The Mothers of Invention / Frank Zappa

America Drinks and Goes Home

Composed by Frank Zappa

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The theme in "America Drinks and Goes Home," the closing track on Absolutely Free, was hinted at in "America Drinks" at the beginning of side B. This full-blown version is delivered in cheesy piano bar fashion. Ray Collins croons along while the band swings behind him, all accompanied by a track of bar noises (conversation, glasses being hit, etc.). The topic is standard love crooning: a man suffers from a breakup but has no regrets. The song was occasionally performed by the Mothers of Invention in 1967-1968, and reappeared briefly in Frank Zappa's set during the Petit Wazoo tour in October-December 1972. Surprisingly, it was covered by Woody Herman's big band on the LP Thundering Herd. A jazzier version of "America Drinks and Goes Home" appears on Jean-Luc Ponty's record of Zappa songs, King Kong. Without the vocals, the piece becomes a lot less caricatured. It features very heavy piano playing by George Duke.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Absolutely Free 1967 Hip-O / Zappa Records 2:48
Mothermania 1969 Verve
Threesome, Vol. 1 2002 Rykodisc 2:45
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