Zappa, Frank - The Torture Never Stops Lyrics




Flies all green 'n buzzin' in his dungeon of despair
Prisoners grumble and piss their clothes and scratch their matted hair
A tiny light from a window hole a hundred yards away
Is all they ever get to know about the regular life in the day;
An' it stinks so bad the stones been chokin'
'N weepin' greenish drops
In the room where the giant fire puffer works
'N the torture never stops
The torture never stops

Slime 'n rot, rats 'n snot 'n vomit on the floor
Fifty ugly soldiers, man, holdin' spears by the iron door
Knives 'n spikes 'n guns 'n the likes of every tool of pain
An' a sinister midget with a bucket an' a mop where the blood goes down the drain;

An' it stinks so bad the stones been chokin'
'N weepin' greenish drops
In the room where the giant fire puffer works
'N the torture never stops
The torture never stops
The torture
The torture
The torture never stops.

Flies all green 'n buzzin' in his dungeon of despair
An evil prince eats a steamin' pig in a chamber right near there
He eats the snouts 'n the trotters first
The loin's 'n the groin's is soon dispersed
His carvin' style is well rehearsed
He stands and shouts
All men be cursed
All men be cursed
All men be cursed
All men be cursed
And disagree, well no-one durst
He's the best of course of all the worst
Some wrong been done, he done it first

(Well, well) An' he stinks so bad, his bones been chokin'
(Yeah) 'N weepin' greenish drops,
(Well) In the night of the iron sausage,
(Well) Where the torture never stops
The torture never stops
The torture
The torture
The torture never stops.

Flies all green 'n buzzin' in his dungeon of despair
Who are all those people that he's locked away up there
Are they crazy?,
Are they sainted?
Are they zeros someone painted?,
It has never been explained since at first it was created
But a dungeon like a sin
Requires naught but lockin' in
Of everything that's ever been
Look at hers
Look at him
That's what's the deal we're dealing in
That's what's the deal we're dealing in
That's what's the deal we're dealing in
That's what's the deal we're dealing in





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  1. Howard Hughes

    One of his best

    khvost

    I agree. One of my favourites as well

  2. j hart

    Jimmy carl black said when he first met Frank that Frank couldn't play the guitar very well... huh, who'd a thunk?

  3. Monty the Python

    If ever a pretentious ass bole..ever existed this is the man...

  4. Mian

    Sounds like what "Money" wanted to sound like!

  5. frank GFish21 ferrante

    he was Dinah Shore for halloween? zappa makes it all worth all the agony, the stink and all the flies.... i wouldn't trade a moment!

  6. william jc

    me and the boys loved lsd. me and the boys loved the mothers. saw them twice in Seattle in the '60's. Exceptional, outer limits music. Like Bowie and Lou Reed on steroids, but with much greater musical skill, and i know, that's saying alot. Just listen to
    Zappa's rendition of Ravel's "Bolero". I think Maurice would approve:)

  7. duster71

    Another great night I got to spend with Frank.

  8. sam kupper

    i think his music is kinda crap

  9. Lizweedus

    215 Deaf and dumb people so far have give this a thumbs down. Mind boggles. Must be odd bod Micheal Jackson fans !!

  10. Robert Gray

    Its almost hard to BELIEVE. That this was MTVs very first ever live simulcast concert...but its never mentioned and at MTVs 25th anniversary? It still wasnt mentioned on a HUGE family tree of MTVs accomplishments...that just is so WRONG...shame on YOU....MTV👎

  11. Thomas Huggins

    Zappa was the weirdest coolest and most badass songwriter ever, and he was a genius guitarist who played with the cunning of the insane. His true test of greatness is, you can start a Zappa jam with any song he ever did, it will be great and you don't give a fuck how long it lasts, it always ends too soon. Truly, the ONLY artist I never get tired of and who always amazes me with his effortless musical sophistication masquerading as deranged lunacy.

  12. eduardo martinez

    bastante horrible

  13. Davor Colic

    Flies all green 'n buzzin' in his dungeon of despair
    Prisoners grumble and piss their clothes and scratch their matted hair
    A tiny light from a window hole a hundred yards away
    Is all they ever get to know about the regular life in the day;
    An' it stinks so bad the stones been chokin'
    'N weepin' greenish drops
    In the room where the giant fire puffer works
    'N the torture never stops
    The torture never stops

    Slime 'n rot, rats 'n snot 'n vomit on the floor
    Fifty ugly soldiers, man, holdin' spears by the iron door
    Knives 'n spikes 'n guns 'n the likes of every tool of pain
    An' a sinister midget with a bucket an' a mop where the blood goes down the drain;

    An' it stinks so bad the stones been chokin'
    'N weepin' greenish drops
    In the room where the giant fire puffer works
    'N the torture never stops
    The torture never stops
    The torture
    The torture
    The torture never stops

    Flies all green 'n buzzin' in his dungeon of despair
    An evil prince eats a steamin' pig in a chamber right near there
    He eats the snouts 'n the trotters first
    The loin's 'n the groin's is soon dispersed
    His carvin' style is well rehearsed
    He stands and shouts
    All men be cursed
    All men be cursed
    All men be cursed
    All men be cursed
    And disagree, well no-one durst
    He's the best of course of all the worst
    Some wrong been done, he done it first

    (Well, well) An' he stinks so bad, his bones been chokin'
    (Yeah) 'N weepin' greenish drops
    (Well) In the night of the iron sausage
    (Well) Where the torture never stops
    The torture never stops
    The torture
    The torture
    The torture never stops

    Flies all green 'n buzzin' in his dungeon of despair
    Who are all those people that he's locked away up there
    Are they crazy?
    Are they sainted?
    Are they zeros someone painted?
    It has never been explained since at first it was created
    But a dungeon like a sin
    Requires naught but lockin' in
    Of everything that's ever been
    Look at hers
    Look at him
    That's what's the deal we're dealing in
    That's what's the deal we're dealing in
    That's what's the deal we're dealing in
    That's what's the deal we're dealing in

  14. estofadodepollo

    Steve VAAAAAAAAAAAAi

  15. Graham Mckenzie

    Who would have thought he was talking about the liberal loonies and their insane policies.

  16. Captain Nostromo

    It looks like they have really fun on The stage, and his outfit is hilarious😎

  17. B H

    I was there.

  18. William Rulon

    Love you so much FRANK

  19. William Rulon

    Love you so much FRANK

  20. Paul Anderson

    Wakerman looks like a teenager!

  21. davids11131113

    Steve Vai- 'Should I play guitar riffs on this track?'

    Frank Zappa- 'Nah I got this bro, just scream and stuff'

    Ben Vasilinda

    davids11131113 now u know why Steve Vai was really screaming.

  22. ANTOINE TOISI

    Like Andy Warhol : over priced

  23. Colin Caryk

    No one could rock a Jump suit like Frank

  24. Andievo4U2

    Very absurd, truthful, and sad commentary of how macabre this sh*tcan we live in has become. Its all we got left. Not used to this style. But could be. boo bear.

  25. georgerikken

    After Zappa ...the music is almost dead ...

  26. Jimmy Psychonaut

    Halloween Number? :-?

  27. Van

    You had to be perfect to be in Frank's band. He insisted on perfection. Steve Vai had troubles getting in the band. That's saying alot.

  28. R S

    He can be a bit of a pseudo intellectual at times but he sure was funny, overrated though.

  29. extinguidos band

    Zappa is a musical god

  30. Captain Nostromo

    No one could ever be More sarcastic than Frank Zappa 😎

  31. Stefano Piovan

    https://www.antiwarsongs.org/canzone.php?id=50901&lang=it

  32. jordi galan

    de los mejores guitarras y creador

  33. george centeno

    Rare to see FZ with a Gibson LP Custom instead of his SG or Stratocaster.

  34. Elisa Vieira

    He was amazing

  35. Freddy Cee

    An unusual song but it's very creative

  36. Jonathan schadenfreude

    Happy halloween folks! come to vermont and eat rich folks!

  37. CASNY4METAL

    when is the Vai Solo

  38. SunFunGus Grooves

    Was at the Berkeley show of this tour... We made and wore cone heads but the assholes behind us complained and usher made us take em off... FZ was wearing red and chrome Nike Cascade’s

  39. Klaus Toth

    that guitar is so heavy, i LUVE it

  40. Tony Girratono

    This is his annual Halloween show. what year?

  41. eisenhertz

    what a drummer!whats his name?

    Greased Lightning

    Chad Wackerman

  42. Andrew J. Mulherin IV

    Polishing up a version(cut) of Rat Tomago

  43. Devon Boulden

    I'll never get it. He was always more an intellectual musician and that didn't translate to emotion.

  44. Charles Rast

    VIVA ZAPPA!

  45. Rainer Korn

    Could use a little less Flanger an the Guitar Solo. If he had used Drugs he would have clearly heard it.

  46. Erik P

    What a nuttcase.

  47. rvic11

    Frank Zappa really was a one of a kind.

  48. Frank Feldman

    I liked the earlier Mothers band with the way less accomplished musicians much more.

  49. Pedro147

    Frank really makes you think about the dungeon of despair (and flies)

  50. Ahmed Sredy

    I prefer the studio version,it's so gothic and more serious and the torture is visual or likely audible with the female screams ,back in time at the start of Vai's career when he learnt many things from the Sicilian master.

  51. Wayne Ovni Juliani

    Sensacional

  52. Mark Bigeloe

    What a unique, cool and super talented guy.

  53. Uncle Remus

    When Vai was interesting & relevant!

  54. Robert Kallfelz

    Actuel USA

  55. John Codling

    I was lucky to see Frank in Liverpool with the likes of Jean Luc Ponty, Ian & Ruth Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar, Won't mention the fucking Paedophile. The concert remains with me to this day

  56. Mike Raia

    Not only is Vai a great guitarist, but also a great Halloween screamer! Listen to those screams!

  57. Leverquin

    year anyone?

    andrewmarkmusic

    The early 80's...

    Greased Lightning

    andrewmarkmusic yea. I think ‘83

  58. MegaRudeBoy69

    Frank seems to be in a (rare) great mood, even nodding to the audience and smiling. The band must have been particularly tight that evening.

  59. Kevin James

    That les Paul Custom has some badass tone!!!!FZ got a difarzz in the power seat ? We got a “ green an buzzin’ tone right there!!!

  60. Alan Watts

    I think 🤔 💭 this song was written about my ex wife’s cold empty heart. 😉😂

    Papabear Gerry

    Alan Watts we must have married sisters

  61. Nicolas Bertin

    With Rafael Nadal on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Oh and a blond Kevin Bacon on the drums.

  62. Holy Hex

    Steve Vai can sure scream! Strat abuse!

  63. B Aleksandar

    Young Steve Vai playing second guitar….Vau!!!

    Élvir Emanuel Barreto

    ...and smoking a cigarette

  64. Leverquin

    only Zappa could look fancy in this outfit

  65. Jason Darnell

    Complete crap. What an ugly loser.

  66. Fabiola tolu2

    Hermoso 🤗🖤🤘🏽

  67. Mark Wolfe

    I wasn't a huge fan of the older song arrangements by the band that toured in the early 80s, it was the synth & horn parts where there were previously none, also his lackadaisical vocal delivery, rather listen to a 75-76-77 rendition with Bozio on drums, et al


    That being said, it's still THE shit, I saw two performances in Philly at the Tower Theater & enjoyed every minute of both of them, must have been 81 or 82

  68. Toughen Up, Fluffy

    Bozzio's like, 15 or something. Boss.

    Marc's Bass

    I think that's Chad Wackerman on drums.

  69. Toughen Up, Fluffy

    5:13. Phaser, Baby.

  70. Toughen Up, Fluffy

    If it weren't for your crappy attitude, you might actually learn to enjoy it, my little Chattanooga Choo-Choo.

  71. Fred Van der Linden

    In these times we could use some eloquent comments from Frank on the Trump administration.

    Ben van Pel

    Yeah right!!!!!!

  72. jeffs1000

    I'm trying to like him, I keep trying and trying, but I just don't understand... if it's suppose to be a big goof or what.

    Toughen Up, Fluffy

    He's beyond you. Start out with little nibbles. Evelyn a Modified Dog is short.

  73. Steven Hearrell

    A unique talent.

  74. Tom Burns

    This Genius must have the biggest panty collection ever.

  75. Tom Burns

    I love this guy...
    Great Mind. Check Live in
    NEW YORK, with Don Pardo... Priceless concert!
    Chills too!

  76. MrTurboparker

    So glad that I was fortunate to see the master 4 times in concert - once with Captain Beefheart! Also saw Dweezil's 'Zappa Plays Zappa' tour! :)

  77. Baron Ratfish

    I got my first car in '76. I still had enough money to by an 8 track player for it. But not enough to by any tapes. So my friend swiped one from his brother's car. It was "Roxy n Elsewhere"! First time I ever heard it. I still dig Zappa today! in 2019!

  78. Chris Choir

    He sounds like Gene Simmons in the intro

  79. Rusti Canza

    The drummer is not so magister

  80. Lou Contino

    SLIME & ROT & RATS & SNOT & VOMIT ... ON THE FLOOR!

  81. Oma Opa

    Zappa tells all about the rule which was put upon us. He clearly describes the illuminati. Nice , very nice, people waken up, vive les gilet jaunes, yess, all of us who are fed up eating shit. Who needs to be ruled?

  82. stevearle

    The Guitarror, the guitarror......

  83. Chris Choir

    @8:32 Jack Butler??

  84. David Whatley

    Quality🙈

  85. robert houle

    I have not heard one song with any merit from this man... no one!

    David Wood

    robert houle what?

    robert houle

    @David Wood correction: NOT ONE

  86. Jacques Fortin

    The MASTER

  87. Sam Lister

    the original spikoli

  88. Doug Collier

    Growing up in the eighties, people would refer to
    Zappa as a comedy act. The dude heard on Dr dementia. I think that comedy was a stigma that trapped him.

  89. Kulu Sadira

    young chad wackerman on drums.

  90. Leigh Hewit

    I can't work out if Steve Vai's shirt is inspired by George Lynch or Bett Lynch???

  91. Evan Rice

    I was young. I was lit. I was there. Nothing like it anywhere on the planet today.

  92. shaserv

    Love Frank. He was out there man. Far Out.

  93. Thundertmf

    aptly named

  94. Zolar Czakl

    Is it just me or does the majority of Frank's playing in this concert have a "tinny" sound?

  95. sheepchencloud cirrocumulus

    all at home...in 3. wine yt. ...

  96. James Hadamik

    Zappa played in our area every Halloween time. I was so lucky to have seen this band several times. It was an era where few even thought to go see him here. "Zappa Who??"


    I was turned on from a dorm buddy of mine who had a copy of FREAK OUT.... on a vinyl record which I inherited and it is is a special place in my life and in my heart.

  97. Jean-François Girard

    Cool performance. But where does that f***** flange on Zappa’s solo come from ? Not Zappa’s mix for sure.

  98. sheepchencloud cirrocumulus

    his best song. in all versions