Zombies

    @theevildad I must have been in a bad mood. I'd much rather live in a world with Zappa than without. I miss him.

    Bunty McCunty

    I also enjoyed him when I was young. Now that I'm older, I rather think he was dumb as well. His attitudes towards women are somewhat difficult to stomach in the 21st century -- he comes across like a rock and roll Donald Trump.

    But it was a different era, I'll grant you that.

    Stop the Philosophical Zombies

    @Phisting Phuckers He apparently had a serious dickhead for a father who may or may not have been abusive, so there's that too. I mostly think that rock and roll musicians are usually products of trauma, so I try to give 'em a break, because they do give us a lot of fun.

    He was a bit of an enigma wrt women - he totally backed and supported his unfortunately named daughter, Moon Unit, in her music career. Sadly, we can see where that got her. She was a one-hit wonder, and none of his kids have done particularly well. I think they are all living off residuals and residual fame.

    Sam Street

    That's the whole point.. Zappa's satire of the whole" rockstar" lifestyle.. the man didn't even smoke pot, nor did the musicians that wanted to stay in his band.

    PappyWappy43

    @Bunty McCunty Stevie Terreberry called Ted Nugent the Donald Trump of rock. I don't know enough about Nugent to know what that really means. He seems Republican I guess, idk.

  29. Sandy Greenleaf

    We were listening to this when it came out on vinyl, but I hadn't moved to Seattle at that point. I was still living in Portland. Once I moved it meant a lot more to me lol

    blusmahn

    I had just moved to Seattle from Northern New Jersey via WESTPAC and Honolulu, HI when this was released and FULLY identified with this song !!

  30. Wes Bradford

    Who else would name kids Dweezil & Moon Unit? Refreshing break from the serious artists!

  31. Tris Mamone

    I still wanna know what exactly Led Zeppelin and Vanilla Fudge did to that groupie with the mud shark!

    Tris Mamone

    +Philip Santori Oh if only Vanilla Fudge didn't loose that film!

    Stop the Philosophical Zombies

    According to the Wikipedia article that quotes a couple different biographies, it was just the nose of the fish that was the article of affection. I bet all they did was spank some groupie with a fish and the 'legend' was embellished from there. It all seems typically juvenile.

    everett binder

    Rumor has it that jimmy page inserted a baby shark into a girl and it had to be surgically removed. Not sure which door it was/ mud i guess.

    mike wilbur

    the girl was a red head and the fish apparently was colored to match...john bonham..red snapper

    JD Penny Baker

    Tris Mamone read the book Hammer of the Gods Led Zeppelin you read about it in there. ✌️

  32. Ss Ll

    A perverted genus at the very least and I do mean the very least! Because of Frank, I would never be a groupie. I miss him so...

  33. BlankUberEverybody

    I just couldnt get into zappa and the mothers--all I wanted to listen to was good rock and roll by the bands of the era like Stones, Beatles and American bands like Byrds, Aiirplane. The Dead etc... zappas hippy groucho marx personna and the jazzy fusion music or whatever you call  it---I thnk Zappas best song was Camarillo Brillo

  34. scott bradley

    its just plum  silly aint it

    Mud Sh-sh-shark

    @scott bradley it is very silly

    mike wilbur

    adds to the humour

  35. scott bradley

    this is the  the zappa album that started me on this quest oh im 57

    Mud Sh-sh-shark

    @scott bradley me too ...we had a little room with drums and amp set up on the door was Edgewater Inn

    FooBarr1

    @scott bradley story of my life

    Mark Connors

    Same here

    TSM

    I was 60 when you posted Followed zappa since 1966, at 12.

    Scorpiogregpen

    Yes, me too! The first Zappa album I bought and still a favourite. I now have LP's, CD's, Video's, DVD's, anything I can get my hands on!

  36. 1369PhilHarmonica

    Mud-sh-sh-Shaaaark

    Mud Sh-sh-shark

    @1PhilHarmonic Yea baby!!!

    Mud Sh-sh-shark

    u called?

  37. Bill Millsap

    good thing he's no racist!

    Cherry Boy

    +Bill Millsap huh?

  38. scott bradley

    jeff zappa was one of the top ten string box players in the world for almost 25yrs

  39. scott bradley

    ok im  15 when i heard this i cracked up then and just a grin on my face now folks just dont get it anymore

    Cherry Boy

    +scott bradley Is he being racist?

    Stop the Philosophical Zombies

    The term is now used to describe a white girl who likes black guys I believe (which isn't racist per se, but I guess it's a derogatory term). Back then it was merely a type of fish that was used in some apocryphal sexual escapade.

    scott bradley

    @Cherry Boy heck no im not gotta gay stepson hes great have black brown and all in my kin folks this came out it 1971 diff time oh and love all my kin folk
     

    scott bradley

    you do know what this songs sayin gezzzzzzzzzzz i hope so its a funny song

    GrassPossum

    In this instance it was a mud shark which had been caught from a hotel window and used in a pornographic 'event' with a groupie!!!

  40. Jeff Hoon

    most underated guitar player as well as his song writing

  41. Drbellotus

    FZ, the best ever!!!!!!!!!