Zappa, Frank - You Didn't Try To Call Me Lyrics




You didn't try to call me
Why didn't ya try, didn't ya try
Didn't ya know I was lonely?
No matter who I take home
I keep on callin' your name
And you...
I need you so bad
You're The One, babe

Tell me, tell me
Who's lovin' ya now
'Cause it worries my mind,
And I can't sleep at all
I stayed home on Friday
Just to wait for your call
And you didn't try to call me

Why didn't ya try, didn't ya try
Didn't ya know I was lonely?
No matter who I take home
I keep on callin' your name
And you...
I need you so bad
You're The One, babe

Tell me, tell me
Who's lovin' ya now
'Cause it worries my mind,
And I can't sleep at all
I stayed home on Friday
Just to wait for your call

I can't say what's right or what's wrong
But I love you
All ya gotta do is call me, babe
'Cause I want you

You make me feel
So excited, girl
I got so hung up on you
From the moment that we met,
That no matter how I try,
I can't keep the tears
From running down my face,
I'm all alone at my place

You didn't try to call me
Why didn't ya try, didn't ya try
Didn't ya know I was lonely?
(Baby... )
Why didn't ya try, didn't ya try
(I say, please!)
Didn't ya know I was lonely?
I stayed home all afternoon, man
I was working on my car
I fixed the upholstery
I fixed the seat so it would tilt back
We were going to go to the drive-in
And you didn't call me, man
I waited, it was Friday night, I remember, man
It was nine o'clock and I was sitting on home
I was still watching television and you didn't try to call me
We'd been going steady for six weeks
And... I thought you were my teen-age thrill
I thought you were my teen angel, man
But you didn't call me
I dig you so much, man, why didn't you call me
If you could have seen me in the afternoon
I was hung up, I even washed the car
I, I reprimered the right front fender, man
We were gonna go, we were gonna go out
And get some root beer afterwards, man
(Baby!)
And I was gonna show everybody my new carburettor
(Baby!)
And you didn't try to call me
(Girl!)





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Zappa, Frank You Didn't Try To Call Me Comments
  1. Joseph Ancion

    Can we all agree that the bass on the album is really forward for 1966 ?

  2. Cream Cheese

    This is a terrific song. I first heard it when I was a teenager. It made me laugh at myself.

  3. Jerry Jazzbo

    Zappa was a true pioneer. Freak Out also happened to be rock's 1st double album, released around '66.

  4. ElixerSue

    Which song on this album has "Mom, I tore a big hole in the convertible." That's the line that flung me to the floor, laughing so hard I thought I'd have a seizure!

    Grandpa Theobald

    It's been a long while, but it is "You're probably wondering why I'm here" :)

  5. Sublime Music Channel

    The genius of the original Mothers' output was the combination of sincerity and parody. Sure, this song's having fun with the genre, but if you think it's not describing what Frank and the boys went through themselves at 15 you're an idiot. When I hear people say what contempt Frank had for rock music all I can think is how clueless people can be.

    William L.

    this isn't rock music....it's do wop

  6. ntxmt

    The first time I heard this album was in 1969. I've been hooked on Zappa ever since.

  7. 54markl

    Frank was my favorite musical artist when I was fourteen or so, back in the Sixties. To me, Uncle Meat was the coolest thing ever.

    Jerry Jazzbo

    Sauerkraut!

  8. 54markl

    I, I re-primered the right front fender, man!

  9. 54markl

    LOL, this is like a Turtles song! No wonder the actual Turtles actually joined the band later.

    crescentfreshbret

    54markl The Turtles’ manager actually offered to manage the Mothers with the promise that he could make them as big as the Turtles (they declined). His offer is quoted in the liner notes of Freak Out!

  10. 54markl

    This should have been a #1 hit with a bullet, seriously.

  11. Virginia Kenney

    You make me feel so good!

  12. Terry Heick

    Early Joe's Garage thinking.

    J.L. Kendall

    I totally agree! It's very much like Joe's garage!!! Haha

  13. Anomaly88man

    I thought was chart!

  14. Diane Haslam

    Oh, and I forgot, I have a 40 dollar bill...🏁

  15. 320 Parks

    She's not going to call if all you did was re-primer the right fender.

  16. Ed Boersema

    A BEER commercial? Frank turns himself in his grave.

  17. Jack Morrison

    WE'D BEEN GOING STEADY FOR SIX WEEKS!

  18. Toby Henry

    "No matter who I take home I keep on calling your name" he says to the chick he's hung up on, ha ha! Great song and also hilarious lyrics with this. The fade-out at the end where the dude starts describing his day is pure gold.

    Kleinequietboy Kleinequietboy

    he's goofing hard on Romantic home boys. Mexicanos-Americanos. With their "chorts" (short=car).
    Not a stereotype ese. Those vatos love their cars and their weeemens.

    Rick MacDonald

    You can hear the outro influence on Suicidal Tendencies 'Institutionalized'

  19. Christopher Ford

    I grew up in the 80s and 90s and Zappa helped me through my adolescents and yes learn to laugh at myself, I love you Frank

    Marc Chevalier

    Same here, i'm at this very moment 17 years old and Zappa taught me how to laugh at myself, laugh at love and stuffs like that he helps me a lot thanks Frank !

  20. WytZox1

    I broke up with my senior year prom date weeks before the prom because she'd stood me up twice with lame excuses on 2 Saturday nights that we were supposed to get together. So why did I cancel our prom date? Because on those 2 previous weekends SHE DIDN'T TRY TO CALL ME! ☺

    OBACHOWA

    you paid your phone bill RIGHT???

    WytZox1

    @OBACHOWA ~> Phone working just dandy. ☺

    Patton

    How’s its going three years later ?

  21. Michael Engh

    The one verse "I reprimered the right front fender, man" has been stuck in my head for 40 years and going strong

    I stayed home all afternoon, man
    I was working on my car
    I fixed the upholstery
    I fixed the seat so it would tilt back
    We were going to go to the drive-in
    And you didn't call me, man
    I waited, it was Friday night, I remember, man
    It was nine o'clock and I was sitting on home
    I was still watching television and you didn't try to call me
    We'd been going steady for six weeks
    And . . . I thought you were my teen-age thrill
    I thought you were my teen angel, man
    But you didn't call me
    I dig you so much, man, why didn't you call me
    If you could have seen me in the afternoon
    I was hung up, I even washed the car
    I, I reprimered the right front fender, man

    backpages98

    LMAO that's the same lyric out of that portion that has always stuck with me too, Frank was a genius lyricist

  22. Soundluver

    But I love you....

  23. eddy eduardo

    2 IMBECIS NAO GOSTARAM...

  24. eddy eduardo

    adoro!!!!

  25. Jane Doe

    I GOT SO HUNG ON YOU....................................

  26. Transpersonals

    A smooth tune, with buff lyrics. Not bad ;)

  27. skinnydoggyz

    what a great song. overlooked this the first few times i listened to the album.

    Lautaro Colace

    tell me tell me
    who's loving you know
    cause it worries my mind
    and i can't sleep at all

  28. Huib de Jong

    Wonderfull : keep it up (love your voice)

    Shalashisky

    @Huib de Jong thank u

  29. juan sebastian zapata rodriguez

    Desbloqueen el contenido para poder escuchar esta buena canción.

  30. rockvilleraven

    Used to hear this a lot on the old free from WHFS when Jake Einstein owned 102.3 in Bethesda, MD.  The station finally got into new wave a little around 1978 about  the time that radical run WGTB went off the air after losing a tug of war with the conservative Catholic owners Georgetown University.  The station had started getting more into that direction around 1981 by having djs that played nothing but new wave music, alongside the free-form hosts there were even a couple of weekend hosts who played punk.   In 1983, they sold the Bethesda station, almost made the mistake of moving to 1390AM, but the FCC stopped that and they moved to 99.1 in Annapolis.  The station started dying after Jake sold it, the free form jocks were forced out and they went to a playlist that based out of Colorado.  WHFS became a corporate modern rock station with hosts who didn't know their music, every owner messed up the station until CBS put it out of their misery in 2005 when they flipped it to Spanish.  WHFS in those consultant run days should have stood for We Have Four Songs.

    william mckiernan

    great, dead on assesment.
    still remember finding hfs
    early '68 on the dial. Still
    hear weasel on TMD😎

  31. Jane Doe

    When I was a teenager, this song taught me to laugh at myself. Thank you Mr. Zappa.

  32. jsilence418

    Wish you were still alive Mr Zappa , I know that doesn't do much good, but it's sincere. thanks for the post.

  33. WytZox1

    In the mid-late 1960s Zappa had a cult following among those of us who were learning that the best rock was NOT what we were hearing on Top 40 AM radio at a time when FM Rock stations were just getting started in a few big city markets. Zappa paved the way for the Supergroups of the late 1960s & 70s. ☺

  34. carlos candal

    didn't you know I was lonely ?

  35. Andrew

    Shut up.

  36. Benjamin Crookston

    You didn't try to text me.

  37. Gerry Kirstein

    Zappa was one of the greatest pioneers, cynical humorists and visionary leaders this nation has ever had..his guitar was perhaps the greatest in a group of select few guitarists in this country...unreal...this album was, in my opinion, the Mothers' best because it was original, raw and reflective, a sign post in the road that some of us had found out that America had pushed one of the most incredible cons in the history of capitalist culture that we weren't the people we were told we were....

    Windy Paul

    Amen, Bro.

    hippiecheezburger

    Exactly, great point

  38. eli10az

    Frank Zappa = genius

  39. johnnyfarout

    wh'y dinj'ew callme?