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mmBalint
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Post 2017-01-26 19:12   [Quote] 
ELECTRIC AUNT JEMIMA songmeaning* - if there's anyone who can or is willing to help me with this:

Tried to find a reason
Not to quit my job
Beat me till I'm hungry - [THEY beat me till I'm hungry?...]
Found a punk to rob - [eh, THEY've found a punk (=ME) to rob?... or?]
Love me Aunt Jemima
Love me now & ever more
(Love me Aunt Jemima)

(funny to find that Aunt Jemima was the name of FZ's amplifier)

*just to make it clear: 1.) you might have guessed that I'm not a native English-speaker. 2.) I'm fighting with a translation of the tunes, so every nuance is importat/interesting to me Smile 3.) well, I'm also curious about the thing.


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pbuzby
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Post 2017-01-26 20:07   [Quote] 
I guess it means the character singing this got beat up, and robbed someone.

I also suspect FZ just found random phrases that fit the melody.
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Post 2017-01-27 10:16   [Quote] 
Well, I for one didn't know that beating someone could make them hungry...... unless the beating goes on all day then I might start feeling a little peckish..... although I would probably be more concerned with getting some hospital treatment.....

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Post 2017-01-27 13:53   [Quote] 
He is beating himself off all day and out of boredom he is robbing somebody.
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Post 2017-01-27 14:16   [Quote] 
father-0blivion wrote:
Well, I for one didn't know that beating someone could make them hungry

Well, that line sort of starts making sense when you consider there's another song in the same album about eating one's shoes.

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Post 2017-01-28 10:36   [Quote] 
yetanother wrote:
father-0blivion wrote:
Well, I for one didn't know that beating someone could make them hungry

Well, that line sort of starts making sense when you consider there's another song in the same album about eating one's shoes.


It is allegory, to his life, in Cucamonga :"I don't like the way - Life has been abusing me" Not a literal beating.

I view it as consistent with his artist integrity. At that time he was wanting to stay true to his vision of making the kind of music he wanted, and earn a living for himself while doing so. This was a hard stance to take. Obviously, early on he was not known, accepted, or appreciated. We see glimpses of this being expressed in quite a few of the early songs.
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Post 2018-12-07 15:39   [Quote] 
uncle max wrote:
Great post Galeans.

Grazie 1000.

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Yes, I had no other material, except the booklet, so I printed Galeans' text and folded it away....somehow...inside the CD case. I should make a three ring binder for all the "missing data" from my other sources (Big Note and 2 other books). I also xeroxed paged of the Real Zappa book and filed away the stuff on the very early stuff. Lancaster etc.
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