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January 24, 2012

The Mothers of Invention - Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder (1966)

Originally known as The Soul Giants when formed in 1964, this group changed their name when their new frontman, Frank Zappa, joined the group that same year. Their new name, often referred to as only “The Mothers,” was said to be an abbreviation of the term “mother****ers,” which was an adjective at the time to describe great musicians. Other members of the group have included Flo & Eddie (previously of The Turtles); Elliot Ingber (later of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band); and Ian Underwood (who recorded with Barbra Streisand as well as performed on the theme to Knight Rider).

This song comes from the group’s debut double album, Freak Out!. The album was noted for being one of rock’s first concept albums, satirizing American rock music and pop culture, as well as influencing the production of The Beatles’ masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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The Mothers of Invention - Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder (1966)

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Lyrics:

A year ago today
Was when you went away
But now you come back knocking on my door
And you’ll say you're back to stay
But I say:

Go cry on somebody else's shoulder
I'm somewhat wiser now
And one whole year older
I sure don't need you now
And I don't love you anymore

You cheated me baby
And told some dirty lies about me
Fooled around with all those other guys
That's why I had to set you free
I sure don't need you now
And I don't love you anymore

A year ago today
You went away
And now you come back cryin'- cryin'
“Darling please let me in”
But I don't need you
No, I don't love you anymore
So go lean on- go cry on
Somebody else's door

Go cry on somebody else's shoulder
I'm somewhat wiser now
And one whole year older
I sure don't need you now
And I don't love you anymore

(Oh, my darling)
Go ahead and cry
Go ahead and let the tears fall out of your eye
(Darling)
Let 'em fall on your dress
Who cares if it makes a mess?
I gave you my high school ring
At the root beer stand
We had a teenage love, baby
I thought it was sharp
It was really so grand, but

You cheated me baby
And told some dirty lies about me
Fooled around with all those other guys
That's why I had to get my khakis pressed
I sure don't need you now
And I don't love you anymore

(Baby)
Baby
(I- I- I- I)
I love you so much, darling
(I, oh, I love you)
Why don't you dig me?
(Baby)
I- I dig you
But you don't dig me
(Oh, I need you)
I don't understand what it is
(Baby)
I- I had my car re-upholstered
I got my hair processed
(Oh, I love you)
I got a nice pompadour job on it
(Oh, my baby)
I bought a new pair of shoes
(Oh, my love)
I got some new khakis and I met you
And we went out to get a Coca-Cola…

2 comments:

  1. i think it's "and you'll say you're back to stay WHEN i say..."

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    1. I gave it another listen, but I'm still hearing "But when I say..." Try blasting it loudly with some headphones and see if that changes anything. Anybody else hear "but" or "when"?

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